Campus Recreation Fee Waiver Program

If you are a current and active UC Davis student, you are eligible to apply for the Campus Recreation Fee Waiver. This waiver is made possible through a partnership with the UC Davis Bookstore. The application is accessible here.

Fall 2020 Lesson Schedule

Most group riding lessons meet four consecutive weeks.  Group lessons are limited to four participants.  Riding time may be shortened slightly to allow for proper COVID-19 cleaning protocols.  Session I is October 13- November 8.  Session II is November 10-December 13.  Please note that lessons DO NOT meet the week of November 23; participants will have 4 lessons total with one "off week" to allow for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Riding 100

#1 Riding 100 2.1 Tuesdays 3:00PM-4:15PM
#2 Riding 100 2.2 Wednesdays 3:00PM-4:15PM
#3 Riding 100 2.3 Wednesdays 4:15PM-5:30PM
#4 Riding 100 2.4 Fridays 3:00PM-4:15PM
#5 Riding 100 2.5 Saturdays 9:00AM-10:15AM
#6 Riding 100 2.6 Sundays 11:00AM-12:15PM

Students $140/ All others $170|| Enroll Online

Introduction to the fundamentals of horseback riding and how to safely handle a horse.  Learn how to mount, stop, start, steer, and dismount a horse.  Both English and Western styles will be sampled and practiced at the walking gait.  Course content will include principles of good horsemanship and riding basics.

Riding 200

#1 Riding 200 2.1 Tuesdays 4:15PM-5:30PM
#2 Riding 200 2.2 Fridays 4:15PM-5:30PM

Students $140/ All others $170|| Enroll Online

Learn to ride at faster gaits including the jog and trot.  Course content will include principles of good horsemanship and riding basics at the walk, jog, and trot.  Rider position and control will be emphasized along with safe riding practices, steering, and spacing while riding in a group.  Introduction to basic obstacle courses and patterns.  Successful completion of Riding 100 or equivalent and recommendation of the instructor are required to enroll in this class.

Riding 300

#1 Riding 300 2.1 Saturdays 10:15AM-11:30AM

Students $140/ All others $170|| Enroll Online

Learn more advanced skills and techniques at the trot and jog.  Learn how to post the trot, identify diagonals, two-point while riding patterns and over obstacles.  Good horsemanship and rider position will continue as fundamental principles of this class.  Riding 200 or equivalent and recommendation of the instructor are required to enroll in this class. 

Riding 400

#1 Riding 400 2.1 Sundays 12:15PM-1:30PM

Students $140/ All others $170|| Enroll Online

Learn how to ride at the canter or lope.  Correct technique and picking up the proper lead at these faster gaits will be emphasized.  Course will focus on rider position, control, and proper use of aids.  A rider must have successfully completed Riding 300 or equivalent and recommendation of the instructor are required to enroll in this class.

Guardian Angel Training

#1 Guardian Angel Training 2.1 Saturdays 1:00PM-2:00PM

Students $40/ All others $50|| Enroll Online

Participants will learn basic horse handling skills and undergo the training needed to engage in the Guardian Angel Program at the Equestrian Center.  Safely leading, grooming, haltering, and tying a horse will be taught.  Guardian Angels are assigned a UCD horse to spend time with after successful completion of the training course.  Guardian Angels can give the horse special attention, care, and hand grazing while enjoying the horse and human bond in this rewarding and relaxing program.  Guardian Angels should plan to visit the horse at least once per week to stay enrolled in the program.  This class is required for those wishing to participate in this program.  Please note this program does not include riding or training privileges and is intended to be a treat for both horse and human. 

Online Convenience

Sign up for classes online at rec.ucdavis.edu.

Private And Semi-Private Lessons

Private Lessons and Semi-Private Lessons are available on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Equestrian Center Office at 530-752-2372 or equestriancenter@campusrec.ucdavis.edu to schedule a lesson or get more details.