Windfall Farm Academy / Lessons & Clinics

Thanks to the generosity of Gry McFarlane, owner of Windfall Farm, and our sponsor Circle Oak Equine of Petaluma, CA, we are a United States Pony Clubs Riding Center effective January 1, 2016! Pony Club follows a similar format to scouting and encourages parents to be engaged in activities and volunteering at events.

Our commitment to offering top quality “hunt seat” riding lessons in a professional, welcoming, safe and fun environment is enhanced by the education, rating system and merit badge program the Pony Club Riding Center program offers. We encourage riders to join the USPC and reap the benefits it offers. Horse ownership is not required. Regardless of your background or past experience, our aim is to cultivate a life long passion and knowledge of horses for every student.

We are fortunate to have the experience and skill of Amy Drake as our lead Academy Instructor and Center Administrator. She enjoyed decades of showing in the equitation and hunter divisions and is loving sharing her knowledge as a trainer. Amy is an alumna of the Golden’s Bridge Hounds Pony Club of North Salem, NY.

WFA offers lessons on experienced school horses for beginner through intermediate riders. Our goal is to provide a solid foundation for riders of all abilities. Options are available to cater to your schedule and preference. Our program is designed to encourage teamwork, mutual respect, responsibility, and trust between horse and rider.

Recommended Riding Attire
A helmet is required every time a rider gets on a horse. If you have your own, please bring it. We have helmets for students to borrow; we can also refer you to a place to purchase one. We prefer ASTM approved helmets. Bicycle helmets and other types may not withstand the impact of a fall. If you have long hair please keep it neatly pulled back.

Boots with at least a 1” heel are also preferred. If you don’t have proper boots, we can recommend places to get them.

Riding pants, also called breeches (they are stretchy with knee patches), or jeans are best for riding. Nothing too baggy or loose. Shirts with sleeves are recommended.

Please no loose jewelry, such as long earrings, bracelets or necklaces.

Rates

Monthly Tuition Plan: $225/month includes 3 lessons. Payment is due at the first lesson of each month. Additional lessons may be added within the same month for $65 each as schedules permit (payable at the time of the lesson).

Rider cancellations within 24 hours of the lesson time will be charged in full unless you can make arrangements to trade time with another rider to take the lesson you are cancelling. Weather cancellations may occur the day of the lesson and we will do our best to provide as much notice as possible and reschedule accordingly.

Horsemanship Clinics

At Windfall Farm we offer a several clinics throughout the year. Riders will work towards achievement badges as outlined in the United States Pony Clubs badge program. They will be under the watchful guidance of our experienced and knowledgeable Academy Instructor, and assistants as needed based on the number of participants. The minimum suggested age for our riders is 6 years old; there is no maximum age for riders!

For new riders interested in a one-day introduction "camp" to horses and riding, please contact Amy for a private plan.

2018 Clinic Dates: look for them in Spring 2018

Contact for Lessons and Clinics:  Amy Drake  (707) 334-0533

• Clinic hours: 10: A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
• $325 per 4-day session 

Topics Include:
• Basic horsemanship: grooming, tack-up and care
• Horse and barn SAFETY
• Bandaging a horse for transport, wound care, or support following exercise
• How to walk and trot; canter included for riders with more experience
• How to bathe a horse
• Breeds and horse markings
• Basic horse needs
• Horse tack identification and cleaning

Download the 2017 Clinic Form from the green banner on our home page.

Go to the Contact Us page to email any questions.