Twin Oaks Riding Academy

Northern Virginia





Lessons

We exclusively offer hunt seat instruction. Our classes are small (average size: 4 -5). Lessons are 1 hour each. We offer group lessons only (no private or semi-private). We believe that riders enjoy sharing the learning process with their group. They not only learn from each others' mistakes, but encourage one another to excel. We do not accept students under 9 years of age for regular riding lessons. For children under 9, please see the Junior Riders lesson program. A Twin Oaks staff member will tack your horse previous to your lesson. We have a large, outdoor, all-season arena as well as an indoor arena. We rarely cancel lessons due to weather. Click here for lesson pricing.

Registering

Please call Nancy to find a lesson opening that works for your schedule (703-723-3200), and then fill out the lesson registration form and mail it to the address on the form.

Schedule

Lessons are offered Monday through Friday during after school hours and on Saturday mornings. Your riding level will determine which times best suit you, so please contact us for schedule details.

Continuous Program

Twin Oaks operates a year round lesson program, like typical dance or piano lessons. All students ride once a week, but additional lessons are available. We believe that students who participate weekly make more progress than those who come intermittently. You will have a specific day and time for your one-hour class.

Equipment

We require our students to wear an ASTM approved hard hat (helmet) at all times on the horse. We also have a selection of "loaner" hard hats that you can wear for your first few lessons until you can get your own. Furthermore, we recommend that you wear standard riding pants and paddock boots. Paddock boots are short, lace-up boots. As with helmets, we have extra paddock boots in our tack room that you can borrow until you purchase your own.

To purchase your own riding equipment, we recommend Dover Saddlery on Rt. 50. Their address is: 43717 John Mosby Highway, Chantilly, VA 20152. Phone: 703-327-4423.

Dover carries a full line of helmets, paddock boots and riding pants. The boots we prefer are Ovation Children's paddock boots (lace-up) for $54.70, or Devonaire paddock boots (lace-up), $39.90. The adult paddock boots we prefer are Ovation for $64.70 or Grand Prix (lace-ups) for $149. Any kind of helmet is fine as long as it is ASTM approved and fits correctly and snug.

Riding pants are also available at Dover. We suggest an inexpensive pair of breeches, jodphurs, or schooling tights. The Dover staff can help you select a pair that is appropriate for your boots. Half-chaps are also nice. They wrap around your calf and give extra protection and support. The Dover Barnstable half-chap is reasonable.

Please call me if you have any additional questions.