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 as an add-on to help our Level 2 and Level 3 participants continue learning and working on their confidence and skills. You must be enrolled in either the Level 2 or Level 3 courses or participate as a certified monthly member at either Level 2 or Level 3 to reserve private lessons.
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?
Level 2 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?
A participant with previous equestrian experience and who can sail through all levels and evaluations without any private instruction will spend $620 on courses and then $350/month for an ongoing Level 3 membership. The break-down is as follows:
- $50 Open Barn Orientation
- $200 Level 2 Course
- $35 Level 2 Evaluation
- $300 Level 3 Course
- $35 Level 3 Evaluation
I am an experienced rider. Can I skip all of the classes and just pay to ride?
No. The purpose of the curriculum isn’t to teach you how to ride a horse – it’s about establishing a community and sharing the philosophy and norms of horsemanship at the Bowers School Farm. We hope that you’ll learn something new and meet some new horsey friends in the process!
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 if I fail or don’t feel ready to take the evaluation after my course?
The standard course curriculum is designed for participants that have had previous equestrian experience. For newer or less confident members, we offer private lessons and small group training. Your instructor will help you get registered and select the schedule and skills that fit best for you.
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.