At West Wind Stables, riding is for everyone! We offer a wide range of individual and group lesson programs open to riders aged 8 to adult. We can accommodate all skill levels from beginner up to the advanced, competitive rider.
We are limited for lesson availability and are currently full.
Please click HERE to be added to our waitlist for lessons.
NOTE: Beginner lesson programs may not be offered until MAY 2023 if space is available.
Lesson programs are based on Equestrian Canada’s Learn to Ride national curriculum and are taught by Equestrian Canada certified Instructors and Coaches. West Wind can administer the rider level testing if riders choose to obtain their certification as they progress through the levels. Visit Manitoba Horse Council's website for additional information on the Learn to Ride program.
With all of the riding lessons West Wind offers class room/hands on theory classes to educate the riders on horse care, stable management, and riding techniques. West Wind has a variety of school horses available for rent on a per lesson basis ranging in skill level matched to meet the needs of all level of riders.
Riders can also receive an additional ½ hour of hands on instruction of how to work around the horse safely on the ground, how to groom the horse, and how to put on the equipment in preparation to ride. This additional tack-up instruction is required for anyone new to the sport.
Group Lessons (3-4 riders per group) - $57.00 per lesson
Program includes: ½ hour theory, 1 hour of riding; NOTE: school horse and tack-up additional
Semi-Private Lessons (1-2 riders) - $67.00 per lesson
Program includes: ½ hour theory, 1 hour of riding; school horse and tack-up additional
Introduction to Horses Part A - ages 8-adult (4-6 per group) - $600.00
Program Includes: ½ hour theory, ½ hour tack-up, 45-60 minutes of riding, school horse for 10 weeks
Introduction to Horses Part B - ages 8-adult (4-6 per group) - $600.00
Program Includes: ½ hour theory, ½ hour tack-up, 45-60 minutes of riding, school horse for 10 weeks; EC Rider Level 1 Rider Evaluation (Manitoba Horse Council membership and Certificate fee additional).
School Horse Rental: $31.00 per lesson
Tack-up Instruction: $19.00 per lesson
GST will added to all lesson pricing
West Wind Stables offers summer camps for all levels of riders! Campers should bring enthusiasm and willingness to try new things!
West Wind welcomes new and returning campers! These campers will be grouped according to previous experience - please make sure to mark this on your registration form! We modify the activities from year to year to keep campers involved in learning what it takes to care for horses.
Camps are run by Equestrian Canada certified Instructors and Coaches. All activities will be tailored to the ability levels of the campers at the coach’s discretion.
All camps run Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm unless otherwise noted.
We strongly recommend that all campers have their own ASTM helmets which can be purchased at Greenhawk Winnipeg or any other reputable tack store.
Beginner/Novice 1 Camp $355.00/camper/week
2023 Dates: FULL
Full weeks: July 3-7; July 17021; August 8-11; August 21-25 ; Aug 28-Sept 1
This camp offers one ride per day. for Ages 8-16 (riders must be 8 when camp occurs).
This is a combined level week. These camp weeks are able to accommodate riders who have never ridden before to riders who have some camp experience, or a few lessons. We do our best to group riders together according to their age and skill level. Campers will learn safety and horse handling, grooming and saddling. Each day includes a one hour lesson, learning the basics of steering, stopping, walking, and building up to trotting. For those who have ridden before, and have some experience, we will improve upon their basic skills through out the week. The other half of the day campers will make new friends, learn about horse care and play games.
Novice 2 Camp $355.00/camper/week
2023 Dates: FULL
Full weeks: July 10-14; August 14-18
This camp offers one ride per day. Ages 8-16 (riders must be 8 when camp occurs).
Campers with some previous experience of riding lessons (20+) or a few weeks of summer camp in recent years are welcome and will be grouped accordingly. Campers should also have a comfort level of working around the horses safely on the ground, preparing their horse to ride, and able to work independently.
Each day of camp includes a one hour lesson improving and solidifying current skills such as steering, stopping, walking, 2 point and posting trot, building up to canter. Cantering is not guaranteed and is dependent upon individual campers balance and competency of the skills mentioned above. The other half of the day, campers will make new friends, learn more horse care and play games.
Advanced Camp $535.00/camper/week
2023 Dates: FULL
Full weeks: July 24-28
This camp offers two rides per day (Suitable for Ages 13 and up), and is geared for riders who have been riding consistently for a couple of years with the following skills: campers must already be able to catch, groom, saddle, and bridle without supervision and comfortably control a canter. The riding activities will include jumping and dressage work. With one afternoon being spent at a local horse show to learn where their future riding can take them (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions and show schedules). Other activities include learning about stable management, first aid, nutrition, bandaging and jump course designing.