How do I Contact Someone?
Call the main office at Bowers School Farm: (248) 341-6475
Do you Offer Private Riding Lessons?
No. We only offer private sessions for people who need to practice their Level 2 or Level 3 skills prior to applying for membership. We do not offer riding lessons for beginners or for those who are not otherwise qualified or interested in becoming a monthly member.
How do I schedule a Private Skills Session?
What if I can't come to an appointment that I've reserved?
What is the age requirement to participate?
All participants must be at least 8 years of age at the time of registration. For Saddle Social participants under the age of 12, a parent or chaperone must also purchase a ticket and attend the event. For monthly membership, 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?
Saddle Social tickets are $85 for non-members. Level 2 and Level 3 members may attend Saddle Social tickets for free. Pricing for memberships and skills sessions are as follows:
- Private Skills Session: $50 per hour
- Level 2 Annual Membership: $100 per month
- Level 3 Annual Membership: $350 per month
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?
Everyone attending a Saddle Social event must have their own ticket. Level 2 members 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. Members park in the lower lot, near the barns.
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.