Private Lessons/Training

We have three aspects of private lessons and training that are at the heart of what we do here at DH.  

Matthew Doyle Horsemanship is designed for those looking for a deeper connection to both themselves and their horses.  Clients should own their horse or have a current lease allowing training.  

Private lessons with Carmen are best suited to commited riders 13 and over.  Clients have the option to ride a variety of horses at DH learning to understand the unique natures of our lesson herd.  

For clients under 13, Belle Doyle has developed a 3 session program, Touch of Discovery which will give our younger riders exposure to horses over the summer from Monday to Wednesdayd, on a limited basis.  

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A new and exciting division of Discovering the Horse Ltd. has emerged .  Matthew our head trainer, lead clinician has developed this branch of DH and we are thrilled to be a part of his team.  

Matthew has been honing his craft since he was 12 years old.  A passion for horses that has been nurtured by mentors, schooling and determintation his dream of following this exciting path has come. 

The first under 18 to be invited to mentor under Josh Nichol, Matthew has been a part of this program since he was 16.  Currently taking his first year of the JN Advanced Training Course, Matthew continues his journey, and is building his deeper level of connected riding.  

Matthew is an avid trail rider, works with cattle, roping and so much more.  He's the lead wrangler for "The Wildies", a local mounted parade group.  Under his leadership the group travels throughout the Calgary and Coachrane area participating in stand and pat events, rodeos and parades, including the Calgary Stampede Parade.  As wrangler it's Matthew's job to prepare each horse for the unpredicability of these types of situations.  His calm approach to exposing horses pressure and his keen eye for when a horse struggles keeps riders and walkers safe during the events.  

Matthew is currently resident trainer at Smokey Wood Acres, El Caballo, Park Stables, Mission Acres and here at DH.  Each location has oppourtunity for training.  If you'd like more information on his style and approach to horsemanship, please
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DH owners available to help guide you to the beginning of your journey.  

Carmen Mountjoy 

Carmen has been riding since she was 3 years old! Her passion for horses and horsemanship has driven her to seek knowledge from all styles of horsemanship but connective or relational styles are where she has found her niche. When she is not riding her horse Smarty, she is actively pursuing her Masters in Occupational Therapy. She finds that occupational therapy and connective riding fit hand in hand and loves integrating perspectives from human sciences with the energy and connections established through working with horses. She is very excited to be offering lesson through Discovering the Horse and her aim is to help each person achieve their horsemanship goals through partnership, trust and respect for their horse.

Carmen will be active in our group lessons working with our intermediate progession riders.  We are so excited to have her input on how to continue to grow and change to meet the ever evolving needs of our advancing riders.  

Carmen will also be taking private one on one clients, if you are interested in private lessons please
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Belle has grown up around horses, taking her first ride at just 2 years old.  Belle has a genuine passion for both the horse and for teaching those around her the love of the horse.  Belle has been a driving force behind our lesson programs is already a sought after Sidekick.  She has made the choice to branch out, to step out of her comfort zone to provide basic beginner lessons on a one to one basis.  Belle has developed a strong style of teaching.  By learning and providing her clients with a space to learn as she did, naturally without agenda, Belle's students are fast to pick up our style of riding.  Students under her guidance learn to appreciate that they aren't just riding a horse, they are building a relationship with the free will that allows them to sit on their backs.  

Belle has been at the heart of DH since the beginning.  She is the master mind behind our summer camps and she is designed her own program, Touch of Discovery running in July and August.  This set of 3 sessions will give riders aged 6 to 12 a taste of riding here at DH.  

To book Touch of Discovery with Belle please
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