Horseback Riding Lessons
The Cricket Field LAEC boasts one of the first true Grand Prix/Derby fields where many Grand Prix riders of today jumped their first Grand Prix. The LAEC Show calender schedules 14 A and AA rated shows annually, which can eliminate the costs of away stalls, hauling, and hotels thereby allowing a rider to get loads of Show Ring Experience at a great savings.
All shows are managed by the pioneer of showing on the West Coast: Larry Langer and Langer Equestrian Group.
At Kevin McGinn Stables we understand that there has to be an introduction to this exciting world, a place to begin to learn how to horseback ride. Taking his model, the idea of a traditional riding school, Kevin McGinn has acquired lesson horses perfectly suited to work with riding school students to introduce them through basic flatwork, or dressage to the thrill of hunter, jumper and combined training. This is made possible through the strong basic foundation of hunt seat equitation that quickly takes a beginning rider to an advanced student level, to their first horse show!
Kevin is especially excited to meet with students that have a background in Western riding, as the emphasis in Western riding is often based on speed turning competition and FUN, all essential components of a show jumping competitor.
The idea of the traditional riding school mixed with the individualized approach can take someone who perhaps would care to "test the waters” before jumping in and purchasing a horse.
Kevin began his work on the West coast as a co-owner of Traditional Equitation School in Burbank, Los Angeles' largest equestrian facility. Teaching both beginners and advanced students, children's and adult riding lessons, he spent time starting students correctly so that they could go as far as their talents and time could take them. He would often counsel new students on the importance of safety first, as he often has been heard to say, "You don't teach 300 students per week, and not learn how to size up a horse and rider in a New York second!”
Kevin is truly thrilled to be based at Ever Wood Stables, located at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center
. Why is the Los Angeles Equestrian Center location so terrific? First, it is just minutes away from Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Glendale, Los Feliz, and all major movie studios. More important is the extensive roster of horse shows that take place on site, including:
Full calender of seven Gold Coast (A/B) rated series;
Prestigious list of AA shows such as the Memorial Day Classic, Los Angeles Jumping Festival, and Los Angeles National Horse Show;
Year-End AA Finals, including the Onandarka Medal Final and the Prestigious USEF Medal Final (arguably the most demanding Junior Final on the West Coast).
RIDING LESSON PACKAGES
- Individual riding lesson (on your own or provided horse) » $ 75
- Private riding lesson package (2 lessons per week) » $ 550/monthly
- Private riding lesson package (3 lessons per week) » $ 775/monthly
- Leases and half leases available and designed to meet individual client specifications » contact Kevin
Introductory level riding students are taught privately. More advanced riding students may sometimes benefit from a semi-private format (not to exceed 3 riders).
Current students include Dr. Jean Reichle and Ms. Andrea Sanchez, no strangers to the the show ring! These equestrians are embarking on an exciting start to 2011.
Former students have included Brooklyn (Brooke) Faber, the youngest rider at age 11 competing in the Foxfield Derby in the junior/amateur jumper division as well as placing in the level 6 professional section that same day, and adult amateur jumper Susan Reynolds (Marshall and Sterling league finalist): 7th and fastest at the finals aboard "NIGHT CAP" at Washington International.
Amateur jumper Nancy Ballance was featured in the Amateur Forum in U.S. Equestrian Magazine.
Kevin's adult amateur riders have been nationally ranked.