2019 Riding Lesson Program
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Fall 2018 Lesson Session

12 Weeks from September 3, 2018 to November 25, 2018

Winter 2018 - 2019 Lesson Session

10 Weeks from November 26, 2018 to February 3, 2019

Early Spring 2019 Lesson Session

10 Weeks from February 4, 2019 to April 16, 2019




Late Spring 2019 Lesson Session

10 Weeks from April 17, 2019 to June 23, 2019

Summer 2019 Lesson Session

10 Weeks from June 24, 2019 to September 1, 2019

Fall 2019 Lesson Session

12 Weeks from September 2, 2019 to November 24, 2019




PHC Lesson Policies

    It is important that you pay special attention to the status of your mount after your ride.  Plan to spend some extra time after your lesson to ensure that your horse is properly cooled out.  Your instructor will address cooling out procedures.  If you have any questions feel free to ask any member of our staff.  Proper care of your horse is part of good horsemanship, and of course that is what we aim to teach here at The Potomac Horse Center.  In hot weather, classes will typically end 10 minutes before the hour to allow the horses to walk and cool down.  There will be a cool-out charge of $10.00 if your horse is put away excessively sweaty, hot and panting; to be paid prior to your next ride.

   Please confirm when you check-in for your lesson on whether your horse is scheduled for another class immediately following yours and in such case should be left tacked.  In cold weather, check with aisle staff regarding blanketing your horse -- especially after evening classes.

Class Size:

  • Group classes are restricted to a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of eight (8) students, except when the arena is divided; where the maximum on each side may be six (6) students.

  • Mini-Mite classes are 1/2 hour in length & restricted to four (4) children per group.  All Mini-Mite riders are required to have an adult with them at all times to and from their lessons.

  • When no more that three (3) register for a class, Potomac Horse Center reserves the right to offer the class as a semi-private (at the semi-private rate).  Otherwise the riders have the option of being re-assigned to another group class.

  • When attendance in a group class falls to one rider, the lesson will run for 30 minutes -- with only two riders the lesson will run for 45 minutes.

  • If your partner drops out of a semi-private lesson your options are; (1) find another partner, (2) pay the private lesson rate, or (3) join a group at your level.

  • MMW1, ABF1, and CBF1 - The first class will be used to teach all students cooling out procedures, how to mount and dismount, adjust stirrups and how to get your horse into and out of its stall.

Cancellations and Make-Ups:

  • Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance in order to be eligible for a make-up lesson.   A late cancel (less than 24 hours notice) or a "no-show" will result in forfeiture of the lesson without refund.   If PHC cancels lessons due to severe weather or other reason you must schedule the replacement lesson under the same terms as Client initiated cancellations.

  • No more than two (2) cancellations are eligible for make-ups per full session except for the Summer Lesson Session which allows four (4).

  • Scheduling make-up lessons is solely the rider's responsibility and must generally be scheduled within thirty (30) days of the cancellation or the lesson is forfeited.  Make-up lessons are not guaranteed nor are they refundable or credited forward.  They are scheduled subject to availability and must be completed within the current session, or no later than 30 days into the next session under circumstances specifically stated in the session registration agreement.

  • Riders arriving more than 15 minutes late for a group or semi-private lesson (10 minutes for 1/2 hour class) will not be permitted to join the lesson and will not be eligible for a make-up lesson.

  • Riders presenting themselves for their lesson with inappropriate clothing or footwear (shorts, sneakers, etc.) will forfeit the lesson and will not be eligible for a make-up lesson.

Registration and Payment:

  • New riding session registration for current clients starts two weeks before the end of the previous session. New riding lesson clients typically register starting one week before the end of the previous session.  This offset allows current clients the opportunity to renew their class assignment before it fills up. When one class fills, another is usually formed if enough demand exists.  Late registrations are accepted at any time throughout the session, and the tuition is prorated for the number of lessons left in the session at the time of late registration.

  • A  $100 registration fee (by check, cash, or credit card) is required at the time of registration. The balance due for the full or partial session must be paid in full prior to the first lesson in that session in order to receive the lowest pricing.  Our pay-as-you-go option allows you to hold your place in the weekly lesson schedule with the payment of a non-refundable $100 booking fee and a slightly higher tuition rate.  A la carte or individually scheduled lessons are offered at the same rates as pay-as-you-go, but are only scheduled on an "as-they-are-booked within 24 hours of appointment" basis.

Practice Rides: Practice rides (one-half hour in length) are a privilege offered exclusively to clients who are currently registered for lessons at the intermediate level or above, are able to walk, trot, and canter in a group, and mount and adjust their tack themselves.  Approval from your instructor is additionally required.

Refunds: Potomac Horse Center does not refund pre-paid lesson tuition.  An exception may be granted for medical reasons verified by submission of the treating Medical Doctor's legible note on office letterhead or prescription pad, and additionally subject to PHC administrative confirmation, approval, and acceptance.

Safety: Potomac Horse Center, Inc. reserves the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime.  While it is not possible to list every circumstance in advance, some examples include: incorrect attire, inappropriate or abusive behavior to horses, staff, or other clients, disregard for the rules, regulations, policies and procedures whether written or oral, late arrival for lessons, weight exceeding the horse’s ability to carry, excessive anxiety, or language barrier sufficient enough to be a safety concern.

Horse Requests: We will try our best to accommodate your needs but we are unable to entertain or guarantee horse assignment requests, however; we do accept weekly "no-ride" requests.

Promotional Offers: Promotional offers (examples: Living Social or Groupon) are limited to one reduced price lesson per new or returning customer. A returning customer is one who has not ridden in the current or immediately previous session.  Multiple reduced price appointments for the same Rider will not be scheduled regardless of whether the purchase was made by one or multiple parties.  PHC may, at its sole discretion, refuse to redeem promotional deals that do not promote NEW business.  Refunds for multiple purchases for a single Rider, or current customers, shall be solely between the purchaser and the promotional offer provider.

Please note: The information provided on this webpage is an abbreviated version of the terms included in our lesson registration forms.