My daughter and I both joined Cantercall recently, after learning of their location. The first thing that struck me was how much riding all the students were doing during the lesson. They were constantly in motion which was a large departure from how we previously rode. We actually had to “catch up” in our posting trot to build strength and stamina. I was also immensely impressed with the quality of the lesson. Lauryn is constantly engaged with her students, respectfully coaching, encouraging and ensuring they are learning how to ride safely and properly. My daughter loves Lauryn and Emily (who also teaches). She feels so safe in their teaching style, she will step outside her comfort zone and stretch her boundaries. I’ve had the pleasure to watch all the kids interact with Lauryn on “Barn Mice” weekends. Her belief in their capabilities is sometimes higher than their own. Yet, encouragement and her ability to let them safely solve a problems, has resulted in thriving children who want to work, offer solutions and leave the barn happy, tired and contented. It is more than I could have hoped for. The community this place has is wonderful. From Lauryn’s soup bubbling away in the crockpot on weekends for all to have, Pony Club meetings, barn events, to simply enjoying the company of the other people there, I feel truly blessed to have fallen into such a wonderful place. Finally, the care and concern given to the horses at the heart of the schooling program is wonderful. Each schooling horse is as well treated as the children who ride them. Lauryn utilizes teachable moments to educate the kids about kindness and respect to all creatures. Cantercall has easily become a second home on weekends and a marvelous place for my daughter to grow up in an environment that values children. S.A
Coming to Cantercall to rediscover my love of horses has been wonderful! After many years away from riding, while raising my kids and building a career, going to Cantercall has become a highlight of my week. Lauryn’s knowledge, guidance, support and encouragement have helped me to love to ride as much as I did as a kid - maybe more! Her horses are happy and kind to their riders. Her staff are welcoming and friendly as are her clients of all ages. If you’re looking for a place to learn and grow and love on some wonderful horses, this is the place to be! J.W.
What do I love about Cantercall? Mostly Lauryn Tambling. I have been riding with Lauryn for over 22 years. The new location in Mono is the best place ever! We have a big indoor arena, a large sand ring, jump paddock plus cross county fences in the lower valley pasture. I have boarded two horses with Lauryn over the years and I am very pleased with the care my horses have received. Furthermore I have successfully competed at dressage shows with two of Cantercall"s school horses. Lauryn is a an amazing coach and I continue to learn every time I ride. S.R.
I highly recommend Cantercall Riding Center for whatever goal you have in riding. Cantercall is very family oriented, suitable for beginners to advanced riders of all ages and everyone is always welcome with open arms and kindness. If you want to just ride for pleasure, try a couple of competitions or to compete on a high level, Cantercall will support any of your needs and interests that you may have.
Lauryn Tambling is an amazing coach always leading fun lessons with new stuff to learn. Emily White-Williams is another coach who has been with Cantercall since her childhood and is adored by young riders. They are both always willing to help with anything you need, not only to learn how to ride and connect with your favourite horse, but to teach you true horsemanship.
What I love most is that everyone can spend as much time in the barn as they want. If it is taking care of the horses or helping around the barn or even just having fun with your friends, the safety of the horses and riders is always priority.
We are very happy we found Lauryn Tambling at Cantercall who truly cares about her horses and riders. K.H.
My daughter started riding at Cantercall Riding School approximately two years ago. It has been an absolute pleasure to get to know Lauryn Tambling. She is so passionate and knowledgeable about horses and she nurtures a wonderful sense of community at the riding school. She demonstrates excellent interpersonal and communication skills in engaging and instructing all different age groups and levels of riding.
Lauryn shows incredible leadership and organizational skills, as evidenced in the coordination of the Winter Festival, where thirty or more riders of all different levels perform in one very entertaining event. Safety is always integral to any instruction that Lauryn provides. It is critical to her that riders are always safe.
My daughter describes her experience at Cantercall as fun, safe and enjoyable. She has learned lots about horses and riding and has made many new friends. ML.A.
