Lessons, training and coaching with instructor Julie Blackburn. Julie teaches all riders "balance seat" which is an all purpose seat that encourages riding by balance rather than strength or force. Based on a modified dressage seat, balance seat encompasses riding on the flat as well as jumping and cross country riding.
Balance seat riding lessons can help you to become a more effective rider by teaching you to control your breathing, vision, posture and mental imaging. This allows you to ride in a relaxed and balanced manner in any style saddle, using any rein handling technique.
Balance seat riders learn how to establish a harmonious physical interaction with their horse, rather than just achieving a prescribed show ring seat. Lessons include both mounted and unmounted exercises, so many skills can be practiced at home.
Providence Riding Academy LLC students learn the true meaning of "horsemanship". Safety, etiquette, proper grooming techniques, and management of the horse are taught to create a well rounded horse person. Students are encouraged to ask questions so they learn the "why" not just the "how".
Students of Providence Riding Academy LLC are given the opportunity to participate in gymkhanas (game days on horseback), dressage and jumping shows (at home or traveling to other farms), quadrille team (riding patterns in a team to music) and unmounted horse management clinics.