HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS

Unfortunately, we are not currently accepting new beginning riders at Good Reception Ranch. Intermediate and advanced riders can contact Bradie Kish at 303-349-7908 or email her at bradiekish@gmail.com to learn more about lessons, or can reach out directly to our professional trainers.

If you are beginning rider interested in lessons with Liz Polanco, you can request to be added to the waitlist by completing this form.  If you are an existing student looking to purchase a package or book in the next two weeks, CLICK TO BOOK HERE.  If you are a returning rider looking to schedule into 2019, please email us with your preferred lesson times. 

Beginning riders can also contact Plane View Farm in Erie or Triple Creek Ranch in Boulder to inquire about their lesson programs.

 

Liz Polanco has a fun, gentle teaching style that allows each students to relax and enjoy creating a connection with the horse.  She teaches her students how to catch, halter, groom and care for their horses while always emphasizing respect and mutual understanding.  She gives riders a solid foundation in the saddle, emphasizing proper position and use of aids.  She is certified as a therapeutic riding instructor by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International and has taught riding lessons at our ranch since 2009.  Liz is also trained in animal massage, energy work and communication.

2019 Rates 

  • Private lessons are $75.
  • Liz Polanco offers discounted packages for existing clients.
  • Lessons may be mounted or on the ground, according to what the participant, instructor, and horse’s needs and goals are for the day.  Ride time is generally a max of 50 minutes, with another 30-40 minutes for brushing, tacking, ground work and giving back to the horse.
  • Semi-private and group lessons are $45/rider for 90-minutes (may be mounted or unmounted, includes time to brush and tack the horse).  You can sign up with a friend or sibling or ask your instructor to match you with someone.
  • We are not currently accepting new beginning riders at Good Reception Ranch.  If you are interested in riding with Liz Polanco, you can request to be added to the waitlist by completing this form.
  • Advanced riding lessons are available, particularly for those interested in full or partial horse leases.  Please contact Ali Graves Kish at 303-931-2619.
  • If cost is an issue for you, please contact us to inquire about volunteering and/or joining a group lesson.
  • For all options, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Our instructors will help each student select an appropriate school horse.  We provide ASTM-approved riding helmets.  More information about attire will be sent after you book your lesson.

 

What her clients have to say about Liz:

“I just want to express how pleased we are with her participation at GRR and for the wonderful instruction and friendship Liz offers. K has been through a great deal this last year and GRR has provided an oasis for her.  Thank you.” -DL

“So…. All those years I spent astride a horse, it turns out that I was not really riding, not balanced, or in control, or confident. Liz Polanco came to my rescue. She taught me first to acknowledge the animal as more than transportation, but a partner in the endeavors. Her knowledge and ease with horses is wonderful to see. Liz showed me what horses can think, see, and do in varied circumstances. She taught me to be ready, to observe and to be quiet. She taught me that release is reward. Liz introduced me to a centered seat (still working on that). Her ability to spot a tense muscle or a minuscule lean is uncanny. I will say she is psychic. She knows what I am thinking and feeling as well as my mount. Liz is a gifted teacher understanding and patient. It is a pleasure to learn.

Thank you Liz and to the owners and staff at Good Reception Ranch” -Susan Rixey

“Once again my daughter truly enjoyed herself at camp.  I was telling her one morning on the drive out that what I really like is that you can feel the heart and soul of GRR.  I suspect that is what she responds to.  Plus, Liz does such an excellent job of making it a place where Anna feels like she belongs.” -Nancy B

“I think Bella is thoroughly enjoying the group lesson.  As you well know, kids really like learning with, and from, their peers.  Last week, Bella and Erin teamed to replace a halter on one of the horses (Liz was busy helping Katie).  I checked in with the two girls, and they had it done!  I could tell that they were enjoying working together.
 Liz obviously loves the kids and handles the 3 of them extremely well.  She has a great style, has fun with the process, and knows when to push and when to support.  Not much rattles her but she is clearly very conscientious about both her students and the horses.  She is wonderful.” -WL