I commend Lauryn Tambling for being an excellent coach, stable manager and overall dedicated person to the barn. We have been with Lauryn now for four years and it was the best decision that we have made. We drive 30 minutes each way (passing many stables) all because of Lauryn. She provides structure, guidance, tough love, and a true passion to her coaching and stable management. My daughter has learned many valuable skills not only in horseback riding, but in stable management, which in turn will benefit her throughout life.
It is rare to find someone that can truly connect with the members of the stable and have their utmost respect. Lauryn is this person. Her passion and dedication comes through it in so many ways.
We look forward t many more years of horse riding, competitions and leaning and feel blessed to have found her and Cantercall. We truly have found a "horse" family that we love and cannot imagine being without. M.C.
I have been around horses for over thirty years and four years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Lauryn and becoming a regular rider at her stable, Cantercall.
It is easy to have respect for Lauryn and what she has created.
Cantercall is both a safe and fun environment, where Lauryn teaches riding skills and the proper handling of horses in a professional and caring manner. She has an uncanny ability to match horse and rider, explain riding concepts in an easy to understand manner and alter her lessons to reflect the needs of individual riders. Her attention to detail is superb, which ensures safety and the steady advancement of her riders' talents. She is encouraging and motivating and acknowledges individual differences. She is one of the most approachable people I have met, and gives of her knowledge and expertise generously.
It is such a pleasure to see how well the Cantercall horses are taken care of. Lauryn possesses - and executes - a wealth of information on the proper care and management of horses; subsequently all her equines benefit from her attentive eye and experienced background. Furthermore, Lauryn is continually educating herself and incorporation any new, viable ideas, into her already impressive knowledge base. Her stable management skills are terrific - well thought out, consistent and organized. The result? Horses who hold good weight, have even temperaments, a soft eye, and a willingness to work. Horses who are regularly sound, happy in their own body, safe and lovely to ride.
It is interesting to watch Lauryn work with a horse, or horse and rider combination. You can easily see her genuine interest, compassion, excitement, dedication and intelligence. More than anything, she cares about her barn, her riders and her horses.
Cantercall is a special place, where I've learned valuable lessons of horsemanship from an owner I trust and whose barn I can easily recommend and endorse. Quite simply it is a wonderfully HEALTHY place for both horse and rider. A gem. L.T.
My daughter has been riding at Cantercall for seven years. She started taking horseback riding lessons when she was just seven years old. I am please to say she has met so many friends at Cantercall, both human and equine and now considers the barn her "happy" place.
Lauryn has been both a passionate and supportive coach for my daughter, bringing her wealth and knowledge of all aspects of equine management, and performance in to her everyday teachings. She takes her coaching very seriously and has a strong dedication to developing every horse and rider she meets. A highly skilled horsewoman, Lauryn conveys and shares her expert techniques with all her students. She has the distinctive ability to understand both horse and rider personalities, strengths and weaknesses, enabling her to pair brilliant teams of horse and rider.
More importantly, Lauryn always puts the safety of her students and horses first and foremost. She truly loves and cares expertly for the horses under her management. Lauryn challenges her students, encouraging them to set goals while teaching them the skills and providing them with the tools that are necessary to achieve them. She has been instrumental in my daughter's development into the competition arena of equestrian sports.
I feel incredibly fortunate for my daughter riding at Cantercall under Lauryn's supervision and direction. I would highly recommend both Cantercall and Lauryn to anyone considering taking riding lesson or coaching. I can easily see the tremendous improvements in not only my daughter's skill levels and abilities with respect to the sport, but on her overall attitude, confidence and happiness.
I believe there there is nothing that can make my daughter smile quite like having a good ride, seeing her favourite horses, or just being at the barn with her Cantercall family. S.S.
I joined Cantercall Riding School as an adult beginner in May 2018, and have to say, happening upon Cantercall was simply a blessing.
I wanted to find a place where I could spend time outdoors, be around horses and make friends. That's a tall order to fill for any adult! Cantercall; mission accomplished.
