I have spent my whole life in the equestrian field. Starting in pony club and working through the levels, to traveling Europe working and riding with international riders. I have spent years working in hunter, jumper, dressage, western pleasure, breeding and racing barns. At Aspen Acres, I try to teach my students that there is so much more to horses then just riding.

By developing these program, I hope to help teach other equestrian enthusiasts about the ins and outs of horses. I have made many mistakes in the past and unfortunately, when any horse owner make mistakes it is our horses that suffer the most. My goal is to share what I have learned and still learning so others can benefit.

Horse Course

This is hands-on program, developed for the young adults to the older generation. There is a small riding portion, a theory lecture with handouts to take home. We also cover hands-on groundwork where participants can learn a bit about trust, boundaries, and communication between horse and human. This program does take a break inside to get out of the weather and relax.

Program Routine

  • Discussion about tack
  • Riding Demo
  • Everyone gets to try to ride
  • Break inside
  • Small lecture and snack inside (worming, saddle fitting, teeth, vaccines, pasture control etc)
  • Hands-on, apply info from lecture
  • Groundwork

2 day Horse course

Ages 10yrs old and up, with horse experience limit of 8 participants.

  • July 11 and 12, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day – $70 +hst

1 day horse course

Ages 10yrs old and up, with horse experience, limit of 10 participants.

  • March 11, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm $35 +hst

Client Testimonial ~ from Carl

As a Beginner, I feel strongly that I can apply the techniques learned easily to my horses. ~ Carl

Horse Theory

Everyone is welcome to take part young to old. Participants learn about horses, this is a non-riding program covering hands-on material about horse health, tack, feeding, care, exercise etc. The group runs for 1 hour. Enjoy different professionals who volunteer their time to come and educate us on their expertise. The charge is $10 for students and $20 for non- students. To be considered a student the individuals must ride at Aspen Acres twice a month. This program runs 4x a year. Participants need to confirm one week prior to the actual date. There is a question-answer period after.

Sessions Are:

  • Sunday April 22, 3:00  – 4:00 – Tack fitting (saddles/ bridles and halters
  • Monday May 21,  10:00 to 11:00 Course setting and walking
  • Monday June 25, – 10:00  to 11:00 Horse show info for the ring and warm up rings.
  • Monday  October 8, 10:00  to 11:00  – Cold weather exercises (no riding) all Groundwork

Stable Hand Course

The Stable Hand Course is designed for anyone looking for a career or a change in the equine world. This is the only course we offer where you get a first-hand idea what the equine field is really like. We teach you the skills you need to survive in this field. The course is hands-on working with the animals.

The course runs for 1 day, 8:00 – 3:00 Half an hour break for lunch ( bring your own).  10yrs old and up, limit of 8 participants No horse experience required. $45 +hst.  per course, different material each course.

Saturday  November 10, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday  November 18,  8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday November 25, 8:00 am  to 3:00 pm (for people who have taken the course before )

Daily Routine of Course

  • Demo
  • Stable chores
  • Groundwork exercises
  • Lecture about horse health followed by hands-on portion
  • Feeding and nutrition

Client Testimonial ~ from Jay

Spending the last 4 weeks with Stacey has been a great experience. I didn’t know how much I didn’t know. ~ Jay

Education nights.

The evening starts a 6pm where all the participants tack and ride. This is a group lesson, learning about seat control over the animal, and mind works between horse and rider. The lesson takes one hour of riding time and half an hour for tacking and untacking. The evening moves on to hands-on education, covering feeding, lunging, wrapping legs, first aid etc. The participants choose what they would like to learn for the evening. Ending at 9pm.

Horse Training Course

This is a program designed to teach people how to break and work with a green horse. Participants will witness a green horse going through our training program.  After watching and learning each participant will have full hands-on options to try the techniques they just watched on our well-schooled horses. $45 +hst  per course.

Sunday February 25, 10 am to 12:00 pm   Covers: lunging/ ground driving/ mounting/ starting off,  $45 +hst

Saturday March 17, 10 am 12:00 pm  Covers: free lunging/ moving off pressure, leg and hand/ transitions and balance,  $45 +hst

Daily Routine of Course

  • Demo
  • hands-on, groundwork exercises
  • question and answer

Training Clinic

Bring your own horse and work on communication skills, body language, and more. The first part is groundwork, the second part is riding. $50+hst.  Runs Saturday April 7 – 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Client Testimonial ~ Linda

Stacey gives very thorough explanations of the what + the why + how, of horse training for the “green” student. Simple enough in order to go home and try on your own horse. Wonderful course to help you to work on the kinks in your one training issues and/ or relationship issues. She is extremely comical in her approach to teaching. ~ Linda

Pony School

Developed for young children to help educate them on horses in a fun structured environment.  There is a small riding portion, and a theory section where participants learn through games and activities.  A light snack is provided, for ages 4 to 11.    Cost is $25 per student per session.  Ages 4 to 11, Friday May 18, 3:30 pm  – 5:00 pm and Saturday May 19, 10:00 am – 11:30 am,  Limit of 8 participants.

Daily Routine of Course

  • An activity to teach students horse behavior
  •  riding
  • snack
  • horse health
  • equipment activity


Stable Manners Course

Learn the horses language, the placement of tack, getting the horse to stand,  stop horses from turning and biting or kicking and more.
We will teach you how to bond and recognize the horses’ needs, dislikes, and likes. This program is about putting the horse first and learning their needs and language. It also covers training tips for working with your horse teaching them what is expected from them while you are tacking and grooming.  8 participants max, $25+hst,  ages 9 and up Runs 10:00 am to 12:00 pm , Monday April 2.

Daily Routine of Course

  • in the barn teaching and tacking
  • groundwork
  • question and answer


Parents Education Course

This course will teach adults how to look and assess dangerous situations before it is too late.  Participants will learn how to respond in a safe manner while working with horses.  The course will also teach tacking and equipment safety, leading and tying, all hands on. We also cover a bit about horse health and care to ensure horses are happy and comfortable when they are going out to work.  Limit of 8 participants (children welcome to come with the Adults who are taking the course) $25 + hst

Monday February 19, 10:30 am  -12:00 pm

Daily Routine of Course

  • Catching leading and groundwork
  • In the barn tacking and moving around the animals
  • demo’s showing how horses react and how to read them
  • question and answer