Homeschooling with Horses
At Northern Belle Stables
What is Homeschooling with Horses?
Homeschooling with Horses is an Equestrian Science homeschool and after school program for Equine Enthusiasts ages 7-15. Semesters are 3 weeks in length with options to participate 1 to 3 times weekly. Each end of semester features a Homeschooling with Horses Horse Show for our students to compete in a variety of horse related areas with a speech, presentation, and in-hand horse show.
Does my child need to know how to ride?
Riding is not a requirement or prerequisite for our program. Students will gain equine knowledge while also working on proficiency in literacy, mathematics, science and history. Thursday and Friday are academic days at Northern Belle Stables while Monday is reserved for our physical education component learning to ride, drive, long line, and lunge horses as well as complete basic barn chores. Students are required to attend our academic days on either, or both, Thursday or Friday semester days in order to participate in our physical education Monday program.
When is the current semester?
Our October Semester runs October 5th - October 24th.
Monday Semester is 1pm - 4pm, October 5th, 12th, and 19th. Thursday Semester is 4pm - 6pm, October 8th, 15th, and 22nd. Friday Semester is 1pm - 4pm - October 9th, 16th, and 23rd. Our end of semester show will be Saturday, October 24th from 2pm - 4pm.
What material is covered?
Students learn about equine care and first aid, anatomy, stable management, breed history, and more! Learning is done through book work and hands on care. Following the American Morgan Horse and American Saddlebred Horse Youth Curriculum, students will be assigned a written and speech topic at the beginning of each semester.
Meet Your Instructors
Miss JILL TSIPLAKIS
Jill studied Equestrian Science at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri prior to enlisting in the military in 2009. In 2010-2011 she deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. There she developed and implemented a radio literacy program for the women and children which was disseminated province wide. Upon her return home Jill worked as a program coordinator at the Boys & Girls Club, at the Haverhill Alternative High School, and founded the nonprofit Stepping Stones Family Services before returning to her roots in the Equestrian Industry. As Camp Director and Instructor at Northern Belle Stables, Jill credits horses as helping to shape her as a strong woman and loves to introduce young equestrians to the unique bond shared between horse and rider.
Mr Brody hickman
Brody attended Martin College in Williamston, North Carolina where he majored in Equine Technology. Prior to working at Northern Belle Stables as an Instructor and Caretaker, Brody ran the successful Eques Academy at JG Performance Horses in Lucama, NC. Here he developed the curriculum for the 4 level after school program bringing students through the basics of Equine Care to Stable Management. Brody's expertise has been invaluable in developing Homeschooling with Horses. Working in the Equestrian field throughout his college years, Brody truly found his calling in coaching and working with youth. Now a major asset here at NBS, Brody is passionate about helping our young riders to learn the necessary skills to achieve their equestrian goals in a fun and safe environment.