When you arrive at Cantercall, the first thing you notice is the quality of care that is given to the horses. They are healthy, relaxed and so content. And it makes them such a joy to be around.
Lauryn teaches first and foremost to be safe. Safety around the barn, safety around the horses, when fetching them, when groom them, and when riding them.
Lauryn is a caring and intuitive riding instructor who listens to her students and their concerns and allows them to challenge themselves in a safe environment.
Under Lauryn's tutelage, I have grown increasingly more confident around horses and have become a more skilled and self- assured rider. I should say , equally as important as becoming a skilled rider, Lauryn has taught me how to be a compassionate horsewoman, always considering my horse's comfort and needs.
Cantercall Riding School has become a refuge for me on the weekends. After a long and sometimes difficult week, I look forward to knowing I will drive up to the stables, smell the hay, see the beautiful horses and have a great lesson! J.N.
I have been a student and boarded my horse with Cantercall and Lauryn Tambling for eleven years. I am honoured to write this reference of Lauryn. She is the most wonderful trainer I have ever been with. I trust her implicitly with my horse. She treats him as her own. Her attention and passion for her job, the horses, the students and the barn is beyond professional. She lives and breathes Cantercall. The safety and happiness of everyone that comes is absolute. Her attention to health, well being, fitness and fun is unstoppable. She stays in touch and plans impeccable courses of action for each individual session. We all learn and improve our abilities at an amazing rate. She has improved my life, my riding and my happiness. Lauryn truly cares. She tirelessly attends to every detail imaginable. She has become a part of my family and her family always has an open door for her students. I can always count on her to be there for me! I don't think you can say that about many trainers. She is truly extraordinary in every possible way. I', truly blessed to have her in my life and grateful for it. I will never leave her. I can not endorse her enough. C.M.
It was neither a personal reference , nor a web search that brought me to Lauryn Tambling and Cantercall Riding School, but rather a blue sign at the side of a country road. This stroke of luck, approximately two years ago, has enriched my daughter's life immensely.
My 24-year old daughter, who has an intellectual disability, began riding at the age of five at CARD, and progressed to weekly lessons and summer camps at Sunnybrook Stables over the years. The devastating fire that happened there in 2018 left my daughter with an emptiness that affected her both physically and emotionally.
Lucky for us, we found Cantercall! Lauryn was exceptionally welcoming in her attitude towards my daughter, and did not see her limitations as a detriment. My daughter has been completely involved and immersed and most importantly, accepted at Cantercall where Lauryn has created a community of of inclusion that encourages and promotes riders of all abilities and ages, and where being involved with horses is a benefit to all. Lauryn has also been the driving force behind my daughter's success in Pony Club, another unexpected benefit to my daughter's life.
Lauryn is also "strict" as my daughter tells me, and she makes clear to her riders that the care and management of horses takes a lot of hard work. To that end , my daughter happily participates in the necessary barn chores, and will eagerly spend hours helping out. A strong work ethic around the care of horses is integral and I am happy that Lauryn has promoted and encouraged this in her riders. I am happy to report that my daughter has blossomed as a result and I couldn't be happier.
I applaud Lauryn and am grateful. A.H.
It is my privilege to recommend the coaching services offered at Cantercall Riding School with Lauryn Tambling. My daughter has been attending weekly lessons with Lauryn since April of 2018 and has acquired a wealth of knowledge and skill along the way.
Over the past three years, my daughter has had a fabulous birthday party held by Cantercall and has attended various camp weeks and recreational days there. She is also a Pony Club member and has had the great opportunity to participate in weekly Pony Club meeting, Pony Club Quiz and special events such as visiting the Royal Winter Fair. Along with this excitement, she has had the opportunity to groom for some riders attending competitions and was a competitor/participant in the pas three Cantercall Winter Riding Festivals.
