Muriel B. Gill Fee Waiver Program

In the fall of 2014, the Gill family generously gave the UC Davis Equestrian Center a gift intended to go toward student engagement and activities. This gift will allow current UC Davis students to participate in group recreational riding lessons at the Equestrian Center at a reduced rate. The application period for fall 2017 is now closed. Applications will reopen prior to winter quarter lesson regisration. Check out the Campus Recreation Fee Waiver (below) which can also be used toward lessons and programs at the Equestrian Center.

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 Amazon. The application for fall quarter is open. More information and the application can be found here. Apply early!

Lesson Schedule

Fall session I registration opens September 1. Registration will be open until 3 days before the class begins or until the class fills. Private lessons are scheduled on an individual basis and scheduled through the Main Office.

Fall Session I: October 9–November 5 (4 lessons)
Fall Session II: November 6–December 10 (4 lessons)*

  • *Please note: no lessons will be held Thanksgiving week (11/21–11/26)

Group riding lessons meet four consecutive weeks, unless noted otherwise.
Group lessons are limited to four participants.

Price Key

A: UC Davis Student
B: Non-UC Davis Student/Non-CRU Member

Online Convenience

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

Fall 2017 Lesson Schedule

Riding 100

#1: Tuesdays, 4–5:15 p.m. (1.1)
#2: Wednesdays, 4–5:15 p.m. (1.2)
#3: Thursdays, 4–5:15 p.m. (1.3)
#4: Fridays, 4–5:15 p.m. (1.4)

#5: Saturdays, 910:15 a.m. (1.5)
#6: Sundays, noon–1:15 p.m. (1.6)
A $140 / B $170 || Enroll Online

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

Riding 200

#1: Thursdays, 5:15–6:30 p.m. (1.1)
#2: Saturdays, 10:1511:30 a.m. (1.2)
#3: Sundays, 1:152:30 p.m. (1.3)
A $140 / B $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. A rider must have successfully completed Riding 100 or equivalent to enroll in this class. A permission code is required to enroll in this class.

Riding 300

#1: Tuesdays, 5:15-6:30 p.m. (1.1)
#2: Fridays, 5:15-6:30 p.m. (1.2)
A $140 / B $170 || Enroll Online

Learn more advanced skills and techniques at the trot/jog. Learn to 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. A rider must have successfully completed Riding 200 or equivalent to enroll in this class. A permission code is required to enroll in this class.

Riding 400

#1: Wednesdays, 5:15–6:30 p.m. (1.1)
A $140 / B $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 emphasize rider position, control, and proper use of aids. A rider must have successfully completed Riding 300 or equivalent to enroll in this class. A permission code is required to enroll in this class.

Guardian Angel Training

#1: Saturdays, noon–1 p.m.
A $40 / B $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 tieing a horse will be taught. Guardian Angels spend time with an assigned horse and give them special attention, care, and hand grazing while enjoying the horse and human bond in this rewarding and relaxing program. This class is required for those wishing to participate in the Guardian Angel volunteer program. Guardian Angels should plan to visit the horses at least once per week to stay enrolled in the program. Contact the main office for more information.

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.