NO PUBLIC RIDES. WE OFFER LESSONS, LEASING, & BOARDING
Horses & Ponies for lease
16 HH percheron gelding rescue. Will be available for lease.
Our newest rescue and possibly the sweetest soul. Available for sponsorship through her rehab.
Large cremello pony. Available for sponsorship.
17.3 HH percheron. Available for lease. Leased by Alyssa & Hilary M.
Small Pony (11.2 HH) Welsh Pony Available for sponsorship only.
Large Pony Paint Pony All levels. Trained in dressage and Hunter/Jumper. Available for lease.
Small Pony 11.2 HH Welsh Pony Ages 3+ (All Levels) Trained in dressage & hunter/jumper. Available for lease.
16 HH Registered;Warmblood/Percheron/ TB Cross (All Levels). Leased by Hilary G and available for half lease.
17.3 HH Belgium draft X Intermediate to advanced riders. Owned and loved by Jenny and Delanie and available for lease.
For more information on leasing Please
see our "Services" Tab
The rest of our herd
Our barn is laid back, with a friendly atmosphere of caring families, enjoying the wonderful world of horses. 40 yrs experience. Lifetime of equine studies, specializing in the natural rider and horse, expertise in Dressage, Hunter/Jumpers, Eventing, Showing, offering humane horse training, teaching experience my entire lifetime, as an owner/operator of accredited and certified, formal riding schools programs.
Our services include natural horse boarding, horse and pony leasing and riding lessons. We start riders from age 2 and have small Welsh ponies to teach on. All levels and ages welcome. Inquire about our new discounted programs today! All lessons are private due to the pandemic, for the safety of all, we adhere to strict protocols and guidelines and masks and gloves are required.
ALL SERVICES ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
Please leave us a voicemail, or email us for more information to
request an appointment 248-845-8743
POLICIES AND CONDITIONS
**ALL RIDERS REQUIRED TO WEAR HELMETS provided,
OUTDOOR CLOTHING REQUIREMENT S FOR SAFETY(SEE BELOW)*
Consistent with N.A.H.A . (North American Horseman's Association)
guidelines, we cannot accommodate riders who are over 240 lbs+.
Classes will be on time and start immediately, Late arrivals will ride a shorter time (i.e., lesson time will not be extended).
All riders must be able to follow directions.
For safety, we will cancel riding for weather warnings OR ADVISORIES
(I.E: heat, thunderstorms, or high winds).
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO cancel WITHOUT NOTICE IN EMERGENCIES OR WEATHER ADVISORIES.
ALL SERVICES ARE CREDITED ONLY. NO REFUNDS per our policies
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE.
ALL RIDERS MUST HAVE MEDICAL INSURANCE
Long pants required
We use & recommend: Back on Track Trauma Void
Closed-toe shoes required
(paddock or long boots suggested)
HORSE LEASING & SHOWING
Horseback riding lesson $65 rider, 1-hour maximum
One hour session, HORSEMANSHIP CLASS Includes riding for 30 minutes and 30 minutes UNMOUNTED learning to approach, halter, tack, groom and lead a pony or horse. Learn barn safety and horse safety.
this is not just a riding lesson, learning the nature of the horse AND their behavior. we group beginners and experienced riders together as it is beneficial that our experienced students assist and teach by example.
students who can tack on their own have more riding time.
please come 5 mins early to Fit a helmet and get your tack box,
leasing $225-375 month
-Month to month-no contract - no additional fees $275 - 1 lease ride/week or 4 monthly
-6 month lease term contract , plus additional fees $250 -1 lease ride/week or 4 monthly
-12 month lease term contract plus additional fees $225- 1 lease ride a week or 4 monthly
Month to month-no contract - no additional fees $375 - 2 lease ride/week or 8 monthly
-6 month lease term contract , plus additional fees $350 -2 lease ride/week or 8 monthly
-12 month lease term contract plus additional fees $325- 2 lease ride a week or 8 Monthly
Lessees are expected to pay shared costs:
farrier fee, $25 every 8 weeks
wormer $10 every 8 weeks
teeth floating $100 year
yearly shots $100 year
FAMILY LEASE $350 MONTH - 1 lease SHARE ride/ week or 4 monthly- WITH A 6 MONTH TERM CONTRACT REQUIRED AND NO ADDITIONAL FEES MONTHLY
SHARE A HORSE WITH THE ENTIRE FAMILY, PLAY, VISIT, BRUSH, LEAD, RIDE , PONY RIDES, ETC
All equipment (tack, helmets) and cost of horse board and care (meds/supplements etc) is included in the lease fee.
All leasing packages must be bought with lessons unless AN experienced rider, capable OF riding independently and/or under supervision by parent. Lease rides are for a one HOUR maximum in the arena and/or on the trail. For additional rides/week, please inquire about lease options and pricing.
WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICES TO ANYONE. NO REFUNDS AND ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. NO RIDERS OVER 240 LBS.
H.O.P.E. Horsepark was started by the Chislett family in 2016. The name, H.O.P.E., standing for "Hold on, Pain Ends", was inspired by Colin Chislett, who has been battling stage 4 cancer over the past few years. Our mission is to help heal others by bringing them back to nature, using the healing power of horses.
