HIGHLAND WILDERNESS TOURS OFFERS
ENGLISH AND WESTERN RIDING LESSONS
....and SO MUCH MORE!
We offer Riding Lessons, Horse Camps, and Trail Riding
for all ages and experience levels - OPEN YEAR ROUND!
Our riding lessons and children's horse camps follow
CHA/EC and OEF guidelines for safe riding programs,
and our Trail Riding & Lesson Horses are AWESOME!
With a variety of goals required by our customers,
we're dedicated to providing the best quality lesson
program with these goals in mind! Whether your son
or daughter wants to do English or Western lessons,
wants to show at any level, or wants simply to be a
confident rider & enjoy the trails, we've got a program!
Our brand new arena means we can now be open
for our riding and lesson program year round, so
we're very excited & hope you will join us for some fun!
Read on to learn about our fun filled riding lesson program!
HIGHLAND WILDERNESS TOURS IS A PROUD SUPPORTER AND MEMBER OF EQUINE CANADA AND OEF
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- OR JOIN US FOR-
ONE OF 11 WINTER & SUMMER HORSE CAMPS!
Our children's horse camp program is the result of
years of dedication to developing top notch riding
camps that 'break the mould' and TEACH RIDING.
(no boring, nose to tail riding here - intensive & fun!)
Our Ontario Children's Riding Camp program is
a unique blend of english and western themes,
offering a well rounded intensive program for ALL levels,
with only 10-16 campers, for that personal experience.
Our innovative horse camps provide a maximum
amount of horse time for your young horse lover -
something only a private horse camp can provide.
(check out why the competition copies US!)
And, home of the one and only March Break
DOGSLEDDING & HORSEBACK RIDING CAMP!
At our Riding Stable - we teach 'UP'!
(click here to visit our horse camp page)
Pictured is Gwen D'aumale of Monaco, and THUNDER - enjoying our cross country course!
RIDING LESSONS SHOULD BE FUN!
Riding Lessons at
Highland Wilderness Tours are overseen by
owner/proprietors Matt and Penny Nicol, avid riders and trainers.
With well over 30 Years experience in showing & training horses,
not to mention running an award winning business,Matt and Penny
have plenty to share with their young students. Firm believers in
continuing education, both keep up with modern techniques by
participating in off-site lessons, shows and clinics, and of course,
inviting informative and educational guest teachers to the farm.
To the Nicols, riding lessons in both seats, provided for for all ages
and experience levels, given in a safe, relaxed and 'upwardly mobile'
format and atmosphere is the goal of the year round riding program.
**NEWS FLASH - THE NEW INDOOR ARENA IS AWESOME!**
Pictured are Penny and April taking Reserve Champion & Season Hi Score
at the Equine Canada Sanctioned 'Oak Hills' Bronze Level Dressage Series
OUR HELPERS AT THE FARM
are caring, educated & talented young adults
who are an outstanding asset to our program.
They're living proof that our lesson program
is successful, because they compete and win
in outside shows (and local shows!) and make
us proud! Our helpers are a big part of why our
business is successful, because they have a
strong sense of committment to 'their' farm!
Our young staff are dedicated, respectful
riders who have considerable skills, and have
proven that they have the right stuff to help us.
Because we are a small business we pick and
choose whom we work with, because it's so
important that everyone work as a team.
Often, our summertime help comes from our
student base, because they know the routine,
and we know how hard they work!
We're very proud of our helpers, because their hard
work and dedication make our program a success!
Pictured are Tanya and Tuffy, doing a reining pattern.
HORSE SHOWS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
We have a progressive program which allows
every student to work towards ANY goal.
Whether they want to compete at schooling
level or to Trillium and beyond, we will help you
get there! If you want to simply relax and learn
how to ride a little better and feel more confident,
or perhaps just be a little safer when trail riding,
we can help you with that as well. We're a flexible,
pleasant barn that puts students and parents first!
We also provide the training for Equine Canada Rider
Levels, so your young student can participate in
and achieve their riding level goals while they're here.
Pictured is student Dee Cote aboard Penny's horse
'April' - HWT Spring Fever - capturing 2nd in the
Table A Stake at the Blue Star Farm Bronze Jumper show
in Newmarket. This year, the girls will be showing at Central
East Trillium Shows, one of the toughest & largest Zones!
FOR OUR RIDING STUDENTS
During the year, the
farm is a hubbub of
activity with the 11 Children's Horse Camps
which have enjoyed International success! ALL
totally unique, fun filled and highly educational
camps are designed to provide a fresh approach
to summer horse camp themes. Our 'regular'
riding lessons continue during the summer,
and our serious students are invited to join
in the festivities, which allows them to enter
horse shows and sporting events to compete
alongside young riders from all over the world!
We offer the following events/disciplines/facilities:
- permanent cattle ring with calves available as needed
- cross country on our safe, beginner friendly event course
- hunter and jumper clinics & shows in our permanent jumper ring
- dressage clinics in our permanent 20 x 40 dressage ring
- guest coaches in a variety of disciplines year round
- lease or take lessons on one of 24 english/western lesson horses
- advanced horses available for those wishing to show outside the area
THERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
Student Theresa Paplinskie of Barry's Bay,
participating in an Eventing Clinic
with winning Prelim Rider Heather Kirk aboard Chiklet, one of our 24 lesson horses!
Penny proving that being OLD & STIFF doesn't mean you can't practice what you preach!
(even if one doesn't flutter to the ground anymore after forty!)
All our regular students are welcome to attend our clinics and events,
so for more information on signing up with us for lessons, contact us
(please add tax)
Single Private Lesson - $50
Single Group Lesson - $40
Horse Rental for Home Show - $20
Coaching Fee for Outside Show - $50
Trailering Fee Outside Show - dependant on # of students
Boarding - $250 per month (feedlot w. hay only)
*YES WE HAVE AN INDOOR ARENA*
GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR ALL OCCASIONS
To sign up for lessons contact us
LESSONS RUN ALL YEAR
We are conveniently located in Maynooth,
Ontario, and we run our lessons ALL YEAR LONG.
We have the following rings available for use -
20 x 40 metre dressage ring with letters & white rail
60 ft sand round pen (five foot sides)
90 x 130 sand ring with cattle fencing for events
240 x 130 sand ring with jumps set up for use
**NEW 62 X 120 INDOOR COVERALL (BRITESPAN) ARENA
And with 8 km of onsite trails, over a variety of terrain,
which connect to the main trail system heading out to
at least TWO lakes a short ride away - we've got alot to offer!
Remember, lessons aren't restricted just to children! We've
taught many adults who have come to enjoy lessons at
middle age (and older) with great success! It just goes
to show you, you're only as old as you feel!
*Ruth Armstrong and Selle Francais Stallion 'FRENCHMAN'
Just one of the many great sires to our outstanding warmbloods!
& BREEDING PROGRAM
The strength of our
has, and always will be, in our
fantastic horses! And, in an effort
to constantly improve our stock
we breed our quality mares 'up'!
From top cutting and working
cowhorse bloodlines, to the best
of Canadian and European
Warmbloods & Sport Horses
~ our future's looking BRIGHT!
(to check out our current gang of much loved school horses, click here)
ALL LESSONS ARE
GIVEN AT OUR WILDERNESS FARM
LOCATION NEAR MAYNOOTH, ONTARIO
click here for details on our facilities
Try your next Ontario Horseback Riding Vacation at
Highland Wilderness Tours
Matt & Penny Nicol
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