Workshops: L0-1 Introductory-Beginner Levels
The workshop is a class for the absolute beginner, or a rider with some basic experience in camps, trail rides, or lessons, but who are new to natural horsemanship, as well as those who are returning to horses, or experienced riders interested in our program and learning about natural horsemanship. All entering students must take this first workshop and then be assigned into the appropriate level member program.
The Orientaion-Assesment private lesson is usually for those who have past experience and would like an introduction to natural horsemanship, and the CHS program. After this lesson we can place the new student into the correct level group and design a plan for that student. This lesson is also convenient for those who cannot fit into our workshop schedule, or who just cannot wait for the next workshop to get started!
Summer Camps: Nature Horses & Outdoor Adventure
See the bottom of this page for a camp description and registration!
- $99.00 = 2.0 hour workshop offered once per month. Sundays 9:30-11:30.
- $145.00 = 1.5-hour Private lesson ($85.00 +$20.00 horse & tack fee).
All Programs & Camps Include:
Professional certified instruction
Background checked, Safe Sport Certified, TB tested instructors
Written materials, Horse use fee, Equipment rental
Transportation to events and adventure locations
Self-Paced Positive reinforcement program
Membership Program ~ Cal Riders
After step one above you become a member of the Cal Sports Club Inc/California Natural Horsemanship School & Cal Riders. This affords you the best training possible in the best system in the world. We offer our training through a combination of a monthly two hour group workshop, a quarterly all-day clinic/fun day, and 2 to 4 private lessons monthly depending on your age and level.
Level 1-2, 2-3 & 3-4 Workshops
These workshops are for members of the Cal Sports Club and the California Horsemanship School. These two hour workshops are offered once monthly primarily on Sundays.
- The L 1-2 workshops take you deeper into your horsemanship knowledge and understanding. You progressing through the Parelli system and games playing with your horses to accomplish tasks, achieve goals, and become a team with your assigned horse. We focus on specific topics, Parelli games, and riding.
- As a member in this program you upgrade to your next savvy levels as you progress. You refine your skill and relationships and take the Parelli games to higher levels of communication between you and your horse. We develop and practice our video taped level audition routines.
- With the directors and instructor’s approval you may begin the membership program that includes a mini-lease of a school horse once weekly for self-practice, grooming, bonding, and playing with your horse (This lease is first done in groups and with staff present at the stable). We do offer a membership program that offers all this for you.
We have several age categories that we use to separate into groups at times. For workshops and clinics we often have a couple of instructors with seperate ages and levels. We do like allowing our families to be together so we accommodate this as much as possible. On another note sometimes a youth rider is mature or experienced enough to be placed with cadets for example and we make these exceptions.
- Super Youth Cal Riders (Ages 7-9)
- Youth Cal Riders (10-12)
- Cadet Cal Riders (13-16)
- Junior Cal Riders (17-19)
- Senior Cal Riders (20 – Adults)
CAL RIDERS CLUB: Monthly Level 1-2 membership. Fee $220.00 monthly
This includes a 2.0-hour workshop once monthly (usually Sundays) & two 50-minute private lessons monthly (usually bi-weekly). This discounts both the lessons and workshops! There is a $250.00 annual fee that pays for our arena lesson use fee, our stable trainer fees, insurance, member administration, tack and tool up-keep for the year. It is automatically charged each 12-month anniversary. The $220.00 pays for instruction and horse/equipment rental fee per use.
CAL RIDERS CLUB: Monthly Level 2-4 membership. Fee is $390.00 monthly.
- 2-hour workshop once monthly
- Four 50-minute private lessons monthly (once weekly)
- Horse lease 1.5 hour bi-weekly. Activities assigned for your level; grooming, ground work, level of riding – when instructor is at stable.
- Discounts on other services such as trail rides, special events, fencing, archery, all camps and much more!
- This program is awesome and should be the goal. You get your own Parelli trained horse and tack without having to buy it 6-10,000 dollars, no paying for feed and board at $425.00 monthly, no vet bills $2,000-10,000 annually, and discounted lessons and workshops with a complete Parelli training program from the best trainers in the Bay Area. You can be a beginner to be in this program!
Discounted one-time annual payments available. All monthly fees are auto charged so our staff can concentrate on teaching – not collecting.
SUMMER CAMPS: Nature, Horses & Outdoor Adventure!
Each week has different activities so that a camper could do every week and have different experiences! After the first days meeting the week’s camp is designed to meet the interests of the group – the kids actually get to help design their own camp experience! Below is an example of one of our 2016 camp schedules:
- Introduction to Natural Horsemanship
- Introduction to Olympic and field archery
- Nature hike
- Trip to Seymour Center Laboratory, coastal flora and fauna meadow rehabilitation walk, and tide pool explorations & some beach play and games.
- Henry Cowell Redwood Interpretive Nature Hike, and nature exploration center (the best in bay area).
- Finish the day with some archery and horse care and bonding
- Natural horsemanship riding
- A Kayak nature tour at Elkhorn Slough or related adventure
- Mini archery competition at CSC
- Field archery outing and trail shoot at Stevens Creek archery range and course
- Geocaching search and nature hike in Bear Creek Redwood Open Space Preserve
- Other Los Gatos activity of which we have a few options
- Trail horse ride on beach, or in Fremont Older Space preserve, or Bear Creek Stable
- Special group picnic
- Archery ballon shoot at CSC