SCHOOLMASTER AVAILABLE FOR LESSONS.
for info call or text Erin at 609-304-5804
At Suddenly Farm we strive to offer lessons in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.
We focus on the quality of our lessons, not the quanity - therefore, we do NOT teach large group lessons.
All of our horses available for lessons have dressage training and we also offer schoolmaster lessons for riders who are looking to further their dressage education.
We have young riders, as well as teenagers and adults - from beginners thru advanced levels. If you or your child has always dreamed of learning to ride a horse, give us a call to set up a visit or schedule a lesson.
Training is provided by Erin Scelba-Johnson, , our resident instructors; and Leigha Allen, Stephanie Burgess and Lisa Adkisson-Lott.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ERIN WHO HAS JUST QUALIFIED FOR THE 2015 USDF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN KENTUCKY WITH COUTURE AT FIRST LEVEL MUSICAL FREESTYLE AND HAS BEEN INVITED AS AN ALTERNATE WITH LENNOX AT INTERMEDIATE MUSICAL FREESTYLE.
Erin resides here at the farm and has been riding for over 30 years. After many years of eventing her two TB's, Erin concentrates only on dressage now. Her time is dedicated to her private students, horses in training and her own horses, Danish Warmbloods Lennox and Ashiroh, and her 7 yr old Morgan gelding, EMR Arising. She is presently showing Lenny at Intermediare while EMR Arising is just starting his showing carreer at Training Level. After many years of showing Grand Prix, Ashiroh is semi-retired. Erin has earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals from the
United States Dressage Federation, and her Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals from ESDCTA and ECRDA, two local GMO's.
Erin has coached a number of students to their USDF Bronze Medals with many working towards their Silver Medal. She currently has over a dozen students showing in both schooling and USEF/USDF Recognized shows, all of whom have qualified for BLM's and GAIG's for the past several years, and whom have won numerous USDF and All-Breeds Awards. Two of her students finished 2nd in USDF Year-End Awards for their Pas de Deux and competed at BLM's and GAIG's. Her students have been very successful in ESDCTA and several smaller GMO's. Erin specializes in continuing education for more advanced riders and those riding our school masters.
Leigha is one of the 3 highly qualified non-resident instructors that teach on the farm. She has 25 years experience riding and showing. She has done hunters, jumpers and Dressage, but has focused solely on Dressage since 2004. She was a member of the Penn State Horse Judging Team and captain from 2001 - 2003. Leigha graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Animal Bio-science and is presently a teacher in Medford. She is presently riding with Erin Scelba-Johnson and has competed successfully through 4th level. Look for Leigha in the show ring this year with her new young Oldenburg, Dhouble Bubble. We are confident the future holds great things for them. During Leigha's lessons you will find horses and riders striving to improve the fundamentals of dressage. This allows a solid foundation to move correctly through the levels. Leigha works with teens and adult riders.
Stephanie Burgess is another non-resident instructor. Stephanie brings with her many years of experience: she started riding at 18 months of age, and has spent her life riding, showing and training horses. She has over 15 years of professional experience with training/instruction and has earned her ECRDA Bronze and Gold Medals, and her ESDCTA Silver and Gold Medals. Most recently she has been competing the Dutch Warmblood gelding Obelix at 3rd Level with solid scores. Look for them this season out and about testing the waters at 4th Level. Prior to debuting Obelix in the show ring, Stephanie competed All Jazz'Dup, a Draft Cross gelding through 2nd level. He is now schooling 3rd. Jazz was a rescue horse that Stephanie saved and trained herself. Her outgoing personality, combined with her professionalism and knowledge, are a great addition to Suddenly Farm. Stephanie teaches teens and adults.
Our newest addition, Lisa Adkisson-Lott is returning to Suddenly Farm after leaving us several years ago to marry and have her children. She taught our young students for many years when we were located at the "original" Suddenly Farm. She and her 2 children continue to ride her TB Tucker. She is an asset to our farm. She possesses great patience and a love of teaching, and has great rapport with our youngest students. She will be teaching our young students, as well as teens and adults.
Please call us at 609-654-6076 with any questions you might have about our lesson program, or to set up lessons with one of our instructors.
NO SMOKING AT NO DOGS PERMITTED ON THE FARM
OUR INDOOR RIDING ARENA ALLOWS FOR YEAR-ROUND RIDING.
Our lesson program includes:
- learning proper handling of the horse of the ground
- learning to groom and tack up the horse
- English riding lessons teaching balanced seat riding
- proper after-riding care of the horse and tack
- students will rotate horses thus providing a more rounded experience - the instructor will decide which horse her student will ride each week.
Riding Times and Cancellations
-Your instructor will set aside a specific time for your lesson which is usually the same day and time each week - example, every Tuesday at 3:00. You are expected to be here each week at that time, unless other arrangements are made in advance.
-Please arrive 10 to 15 mins before your lesson to insure being prepared on time. If you are late, your lesson may have to be shortened to fit your time slot. In that case, you will still be responsible for the cost of your regular lesson.
- 24 hrs notice is REQUIRRED for cancellations. If you fail to show up for a scheduled lesson, you inconvenience many people - especially your instructor. If no notice is given, you will be responsible for the cost of the missed lesson. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis.If you continually cancel or fail to show up, your time may be given away.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT OUR TRAINERS/INSTRUCTORS ARE PROFESSIONALS, AND THIS IS AN OCCUPATION - NOT JUST A HOBBY. BE CONSIDERATE OF THEIR TIME BY BEING ON TIME OR NOTIFYING THEM IN ADVANCE IF YOU CANNOT MAKE A LESSON.
- long pants - stretchy material is best. NO SHORTS
- boots of some kind with at least a 1/2" heel - no platform shoes or sandles
- a safety helment is required for all students. We have a few loaners that can be borrowed for the lesson.
-private 30 minute lesson (for riders 10 AND UNDER) with Leigha or Stephanie -$35
-private 30 minute lesson (ages 11 AND UP) Leigha or Stephanie - $40
-private 45 min (AGES 10 AND UNDER) with Leigha or Stephanie - $45
-private 45 min lesson (AGES 11 AND OLDER) with Leigha or Stephanie- $50
-1 hr semi-private Leigha or Stephanie- $40 each rider
-private 1 hr with Leigha or Stephanie - $60
-private 45 mins with Erin - $60
-Private 1 hr with Erin - $70
visit www.lennoxdressage.com for more of Erin's training rates
Since we focus on safety and educating the rider, we do not offer group lessons; nor do we require you to purchase a large "package" of lessons.
Call 609-654-6076 for information about our lesson program.
If you are interested in more information or speaking with Erin, please email us at email@example.com and she will get back to you.
Erin and 2 of her students at the 2008 ESDCTA Championships