Description:  Foundation Horsemanship  

Dare to Dream’s foundation horsemanship program teaches students to effectively communicate with their horses through feel and timing. Students are taught about respect and the natural instinct of the horse and how they find their place in the herd to feel safe. These principles develop the ability to be strong, quiet leaders and to carry that over into everyday life. Students gain confidence, learn to consider the horse's perspective and the importance of safely handling horses. They begin to understand the horse better from the ground and on his back. Horses cannot lie or hide their feelings. Their every reaction is a direct result of our action, which helps us to look at ourselves and notice the impact of our actions on people and things around us. 

Standard fees:

$40 per hour for private lessons

$240 for Spring Session (8 weeks)  group lessons

$240 for Summer Session (8 weeks)  group lessons

$240 for Fall Session (8 weeks)  group lessons

In addition Summer Camps will be offered.  Dates and fees will be announced.

Payment Information:

Dare to Dream requires lesson payment in full, in advance of each 8-week session.

Checks should be made payable to “Dare to Dream,” and mailed to 515 Wade Woods Lane, Monterey, VA 24465 or brought to the Dare to Dream office during open hours. Please note: The Executive Director must have your payment in hand before your lessons will be scheduled. Any request for an alternate payment arrangement must be addressed directly to Ms. Lunsford, who can be reached as follows:  Office 540-499-2010 or cell phone  703-774-5066 or by email a

Dare to Dream can not guarantee the availability of scholarship assistance, but does periodically receive donations for scholarship use. The office maintains a scholarship waiting list, and recipients will be notified as soon as there are scholarship funds to award. Because of the expense of maintaining the Dare to Dream horses, it is impossible to offer fee waivers. Dare to Dream is truly dedicated to its students, and will make every attempt to find a way for you and/or your children to participate in our program. Let us know what your needs are so together we can determine how we can work with you.


Clients should report to the barn for their lessons each week, according to the schedule agreed upon with the instructor. Lessons will be held even in mildly inclement weather; report for your lesson unless you hear to the contrary. If for any reason your instructor elects to cancel a lesson, they will contact you to reschedule. Please note: in the event that you decide to cancel a lesson, there can be no guarantee of a make-up. Please note as well that Dare to Dream cannot reimburse clients for lost lesson time. Lesson fees are calculated to cover the cost of maintaining our horses for the season; the horses still eat, whether students come to ride or not. Please notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you can’t make your appointment. 

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