Private Lessons/Training

Effective November 1, 2021 private training is reserved for clients over 18, parents looking to book for under 18 will be directed to DH for group lessons.  

Private training is booked by clicking the links in the bios of each trainer.  

Touch of Discovery, taught by Belle Doyle is for ages 5 and up and is a 3 day program.  Outside the program, clients will be asked to inquire about group lessons

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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.  Matthew continues his journey with Josh on an annual basis, and is now a JN Advanced Instructor.  His commitment never waivering from 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
contact us

DH owners are 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 adult clients both on site and haul in.  If you are interested in private lessons please
click here to contact her directly 

 Belle Doyle 

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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 and during school breaks  

To book Touch of Discovery with Belle please
contact us today