How do I Contact Someone?
Leave a Message on our Member Support Line: (248) 560-6020
Do you Offer Private Riding Lessons?
Private riding instruction is offered to members who want to continue learning and working on their confidence and skills. You must be a Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 member to book a private riding session.
How do I schedule a Private Lesson or Certification Course Evaluation?
What if I can't come to an appointment that I've reserved?
What is the age requirement to participate?
Participants must be at least 8 years of age at the time of registration. The minimum age requirement for Level 3 participants is 12. All members less than 16 years of age must be accompanied by a supervising adult during their visits to the farm. You must be 16 years or older to ride alone.
What are the membership hours?
Monday-Sunday, 8 AM – 8 PM
Can I board my horse at Bowers Farm?
No, Bowers School Farm does not offer boarding to the public.
How many horses are in the herd?
Currently, there are 10 horses on the farm, but the number available for any suitable experience (grooming, basic, or advanced riding) will vary. Look for the collection of horses to shift to support member interest and skill – you can expect new horses to join and others to retire from the program on an ongoing basis.
What is the cost to ride the horses?
You will pay $50 for your initial Saddle Social, where you will learn about the farm and meet the herd and our instructors. Depending on your experience and interest level after that, you can proceed a number of ways:
- Level 1 Annual Membership: $50 per year + $50 for Private Instruction or $100 for each Saddle Social
- Level 2 Annual Membership: $100 per month + $50 for Private Instruction (Saddle Socials are free to Level 2 members)
- Level 3 Annual Membership: $350 per month + $50 for Private Instruction (Saddle Socials are free to Level 3 members)
I am an experienced rider. Can I skip all of the classes and just pay to ride?
Perhaps! Just buy your Level 1 ticket and come to the Saddle Social. There, instructors will determine the best plan based on your goals and skills.
Can I volunteer to exercise the horses?
Can I bring my friends or family as a member?
Members can register an unlimited number of guests for our members-only Open Barn annual event for no charge.
Private Horse Activity:
If you’re a Level 2 member and you’re planning to enter the paddocks and halter a horse, you can bring 1 guest. Level 3 members intending to ride may not bring guests.
Where do I park when I arrive?
Guest parking is in the upper lot, just outside the Bowers Farm Learning Center.
How do I check in for my reserved horse time?
There will be a self-check-in desk located just inside the atrium of the educational building. Check off your name on the daily reservation list and then write your name on the sticker provided. It’s important that your name sticker is visible at all times while you’re on the property.
What if I want to cancel my membership?
I go away for the winter. Can I suspend my monthly membership?
No. We count on our member's support throughout the year to support the program. Memberships are monthly for a minimum term of 12 consecutive months.
What if the instructor cancels my class or event?
Due to weather, staff, or unforeseen circumstances related to the health and well-being of the horses, we might need to cancel your event or class. When this occurs, you will receive a phone call from a Friends of Bowers Farm representative. You will have the opportunity to either reschedule your class or receive a full refund.
What About Processing Discounts, Refunds or Billing Requests?
How is the money that I pay for the Community Horse Program used?
Your membership dues and class fees are used to pay instructors, care for the horses, and improve the resources and amenities available to members and visitors of the farm.