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Ohio University Southern Ohio Horse Park Fall FestivalOhio Horse Park
Sunday, September 17
Ohio Horse Park 400 Bobcat Lane
Games, prizes, food, hay rides, and vendors!
Bring your friends and family!
Great fun! See the horses!
Perfect for children!

55in flat screen HD TV raffle with drawing on Sept. 22
Winner does not need to be present. Tickets are $5 or 5/$20.  See an Equestrian Team member to purchase your ticket. 
Proceeds to benefit the Ohio University Southern Equestrian Team

Ohio Horse Park Riding Lessons
If you have questions regarding lessons please contact us at 740-354-9347 or



Community Lessons

Community Lessons will be offered at the following times:
Mondays and Tuesdays
9:00 am - 10:00 am
10:15am -11:15 am   
11:30am -12:30 pm
12:45pm - 1:45 pm
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm


  • $40.00 Individual Lesson
  • $35.00 per rider, group of 2 riders
  • $30.00 per rider, group of 3-4 riders
  • Pre-paid for Lessons
  • Individual: $230.00
  • Group of 2 per rider $200.00
  • Group of 3-4 per rider $ 170.00


Introduction to Levels:
Please note: It may take longer than six weeks to complete a level.
Level One
The level 1 CHA horsemanship manual is the beginning of your association with horses. The goals you will work towards in Level 1 include how to safely tie, groom, saddle and bridle, mount and ride a horse. You will also be able to identify various parts of your horse and riding equipment. You will develop the ability to control a horse through the trot.*
Level Two
Having passed CHA's Level 1, you have learned to safely ride your horse with some confidence. You can use the four aids to control your horse at the walk, trot, stop, circle, and reverse. You have been introduced to approaching, haltering, leading, grooming and tacking your horse.
In this section you will learn more about how the aids work and how to put them to better use. You and your horse will develop a unique partnership as you better understand his nature and develop more balance.*
Level Three
Knowledge alone will never make you a good horseman, yet knowledge with a lot of horse experience will put you on the road to becoming a level 3 rider. In this level, you can look forward to learning many things that will equip you to be a horse owner, including what kind of riding equipment you'll need. Your riding ability should enable you to obtain diagonals and correct leads, to jump higher and smoother, and to pass through or around obstacles with ease and increased speed. You will find this level a great challenge and a lot of fun. *
Level Four
Through level 1,2 and 3, you have worked hard to become a good rider and horse person. You have learned a great deal about horses, riding, horse care and equipment. As you advance, you will discover that there is always more (not less) to learn.
You have developed a good seat and have learned to use the aids to communicate with your horse. Now you can out your hard work and knowledge to use to become a better rider. You will be able to enjoy riding a truly fine horse to improve the horses you ride and handle.
The level 4 manual will introduce you to more advanced performance skills, greater challenges in jumping, trail riding and knowledge that will help you care for a horse of your own. Or help with stable management. As you advance, remember that a true horse person never stops learning or becomes smug about being a good rider. There's always another challenge ahead.*
(Certified Horsemanship Association, 1983,1996,2008)*
For additional information please contact us at 740-354-9347 or
Group Lessons
Group lessons will follow the CHA (Certificated Horsemanship Association) levels. The participants will receive CHA Horsemanship level book(s) to support with their riding lessons when they are not at the barn.


Click here to download the Ohio University Southern Equine Studies Risk and Liability Form (PDF).


Ohio Horse Park Camp and Lesson Application Form

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Safety Dress Code:
Participants must wear long jeans/pants and hard, smooth sole shoes with a ½ inch heel. Riding helmets are required and will be provided if participant does not have their own.  Participants who show up for lessons inappropriately attired cannot ride, but will do unmounted lessons. 
Camp Cancellation Policy: 
Camps will be limited to 10 participants per camp.  Camps may be cancelled if less than four participants register.  Those participants will have the option of transferring to another camp and/or enroll in lessons.  Applications are accepted when returned completed and with a $50 deposit.  Refunds will be given up to one week before the start of the camp. After one week, no refunds will be given.  All fees for camps refunded if cancelled by the OUS.*
* Applies to camps offered
Lesson Cancellation Policy:
Lessons must be cancelled 24 hours in advance. If lesson is not cancelled 24 hours in advance, a $10 late cancellation fee will be added to the next lesson fee.
Please list the name of the event, camp, workshop, or certificate program you are applying for.

We reserve the right to consolidate camps if enrollment numbers are low for any given week. We will notify participants and they will be given the option to enroll in the camp that is offered.

Our lessons are scheduled based on instructor availability. We will do our best to accommodate your selected days and times.

This information allows us to safely match the rider to the horse. Some of our horses have weight limits due to their size, age and physical considerations.

This information allows us to safely match the rider to the horse. Some of our horses have weight limits due to their size, age and physical considerations.

If the participant is under 18 years of age, this form must be completed and submitted by a parent or guardian.