Farm Policies and Information

 

Jelich Farm Policies and General Information

Welcome!!!

Jelich Farms is a year-round private, equestrian academy and we are excited to have you as a student!!!! As one of the premier equestrian academies in the metro-west, we pride ourselves in providing a safe, positive and customized learning environment for kids. Our program is also very unique in offering a closely-knit community of dedicated equestrians that also help in the love and day to day care of our horses. Welcome to the Jelich Farms Family!

Commitment:

We focus on having a unique “Horse Mastery School” that offers a customized lesson program that accelerates learning to ride and understanding all areas of horsemanship. Our program is designed for the TRULY horse crazy enthusiast and we have a two lesson a week minimum commitment for our lesson program. We also encourage students to regularly participate in out our clinics, shows, programs, etc.

New COVID Procedures-Reopening 5/2020:

Face masks are required in the barn

To limit traffic in the barn, we are tacking/ untacking horses for students who are not old enough or do not know how to their own horse.

New Student Lessons:

Mandatory for all new clients (COVID Pending)

The first couple of lessons will more than likely cover the following:

  • supervised grooming
  • tacking
  • general ground competence / horse management
  • riding evaluation / general knowledge and skill
  • lesson placement

Lessons:

Required Riding Attire:

  • Riding boots
  • Helmet
  • Riding breeches
  • Hair pulled back
  • Riding crop
  • Set of grooming equipment-If cleared by your instructor (New with COVID)

 

Learning to groom and tack the horse for a lesson for beginners/new entrants to the barn is included in the lesson. The instructor will require the student to be ready for tacking 20 minutes prior to the start time of the scheduled lesson when they are safe to do so.

If students are too young to tack on their own (usually students under 11), tacking may run into their lesson.

General Safety:

If you are planning on parking, please park above in gaited area away from the barn.

Please always drive 5mph on the property for safety reasons.

No unaccompanied minors are allowed to be dropped off with students (i.e friends, siblings, etc.). All nonstudent minors must have supervision by a parent or caregiver over the age of 18.

Billing and Payment:

Lessons are billed monthly by means of prepayment for your weekly scheduled lesson(s). Payment is due at the first lesson of the month and online payments are the preferred payment option. There will be a link to online payment service in email with invoice that will be sent out the first of each month. Online payments are preferred.

Fee Schedule:

  • $0 fee for online payments
  • $30 fee for payment received after the 15th of the month
  • $30 fee for retuned checks
  • $75 thirty-minute private lesson
  • $90 forty-five-minute private lesson
  • $50 Late show/cancelation fee
  • $250 Day Show
  • $735 Multi Day Show (includes hauling within 2 hours)
  • $85 Game Days/ Farm Shows
  • $175 Beach Rides
  • $30 pay by check Fee

If you must pay by check, please make check payable to Jennifer Jelich and put in tack room mailbox.

Cancelation:

In the event you need to miss a weekly lesson, please let us know ASAP; preferably at the beginning of the month in which the lesson is going to be missed. Due to demand, there are a limited number of opportunities available during the month to a make-up for a missed lesson. We will always do our best to reschedule or help you trade with another student. Please email Jennifer directly sometimes things open up at the last minute. We always accommodate where possible.

In the event of a “last minute” cancellation, please text or email (less than 24 hours). For all other questions or scheduling, email is best

Missed Lessons and Make-Up:

  • Make-up lessons need to be scheduled with instructor via email (see emails below).
  • If a student cannot make it to any available make-up spots or if they have all been taken during the month, the lesson does not carry forward into the next month.
  • One make-up session is allowed per month per lesson taken.
  • If less than 24 hours’ notice is given that a lesson will be missed, the lesson cannot be made-up.
  • Make-up lessons must be taken by student enrolled in riding academy (no family members, friends, etc.)

Holidays:

We do not bill for lessons on major holiday weeks as follows (Lessons may still be held but not mandatory):

  • Labor Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Independence Day, July 4th

Discontinuing Lessons:

If a student decides to forfeit their weekly spot, a student from the waitlist will be signed into our program in their current spot. If the forfeiting student would like to continue into our program at some point in the future they will be put on the wait list.

 

 

Weather Policy:

Mounted lessons are weather permitting. If the weather is inclement, we will hold lessons inside the barn or house. This will give the students a chance to learn about the numerous different topics of horsemanship and horse husbandry which is essential for a well-rounded equestrian education. At Jelich Farms, we strive for students to learn “Horse Mastery” which includes lectures and on the ground topics, so students are expected to attend unmounted lessons. Please check your email during severe weather, as occasionally we do cancel inside barn time.

The mounted portion of lessons may be cancelled in heavy rain, snowstorms, icy conditions, extreme humidity or wind. We will always do our best to have mounted lessons, safety permitting. Please come prepared wearing layers and gloves in cold temperatures. Bring plenty of water, dress in cool, cotton clothes in heat. To ensure rider and horse safety, the riding portion of lessons may be cancelled in temperatures less than 10 degrees and over 100 degrees.

If lessons are to be cancelled, students will be notified via email on the day of the scheduled lesson. Please call if you are not sure.

 

Where to get riding gear:

Complete Equestrian

Carlisle, MA (781) 275-0233

Mention that you are a Jelich Farm student and receive a 10% discount. I recommend getting the “starter package” which includes helmet, boots, and breeches (riding pants).

Contact:

Jennifer Jelich: (925) 212-6534 jennjelich@jelichfarmsllc.com

Katheryn Tracy: 978 844 0429 katracy2000@gmail.com

Kristy Van Den Herik: 617 633 5538 Kristy@jelichfarmsllc.com    – Make-ups/ Office Manager

Kiki Basta : 781-491-3707 Kikibasta@jelichfarmsll.com

 

 

Agreement to Terms:

I, _____________________________ (student/parent/legal guardian), having read the above, I hereby accept and agree to the terms set forth in this document. I also acknowledge that as a signatory I am 18 years older and or am the legal guardian of the minor named above.

Signature: ____________________________ Date: __________________________

Under Massachusetts law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to, or death of, a participant in equine activities resulting from inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to Section 2D of Chapter 128 of the General Laws.