GRR instructors welcome students of all levels of ability.
Our lesson horses have been carefully selected and trained to be suitable for even first time riders. However, students
who have their own horses are welcome to bring them for their riding lessons and horse training lessons.
disciplines we focus on are western and hunt seat, with primary goals of establishing a good balanced seat, natural horsemanship
techniques, and skills to optimize the safety of horse and rider. Our instructional programs come in a variety of formats
as listed below.
under the age of 18 are required to wear protecticve headgear, bring their own helmet if they have one, or one of ours will
be provided for them. Shoes with at least a one-half inch heel must be
worn, no sandals or tennis shoes. You can download a copy of our Student Policies and
Waiver of Liability on this page. The waiver must be signed by BOTH parents for all riders under the age of 18.
Visitors are welcome to come observe lessons in progress and to tour our facility any time, but if you prefer a personal
guided tour, just call or email us for an appointment. Click on the "Location" page for specific driving directions.
To join our lesson program, email us from this web page, or call the numbers listed at the bottom of this page.
Click on this link to view and download our Student Policies.
Click on this link to download our Waiver of Liability.
Riding instructor/trainer and summer camp director, CJ Farmer, has over 35 years experience with horses, breeding, training, boarding, seven years of showing the
Appaloosa breed show circuit on a national level, and 20 years as a riding instructor. Th assistant instructors and camp
counselors at GRR are screened and selected for their personal qualifications
as well as their experience in the equine industry. Attending classes in chaperone training and CPR/first aid are
mandatory. Continuing education in the areas of horsemanship and horse training is attained by participating in
a variety of clinics each year.
Standard lessons are structured for people who want to come take
a 45 minute lesson ($45 for private lesson, $35 for 2-6 riders) on a regular basis, usually weekly.
Scheduling can be fixed or flexible. Two hour lessons can also be scheduled.
Boot Camp, a workshop for adults, is
specifically focused on teaching skills and knowledge that is needed by the first time horse owner, riders who wish to lease/own
a horse in the near future, and parents of kids who are involved with horses. Strong
emphasis is placed on safety, horse care, ground handling, horse psychology, desirable personality traits, health care, facility
design and maintenance. Check the calendar of events for the date and to download a document with the program format
for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to earn horsemanship merit badges are available. Other badges that can be earned if the troops
chose to camp over the weekend might include (but not limited to) camping, hiking, fishing
and cooking. GRR is an approved scout facility and offers special scout discounts for the two hour workshop and semi-private
Riding Vacations are for guests who would like to include customized riding
lessons during their stay. Training and problem solving instruction is also available
to guests who wish to bring their own horses. On site lodging and stabling by reservation.
Therapeutic Riding. GRR is not set up to properly conduct
a lesson program for children with special needs. Contact NARHA certified instrucor Lisa Graham at Bella Terra Stables
in Winder 404-626-0456.
Click on this link to learn more about Lisa's therapeutic riding program.
Summer Camps. All things horses! Horse-related activities, horsey arts and crafts, and making new horse-loving
friends. Classroom academics, demonstrations and practical application of skills help campers learn horse care and horsemanship
riding skills. At the end of the camp session, campers will demonstrate some of their newly acquired skills for parents. Beginners
to advanced, campers grouped by age and experience level. For a higher quality of instruction and safety, sessions are limited
to 4-8 campers. Attendees who own their own horses are welcome
to bring them to camp. Intermediate and advanced camps can focus on drill team basics, horse show skills, or trail
riding. Overnight/Resident Horsemanship Camps will be offered for beginners to advanced riders 10-17 years old.
Campers will reside in a new two bedroom "bunk house" in the stables. Click on the link below to see interior photos.
To view and download a camp brochure and the session rate sheet, click on the links below. Ask about our discounts. To
request a registration form or a personal interview and ranch tour, contact CJ.
Click on this link to view and download the summer camp brochure.
Click on this link to view photos of the Bunk House in the stables.
program, scaled down for youngsters 6-8 years old, is an introductory camp to prepare them for the more
program when they are older. The one-day format includes demonstration
of horse care and horse handling skills, safety techniques, grooming, tacking, and some hands-on practice for the youngsters.
All riding is done with an attendant or on a lunge line, usually in the indoor round pen.
Pony Parties are not just a lot of fun, but
a good way to introduce children to grooming, saddling, and then "riding" while led by an adult.
The indoor arena and indoor round pen allow for all-weather parties. After riding, guests are welcome to use the
climate-controlled party room for snacks, games and gift-giving. The hostess is welcome to come decorate the party room
(seats 36) the day before and leave food items in the refrigerator. Contact CJ for pricing.
Many of our students, adult and youth, acquire skills through our
lesson program to pursue a variety of activities including showing, riding in parades, trail riding and camping with their
horses, and competing in obstacle challenges.
Clinics with top professionals will be organized by Grove River Ranch LLC based on public demand. We have twenty
years experience hosting clinics on specific subjects, such as "resistance free riding and training", colt starting, re-training
problem horses, Parelli Natural Horsemanship, reining, mounted police horse training for civilians, gaited horsemanship, and
dressage. As clinics are booked, they will be listed on our Calendar of Events along with a flyer and registration information.
GRR facilities can be rented by a clinician or group for an event. Contact CJ for rates and availability.
We are always interested in
new clinic ideas, and invite clinicians looking for a quality host facility to contact us.