Saturday, 16 September 2017

Back to Riding!

Now that the first week of lessons is over and everyone is now familiar with lesson procedures at NSEC, we would like to take this opportunity to go over some general saftey information that might come in handy to both new students as well as returning students
  • Dogs
    • We ask that dogs stay home, however if you are unable to leave your furry friend at home, they must be leashed at all times and cannot enter the stall hallways. Dogs that are not used to horses, bark or try to run up to horses to smell them should not be brought onto the property and will be asked to leave.
  • Stalls
    • While tacking up, student must be wearing their helmets and closed toed shoes. Younger siblings should never enter the stall, even to help. Too many people in a stall can make a horse nervous and fidgety.
    • Students should never enter a stall unless they are about to tack up a horse for their lesson, nor should they try to get the attention of a horse during their down time in their stalls. Our horses work very hard every day and need time to themselves to relax, just like us. Students should not start tacking up any earlier than 30 mins prior to their lesson.
  • Running Late/Rushing to Leave
    • While we understand that sometimes you may be running late, this does not mean you should rush your grooming job before saddling your horse. Horses can get rubs and become sore if not groomed properly before tack is put on, so it is very important to take your time when grooming
    • Sometime you may need to leave as soon as you can after your lesson for various reasons, but this does not mean you can skip grooming down your horse. Horses need to be properly groomed down to help cool them off after riding, which prevents them from getting sick. If a horse is too hot after a lesson and eats or drinks too much water, it can give them a terrible stomach ache which can lead to colic. Always make time to groom down and cool off your horse after your lesson.
  • Proper attire for in the barn
    • Umbrellas and open toed shoes should never be used or worn in a barn environment. Umbrellas can spook horses unintentionally and if a horse steps on you by accident while wearing open toed shoes, your toes will likely be broken. Even if you are not riding, please always wear closed toed shoes on NSEC property and keep the umbrella closed once you leave the parking lot.
  • Drop Off/Pick Up Etiquette
    • Vehicles should always remain in the parking lot and never block or pull in past the front gate to the barn. Only work vehicles are permitted past the gate and staff turn in and out horses through the gate, so it must never be blocked.
    • Honking is not an appropriate means to call your child out for pick up. Our barn is very big and chances are they will not hear you or even know the honking is for them. Honking can spook a horse, which could lead to injury of a student.
  • Lessons Running Late
    • Sometimes instructors run late. When this happens the instructor will make a note on the list to notify classes that she is running late. Rest assured that classes will still run their 45 minutes so no one misses out on riding time.
  • Treats
    • Treats should only be brought for the horse you are riding that day, and should be given after the lesson is complete as a reward for a job well done. Our horses are on very balanced individual diets and too many treats can cause them to become sick. Big bags of treats can also cause chaos in the hallways once a few horses realize that there are treats being freely given. This can cause horses to stop paying attention to the person tacking or untacking them, which could lead to being stepped on or shoved.
  • Horse Assignments
    • The horses are assigned each day by the instructor and they will likely change from week to week so that each student has a chance to ride different horses and work on different challenges.
    • Our horses have very specific rules for their workloads, they each get 1 set day off from work each week to relax and on the days they do work they are only allowed to go a maximum of 3 lessons/day, and can only be used in lessons 2x in a row (so they must always have a break somewhere between their three lesson maximum). Higher level lessons alternate between flat work and jumping lessons each week to make sure our horses are not over jumped and that they get rest days between jumping lessons.
    • Our horse selection comes down to many different factors, all of which can affect how the horses are selected each day. Selections are based on suitable horses for the lesson levels, suitable horse workloads and rider to horse weight ratios as well as matching horse personalities to students personalities and individual riding styles. Sometimes horses may get sick or could have an injury that prevents us from using them while they recover, or maybe beginner groups are learning to canter, so they need horses they don’t normally use for walk and trot lessons, or the therapeutic program may be running on your lesson day. All of these things will affect how horses are selected each day.
  • Questions/Concerns
    • Any questions or concerns can always be brought to my attention while I am in the office or via email. I am always happy to answer any questions, help with tacking up or listen to any concerns you may have and work to find a solution.
We hope everyone has a great 2017/2018 season with us!

