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QMS riders become responsible, skilled and knowledgeable members of the equestrian community, whether they ride in a School Horse Program or the Competition Program. With a focus on well-rounded horsemanship, riders also develop strong stable management skills through participation in the Equestrian Canada Rider Levels program. Students enrolled in both riding program streams will receive credits towards their Physical and Health Education (PHE) or Equine Athlete classes.

School Horse Programs

Learn to Ride 1
The Learn to Ride Program (LTR) introduces safe riding and horsemanship practices to riders with limited or no prior riding experience. In weekly lessons/classes, students will learn to walk, trot, canter and prepare their horse for riding. LTR riders must complete Equestrian Canada Rider Level 2 to proceed to QMS Equestrians 1 or 2. Some competitions, workshops, and clinics may be available to riders at this level.

QMS Equestrians 1 or 2
QMS Equestrians 1 or 2 assists riders in developing their skills both in the saddle and in the stable. Riders in the QMS Equestrians Program will take one or two lessons/classes per week using a school horse. This program is available for Equine Canada Rider Levels 3 to 6, with Equestrian Canada Rider Level 2 or an equivalent being a prerequisite. Some competitions, workshops and clinics are available to riders at this level.

Competition Program

Team QMS
Team QMS advances committed riders who demonstrate good horsemanship, leadership and sportsmanship, both in the saddle and on the ground. Team QMS is a full training program. Riders will have five lessons, classes or contacts per week, compete at the regional, national or international level, and are required to participate in clinics and workshops. This program is available for Equestrian Canada Rider Levels 3 to 8, with Equestrian Canada Rider Level 2 or an equivalent being a prerequisite. Students enrolled in Team QMS must board or lease an appropriate performance horse.                                         

EQUESTRIAN CANADA RIDER LEVELS                                      

 
QMS taught me to speak my mind no matter the consequences, I found this skill invaluable. QMS also taught me the importance of friendship and loyalty and these values still hold true for me today.
- Jennifer Spencer, Class of '82