Learn what equipment you need for your first riding lesson at Foothills Farm

Must-Haves and Nice-to-Haves - Equipment for Your First Riding Lesson

August 27, 2021

The biggest hurdle to starting any new sport is getting the necessary equipment. What do you need to just try the sport? What can you borrow? What would be nice to have? What should I wait to buy until I am fully committed to the sport? Here is what you will need before your first riding lesson.

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Frequently Asked Questions about riding lessons at Foothills Farm

What You Need To Know Before Your First Lesson

August 27, 2021

You are interested in riding lessons at Foothills Farm? Great! You most likely have a lot of questions about our program, how to get started, what you will need, our lesson structure and more. Here are some things that you need to know before your first lesson at Foothills Farm.

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What to Expect at Your First Riding Lesson

What to Expect at Your First Riding Lesson

April 01, 2021

Get ready for your first riding lesson with this guide for new riders. If you're a parent, learning about horses can be as rewarding for you as it is for your child. Getting to know your way around these beautiful animals is a great way to unwind and improve mental health and wellbeing - you’ll see what we mean when you get here.

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Giving Thanks & Last Call for Fall Colours!

Giving Thanks & Last Call for Fall Colours!

October 09, 2020

This past week, the new Foothills Farm arena officially opened for business with our riders and their horses experiencing their first rides in what will be a state of the art facility. A lot of work remains to be done, but we're happy to say we're on the home stretch!

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So... Your Horse is Stopping at the Jumps

So... Your Horse is Stopping at the Jumps

May 01, 2020

There are many reasons that a horse stops at the jumps. If it is a single stop in a riding lesson, or at a horse show it doesn't mean that the horse has a problem with a stop. But if the horse continues to stop, in a lesson, in a horse show or during warm up for a horse show, you need to try to figure out why. To every problem there is a root!!

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What To Do Between Lessons

What To Do Between Lessons

April 12, 2020

There are many things that you can practice and make your half hour well worth your effort. Remember your horses are creatures of habit, everything you do is teaching them. They do not know when it becomes important to do a better job of something. Practice does not make perfect, PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. You are always the trainer.

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April 3, 2020 COVID-19 Update from Coach Cathy. Stay active, stay fit, be ready for riding season.

What Next: Staying Fit & Post COVID-19 Training Plan

April 03, 2020

We are all experiencing a very difficult time right now as barns have closed to the general public. This is usually the time when we are doing our homework to get ready for our show season. Hopefully within the not-too-distant future we will be told that we are allowed to go back and ride our horses. 

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Foothills Rider Profile: Isabelle Gauthier

Foothills Rider Profile: Isabelle Gauthier

January 15, 2020

When she’s not in the barn or the riding ring, this 21-year-old is studying social work at Laurentian University with the hopes of someday working with children or seniors. This year, Isabelle’s goal is to move up to the 1.10 and possibly the 1.20 in the A shows of the trillium circuit with Red, the horse she’s owned for six years. 

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LUCC Equestrian Team Try-outs: September 7 & 8th

LUCC Equestrian Team Try-outs: September 7 & 8th

September 02, 2019

Foothills Farm is proud to be the host facility of the Laurentian University and Cambrian College Equestrian Team.  Team try-outs for the 2019/2020 LUCC Equestrian Team will be taking place Saturday, September 7 and Sunday September 8, 2019.

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"When you maybe don't have that fight in you, they fight for you", Eric Lamaze wins RBC Canadian Grandprix at Spruce Meadows

June 09, 2019

We witnessed a moment in history yesterday, and while the Show Jumping was world class, the most memorable and moving moment of the day came during a golf cart ride to the Winners circle. 

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NEWS ABOUT OUR FRIEND AND HERO, ERIC LAMAZE

NEWS ABOUT OUR FRIEND AND HERO, ERIC LAMAZE

June 07, 2019

The staff and riders of Foothills Farm are reeling from the heartbreaking news that our good friend, Canadian Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze, has been battling a cancerous brain tumour for the past year and a half.

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Cathy Inch: My Longtime Friendship with Eric Lamaze

Cathy Inch: My Longtime Friendship with Eric Lamaze

June 05, 2019

I will always remember the first time I saw Eric; he was about 16 years old and riding for a fellow from Quebec. Even in those early days, Eric’s obvious talent in the ring always made him stand out. In fact, people would often point him out as if to say, “That guy will really be something someday.”

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