Horsemanship Lessons

MJM Equestrian Centre offers Horsemanship Lessons taught by Gillian Ross Erasmi of Smart Horse Equine Services. Gillian is certified as a Competition Coach in both English and Western Riding; she has been involved in the English Rider program since its inception. Gillian has successfully helped many students reach their goals in the National Rider Level and Instructor Certification programs over the last 20+ years.

These lessons are designed to help prepare you for Rider Levels and/or to offer you a way to expand your knowledge of handling and caring for horses. It is important that we not only develop the physical skills to ride horses but that we develop an understanding of how they think and communicate so we may have the knowledge and skills to properly care for their welfare.

These sessions will add to what you learn in your riding lessons. They will deepen and expand your knowledge of proper horse care, how to communicate with your horse and how to handle your horse on the ground safely. Each session will be slightly different, with a mix of both classroom sessions and hands on work with the horses.


Weekly Lesson Dates and Times:

Rider Level 1 and 2:

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Weekly on Friday: Jan 12, Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 23 and Mar 2

Rider Level 3 and 4:

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Weekly on Friday: Jan 12th, Jan 19th, Feb 2nd, Feb 9th, Feb 23rd & Mar 2nd.

Rider Level 5 and 6:

Info Coming Soon

Rider Level 7 and 8:

Info Coming Soon

Test Prep Courses:

Bandaging Course:

Saturday January 20th 9 am - 12 noon

Focuses on polos, stable, shipping, tail and first aid

Farrier Topics Course:

Saturday January 20th 1 pm - 4 pm

Focuses on covering farrier knowledge required for Level 7 & 8

Written Test  Day:

Friday March 23rd 2018

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Gillian Available for Questions

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm Written Tests (All levels available to be written)

Lesson Information:

These sessions are an overview and will cover what you will need to know to become a well-rounded horseperson and prepare for EC Rider Level testing.

To be successful in the Rider Testing individuals are responsible to follow up with their riding coaches, practice and review all the material covered in the education sessions.

English Rider 1 and 2, are grouped together as are rider 3 and 4, rider 5 and 6, Rider 7 and 8 respectively. Western Rider level sessions will be run as separate sessions for each level based on demand.

Sessions are designed to run with small groups of 4-8 participants and are all un-mounted sessions.

What you need:

Some sessions will involve working around horses. All participants should always come prepared with appropriate footwear and gloves. Helmets are recommended when working around horses but not required when un-mounted.