Horse Riding Lessons by CRE

This page was last updated on November 29th, 2023.

About Our Equine Riding Programs

Our goal for our students is for them to develop confidence in their horsemanship skills in a fun, friendly, safe and educational environment! Our program has transitioned into offering lessons primarily to students that have their own horse or leased horse available to them, however there are a limited number of CRE lesson horses available for use, please message us before scheduling if you would need to utilize a lesson horse in our classes. Click here for more information on our horse leasing program. Students are welcome to haul their own horses in for lessons or become part of the dedicated rider program in which they board their own horse/or leased horse at our facility and commit to taking a minimum of 6 lessons per month.


Serious equestrian? Please read about our Dedicated Rider Program.

Students - Want to learn what it's like to own a horse, without actually buying one? Check out our lease program.

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Class Descriptions

Types of Instruction Offered

Offering riding instruction in a variety of disciplines:

- Basic Horsemanship
- On the Ground Horsemanship
- English (basic English equitation, introductory dressage and jumping, hunt seat equitation/pleasure)
- Western (Equitation, Pleasure, Trail: competition & recreational)
- Western Dressage and Cowboy Dressage
- Speed Events (barrels, poles, intro. roping, goat tying)
- Halter & Showmanship
- We do not offer guided trail rides.


Lesson Pricing

- Private 1 Hour Lessons
  $85 per student per lesson for riders with their own horse and tack
  $100 per student per lesson for riders that need a lesson horse and tack

- Semi-Private Group 1 Hour Lessons = $65 per student per lesson - 2 to 3 riders

- Weekly Scheduled Group 1.5 Hour Lessons - 5+ riders
  $55 per student per lesson for riders with their own horse and tack
  $65 per student per lesson for all riders that need a lesson horse and tack OR are not boarding/leasing a horse at CRE

- Beginner Group Lessons $65 each (tack/horses provided)

- Discounts available for all boarders/leasers - please contact for amount


2023 Payments & Policies:

- No cancellation fee for canceling when sick for lessons!
- We accept checks, cash, Venmo, PayPal, and all major credits for payment
- All payments are due at beginning of each lesson
- We have a 24 hour cancellation policy, failure to notify will result in full charge of the lesson!
- Lessons will be cancelled if it is below 20 degrees, we will notify you, but feel free to contact us if weather is questionable.
- All riders must sign a release of liability waiver or a parent must sign if student is a minor.
- All rider's under age 18 must wear an equine certified riding helmet whenever they are mounted on a horse.
- Rider's over age of 18 have the option to wear an equine certified riding helment, however they must sign an acknowledgement stating that they are choosing not to wear.
- All rider's should wear long pants, boots with a heel (preferably no laces). Gloves are recommended for winter riding months.
- Pre-purchased lessons expire one year after purchase date.
- All pre-purchased lessons are non-refundable.
- All students hauling in a horse to CRE for lessons must provide proof of current negative coggins test and current vaccinations.
- All students that do not have their own or leased horse available to them to use for lessons must have approval from instructor Amy Prechter to utilize a CRE lesson horse in lessons.

Lesson Schedule

2023 CRE Winter Riding Lesson Schedule:

Monday
4:00pm Intermediate Horsemanship Class-instructor Amy Prechter
5:00pm Advanced Barrel Racing &/or Pole Bending Class instructed by Amy Prechter

Tuesday
4:30pm Beginner Horsemanshp class instructed by Vivian Ripley (additional beginner classes may be added if we have enough interest)

Wednesday
9:30am Adult Horsemanship Class instructed by Amy Prechter/Justin Hanson
4:00pm Cowboy Dressage Group Class instructed by Amy Prechter/Justin Hanson

Thursday
4:00pm Extreme trail/Ranch Riding Class/combo on the ground horsemanship instructed by: Amy Prechter/Justin Hanson

Friday
10:00am Adult Horsemanship class instructed by Amy Prechter
(Select Fridays) 4pm Fundamentals of Speed Events instructed by Amy Prechter

Select Saturdays:
Heelomatic Roping - Time to be determined
(Group/Private lessons/special events only) We will reserve Saturdays at CRE for dedicated rider's to utilize arena, special events lessons for 4H Groups, Dedicated Rider's B-day Parties, but on a very limited basis.

Sundays:
Heelomatic Roping - Time to be determined
(Group/Private lessons/special events only)

We DO NOT offer guided trail rides. Thank you.


Private and Semi Private Lessons:

Please check the Private Lesson Calendars to also understand when Semi-Private Lessons are available.

Please email (cedarridgeequines@gmail.com) or text (530) 263-3433 Amy directly to schedule private/semi private lessons.


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Bozeman, MT Group Class Descriptions

(Not every class is offered year around, please check schedule for available classes)

Heelomatic Roping Practice
This a fun team roping practice evening in which we will pull the Heelomatic machine around the arena. It is open to boarders, leasers, and individuals with their own horse, which are welcome to haul in. Great way to tune up your skills, start a young horse on roping or to learn to rope, something for everyone. Must have your own/leased horse available or approved access by instructor to CRE lesson horse.

English Equitation Class
This class will cover basic aspects of English riding: warmup, stretches, rail work and then we will work on English Equitation patterns, dressage work and/or introductory jumping. This class is designed for students who are comfortable at a walk and trot, and canter. Must have your own/leased horse available or approved access by instructor to CRE lesson horse. Class Available upon request.