As a coach and mentor, Lauryn has fostered a growing confidence, strong work ethic and ignited an interest in learning for my daughter. Furthermore, being part of the Cantercall Community has allowed my daughter to foster close friendships with like minded peers.
It has been an absolute pleasure to be part of the Cantercall Community as it continues to be a catalyst to acquiring new experiences, knowledge and friendships for my daughter and myself. S.B.
It has been my absolute pleasure to rediscover my love of riding in recent years. As a cautious adult rider I have found my place at Cantercall with Lauryn Tambling. Lauryn has a beautiful ability to balance the well-being of her horses with the skills and abilities of her riders and students. She has an extraordinarily well developed understanding of how animals communicate. Her focus on ensuring that her horses are safe, comfortable and happy in their working relationships with their humans is what makes Cantercall special.
As a child I rode in weekly lessons and summer camps and I hold those memories as some of my most precious. I was lucky enough to ride under the watchful eye of my mother's sister, who was my riding coach. As an adult I have ridden at other facilities where I found that I didn't have the level of trust with my coach that i was used to. I have been able to develop that with Lauryn. Her watchful eye, thoughtful reflection on horsemanship and responsive coaching has empowered me to progress as a rider in a safe and supported way.
The student's in Lauryn's programs are learning not only to ride but also about excellent horsemanship that is mindful and respectful. In my professional life i am a teacher and I find such joy in watching the children at the barn learning and growing. I wish that all of our classrooms had the level of learning that I see regularly at the barn! Students are building skills, confidence, responsibility and a deep understanding of the partnerships required to ensure healthy horses and riders.
I returned to riding looking for a physical workout that I enjoyed and hoping to rediscover the love I had for horses as a child. It was not my plan to buy a horse or become a boarder and I'm sure that if I'd been riding anywhere else i would not have made that leap. I have recently purchased a sweet mare and have found Lauryn's guidance to be the key to horse ownership . I have learned the value of understanding more natural horse care such as barefoot hoof care and equine massage to support healthy, happy horses and in turn happy, healthy riders.
For all of these reasons, I continue to recommend Lauryn and the Cantercall family to my friends, co-workers and family members. J.W.
As a long time horse person, over sixty years, and a current owner of over twenty equines, I would like to attest to the knowledge and professionalism of Lauryn Tambling.
My two sons trained with top trainers and showed on the 'A' circuit for many years. My daughter trained, showed and worked for MH Lessard for many years. Therefore, when I was looking for a barn for my granddaughters, I had a certain criteria that had to be met. What I did NOT want was a lesson barn where students walked in to a tacked horse, went around in circles, and the left. I wanted a barn with a professional, certified trainer. I also wanted a barn where the well-card for horses were looked after by competent personnel, and the students had the opportunity to have hands on experience working with the horses while being taught how to do this safely. A barn that was kept up to standard and run with the best interest of school horses in ind. i wanted properly trained school horses that could teach while the student was being taught.
There are certainly no dearth of schooling barns within Dufferin County, however none of them ticked all the boxes. Cantercall has exceeded my expectations. Quite aside that all my requirements have been met, Ms. Tambling takes the time to teach students the importance of being part of a team. She keeps her expectations of safety, horse care and barn maintenance very high. Students are aware of the rules and if there is any deviation, the importance of the rules are explained to them. No yelling, no aggressive or demeaning comments are made, simply an explanation. Courtesy and good manners are displayed by both students and instructors. Within the two years that my grand daughters have attended this barn, I have seen many positive changes that have not only included their riding ability, but also their growth into responsible young women.
Add to this the inclusion of Pony Club, and for me, this is the perfect barn that i wanted for my children, and now my grandchildren. Through Pony Club, their equine knowledge is increasing, they have all the programs to anticipate and participate in, and have made many friendships that will last for life.
Cantercall is certainly not the closest stables to me, nor the most convenient. I consistently and continually recommend Cantercall to other parents and grandparents due to the positive environment. I will continue to take my grandmothers to Ms. Tambling for their coaching needs. H.F.