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 follows a “whole horse” curriculum based on the following fundamental values: the horse/human connection, horse care and well-being, groundwork and training principles, and fundamental riding skills and agility. The primary discipline is western equitation and gymkhana as well as framing essential horse-packing skills in preparation for a Fall Trip Horse-packing trip into the backcountry. Each afternoon’s activity, whether it is learning basic veterinarian skills from a local equine vet or pole-bending in the arena, is meant to develop a rich and rewarding relationship with horses as a way to foster such traits as confidence, connection, and mastery of fundamental equine skills.
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.