For riders looking to further their learning experience, the Valley View Equestrian Team is the perfect avenue. Our Equestrian Team practices and competes together in shows and competitions in the area as well as monthly Valley View shows. Team members pass of requirements for the Levels Program and move up the levels as they accomplish their goals.
The team setting is where lifelong friendships are created. Team members support each other, root for each other and help each other improve as riders.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does my student have to own a horse to be on the Equestrian Team?
A: No! Many of our Equestrian Team members do not own their own horse. Team members may use Valley View's lesson horses for team activities. Leasing is a great option for team members, although it is not a requirement for the team (however, if you wish to take the horse to a non-Valley View show, you must be currently leasing that horse).
Q: Does the team require a big time commitment?
A: Although the team does require more time than just lessons, you can choose your level of involvement. Team members aren't required to attend shows or team activities. Even team sessions are optional. The biggest time commitments required by the team are that the team member must ride two times during the week of a show (one private lesson and one other time), and that the team member must have a parent chaperone one event or activity throughout the year.
Q: Why would my student join the Equestrian Team if he/she doesn't want to show?
A: The team is all about learning. Joining the team gives your student access to many more opportunities to learn, including team camp, team sessions, clinics, and especially the levels program. Because the levels program includes horse management requirements as well as riding, your student will need to learn everything about horses to pass off the levels. The team is a great way to become a well-rounded horseman or horsewoman.
Q: Do we need to own a trailer to take the horse to outside shows if we're on the team?
A: No. Several team members have horse trailers that will go to the shows and they will be able to take your student's horse in their trailer.
Q: Is there any other way for my student to participate in the levels program?
A: Because it was developed uniquely for students that want to be more involved with horses and learn as much as they can, joining the Equestrian Team is the only way for your student to benefit from the levels program.
Q: What makes Team Camp worth joining the team?
A: Team camp, as opposed to Beginning Horsemanship Camp, offers an intense learning experience over 4 days, with riding and horse management lessons targeted to the levels programs. At team camp, team members will have opportunities that aren't available to other students, such as half-day clinics with professional horsemen and horsewomen in their field (hunter/jumper, natural horsemanship, veterinarian, farrier, etc.), cross-country schooling, equestrian vaulting, and more. Plus, it's a whole lot of fun!
Q: How long after starting riding lessons can my student join the team?
A: All levels/ages are welcome on the team. Students that are not proficient in controlling the horse on their own may join mounted activities, but may be restricted until they can are capable of independent control of the horse.