Big Skye Ranch offers riding instruction in a no-pressure, structured environment on our wonderful and seasoned school horses or your own horse. We teach students of all levels, from age 4 to adult. Our knowledgeable and educated staff will start beginners, train the competition-minded, and will work with everyone in between. Our focuses include a classical foundation as well as jumper, cross-country, & in-hand work. Our lessons are set up to be fun and informative. We are passionate about our job and will work with each individual to help them reach their goals, and exceed their expectations. All aspects of horsemanship are included in the lesson from grooming, tacking up, riding, and all the way to the aftercare
Private and semi-private lessons are offered in one-hour or thirty-minute sessions. Group lessons with three or more riders of similar ability are also available.
You can book an introductory lesson here ; We will confirm day/time that works for you.
To book your lesson, click here.
To book a lesson for the Kiddie-Winkle program (4-6 years), click link below.
Julie Fitzpatrick is a Big Skye Ranch instructor and loves to create a partnership between horse and rider, whether that is working with a person and their own horse or with one of our wonderful lesson horses in each lesson. Julie is FBI background checked and safe sport certified.
Julie has been involved with horses for as long as she can remember (her mother was an avid horsewoman). Julie has owned, competed and ridden horses all of her life. She has competed in a variety of disciplines, including ODE, hunter trials, dressage, show jumping, & county shows. She has gained considerable knowledge along the way, although she admits that after years with horses you can still learn something new every day. She enjoys the learning process herself and she is always exploring different methods of training including HSH with Fritz Stahlecker method from Germany. Recently continuing her education with the TRT method by Tristan. having taken clinics/training session with, Kevin Babbington, Richard Maxwell, Shane Ledyard & currently Lisa May. Julie has built her business based on hard work, honesty, respect, and communication. She values teamwork, sportsmanship, and responsibility in her students & staff, a combination. Julie feels creates not only self-esteem and builds confidence, but lifelong sense of accomplishment. Julie continues to ride, take lessons. It's important for instructors/trainers to keep their skills current and to continue to improve as well! You never know everything, and there is always room for improvement. She is a member of the USEA, USEF, USDF, USHJA and the BHS
Even though we do not have our cross-country course in place yet... (coming 2022)! We are only a hop, skip & jump from Windura to get our training rides in..
Lisa comes to BSR every month for our continued education. If you wish to lesson with Lisa, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will reserve your spot. Generally, she is here the last Sunday in the month.
Lisa began riding as a child with nationally recognized Hunter/Jumper trainer Wayne Carroll. As an adult she continued with Dressage coaching by FEI competitors, nationally acclaimed clinicians, Olympian Lendon Grey, and British clinician/author Mary Wanless. She also gleaned teaching tools from auditing clinics with Olympians Carol Lavell and Michael Poulin, and through scribing for International Dressage Judge, Max Gahwyler. Since 2000 she has also been a student of Mark Rashid’s insightful approach to horsemanship informed by behavioral science and an understanding of shaping energy.
Lisa is the first U.S. coach accredited in Mary Wanless' "Ride With Your Mind"™ body control techniques. Lisa co-teaches riding clinics and teacher training with Mary in the USA several times a year. She is a skilled communicator who understands how the brain works and coaches with an encouraging, supportive style. She recertifies her accreditation every 2 years in the U.K. at Wanless's home base and has written numerous articles for RWYM Network News and the Arabian Sport Horse Magazine.
From 1986 to 1993 Lisa May headed the instruction program at the largest Parks Department Stable in NYC. In 1993, Lisa opened Federalsburg's Idylwild Farm. She has taught adults and children of all levels of experience, confidence, training and talent on horses of varying breeds and backgrounds. Lisa teaches at home, at private farms in the region and travels widely to coach clinics.
Children learn how to connect with our beautiful, friendly horses, while honing their communication skills with our experienced trainers and spirit of collaboration with fellow riders.
Riding and caring for horses instills a sense of responsibility while building self confidence and self esteem. One of the first lessons a rider learns is to be confident while on the horse and this carries on throughout the rest of their lives.
Horse riding improves balance and motor coordination. Hand-eye coordination, core strength and muscular development. Spending time with horses can increase your child's cognitive skills. Keeping their brain active, problem solving, and working hard helps keeps the break from school a positive one on their development.