Client Testimonial

Lauren has taught my daughter abouth horses and horsemanship as well as developing her riding ability and confidence. She has learned more from Lauren in one year than previous coaches in the six years before. Lauren has a gift for assessing both rider and mount in a multitude of situations and teaches to the moment.
- Laura Barron

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Learning why is almost as important as learning how

Welcome to the Graduate Riding School! Running out of Lochland Farm, just north of 401 off of Guelph Line, Graduate Riding School has students of all levels who desire to improve their riding in a fun and positive environment. Lauren has been teaching for 15 years and in that time has taught all ages (literally 4-72) and levels from "what's a horse?" through Training level eventing.

A novice Graduate Riding School student in a lesson with Lauren Cude
A student of Lauren's refining some basics

In her years of teaching Lauren has developed a teaching technique that addresses a variety of learning styles. She regularly makes use of both the blackboard and the mirror in the arena and is always willing to get on and demonstrate for those who need to see an exercise. She encourages her students to think about what they're doing and ask questions. Most importantly though, she includes instruction in basic horsemanship. A student who understands their horse and why and how the aids work is more likely to be able to replicate them on their own. This multi-faceted teaching style helps students to learn much faster than in traditional schools. For those who would like more in-depth horsemanship there are winter theory lessons and onlineĀ Theory Thursday.

Above and beyond a traditional school

Graduate Riding School is the place to come when you've become bored or frustrated by your lessons at another school and are ready to move on. We specialize in helping students first master the basics and then refine those skills and take on the more advanced techniques. Lauren loves introducing students to the world of eventing. Whether you've wanted to do it all your life, or you grew up in the hunter or dressage ring and are perhaps a little timid but think this just *might* be fun, Lauren can help you get there securely, safely and confidently.

A novice Graduate Riding School student starting XC in a lesson with Lauren Cude
A student of Lauren's starting XC

We will work with you to help you meet your goals - whether they be to hack quietly and safely, or to compete seriously on the horse-trials circuit, we will help you get there. With small class sizes (group maximum of four riders) individual attention is assured and our well trained horses help create an environment conductive to learning.

For new riders, basics will be taught one-on-one until you can walk, trot and steer independently. See "What to look for in a riding school," and "what to expect on your first lesson". Please note that while she still enjoys teaching children, she now sets her minimum age for a student at 8 years old, as experience has shown her that is the point at which *most* children have enough body control and awareness to safely interact and influence a horse. Tweens, teens and adults of any riding level welcome.

Intermediate and advanced riders will first have an assessment lesson to help ascertain their current abilities, the best fit as far as horse and lesson time go, and create a learning plan. This assessment lesson will also give you a chance to decide if Lauren's teaching style is right for you! It's important that coach and student be a good fit, and Lauren's adherence to this policy is a large part of how we've created such a good environment.

A Graduate Riding School student goofing around
One of Lauren's students reasonably excited after a lesson

Not sure? Come visit! Give us a call (905-510-0126) or email to set up a time for a tour or to come watch some lessons and decide if it's for you.