Our property offers a beautiful setting for riding only 25 minutes north of Toronto in the heart of King Township. We are located on 55+ acres of oak ridges moraine and greenbelt surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.
The Meadows is a year-round facility with two distinct riding stables: The Meadows Riding Academy and The Meadows Show Facility. The Riding Academy is a teaching facility offering all the amenities that any horse or rider could ever need. We deliver uncompromising excellence in teaching and care of horse and rider. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced rider, our year-round lesson program is tailored to suit each and every student. We specialize in the English disciplines of hunt seat equitation and jumping. All students over the age of six (6) are welcome regardless of riding ability.
The Riding School program offers day, evening and weekend lessons. As well as Riding Camps and Clinics held during March Break and select weeks during the Summer months.
Schedule a visit today and see why the Meadows is a wonderful place to be.
MEET THE STAFF
Jacqueline Boddaert has had a passion for horses her entire life. She is a successful entrepreneur, having owned and managed many different businesses from private to public. She is also a Director and Board member of a number of public and private corporations.
Jacquie is personally invested in the Meadows, bringing a wealth of business knowledge to the oversight of the facilities.
NANCY ALLENRIDING ACADEMY
We are very pleased to have Nancy Allen heading up our Riding Academy program.
Nancy completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree at the University of Guelph, majoring in Animal Science and took the position as assistant editor at Canadian Horseman Magazine upon graduation. After publishing several issues, however, the magazine was sold and Nancy moved to the Toronto area, teaching at Crossfield Farms in Markham.
Over the next few years, what had started as a part-time job became a profession as Nancy achieved her Level 1 and later her Level 2 national coaching certifications. She has taught hundreds of students at many of the major riding facilities and has much show ring success with her students on the provincial Trillium circuit. Nancy has also successfully competed in the hunter and jumper ring. Nancy is an examiner for Equine Canada’s rider levels and is actively involved in the mentoring program for future coaches. She is also a provincial hunter/jumper judge.
ALLISON DOYLERIDING ACADEMY ASSISTANT COACH
Allison brings with her over 25 years in the industry and past experience as a professional groom for several Grand Prix riders. With more than 10 years experience managing competition horses, she has spent most of her time on the A circuit travelling around Canada and the United States for horse shows which include the Winter Equestrian Festival, HITS Ocala, Kentucky Horse Park, and venues across Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba. After earning her Undergraduate and Masters degree from McMaster and York University, Allison has been pursuing a career in the insurance industry since 2007 and managing her equestrian pursuits on the side. She has been an active competitor for many years and has show experience in the jumpers up to 1.20 and a wide variety of hunter and equitation divisions. She is an Equestrian Canada certified coach and has been working with our riding school students taking them to horse shows and introducing the next generation of riders to the show ring.
BRIANNA TOMLINSONBARn MANAGER
Growing up in Ennismore, Ontario, Brianna Tomlinson has had horses her entire life and has been on the horse for just about as long. In 2014, Brianna completed the Equine Science program at Olds College in Alberta, with a major in Equine Production and Breeding. She has spent time retraining and rehoming Standardbreds off the race track, many which have made their way into her own herd, as well as, working with young horses. While not working at The Meadows, Brianna usually returns to Ennismore where her three horses still reside on their family farm.
Lessons for children and beginners can be structured in a Private or Group setting (depending upon skill level). If you are a new rider or under the age of 12 you can expect that one of our staff will be available to assist you in tacking and un-tacking your horse. We will walk you through how to handle a horse on the ground so that you develop a safe and confident approach to groundwork.
Lessons and coaching for the more advanced rider are available either on your own horse (we have a few limited spaces for Boarding in our new facility) or on one of our well-schooled horses. We believe in focusing on the development of very strong ground skills as a precursor to jumping. Strong flat work leads to great success over fences. While we are a Hunter/Jumper facility, we have a number of clients that are solely focused on flatwork. It is not a must to jump if you ride at the Meadows. Students with more experience are welcome to join the lesson program and in addition, are welcome to explore other riding opportunities offered through our leasing program or progress through to the Meadows Show Facility
The Meadows' Riding School program runs lessons: Monday through Friday from 9am to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 6pm.
We also encourage students to participate in activities such as:
Students will be assigned to mounts appropriate to their level of riding and will be matched with other students in age and ability. The Meadows has an excellent selection of well-trained horses and ponies and our knowledgeable staff will be on-hand to guide you through the process with care and expertise.
Each new student will receive a "Meadows' Welcome Package" containing information on the school's policies and procedures. If you have any questions or require clarification on any information contained in the package, please contact us.
Riding Camps and Clinics will be held during March Break and select weeks during the Summer months. The Meadows will be running six weeks of camps during the summer.
Each camp will focus on a special interest - such as Show Camp, Adult Riding Clinics, Beginner Camp or Intermediate Camp.
Camps will focus on teaching the specific skills and providing information needed to enhance the rider and horse experience. We are committed to providing great value and a rewarding experience for all of our riders.
Our Show Camp teaches students who are interested in showing all about every aspect that will help riders be well prepared to show their horse or pony: preparing a horse to go to a show, what to expect at a show, the types of classes offered and a number of other topics.
The Meadows will also host a few select weeks designated for beginner and intermediate riders. These programs are designed for those students who are already riding and have a keen interest in working with one of our experienced school horses/ ponies to develop their skills.
The Meadows' goal is to help riders develop self-confidence and independence through horsemanship.
Adult Riding Clinics are multi-disciplined and provide riders with a grounding in the English disciplines of hunt seat equitation and jumping as well as basic equine care and horsemanship.
