This is the summer to make dreams come true!
If you are looking for a way to keep your horse enthusiast occupied this summer, enrol them in our exclusive weekend riding group. This is a small group with a limited number of spots available, so sign up as soon as possible.
Without the commitment and expense of horse ownership, buying tack and equipment, coaching and a horse trailer, you can join a 5-month program to learn, practice and compete in family-friendly horse shows, gymkhanas and trail challenge events.
An all levels riding group for horse lovers, join us for skills development as well as fun and friendly competition May through October.
Each member of this club has a designated horse that they partner with for practice sessions, clinics and competition days. We provide the horse, tack, and coaching to help you learn the skills needed to participate in western pleasure and in-hand horse shows, gymkhanas (timed games) and trail challenge (obstacle) events. We provide the equine transportation to and from the events as well as event day support and coaching.
Fees are paid monthly over 5-month commitment (May – October) See specific dates below.
Optional *Trail Ride opportunities in the mountains for some of our more confident and independent riders in this group includes preparation sessions, horse transportation, supervision by the coach and riding in the mountains with the club! Space is limited for this exclusive activity.
Below is a breakdown of the events and approximately how much time is involved with each.
|Clinics – Half-day||x 3||x 4 hours each|
|Prep & Practice Sessions||x 9||x 3 hours each|
|Gymkhana Events||x 5||x 6 – 8 hours each|
|Horse Show Events||x 5||x 3 – 5 hours each|
|Trail Challenge Events||x 3||x 3 – 4 hours each|
2021 Season Schedule – May through October
|May 2||Grounds Clean-up (am)|
|May 2||Horse Show Clinic (pm)|
|May 9||Gymkhana Clinic|
|May 21||Prep & Practice for HS/G|
|May 22||Horse Show Event|
|May 23||Gymkhana Event|
|July 2||Prep & Practice for HS/G|
|July 3||Horse Show Event|
|July 4||Gymkhana Event|
|July 10*||*Trail Ride Prep (optional)|
|July 11*||*Trail Ride (optional)|
|July 17||Practice for HS/G/TC|
|July 30||Practice for TC|
|July 31||Trail Challenge Event|
|Sept 10||Prep & Practice for HS/G|
|Sept 11||Horse Show Event|
|Sept 12||Gymkhana Event|
|Sept 25||Practice for TC|
|Sept 26||Trail Challenge Event|
|June 12||Trail Challenge Clinic (am)|
|June 18||Prep & Practice for HS/G|
|June 19||Horse Show Event|
|June 20||Gymkhana Event|
|June 25||Practice for TC|
|June 26||Trail Challenge Event|
|Aug 13||Prep & Practice for HS/G|
|Aug 14||Horse Show Event|
|Aug 15||Horse Show Event|
|Aug 28*||*Trail Ride Prep (optional)|
|Aug 29*||*Trail Ride (optional)|
|Oct 16*||*Trail Ride Prep (optional)|
|Oct 17*||*Trail “Poker” Ride (optional)|
The clinics are specifically for people with little or no experience with horse competitions. As with all the programs we offer at Emerge Equine, we aim to empower people through horses. Participants will learn how to prepare and what to expect on competition day. We will discuss expectations and how we are all going to the events with the simple intention of performing at our own personal best. This may or may not look like winning ribbons, and ribbons are not the only way to measure success.
We will provide the basic supplies for these events and can offer support for anyone wanting to purchase the little extras like accessories or even bigger things like items of tack that they might like to have for themselves and their horses.
For youth, we encourage having a parent watch & listen throughout the clinic so they understand and can provide support through the season.
Horse Show Clinic – Basics of Western Pleasure and In-Hand Showmanship
Date: Sunday May 2nd Time: 1:00 – 5:30 pm Presented by: Mary-Lynn Praski, Megan Fraser, Linda Hopp
1:00 pm – Discussion on keeping perspective, personal growth, personal best in performance, sportsmanship, safety and etiquette. Horse preparation activities, tacking and warm-up of horses
2:00 pm – How to prepare for the horse show – preparing your equipment, personal preparation and attire, grooming your horse
2:45 pm – In-Hand Showing – how to lead and show, set your horse up, engage with the judges, sportsmanship & etiquette
3:15 pm – Break & tack up
3:30 pm – Showing on the Rail – arena etiquette, using the whole arena, understanding the judge’s instructions, presenting your horse and self, handling problems, audience interactions/distractions
4:15 pm – Riding a Pattern – preparation before the day of the event (understanding and memorizing the pattern, practicing the pattern with and without your horse), riding the pattern, how to engage with the judge
4:50 pm – Debrief and questions
5:00 – 5:30 pm – putting the horses away
Gymkhana Clinic – Basics of Timed Events
Date: Sunday May 9th
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Barrels, Poles, Thread the Needle, Crazy 8’s and other fun games
Agenda to follow
Trail Challenge Clinic – Basics of Trail Challenge
Date: Saturday, June 12th
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cowboy Curtain, bridges, jumps, log obstacles, tire drag, tarps, all sorts of visual stimulus such as brightly coloured garden decorations, carrying noisy items, carrying a flag, loading into a trailer, gates, back ups,
Agenda to follow
Although generally it will be a one-to-one horse/rider allocation, on occasion, there could be some sharing of horses if needed or when we have a special guest rider.
