2015 brought about some various changes within the lesson program and as is the case of implementing any new system, some changes were easily integrated while others not so much. The integration of the of the Pony Club Program has been well received, providing clear guidelines for the progression of correct elementary riding. However, attempting to keep up with the the ever increasing labor and supply costs of running a business has turned out be be another challenge completely. As of November 2015, the "Barn & Grooming Supply Fee" has brought about much confusion as well as adding many more accounting hours than intended. The concept of this fee is simple really, a person owning a horse (boarder) has much more invested financially when taking lessons than a non-boarding lesson student. The obvious expenses of owning and maintaining a horse not to mention the equipment one has to purchase to handle and ride the horse are mind boggling to say the least. With this in mind it is industry standard to charge more for non-boarders lessons where all supplies, equipment, horse and facility amenities are provided vs. a boarder's lessons where the horse, equipment and supplies are provided by the student.
With these points in mind, we have decided to discontinue the monthly billed "Barn & Grooming Supply Fee" effective immediately and for the sake of simplicity, will raise all non-boarding lesson rates by $5 per lesson effective May 1, 2016. Anyone who has a balance of untaken lessons from a package purchase made prior to May 1st will not be required to pay the new lesson rate until they purchase the next package. We’ve enclosed a current copy of the revised Fee Schedule, please familiarize yourself with the fee due dates as to not incur late fees!