RIDING LESSONS AT ALTADENA STABLES
WITH JULIE UNAMUNO
OUR PHILOSOPHY ON LESSONS
Riding starts from the ground up, and encompasses more than just riding instruction. Grooming, for example, helps to develop a rapport and an understanding between rider and horse.
We have developed the Core Equestrian Technique which focuses on the foundational skills of riding, and builds in incremental steps. The skills that are learned help the rider gain the proper posture, balance, and nonverbal communication in order to develop a partnership with the horse.
Through partnership development other qualities may be gained: confidence, focus, discipline, independence, and leadership. Ultimately, the by-product of accomplishment is self-esteem.
Arroyo Canyon Riders at Altadena Stables offers riding lessons for ages five to adult. Whether you're a first time rider or an experienced equestrian looking to enhance your horsemanship and horse communication skills, our individualized instruction will help you to achieve your goals.
Our program emphasizes the very best in safety, horsemanship, and good sportsmanship.
Lessons are by appointment only.
Monday through Saturday.
Lessons are $70 per half hour.
Payment options: please contact Julie
After the initial lessons, riders will learn to groom and tack the lesson horse. At that time riders will be expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled lesson.
Long pants and close-toed shoes are required riding apparel. A riding helmet will be supplied by the stable for first lesson. If the rider plans to continue with lessons, they are required to purchase riding boots, pants, and helmet.
Please inquire at the time of the lesson for referrals on local tack stores.
An equestrian since the age of ten, Julie began formally instructing horsemanship and riding in early 2008. Passionate to share her love for the sport and lifestyle, she has instructed hundreds of children and adults alike. A two time back to back reserve champion of the Sierra Empire Arabian Horse shows and earning a variety of wins with ETI corral 35, Julie also managed two equine rehabilitation therapy farms in the Bradbury estates in addition to working for trainers Richard Mandella, Steve Ferraro, Wayne Murty, Cotton Tinsley, Jay Robbins and Vincent Clyne at Santa Anita, Hollywood, and Del Mar.
Julie approaches instruction with a "from the ground up" perspective. Noting that grooming and the care of the animal helps build a bond between horse and rider, she truly emphasizes the importance of learning to fully embrace every aspect of the sport. She hones in on each rider's goals, no matter their past experience, to help them achieve the success they want in the saddle. Whether you're an actor in need of lessons to land your next role, a kindergartener that loves ponies, or an adult that's always wanted to learn - Julie has the tools to help you enjoy and master the sport.
* ARROYO CANYON RIDERS IS INDEPENDENTLY OWNED