If there are any events cancelled due to weather, covid restrictions or other reasons out of our control, we will provide make-up sessions or other riding opportunities to the best of our ability. Keep in mind, the well-being of our horses are always first priority and we reserve the right to limit or cancel any program if necessary. In this event, we will work to replace a horse or refund at our discretion.
Note: Our Mountain Ride Adventure is available for people who are not part of this club at $545 per 3 practice sessions and one ride.
There is an awards ceremony and optional banquet at the end of the year. Cost the for banquet is extra.
Introducing our COACHES, CLINICIANS & ASSISTANTS
Combining a philosophy of empowering people with a deep knowledge of horses, Linda Hopp brings a unique perspective to coaching.
As a competitor in gymkhana events from a young age, as well as team cattle penning through her twenties, Linda developed the ability to work with her horses to refine and develop winning partnerships. Events she participates in today include gymkhana, trail challenge, horse shows and trail rides.
Linda has started and trained a variety of horses and has rehabilitated and gained the trust of horses that came from difficult and abusive situations.
Although competition has been significant part of her life, today Linda’s focus is in the area of coaching and empowering people. Having worked with beginner riders for over 20 years, Linda has developed the ability to put instructions into words in a way that makes sense to her students.
Linda provides personal development and support programs through horses and this filters into all aspects of the riding programs she offers. Her riding programs are relaxed, informative, and fun with safety at the forefront. She knows her horses well and excels at assessing the skill and interest level of riders, resulting in suitable partnerships.
With a calm and trustworthy way of being, Mike Hopp enjoys sharing his knowledge and love of horses. Having been involved with horses since childhood, Mike was involved in all aspects of horse care and riding. In addition, he learned to drive horses at the elbow of his grandfather, Art Hopp, who is a legend in his own right.
Not only does Mike bring his keen eye and experience with riding to the coaching ring, he also has a deep understanding of horse movement, psychology and training of horses. Mike can watch the hand or leg of a rider and provide feedback that helps that rider improve their performance and results.
Mike has trained horses since his early twenties and prides himself on providing a calm and confident start to young horses. He has worked successfully with a wide range of breeds and personalities, including horses that came from abusive and difficult situations.
Trail Challenge, Trail Riding, Cattle Team Penning and Sorting are just a few of the ways Mike has participated and competed with his horses over the years. Mike is a strong competitor in horse team driving competitions including the precision sports of Chore Team and Log Skid with numerous buckles and other awards to his name.
Mary-Lynn Praski & Megan Fraser
Coming from High River Alberta, Mary-Lynn Praski and Megan Fraser are a mother/daughter team who have spent a lifetime involved with various equine sports.
Having coached several equine disciplines, all of Mary-Lynn’s coaching reflects elements of western pleasure and includes working with gentleness and obedience, resulting in her students achieving championship winnings in multiple disciplines.
Mary-Lynn has had the pleasure of learning from and teaching alongside renowned coach, competitor on the APHA circuit and 4-H Alberta program developer Muffy Knox. She has coached the 4-H Equine project, taking members to 4-H on Parade where they earned a number of High Point, Reserve Champion and Red Ribbons in the western classes. In addition, she has also has the pleasure of sitting on show boards, judging competitions and timing events for local shows and within the 4-H program.
As a western pleasure and trail coach, Mary-Lynn finds it enjoyable to teach the components of groundwork and trail that allow the horse and rider to really develop a partnership and strong communication. The soft, slow approach and quiet cues are wonderful to watch and we marvel at the horse’s ability to be so gentle and graceful. No other equine sport has this softness with the longest rein!
Through the 4-H Alberta program, Megan Fraser completed ten years of horsemanship, equine performance and competition, with numerous high point and reserve championship winnings. She also competed in the AQHA circuit and at local shows and competitions with top placings in trail, show in-hand and patterns. Megan has started and trained a number of young horses with a gentle, quiet hand and has developed a reputation as a skilled horsewoman within the Southern Alberta area in both the English and western disciplines.
Together, Mary-Lynn and Megan look forward to providing a foundational clinic for our participants to learn, have fun and gain confidence through.
A competitor and avid horse person, Emily Hopp has ridden, cared for and enjoyed horses since she was just a baby. Emily rides in 4-H, rodeo, gymkhana, roping and jumping with her horse. She is an experienced and competent horse handler and a budding teamster with a significant number of driving hours under her belt.
Emily is a fabulous cheerleader and a valuable assistant. She enjoys helping people learn the basic skills needed to ride and participate in equestrian games.
Join the club!!
If this sounds like the program for you, please contact us. We will be setting up horse/rider combinations soon.