We are primarily a sanctuary that offers horses and ponies a second chance in life. Our herd is mostly rehabs. Some came in completely broken - physically and spiritually. We spend years learning their nature and their health needs and then if appropriate and by falling in love we often place our special needs horses. Our philosophy is not to teach how to ride only, but to teach how to care for all conditions in the lifetime of the horse. Some horses rehab completely and some never come back, and after many years still fight from their past scars from abuse or neglect. We try to place each one if needed to the perfect match and forever home after a long trial period for suitability and education. We are proud that we use horses that are special needs and believe that our students are educated in all aspects of horse life. Our students learn to recognize the nature of the horse by their mood, communication, and behavior that is read (non verbally), and respected. Kids at age 5 learn to "read the equine " by expression alone and this is our philosophy as some days they hurt, have bad days, are grumpy and sore and we allow them to express themselves and be heard and respected as a majestic animal. In this environment, humans and animals learn to express their inner energy through thought and awareness of behavior - a silent powerful communication so forgotten in modernization yet the most powerful language expressed by life ...our natures.
Rona-Jane Chislett: Owner, Riding School Manager, Head Trainer & Instructor
Rona has been riding since age 5, and has been involved with riding schools for 38 years. Rona’s expertise is in equine behavior, rehabilitation, dressage, training, hunter/jumpers, and eventing. Since 1998, Rona has been certifying and accrediting instructors and facilities for safety, horseback riding, and equine management. Rona has had an internationally accredited and certified program in every state and has ridden with numerous Olympic, international and national riders. She has trained the youngest kids in the country to become certified and to compete, has done equine therapy, and has a specialty in fixing broken horses – spiritually, physically, and mentally. She has lifetime studies in biomechanics, equine health, and riding schools, and has studied disciplines including psychiatry, child psychology, neuroscience and quantum physics at several universities.
Barb Lafnear-Kibbe, Barn Manager, partner/management
Barb has been a horse enthusiast and has had horses throughout her life. She started kindly volunteering at HOPE a few years ago and never looked back. Barb has adopted three rescue horses from HOPE - the late Pebbles & Red, and Pantera, her beautiful white thoroughbred stallion. “Working with the horses is truly a passion for me and allows me to fulfill a lifelong dream.”
Megan Bertels: partner/management, Certified in Riding Instruction & Equine Massage
Megan has been riding horses since she was about 4 years old. Since then, she has grown into an accomplished horsewoman, with extensive training, showing, and teaching experience. An aspiring professional rider and trainer, Megan recently graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) with a major in Animal Science and a pre-vet concentration. She has also worked at the equine neuromuscular diagnostic lab at MSU CVM.
Hilary Marusak, Ph.D.: Programs Director, partner/management
Hilary is our resident neuroscientist. Hilary is currently an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. Her research, supported by organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health, focuses on pediatric anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and understanding the impact of childhood trauma on brain development. She is interested in using the tools of neuroscience to help create more effective interventions that can build more resilient brains in children. Horses and nature are great therapy for children and adults alike, and she is working to expand the programs available at the HOPE Horsepark.
REVIEWS, NEWS, & PHOTOS
"[My child has learned] not just not how to ride the horses but about the horses... how to treat them... it stems through any animal and through schooling and discipline" "Rona is an amazing teacher... is one of the best people I have ever seen with a child". -This means a lot coming from Ashley S., who is not only a parent but is a childcare director (Rainbow Childcare Center). Thanks Ashley! We love having you and your son in the barn!
"Wonderful, welcoming staff. My daughter and I had a wonderful time riding the trails. Rona was extremely kind and my daughter is looking forward to taking lessons with her." -Thank you Julia F.! We are glad to have you as a part of our barn family!
"My 10 year old daughter has been taking riding lessons with Rona since September and has fallen in love with the sport. Not only does she love being around the horses but she loves being around Rona and everyone involved with HOPE Horsepark. This is a family environment where everyone feels welcome and comfortable. Rona and Hilary are amazing instructors who show patience, an abundance of knowledge, and genuine interest and care in all of their students. Highly recommended!" -Thank you Jenny V.! We love watching Delanie grow as a young rider and strong young lady!
HOPE Horsepark is proud to partner with Detroit Horse Power, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that aims to use the power of horses to expand opportunities for Detroit's children. Visit: Please see the below album for pictures from the DHP event that HOPE Horsepark hosted on October 14, 2018. Thank you to all of our dedicated barn families and volunteers for making this event a huge success!
HOPE Horsepark is proud to partner with Canterbury on the Lake Retirement community to kickoff a new senior riding program. Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers for helping to put smiles on faces!!
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SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Every single member of our barn family has volunteered to help care for our herd and we are so grateful for your kindness and generosity.
Mailing address: PO Box 415, South Lyon, MI, 48178
Tel: (248) 924-9946
**By appointment only**
Sun - Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm (or sunset)
Sat: 6pm (or sunset) - 10 pm
Open year round