Friday, 2 June 2017

Canada Day Parade 2017

This year will be the 150th celebration for Canada Day and NSEC will be celebrating by participating in the North Shore Canada Parade on Saturday, July 1st!

This year we will be taking Tim Bit in the parade and giving Dino a break, but I will still be looking for volunteers to help me by handing out candy, stickers and business cards, as well as carry our banner.

If you are interested in helping out this year, please email me ASAP at 

Friday, 5 May 2017

NSEC Summer Classic 2017

It's time to register for the NSEC Summer Classic! Registration is optional and is open to all NSEC students.

Forms can be found here: NSEC Summer Classic Show Forms

The NSEC Summer Classic will be held on Saturday, June 10th, starting at 9:30am sharp! Please note that all regular lessons will be cancelled on June 10th for the show.

Students should get class recommendations from their instructors, or they can email the office if they are unsure of what classes to enter.

Entry fees are due in CASH with the entry form. The entry fee is $10.00. If the fee is not included with your entry form, the $10.00 entry fee PLUS an additional $10.00 late fee will be applied to your account.

Class fees are $25.00/class and will be calculated and applied to your bill after the show date, these fees do not need to be included with your entry.

Classes will run by number and are approximately 20 mins each (ie - Class 1 will go at 9:30am, Class 2 will go at 9:50am, Class 3 will go at 10:10am and so on). Times may vary depending on how popular each class is and if it has to be split into A, B & C categories (ie - Class 1A, Class 1B, Class 1C and so on). Students should make sure to arrive early to groom and tack up and be ready on time for their classes.

Parents and family are encouraged to come and watch as students show off the skills they have learned over the year and win prizes. Concession will be selling Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Pop and Doughnuts all day and Hot Dogs from 11am to 2pm. Please note no flash photography will be permitted for safety reasons but non-flash photos are allowed.

Following the show, June 11th to 17th will be NSEC's final Stable Management Week of the 2016/2017 term. Giving our hard working school horses a nice relaxing week off and giving students a chance to learn, review and build on their on horse skills to help them become well rounded horse people.

We hope to see everyone on June 10th!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

NSEC Summer Camps

Summer Camp registration is now available on our website.

Make sure to register before June 1st 2017 to get an EARLY BIRD discount of $25.00 off the original camp price.

Camps that run on the week of August 8th to 11th 2017 get a $45.00 BC DAY discount. This discount cannot be combined with the early bird discount though.

Make sure to sign up quick! Spots tend to fill up fast!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

New Addition

On the evening of April 3rd/the morning of April 4th Ziona had a healthy baby filly at NSEC!

Although this is very exciting and quite unusual sight at NSEC, we are asking that all students respect the privacy of Ziona and her new foal to make sure neither of them get too stressed out by all the attention they will likely receive.

Ziona and her foal will be leaving NSEC in the future so that her little one has room to run around and play and grow, and once they are both ready, Ziona will return to NSEC and her foal will begin her training to be a lovely, well mannered mare.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Summer Camp Registration

NSEC Summer Camp registration is now open.

The last day of regular lessons at NSEC will be June 30th, 2017. Half day, week long summer camps will commence the following Monday, July 3rd, 2017 and run until Sept 1st 2017.

NSEC Summer Camps run Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 12pm OR 1pm to 4pm and are open to children 7 yrs old and up. Level descriptions and registration forms can be found on the Summer Camp page of our website.

Early Bird Discount: Sign up before June 1st 2017 for any week other than August 8th-11th and get $25.00 off the regular price of $420.00.

BC Day Discount: Due to BC day on Aug 7th, summer camps for the week of August 8th to 11th will run Tuesday to Friday instead of Monday to Friday and be offered at a discounted rate of $375.00/camp. This week will not be eligible for the early bird discount.

Spaces are limited and fill up fast, so make sure to get your registration forms in ASAP and we hope to see you in the summer!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Allanda Away

Just a reminder that I am now officially away for the month of March.

Brae will be looking after the office and schedule while I am gone.

The office will be closed on Tuesdays & Thursdays, so students should look to their helpers or ask their instructors for help if they need help with tacking up.

Invoice inquires or corrections will be looked into as soon as I return after March 29th.

Hope everyone has a good Spring Break!