Riding Club Membership
Little Burgundy Farm operates as a cost-share structure through a membership program. Members pay a monthly fee that covers the farm's operating costs (horse care, feeding, facilities upkeep, etc), and in return, members get the use of a horse, tack, riding area, and the barn facilities for up to one hour each week allowing them to take horse care and riding lessons with independently contracted, but LBF-approved riding instructors. Members also receive discounts on LBF camp and other activities throughout the year.
2018 Riding Club Membership Rates:
Private Use Membership: $300 per month. Use of a horse, tack, riding area, and the barn facilities for up to one hour each week for a private riding lesson.
Group Use Membership: $250 per month. Use of a horse, tack, riding area, and the barn facilities for up to one hour each week for a group riding lesson. (Note: Group lessons are not available to beginning members. All LBF members must begin with private lessons. Group membership will only be offered to members/riders who have enough experience and skill to safetly ride LBF horses in a group setting.)
Additional family supplement: For $175/month, up to three additional family members can become members (in addition to one family member paying full base membership - either private or group).
All members will work with one of LBF's approved instructors. These industry pros are independent contractors who work directly for you, the member/rider.* The instructors we allow to teach at LBF have obtained advanced horsemanship skills through various riding disciplines (USEF, USHJA, USEA, USDF) and will create a personalized and structured tutorial just for you, based on your experience and goals. To learn more about the instructors, please visit the Lessons and Instructors page.
*Please note: Instructor are not LBF employees and are not paid by LBF. The instructors that teach at LBF normally charge between $35-$40 for a 30-minute lesson and LBF members/riders are responsible for paying their instructor directly.
In summary, LBF membership gets you access to professional instructors, well trained schoolmaster horses, theory classes, clinic opportunities, horse shows and so much more. If riders are looking for a farm close to the DC metro area where they can learn how to ride, care for horses, and experience a little bit of "the country in the city," then Little Burgundy Farm is the place to be.
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 (normally conducted on Sunday afternoon). This tour will include an explanation of the riding club program, tour of the facilities, and introductions to the horses and some of the staff.
Second: If LBF believes you will be a good fit for our program, you will be invited to join as a member. We will then work with you to find the best available day and time that works for you and you will then receive an invoice for your club membership dues.
General Rules and Restrictions
-- Membership dues are paid 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.
-- 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 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 and horses are kept from injury.
-- Because membership structured as a cost-share system, 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, instructors will normally provide ground lessons to members. Ground lessons cover horsemanship lesson such as horse care and well-being, tack, and 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.