At the end of every week of Clinic or Camp, riders will have the opportunity to participate in a Meadows In-House Schooling Show. We encourage families and friends to come out to support our riders.
Please check our News Section for specific times and dates as the season progresses.
The Riding School hosts regular In-House Schooling Shows for its own lesson clients. These Schooling Shows are an excellent way to become familiar with what showing a horse is all about.
We also support school riders who want to start showing at the Trillium level. Please visit our Meadows Show Facility site for more information on showing on the Trillium circuit.
WE strive to provide a safe and enriching environment for Students to gain knowledge of, and have the opportunity to work with horses and riders alike.
Experience with horses is not a necessary qualification for MEADOWS volunteers; however, all volunteers must be at least 13 years of age. Volunteers receive in-depth orientation and training, and for volunteers who are shy around horses, there are a variety of other vital roles to be filled. Most volunteers do find, however, that the horses are so wonderful they eventually enjoy working with them, and getting them ready in the barn.
Learning new skillsets is an integral part of our program.
What does a MEADOWS volunteer do?
MEADOWS volunteers fill a variety of roles in either the School or Show Facility, including:
In Summer 2016, we opened our NEW facility on the same property as our Show Facility.
Our new arena boasts many advanced features such as TravelRight synthetic arena footing to minimize slips and ensure a safe landing, new T5 arena lighting so there are no shadows and a bright natural light, and an advanced security system. Best of all, it's insulated and warm in the winter, cool in the summer.
Our barn is built with two extra-wise hallways ensuring that you are never crowded out. The barn and arena are built side-by-side with double hallway access so that once you are tacked up, it is a short indoor walk to the arena.
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ARENAS & SANDRING
Our new 180’ x 80’ insulated arena has large, bright windows that open for natural light and air circulation during the day to make riding comfortable. The arena has 40 new T5 custom light fixtures that turn on right away - no waiting for lights to warm up and absolutely no spooky shadow corners!
Having great footing under you is important to the health of your horse and to your safety. The Meadows is pleased to have installed in the arena state of the art European style shock absorbent, non-slip TravelRight footing that is dust-free and provides a clean environment for the rider and a shock absorbent base for horses.
Located at the back of the property away from high traffic areas and surrounded by paddocks and trees, our new outdoor sand ring is an excellent and large space to ride.
The Meadows is pleased to offer a Large 140’ x 240’ sand ring with underground drainage, automatic irrigation systems and customized footing for shock absorbent and dust-free riding. The ring has a convenient and shaded viewing Cabana and numerous types of jumps to optimize the riding experience.
BARNS & STALLS
Our barn is a new dust-free barn built in 2013. All the box stalls are large (12’ x 12’) with individual windows and/or view through front to allow horses to see their environment. The barn is designed with extra ceiling height, wide aisles, superior T8 lighting and windows throughout the barn to provide lots of natural light.
We have a generous matted base in all stalls.ﾠ All stalls are sanitized daily to ensure a healthy, infection free facility. There are individual water buckets in each stall with an easy pour water system to allow for individual monitoring of water intake. All water buckets are cleaned daily.
Custom Designed, Large Stalls and Wide Aisles. We have paid attention to every detail from the custom designed water system, hide-a-way aisle storage, large wash stalls and floor-to-ceiling lockers. Our facility is both functional and beautiful to ride in.
There are two inside wash stalls and two exterior wash stalls equipped with a temperature controlled water supply and heating system for winter bathing. Grooming stalls are equipped with a new vacuum structure.
VIEWING & TACK ROOMS
We know what it is like to be a supporting parent or sibling to a rider. Cold winter or humid summer nights in a stable can be really unpleasant. We have designed a heated and air-conditioned viewing room with TV, Wi-Fi and a kitchenette for your comfort and convenience. Come join us inside and enjoy watching our riders!
Viewing outside…. Come join us at our shaded Cabana by the outdoor ring and enjoy spring/summer/fall viewing in comfort.
We know what it is like to try to cram your saddle into an undersized or difficult to reach tack box – we have none of these at The Meadows. Our tack boxes are lockable, floor-to-ceiling with tons of storage for all your equipment.
The stable is equipped with a 24’ x 24’ large heated tack room with 30 private lockers most equipped with double saddle racks and floor to ceiling storage. The tack room has a separate equipment wash station and a viewing area looking into the arena. There are separate commercial grade laundry facilities, and a heated washroom on the lower level.
Safety is Everyone’s Concern. We provide a safe and secure environment to enjoy riding. This starts with the right match between rider and mount, staff training, and a proper routine for handling horses. Every ride should be a safe and enjoyable experience with your horse.
We have taken every precaution to ensure that the total environment in and around our facility is as safe as possible for all visitors. We insist on safety training for all staff and that all visitors and riders know and abide by the stable safety rules
The Meadows' property has security cameras covering all public areas of the facility to ensure safety. We have a fire rated protection system, alarms and 24/7 staff surveillance. This is all designed to ensure the safety of all the horses and the security of all riders and their equipment.
Our staff is enrolled in training and teaching courses on an ongoing basis to ensure that the very latest in coaching and safety procedures are top of mind to ensure your safety while riding.
Safety is everyone’s concern. We encourage you to communicate with us if you observe activities that appear unsafe. You have our commitment to be proactive on safety and as such, comments are always welcome.
The Meadows Equine
Call us at: 905.841.9879
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Daily, Year Round
2495 Lloydtown Aurora Sd Rd
King City, ON L7B 1A3
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