Fitzgerald Stables offers year ‘round English riding lessons for children ages 3 years and above and adults. Our lessons are held 6 days/week, and we offer daytime, after-school and weekend schedules. We also offer the Homeschool community riding opportunities during the school day.
Children are our specialty and we emphasize safety, knowledge of horses and cultivating foundational riding skills, and of course, FUN. We have safe horses and ponies and kind, patient instructors who have years of riding and teaching experience. Lessons are on-going, similar to ballet or other year ‘round sports. Please note that learning to ride does not happen in a short time... learning to ride is progressive and builds skills over a period of time.
Group Lessons—FALL ‘20 Semester
Fall Session begins Sunday, September 6th (Due to COVID we will not be offering per session format, and will have a regular 8 week enrollment in place, see below).
Group Lesson Fee: (max of 4-5 riders/1-hour)- LIMITED ENROLLMENT DURING COVID Each session $400 (8 lessons in a 9-week session)
Payment and registration must be received prior to first lesson to reserve your child's space in a group lesson.
Prior to enrolling in our group lessons, an Evaluation Lesson must be scheduled to ensure that you are placed in the correct riding group (this applies to new students only). The cost of the eval is $60 for a 30 mins. evaluation, please contact us to set up a date. Students with no prior riding experience must begin with private or semiprivate lessons (if there is another beginning student available) initially. The instructor will work with the student until she believes that the student is able to safely join a group lesson.
Lessons are not refundable, however, under certain extreme cases (such as medical) we may consider.
**NOTE: REGARDING Group lessons: If fewer than 3 riders are present at the time of the lesson, lesson will be shortened to 45 mins. (or may be cancelled/rescheduled); if only 1 student is present, lesson will be 30 mins. (or may be cancelled/rescheduled).
Semi-Private & Private Lessons:
Semi-private & Private lessons do not follow a session format.
Semi-Private Lesson Fee (2 riders of the same riding level/1 hour)
Pay-As-You-Go: $70/lesson per student
4 lesson block $240 (must complete 4 lessons in 5 weeks)
8 lesson block $456 (must complete 8 lessons in 9 weeks)
If only 1 student is present, lesson will shorten to 30 mins. or may be cancelled/rescheduled)
Private Lesson Fee (1 rider/45 mins.)
4 lesson block $280 (must complete 4 lessons in 5 weeks)
8 lesson block $532 (must complete 8 lessons in 9 weeks)
PonyPal Lesson (30 min. Leadline Lesson, children 3-5 years)
4 lesson block $200/student —students will groom and help tack up the pony prior to their lesson; a short lead-line lesson will follow.
Trial Lesson (30 min. assessment)
Homeschool Riding Program
Horseback riding is a great activity for homeschool families, as well as a great social sport. At Fitzgerald Stables your children can ride and learn together in a small group, or you may opt to take private lessons, depending on your schedule.
Lessons are weekdays, from September - June, and are during the school day, from 10 AM - 2 PM, Tuesday - Friday. Lessons are offered in blocks of 4 & 8 weeks for private lessons, ages 5 and up. Group Lessons are offered in 8 week blocks only. If there are 2 children who wish to ride together in a lesson and can commit to a consistent day/time, we are able to teach a semi-private lesson, see private lesson rates.
Private Homeschool Fee (45 min.)
4 week block: $240
8 week block: $440
Semi-Private Homeschool Fee (60 min.)
4 week block: $210/student
8 week block: $400/student
Group Homeschool Fee (2 or more students/1 hour)
8 week block $360/student
If only 1 students is present for a lesson, it will be shortened to 30 minutes. Students are grouped with similar abilities, students must be able to tack up, walk/trot and handle their mounts independently.
Payment for lessons must be made prior to the beginning of the lesson session, or the day of the 1st lesson. Timely payment ensures that you will have a reserved lesson for the desired day/ time. All checks must be made to: Fitzgerald Stables, or you may use VENMO (we no longer use PayPal). At this time we do not accept credit cards, but are looking into offering this service in the near future.
Cancellation & Make-up Policy
All cancellations, or reschedules MUST be made 24 hours ahead of time of scheduled lesson to be eligible for a make up. If less than 24 hrs., such as with an illness, students who are able to ride independently can have practice ride (no instruction) with barn manager, otherwise, they will have to forfeit a lesson. Please note that we do not give make-up lessons for make-up lessons; they are considered a forfeit. You must call/text to: (703)867-7062 — if no answer you must leave a message or text!