|The Fraser School of Driving is open year round. We have lots of places to drive with awesome
views of the mountains, but if the weather turns bad we have a spacious indoor
arena where we can conduct your lessons.
| Basic Training: $85 per hour up to 15 hours of
private lessons, which is our minimum
recommendation for learning the basics. Our classes are usually two to three hours per
day which will include hands-on harnessing, hitching and driving a single or
a pair of horses. There is usually at least an hour of informal class room
per day to include question and answer time. This is about as much as most people
want to absorb in a day. There is a lot to learn! This week is estimated
to cost $1275.00.
| Advanced Training: $75 per hour. This rate applies to
students who have completed our Basic Training and want to continue
developing their skills. This level of training does not require a minimum
number of hours. Most people will be able to determine their own level
of comfort and may come back to us anytime for more experience and to
continue learning more. We can't possible teach everything you will need
to know in a week or even in two weeks. Many of our students will come
back, especially after winter, to tune-up on their driving reactions
and to correct any bad habits they may have developed at home. Our
students who have already been with us for several years will still
receive the lowest rate we offered from the beginning of their training.
| Commercial drivers should
consider at least 30 hours of private, professional training before you
risk the lives of the trusting public. We can not squeeze 30 hours of
driving in a week's time - you should allow at least two weeks for
training. You will be expected to pass our evaluation at which time we
will issue you a certificate of training. It is our hopes the insurance
companies will expect this level of training before they insure any
commercial horse-drawn rides. The cost for the Commercial driver
training is estimated to be $2200.00
| The Experience: $100 per hour for one to
two hours of driving horses.
This is for the people who just want to experience driving horses but have no intentions on
going further with their training.
| Partner Rates: We offer a Partner rate to a spouse,
family member or friend who will share the lesson time. The first person
pays the full rate and the second person pays $30 per hour of shared
|$400 per day clinic at our facilities. You can have
a private clinic for yourself or your group. This is for people who want
to spend the entire day learning as much as they can about harnessing,
hitching and driving horses. This will include lots of hands-on driving
experience; how to get a better response from the driven horse; question
and answer time; harness choices; vehicle selection; safety
considerations; horse types and abilities; the horse's way of thinking
and responding; what the horse needs from the driver.
|$500 per day plus expenses, for clinics away from our
| We can offer Room and Board to a limited
number of students in our nice bunk-room. Meals are served family style.
Call for rates. The benefit of staying here is receiving additional
question and answer time and conversations before, during and after
meals. There are motels and restaurants very close by if you prefer more
privacy. Go to the Links page and scroll down to
the Local Accommodations for Motels or RV campgrounds.
| We can be flexible in our class times
and dates, so call and talk with us about what schedule works best for
| The lessons vary with each student.
Everyone has different interests and levels of ability so we work with
each individual to offer them what they need the most. We teach driving
with contact - this is the safest and most responsive way to drive a
horse or multiple horses. We will cover harnessing, fitting and
adjustments, but we focus mostly on hands-on-driving. We are very
flexible in the lessons and we try to accommodate your individual goals
and requirements. We can also teach you how to best present your horse
through grooming techniques and equine enhancement. You may drive a
single horse or a well matched pair. We offer lessons in driving four
horses, but only after you have accomplished driving a pair.
|We offer gift certificates by the hour or by the
week! We can make available as many driving hours as you would like to
give. We have sold gift certificates to:
a wife who gave her husband the gift of driving for
their anniversary. He drove horses as a kid and wanted to re-live the
experience. You should have seen the smile on his face! He had so much fun his
wife paid for another hour.
a friend who wanted to say Thank You to someone, and she knew
how much her friend wanted to learn to drive horses. The recipient couldn't
say no to the gift and decided to take more lessons.
parents who were learning how to drive from us and could see the
value of professional training, so they gave their daughter the gift of lessons.
She went on to expand her lessons and is now driving horses for someone else and
competing in the CDEs.
husbands who wanted to give something special to their
a husband who wanted to make his wife's dream of driving horses
a wife who gave her husband more lessons because she knew
he wanted more experience driving his horses.
| We usually have a variety of horses to drive
including draft horses, cross breeds, light horses and ponies. If you
have a well trained horses, you may bring them for your lessons. We may
charge $100 for an evaluation to be sure your horse is suitable for your
lessons. If your horse needs additional training it will be an
additional $60 per hour in addition to your lesson. If your horse is
fine there will be no extra costs except the standard boarding rate of
$20 per night. We have hay but it is alfalfa mix and that might be too
rich for your horse, so bring what you normally feed and we will adjust
the rate. If you have had a problem with your horse we may charge $125
to evaluate it. It is our equipment and well being at risk - so this
rate is higher. Alex can usually tell very quickly what is going on with
We have some wonderful driving horses for sale - see our list of Horses for Sale.
Or we might be able to find the right horse for you if we don't have it
here at home.
| We can teach you how to make your horses
look their very best! It is surprising how proper conditioning and
presentation can benefit you in the show ring, the sale ring, parades,
or anytime you drive in public. We can also teach you to train your own
horses, but this will take time to train you first. It is not likely you
can learn it all in one or two weeks.
|Clinics In Your Town:
| Alex will travel to teach a driving clinic or
private lessons in your area.
|Cost is $500 a day plus his expenses which includes
standard mileage rate to and from your location or air fare, food and
lodging for the time he is away from home. If he has to haul horses for
lessons, there will be an additional fee.
| A clinic would usually include an 8 hour day for
lessons plus an hour lunch break, but just try to shut him up after 8
| You can set up the clinic however you
choose. We do suggest a limit of 10 people for the day so everyone can
have some hands on experience. Fewer people will offer more time for
| If you have any other questions feel
free to call 406-846-3686 or E-mail, we will be happy to answer your questions about the school or