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Posted on: August 23, 2018

Explore Park Adds Seven New Horseback Programs This Fall

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Explore Park's new Niagara Ranch equestrian area is gearing up for a busy fall season with the announcement of seven new programs in October and November. Choose from weekend trail rides, obstacle courses and weekly riding lessons as specified below:


Trail Rides at Explore Park (ages 8+)

Experience real world riding instruction from the very best! This 1.5 hour excursion departs from Explore Park's new Niagara Ranch, providing a memorable and scenic ride with western style riding instruction. No experience needed! Advance registration is suggested, with your excursion beginning from our facility located at 3204 Highland Road (directions below). Drop-in registration may be available up to 20-minutes before your ride time at the Explore Park Visitor Center or by phone at (540) 427-1800. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Helmets, and tack included. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Western Riding Lessons (ages 8+)

Ready to ride like a cowboy? Learn horsemanship skills that are needed with any discipline of riding. Get a hands-on experience in this new six-week program at Explore Park Simply the most advanced lessons available, whether you're a beginner or experienced rider! Learn with a proven method that will take you further than you have ever imagined. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Helmets, and tack included. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  

Horseback Clinic & Trail Ride at Explore Park (ages 8+)

You can't gallup until you learn to trot. Get started on the right hoove with the equine experts at Explore Park's Nigara Ranch. Participants will learn basic horsemanship skills including mounting and riding technique, before setting off on a guided trail ride. No experience necessary. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Helmets, and tack included. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.   

Horseback Obstacle Course Trail Ride (ages 8+)

Test your horsemanship with a unique obstacle course challenge at the Niagara Ranch at Explore Park. Choose from a bring your own horse session on October 20 or use Reba Farm horses on November 17. Learn how to work your horse through the obstacles with expert help when needed. It's great for anyone who loves horses and riding. Prizes will be awarded to the top three riders! Advance registration is required. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.         

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