Youth Beginner Horsemanship Class
In the beginner horsemanship class we will cover basic aspects of horsemanship riding: 1st half hour is safety, grooming, tacking up the horse, followed by riding which includes a warm-up, stretches, rail work and then we will work on a horsemanship patterns. This class is designed for students with no prior to little riding experience. Students will learn how to walk and trot. Students are welcome to ride English or Western. Must have your own/leased horse available or approved access by instructor to CRE lesson horse.

Intermediate Horsemanship Class
This class is for students that are interested in fine tuning their horsemanship skills and is open to all ages as long as the student is confident at the walk, trot/jog and canter/lope and are welcome to ride English or Western. Class will consist of a basic warm up for horse and rider on the ground and in the saddle, followed by work on horsemanship patterns, obstacles, desensitizing, and training maneuvers for developing a softer feel and relationship with your horse. Must have your own/leased horse available or approved access by instructor to CRE lesson horse.

Adult Horsemanship Class
In the adult horsemanship class we will cover basic aspects of riding: warmup, stretches, rail work and then we will work on a horsemanship patterns. This class is designed for students who are gaining basic riding skills or perhaps have not ridden for awhile and wanting to build their confidence up in the saddle. Students will basic horsemanship safety and skills and will learn how to walk, trot and eventually canter. Students are welcome to ride English or Western. Must have your own/leased horse available or approved access by instructor to CRE lesson horse.

Cowboy Dressage Class
Instructor: Amy Prechter (Certified Level 1 Cowboy Dressage Clinician)
Must have your own horse/leased horse available to participate or approved access by instructor to CRE lesson horse. This class is open to all ages that are confident at a walk, jog and lope. We will work warm up working on gaits variations utilized in Cowboy Dressage, transitions, ABC’s fundamentals of Cowboy Dressage, riding the court/tests, and various maneuvers.

Advanced Barrel Racing/Pole Bending Class
This class is designed for students that would like to fine tune their barrel racing/pole bending/speed events. This class is open to riders that are advanced in their riding skills, actively competing in speed events and own their own horse, leased horse or have a CRE lesson horse available to them(please message Amy in advance for use of lesson horse). Haul ins are welcome but must provide proof of vaccinations and negative coggins test. Riders must be comfortable and able to ride independently at the walk, trot and lope/canter in large groups. In each class students will warm up their horses and learn about the importance of warm exercises & fitness for themselves and their horses. The last portion of class will be spent working on exercises and/or barrel/pole pattern work. Allow for time to un-tack your horse after the lesson, must be able to tack up entirely on your own. Class is 1.5 to two hours in length depending on number of students signed up.

Equine Athlete Fitness Class
This class is designed for the competitive horse/rider in almost any discipline to help keep your equine athlete tuned and conditioned. Warm up stretches will be conducted for both horse and rider at beginning of the class. Exercises that teach proper balance and flex through turns, extension, collection, precision movements and understanding control over your mounts entire body are some of the aspects covered in this class. This class maintains controlled gates and does not include speed drills. Must have your own horse/leased horse to participate or prior arrangement for use of a CRE lesson horse from instructor of class.

Fundamentals of Speed Events Class
Instructor: Amy Prechter Each week this class will focus on a different rodeo or gymkana event (Barrels, Poles, keyhole, roping, goat tying, etc), this will be determined by student interest. This class will be geared towards introducing riders or horses to these events. We will work on warm up exercises/stretches on the ground and in the saddle. We will work with you at your level from introductory to more experienced. Students should be fairly independent in their riding, able to walk, trot comfortably. Must have your own horse or leased horse available or approved access to CRE lesson horse by instructor. Haul ins are welcome but must provide proof of vaccinations and a negative coggins test.

Combo on the Ground/ Equitation Fitness Class
This class is designed for the competitive horse/rider in almost any discipline to help keep your equine athlete tuned on the ground and in the saddle. This class will begin with warm up stretches for both horse and rider on the ground. Some classes will be taught entirely on the ground while other classes will start with groundwork and move to work in the saddle with exercises/maneuvers that teach proper balance and flex through turns, extension, collection, precision movements and understanding control over your movements and entire body position are some of the aspects covered in this class, as well as strength training for horse and rider to improve overall riding with an emphasis on equitation. This class maintains controlled gaits and does not include speed drills. Must have your own horse/leased horse/or access to CRE lesson horse available to sign up.

Extreme Trail/Ranch Riding Class
This class is open to all ages of riders that are comfortable at the walk/trot and at a minimum learning to lope/canter. Western tack is recommended, but students are welcome to ride English in select classes based on the class curriculum. Students must have access to their own horse/leased horse or access approved by instructor from CRE to use CRE lesson horse. This class is designed to introduce trail a variety of maneuvers and extreme trail obstacles to horse and/or rider. This class can be done entirely on the ground and is an excellent class for introducing a young/green horse to groundwork/maneuvers/desensitizing/trail obstacles. Some classes may involve introductory roping/tracking the Heelomatic/ flag work and eventually build up to the maneuvering live cattle in the spring (team sorting/penning/trailing/gathering and eventually roping).


Additional Classes can be scheduled by request!

For information on lessons PLEASE contact us!

Amy Prechter - (406) 282-3355