Program Information

Welcome! We can't do this without you! Thank you for coming to Maple Leaf Meadows!

New to Riding? No worries. We are here for you! The moment you walk into our stables you become part of our crew. We leave all of our expectations at the door and we set our intentions towards you. Feeling uneasy? Our Inspirators are here to help you settle in and get started. 

MLM provides Riding Lessons to all ages and all levels in the English Riding Disciplines of Dressage, Hunters and Jumpers. Most of our coaches and top riders got their start right here. They started in the Learn to Ride Program and progressed through our Passport to Excellence until they decided they'd like to focus on Jumping or Dressage. And, a few of them also embraced becoming a coach in our Coach Development Program. And, some of them ride for the pure love of riding and learning.

Whatever you choose to do, we are here to serve your goals

We do more than teach riding. We inspire. We teach. We encourage. We understand. We hug. We correct. We love horses. We grow together.

Please consider this: Horseback Riding is the only sport where the success of the athlete rider relies on the cooperation of an animal. This opens up an entire new consideration: Animal Welfare and Ethical Treatment of Animals. Our program will teach all about this in a fun and empathetic way. If we want the horse to work for us, then we have to work with the horse.

Our motto is straight from the horse's mouth. In everything we do, we ask ourselves, "What would the horse say?".  

 Horses are live, breathing animals with the capacity to understand a great deal more than we think they can. If you are not a "horse" person per se, we ask that you remember this as you enjoy your time with us. In our goals to maintain fair and ethical treatment of animals our program mandate includes that riders embrace learning about horses in addition to riding horses.

This is why our program packages include these opportunities to learn about the horse: 

  • Riding Lessons- Teaching the skills of riding horses while mounted on the horse.
  • Horsemanship- Teaching the skills related to riding and caring for horses by learning with the horse on the ground.
  • Humanship- Teaching the skills of integrity, honesty, fellowship, comrade and self awareness with other horse lovers through gatherings, games, shows, clinics, and other events that bring us all together. 

A little straight talk from our President about this topic:

"Welcome to our program! I am excited you came to join us! I have been asked by our team to share a little straight talk about our program in an effort to help everyone understand a vital piece of information about horses and how this affects our programming. If horses were machines, delivering riding lessons would be so easy. But, they are live, feeling creatures with a mind of their own, who have been, for mysterious reasons, assigned to serve man. For this reason, we ask that all of our riders and parents understand that we are beholden to consider the horse first which is why we do not allow Riding-Only Lessons. It's not fair to the horse nor the rider, to simply get on and go. "  Wylda Kristel

Gettin' Down to Business

As we all know, in order to get started and have a successful relationship, we have to get the business taken care. The following are documents for both of our considerations. These documents are intended to help you learn the expectations of our business so we can move forward successfully.

A list of Lesson Expectations can be found here. All clients are required to fill out and bring a copy of their signed waiver to their first lesson at the farm. You can find a PDF version of the waiver here

Please read through our Orientation Package before attending your first lesson. The package contains information on program details and format. 

See our Make-Up Lesson Policy here.

Group Lessons are offered in different sessions:

For those who ride a MLM horse: 2 Sessions

Winter Session: September- June, 10 months

Summer Session: July-August, 2 months

Note:  In order to remain user friendly, you will AUTOMATICALLY be renewed for consecutive sessions unless you cancel your registration.

For those who ride or lease their own horse:

You will ride all year!


Minimum 4 month commitment required, and 15 days notice of cancellation is required after initial 4 months. 

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Pee Wee Level 1 & 2 

The Pee Wee program is for riders aged 6 to 8 who are interested in learning about the fun and excitement of horses and provides them an opportunity to explore riding while having fun with a group of their peers. Lessons are 1 Hour in length. Riders spend 15 minutes at the beginning of their lesson assiting in the tack up of their horse or pony, then have a 30 minute riding lesson, and then spend 15 minutes after their ride assisting in untacking and brushing their horse or pony. 

Lesson Assistants assist the main instructor and attend each class to assure safety and confidence amongst the younger children.

Lesson Cost: $40/ 1 Hour Group Lesson

Learn to Ride Level 1 

Regardless of age, this is where all riders, without previous experience, will begin. Classes will be grouped according to age and ability and great care is given to grouping riders appropriately.

This program enables new riders to explore the fun experience of horses while learning with a peer group, it introduces responsibility, rules and safety for handling and riding horses. These lessons are 2 hours in length, with 30 minutes spent at the beginning to catch, brush and tack up their horses, 1 hour of riding, and 30 minutes after to untack, brush and turn out their horses. 

Riders will be taught skills from the Passport to Excellence Level 1

Lesson Cost: $55/ 2 Hour Group Lesson 

Learn to Ride Level 2

This program follows the Passport to Education Horsemanship skills levels and works individually with Riders fostering their individual goals for riding.

The Learn to Ride program focuses on inspiring increased commitment to equestrian activities, introduces independent decision making, and fundamental mental training, the goals of the lessons are to develop riding motor skills and communicating with horses. The rider learns to be proud of their accomplishments, have fun with peers, make new friends with horses and people, and share who they are with one another. Lessons vary between 1 and 2 hours in length depending on the skill level of the rider. At this level students get increasingly independent in catching, grooming, tacking up, and untacking their horses. 

Lesson Cost: $55/ 2 Hour Group Lesson 

Pre-Academy Program

The Pre-Academy levels are for riders who have successfully displayed the Level 2 Horsemanship Skills as set out in the Passport to Excellence, and are ready to move on to the next level.

The Pre-Academy program focuses on consolidating and refining basic equestrian skills and stabilizing variants of basic skills and new skills. For those who choose to compete this level introduces the competitive experience, setting competition goals, managing school with riding, creating a team work mindset, and a solid training habit. This level focuses on increased relationships with coaches and horses and begins to introduce the rider to the horse industry.

Competition Riders- Riders wishing to compete at this level must lease or own their own horse.

Career Delelopment Opportunities - Riders at this level have the opportunity to become Learning Assistants in the program.

Lesson Cost: $70/1 Hour Group Lesson We are always accepting new registrations in the lesson program! Please contact for adjusted pricing when signing up.


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