We are very excited that Governer Newsom's updated guidelines for Shelter-in-Place allow for horse back riding activities. As of May 4th and per the April 30th press briefing, we are able to re-open our lesson program. However, we must follow strict social distancing and precautionary guidelines in order to protect our students, our staff and our guests during this unprecedented time. As restrictions change and ease, we will continue to keep you updated. We hope this page and the links on it are useful to you.
Billings Equestrian is available to answer your questions, please feel free to text, call or email. There are many folks with lots of questions at the moment, I will get back to you as soon as I can within regular business hours - in the interim, I hope this web page will answer the questions you may have.
For the coming weeks, we will be using Sign-up Genius to schedule lessons. We have decided that this will be the easiest way for people to sign up for a slot.
A link to the Sign-up Genius schedule will be emailed each week
Please note that it is first come first serve and when the slots are full we will roll onto the next week.
For now, Each person is limited to only ONE slot per week. This way we can try to accommodate as many people as possible each week all while making sure there is no overlapping in the schedule.
There are only a few slots open for next week.
We will post slots for the week of May 11th some time next week and open more slots as we go.
Lesson Format & Facility Use
For phase one of reopening the lesson structure will be a bit different. Each session will now be 45 min long.
Students will not be grooming or tacking up the horses in order to limit the amount of contact the students have with our equipment. Please understand this is the safest and cleanest way to resume the program.
When you arrive, the student will come to the arena where your instructor and horse will be waiting for you in the appropriate tack.
The student will then ride 35-40 min. The additional minutes will be used to make sure tack is situated specifically for the client and for dismounting and returning to your vehicle.
If you are bringing a child please either remain in your car at all times or sit in one of the seating areas available by the arena. but please follow the 6ft distance rule at all times.
If you sit at one of the designated seating areas, please feel free to spray off your area with the disinfectant spray provided at each location.
We also ask that you don’t bring any additional people during this time.
If you need to use the restrooms, please ask an instructor for the keys so we can let you in and can properly disinfect the bathrooms before the next lessons arrive.
The SIP restrictions mean that “personal equipment” can no longer be shared between our students, therefore you must be responsible for bringing your own gear. This includes a helmet, riding gloves and a face mask.
As a reminder, a helmet is required to ride with Billings Equestrian
If you need to purchase a helmet here are links to affordable brands available through Amazon:
Students will be required to wear their helmet, gloves and a mask at all times while on the property
Instructors will make sure that the time in between each lesson is spent properly sanitizing the horses and tack so that each rider gets on the horse with clean and disinfected equipment.
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