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MEMBERSHIP LEVELS:
Results of the survey we sent out in early 2011 made it clear that there is a very wide range of how potential members might want use the farm, how often they expect to come and what they expect to do. In response we decided to create two levels of membership, a Basic Membership with a low annual fee and a pay-as-you-go structure, and a Full Membership with a higher annual fee but with unlimited access to the schooling facilities.

Basic Membership:
(For trail riders and less frequent visitors. Has "pay as you go" structure)

    • One low annual membership fee
    • Unlimited access to the trails and conditioning tracks
    • Pay-per-use fees to reserve the dressage and show jumping arenas
    • Pay-per-use fees to school cross country
    • May bring guests (with facility use fee).
      (Guests may not school XC. Exceptions will be considered.)
    • Pay per use to reserve the guest stalls.

Dressage Membership:
(Indludes all Basic Member benefits.  Also removes arena fees during lessons.)

    • Includes all Basic Benefits listed above
    • No Arena fee during lessons w/Ashland Member Instructors.
      (Especially useful for students who trailer in for lessons in the covered arena by The Grey Barn)
Full Membership:
    • Higher annual membership fee
    • Unlimited access to the trails and conditioning tracks
    • No charge to reserve the dressage and show jumping arenas
    • No charge to school cross country
    • Informal access to XC field without prior reservations
      (This allows spontaneous "larking", taking a jump or two just bc you can.)
    • May bring guests (with facility use fee).
      (Guests may not school XC. ;Exceptions will be considered.)
    • Access to overnight use of guest stalls at discounted rate
Instructor Membership - Basic
    • Requires a Certificate of Insurance showing Ashland Farm as an Additional Named Insured
    • Allows instructor to bring non-member students;(with facility use fee)
    • Has same personal benefits as a Basic Membership
Instructor Membership - Full
    • Requires a Certificate of Insurance showing Ashland Farm as an Additional Named Insured.
    • Allows instructor to bring non-member students;(with facility use fee)
    • Has same personal benefits as a Full Membership 
Family Discount
    • Discount Rate for families at both Basic and Full Membership levels
      (Core family:  a couple or parent(s) w/dependent children.  
      Total of up to three members
Pony Club/UGA Equestrian Team Discount 
    • Discount Rate at both Basic and Full Membership levels for USPC riding members.
    • This category includes the "Horse Master" program and the "Over the Hilltoppers"

 
GUESTS and RIDING PARTNERS

Riding should be fun and riding with others is usually a lot more fun. The Members Only section of this website is set up to make it easy for members to find other members to ride with. Members may also bring guests, although there are some restrictions.
 

 

THE CREDIT SYSTEM:

Our reservation software will accept credit cards and Pay-Pal, so it is perfectly possible to pay for each add-on each time. However, there is an easier and cheaper way. Members can buy credits at a discount. Making a reservation with credits is easier and faster than going through the PayPal checkout process. If one has to cancel, the credit used is restored automatically to the member's account.Payments made through Paypal must be be issued manually. The credit system should be especially useful for Basic Members. 
 

DOGS:

The question of if and/or how to allow dogs is, according to the survey, an intensely emotional one, and one that we also care deeply about.  However, to keep things simple at the beginning, all dogs must be leashed at all times. In other words, there needs to be an un-mounted, full-time, leash-holding person attached to each dog at all times while at the farm.

 
THE PROCESS:

All new members will receive an orientation by video, a detailed trail map of the property, a user name and password to access the members-only section of this website, and the gate code giving private access to the farm through the new, automatic security gate at the farm's north entrance (off Hwy 138).  

Before each ride, members need to sign in.  Signing in and reserving arenas and/or time in the cross country field can all be done quickly and easily online.  (There is a "How To" section behind the members' log-in to explain anything that is less than easily understood.)

We look forward to welcoming our new members, and will be happy to assist in any ways possible to make each member feel completely at ease and at home.