The Chase
The Chase

The Chase

$45/hour
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Introduction: While many horse riding lesson programs offer what amounts to a baby sitting service on horseback, The Chase focuses on really teaching the fundamentals of riding. Many of our riders go on to become horse owners and lifelong horsepeople, based on the skills learned at The Chase. I love watching the progress as our riders learn how to communicate with, and develop a working partnership with their horses, and sharing the excitement as they accomplish things that they never thought they would be able to do.
Overview

Hired 62 times

Serves Sherwood, OR

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4 employees

24 years in business

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Cash, Check, Credit card, PayPal, Venmo

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Customers rated this pro highly for value, work quality, and professionalism.

Excellent 4.9

35 reviews

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Kaitlyn S.
Jun 3, 2018
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I had such a great first ride and I can't wait to go back! I learned a lot in a very straight forward easy to learn way. Excited to move forward and continue to learn from the best!

Details: 18 - 24 years old • Beginner • What the instructor recommends • Trail riding • Fun and relaxation • No, I do not have a horse • Once a week • On an ongoing basis • As soon as possible • Conducting initial research • I travel to the horseback riding instructor

The Chase's reply
Thank you so much for the kind words Kat. it's going to be lots of fun working with you.
Horseback Riding Lessons (for adults)
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Rita W.
Dec 31, 2017
Eric has so many years of experience. I’ve learned more from him than I’ve learned from any other trainer. I feel much more secure in the saddle and can handle a harder horse to ride because of his guidance.

Details: 25 - 44 years old • Intermediate • English • Show jumping • Fun and relaxation • No, I do not have a horse • As recommended by teacher • On an ongoing basis • As soon as possible • Ready to hire the right teacher now • I travel to the horseback riding instructor

The Chase's reply
Thank you so much for that awesome review.
Horseback Riding Lessons (for adults)
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Chelsea S.
Dec 8, 2017
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Best trainer I've ever worked with. Even helped me find my perfectly matched horse! Been riding with Eric for a few years now and very happy with the results.
The Chase's reply
Thanks Chelsea. You and Boo have come so far. I'm very proud of you both.
Private Horseback Riding Lessons
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Nina P.
Nov 7, 2017
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Recently picked up riding again after an 18-year hiatus; been with The Chase for about 2 months now, riding 1-2 days a week. Eric is patient, funny, thorough, and a kind teacher, and I've enjoyed all our time together so far. Though the lessons have been challenging, they have never been frustrating. He has quite a few horses and ponies for lessons, and it's been fun to get to switch it up with a new mount every so often and get to practice different skills on different horses. I plan to stick with The Chase and hopefully ride more frequently at some point.
The Chase's reply
Thank so much, Nina. You're a 5-star student as well.
Horseback Riding Lessons (for adults)
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Patty S.
Oct 19, 2017
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Eric teaches the right balance, positions and techniques to become a good, strong rider. He is great at giving me analogies so I can better understand what a correct position or technique would feel or look like. He is a true teacher. I also appreciate his sense of humor. His lesson horses have a variety of qualities to fit as your riding skill improves. I recommend Eric to others interested in riding.
The Chase's reply
Thank you so much Patty. It's people like you that make me look forward to going to work each day.
Horseback Riding Lessons (for adults)
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Eric Noel

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Our pricing is based on whether you want private lessons, or would rather learn in a group. Also, because much of what you learn in the beginning involves teaching your body (as opposed to your mind), and because muscle memory fades quickly when you are learning a new physical skill, we encourage riders to take lessons twice a week or more by offering discounts for multiple rides. Private lessons are discounted by $10 and group lessons by $5. We find that riders who take lessons twice a week learn about four times faster than those who ride once.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Horse trainers and riding instructors are not required to be certified or to participate in continuing education. However, as a Registered Judge with the USEF, I am required to attend continuing education clinics every three years to stay abreast of changes in our sport. I bring that education to my customers by ensuring that they are taught the latest techniques in riding.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    I rode horses as a child, and competed as a hobby during my 15 year career as a paramedic. When I retired from emergency medicine, and after having been asked repeatedly to teach, I turned professional and started my current business, The Chase.

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