The CRMS Horse Program reaches back to the school’s ranching history as a means to move students forward into the realm of authentic connection, dedicated care, and meaningful stewardship. The program cultivates interconnected relationships through knowledge, nurturing, and skill. Horses can show us our best selves by responding to both our physical cues and emotional essence.
Students can ride during the first two quarters of the school year. Each quarter is divided into two sessions: entry level/beginning and intermediate/advanced. Each session rides two afternoons a week and riders receive timely feedback and skill development assessments that help them to best determine their ability and progress.
The CRMS Horsemanship program embraces a “whole horse” curriculum in which the following fundamental values are taught: the horse/human connection, horse care and well-being, groundwork and training principles, and fundamental riding skills and agility. The program offers both western and English equitation as well as introduces more specialized disciplines, such as jumping, working equitation, and gymkhana eventing/barrel racing. Highlights of the program include a chance to work with a recently adopted Mustang from The Bureau of Land Management as well as participate in a Grand Canyon horse-packing interim offered in February. The program works with local clinicians, ranches, veterinarians and therapeutic riding centers so that students are exposed to variety of horse-related endeavors throughout the valley.
The primary staging and riding location is at the North End of campus where there is easy access to the horse pasture, tack shed, round-pen for training purposes, and a large outdoor riding arena. Most of the activities and skill-specific clinics take place in or around the arena. Students in the program also visit some of the equine facilities and ranches in the area as a means to expose riders to the rich and varied “horse community” that surrounds the school. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a multi-day horse-packing trip in the Fall.