Our lesson program is the pride of Due West Ranch. Over 35 years experience in multiple disciplines with an emphasis on safety. Lessons are offered 6 days a week for easy scheduling and our 30-horse herd allows our riders to gain experience and provides opportunities for growth. You are also welcome to bring your own horse. Our beautiful indoor and outdoor arenas allow our riders to enjoy time with the horse, regardless of the weather. Shows, clinics, camps, trail rides and leases supplement our riders’ knowledge base.
We will provide options to reschedule for illness or injury, however we are not able to carry makeup lessons over into the next month. It is the rider’s responsibility to schedule their makeup lesson within the same month.
Inclement weather is not a reason for cancellation as we have an enclosed arena and trainers on site. If you choose to cancel, payment for your reserved time is required. Due West Ranch has a rider weight limit of 180 pounds. Riders must be at least 5 years of age.
Our staff values each of you and counts it as a privilege to serve you. Our passion and mission is education and providing you the safest, most well-rounded instruction by our certified professional instructors. We look forward to continuing your equine education.
Our goal is to provide our riders with a well-rounded equine education, including horse care and barn management. Lessons are offered for first-time riders of any age, building a foundation of safety and horsemanship skills. We also offer coaching for seasoned show exhibitors, up to the breed show level. Our experienced instructors teach huntseat, western, jumping, barrels and poles, as well as pattern events, horsemanship and equitation. Our riders are encouraged to try different disciplines in order to develop into a well-rounded horseman. Our lead instructor and program director, Mary Sharp-Basler, has 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher in Olathe. Mary was also the coach of the University of Kansas Intercollegiate Equestrian Team for three years. Her 20-year experience as a horse show judge gives her riders an edge when it comes time to compete. She has trained and shown multiple breeds and in multiple disciplines. This extensive and varied background gives Mary the ability to tailor the lesson curriculum to meet the needs of individual riders and gives the lesson program a distinct advantage.
Due West Ranch is also the home to Due West Therapeutic Riding Center. For more information, visit http://www.duewesttrc.org.
Lessons are 45-90 minutes, to be determined by the instructor (ave. 60 minutes). Group lessons – minimum of 2 riders, maximum of 5 riders. Riders will have a consistent weekly time spot. Missed lessons will not carry over into the next month and will be the rider’s responsibility to make up the lesson by the end of the month.
|4 Week Month||5 Week Month|
|Group Lessons||$220 / month||$275 / month|
|Private Lessons||$260 / month||$325 / month|
At this time, our lesson program is full and we are not offering a la carte lessons. If you would like an opportunity to try a lesson, please consider signing up for a mini camp. Please expect to be added to a wait list until a lesson spot becomes available. Click below to add your rider to our wait list.
A LA CARTE LESSONS (1-3 lessons /month)
- Group: $65.00 / per lesson
- Private: $75.00 / per lesson
These are 3 hour long camps and include horse care, stable management, riding and horsemanship skills. Each camp is different so kids can attend as many as they want and get a different experience and skill each time!
This is horse skills ONLY! We will not be doing crafts or watching videos – this is very concentrated horse knowledge and riding experience. Campers will be learning several different styles of riding, different events, horse management and barn care, horse health and feeding, and care and fitting of equipment.
- Campers should bring a snack and water bottle.
- Campers should wear long pants and boots with a heel.
- Minimum of 10 campers must be signed up to host camp. Maximum of 16-20 campers dependent on staffing.
- A signed release form is required and fees must be paid before your camper will be allowed to participate.
- All campers must be picked up by the conclusion of camp.
- Additional dates may be added, dependent upon demand.
- No prior horse experience is necessary! Beginner to advanced riders are welcome! Ages 5 years old and up.
- Maximum rider weight limit of 180 pounds.
Spring & Summer Dates
Saturday, May 13th 2 – 5 PM
Saturday, May 20th 2 – 5 PM
Friday, June 9th 9 AM – Noon
Friday, June 30th 9 AM – Noon
Saturday, July 1st 2 – 5 PM
Friday, July 7th 9 AM – Noon
Friday, August 11th 9 AM – Noon
Saturday, August 19th 2 – 5 PM
Camps are $85 per rider.
Payment must be made to secure your Mini Camp spot. Camp spot is not secured until full payment has been made and Due West Ranch has confirmed your spot.
Interested in learning more about our lessons or mini camps? Contact us below!