VanderZicht Stables Lesson Policy:
Students agree to come dressed to ride in proper riding attire consisting of:
1. Long pants: Jeans, breeches or riding tights.
2. Riding boots: Boots with a smooth sole and defined heel not more than 1½ inches high.
3. Fitted/Semi Fitted Shirt: Students will not be permitted to ride in loose or billowing clothes or dangling jewelry as it can pose a safety risk should loose items get caught/snagged on saddle or horse.
4. Appropriate accoutrements for the weather/season (gloves, ear warmers, cooling towel, etc.).
5. Riding Helmet: An ASTM approved riding Helmet must be worn at all times while participating in mounted Equine Activities. We do have helmets to get started with or backup lesson helmets but we recommend purchasing your own ASTM approved helmet within the first 5 lessons.
Riding lessons are weekly and are paid by the month in advance to reserve your lesson spot. Tuition is a monthly average based on 52 lesson weeks per year. Monthly tuition for 1 lesson per week is $303 ($70/lesson). For students riding 2 times per week, base tuition is $606 (still $70/lesson).
Students starting mid-billing cycle will be charged the single lesson price of $45/lesson until the next full billing cycle. (Riders must ride at least 1x per week to be eligible for off-site competitions or events.) Unpaid spots will not be held in the event of student’s absence for any reason.
We will be offering limited "a la carte" scheduling at $80/lesson for those who can not stick to a weekly schedule
Riding lessons are to be paid in full by the month in advance. Payment is due in full on or before the 7th of the month. Any payments outstanding after the 10th of the month will incur a $35 late fee. Invoices are sent out via wave invoice during the last week of each month for the next month’s billing cycle. Cash, Check, or Venmo payments are accepted with no additional service charge if preferred. There will be a 4% Credit Card fee if paying through wave invoice. Any lesson spots not paid in full, including late fee by the end of the month will not carry over into the next month. Credit cards will not be mandatory to have on file but if you are busy and would like avoid late fees and secure your spot in our lesson program we recommend it!
Lessons MUST be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance to qualify for a make-up lesson. Lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice or no calls/no shows will be charged full price for the missed lesson. Students that miss 2 lessons in a row without notice or excuse may lose their weekly spot should trainer have a waitlist for vacancies. If running late to a lesson please contact us, riders more than 15 minutes late with no notice will be marked absent from the lesson.
For students needing to cancel or reschedule their lesson, a make-up lesson will be given to be used within 30 days of the missed lesson. It is the student’s responsibility to contact us to schedule your make-up lesson. Should student choose to forgo a make-up lesson, no lesson credit will be given for the missed lesson. Make-up classes may be taken in any available class at rider’s current skill level. Should student choose not to attend make-up lesson accommodations offered by stable, no lesson credit will be given for the missed lesson.
Unpaid spots will not be held in the event of student’s absence for any reason.
Lessons will be held rain or shine unless cancelled by trainer. If trainer cancels lessons for any reason, including severe weather, students will be given a make-up lesson to be used within the same parameters outlined above. In the event that classes are cancelled, students will be notified via email through schedulista scheduler.
Riders must lesson a minimum of 1x per week for flat and 2x per week for jumping to be eligible for the Show Team and to show lease a horse for off-site competitions. Make-up lessons for any missed or cancelled classes are MANDATORY before going to any off-site competitions and to remain in good standing with the team.