How do I become a LBF Member?
First: Schedule a site visit. Little Burgundy Farm is a private facility where all sessions are by appointment only. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a personalized tour of our facility. This tour will include one-on-one introductions to the professional trainers and equine staff. At this site visit you will discuss the Riding Club. For a monthly fee, riders get access to a horse, tack, lighted riding arena, and barn facilities.
Then: Schedule sessions by sending an email to email@example.com with a preferred schedule and desired recurring weekly ride time. All members work with one of the farm's professional instructors. These industry pros are independent contractors who work directly for the rider. Little Burgundy Farm trainers teach advanced horsemanship skills through multiple riding disciplines (USEF, USHJA, USEA, USDF). Each trainer creates a personalized and structured tutorial just for the rider for each session. This comprehensive program is designed to improve overall technique and address specific goals. (Please Note: Trainer fees are paid separately from membership fees.)
If riders are looking for a farm close to the metro area where they can learn how to ride and how to care for horses, then Little Burgundy Farm is the place to be. Please look through the Riding Club page for more details on the program.
LBF Membership gets you access to professional instructors, very well trained schoolmaster horses, theory classes, clinic opportunities, horse shows and so much more. Membership is paid monthly directly to the horse farm. Once you are a member you can schedule for riding lessons at an additional cost.
Two membership plans are available:
1. Sole-use membership -- $350/month
Members get private use of the facility, arena, horses and gear during a mutually agreed upon recurring day/time combination each week. No other members are present.
2. Shared-use membership -- $200/month - MOST POPULAR
Members share the arena and facilities (with one or more riders) during a mutually agreed upon recurring day/time combination each week.
$175/month for each additional family member
General Membership Information
All members must work with a trainer while on site. To learn more about the instructors, please visit the Lessons and Instructors page. Membership is monthly and requires 30 days notice to cancel. Membership is not predicated on riding or the amount of mounted time. Riding is weather permitting, but lessons are not. Ground lessons are provided when weather is unsafe for riding.
General Rules and Restrictions
-- Riders are responsible for providing their own apparel, including an ASTM/SEI-approved helmet, gloves, boots, and riding breeches/jodhpurs. LBF has some helmets available for general use, but it is recommend that all riders purchase their own helmets for proper fit and safety.
-- All members must be under the supervision of an instructor while on the farm unless pre-approved and scheduled in advance for independent riding.
-- Every attempt is made to provide a safe environment for enjoying horses and riding. However, all members must remember that horses can be unpredictable and dangerous, and riding or being around horses can result in serious injury or even death.
-- Being in good physical condition is important when working with horses. It is recommend that all riders be within normal range of BMI, body mass index. Normal range is between 19 and 24.9. This is to ensure everyone has a safe and positive experience during the session.
-- Because membership is essentially a rental or fractional lease, LBF cannot refund any portion of the membership fees for a member's inability to ride because of bad weather or circumstances beyond the Farm's control. Membership is not predicated on riding time.
Note: During foul weather, it is recommend members accomplish a ground lesson by asking their instructors for a horsemanship lesson on horse care, tack, or related subjects.
-- Due to liability reasons, only members and their legal guardian (if member is a minor) are allowed on the LBF property. Family and friends of members are not allowed on the property unless they sign a liability release form and are approved by the LBF management.
-- Only the riding club member is allowed on a horse and in the riding arena. Family members and friends of members are never allowed on a horse or in the riding arena.
-- Riders may use their own saddle if approved by an instructor or LBF management.
-- Members may request a particular horse, but LBF will choose the horse for the rider based on the rider's skill level and the animal's scheduled workload.