Colt Starting School Program Details

Program Options & Dates 2020


We have 3 levels of participation available!

  • 6 Week Intensive Colt Starting School (participate with 2-3 young horses)*

  • 6 Week Standard Colt Starting School (participate with 1 young horse)*

  • Auditing**

Limited Space Available*

Minimum 3 / Maximum 8

*Total number of participants combined from both programs.

**Auditors: Unlimited

Intensive Colt Starting School 

This program is intended to provide an immersive experience in colt starting. It is designed for participants who have the desire and physical and mental stamina to work on starting more than one young horse while receiving support, coaching and mentorship from Roland and the Sawatzky Equine Team. We recommend it for serious amateurs, current professionals or advanced riders interested in learning how to start young horses. Our focus is on safe, systematic training practices while accounting for the dispositions and individual requirements of each colt.

The Intensive Colt Starting School Includes**

  • All 4 Standard Colt Starting School Weekends*

  • All 3 Standard Colt Starting School Weekday Evening Classes*

  • All 6 Standard Colt Starting School Weekly Check in Teleconference Calls*

* Please reference the Program Schedule for dates.

**Participation in all parts of the program are required


  • One on one coaching from Roland as he sees needed for your safety and success.

  • Work under Roland's supervision during the day while he works with customer horses.

  • Have access to asking Roland questions about your horses and your progress daily.

  • Have the opportunity to be in a full time colt starting environment.




18 Additional dedicated coaching sessions with Roland to progress with your colts.​​​​

  • Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday - Mornings (Time TBD & Dependent on group size)

  • May  5/6/7

  • May 12/13/14

  • May 19/20/21

  • May 26/27/28

  • June *2/3/4   (*TBD - may be 1/2/3)

  • June 9/10/11


Standard Colt Starting School 

This program is intended for students interested in being taught and supported through an entire colt starting program from basic ground work through to being able to ride walk/trot/canter comfortably. The main focus is on being safe, systematic and successful in progressing a young horses training and applies to both english and western disciplines. It is designed for confident intermediate to advanced riders with strong physical fitness. We recommend it for breeders, people already working in the industry, and amateurs that want to learn about starting young horses.

The Standard Colt Starting School Includes**

  • All 4 Standard Colt Starting School Weekends*

  • All 3 Standard Colt Starting School Weekday Evening Classes*

  • All 6 Standard Colt Starting School Weekly Check in Teleconference Calls*

  • Haul In & Stabling for Weekends

  • Theory and Exercise Manuals

* Please reference the Program Schedule for dates.

**Participation of all parts of the program are required.

Auditing Colt Starting School 2020

6 Week Premium Package​ ($595 + GST)

        Audit all Weekends

        Audit all Evening Classes

        Attend Participant Check In & Check Out Each Day

        Ask Questions at designated times

        Receive Theory and Exercise Booklets


6 Week Standard Package ($295 + GST)

       Audit all Weekends

       Audit all Evening Classes


Individual Day / Weekend 

      Kick Off Weekend   $150

      Weekend #2/3/4     $80    

      Part Day Sessions   $40    (Friday evenings or Sunday morning)

      Day Rate                   $60


Program Schedule

4 Weekends:

Kick Off Weekend:     May 1, 2 & 3 (Friday Evening 5pm + Saturday + Sunday until Noon)

Weekend #2:              May 15 & 16 (Friday Evening 5pm +  Saturday 9am - 6pm)

Weekend #3:              May 29 & 30 (Friday Evening 5pm +  Saturday 9am - 6pm)

Weekend #4:              June 12 & 13 (Friday Evening 5pm + Saturday 9am - 6pm)

3 Weekday Evening Classes: (scheduled on alternate weeks from the weekends)

Friday May 8           (5 - 9:30pm)

Friday May 22         (5 - 9:30pm)

Thursday June  4    (5 - 9:30pm)  (*TBD - May still happen on Friday June 5)


6 Weekly Check-In Teleconference Calls (45-60 min)*

Wednesday May 6      8:30pm

Wednesday May 13    8:30pm

Wednesday May 20    8:30pm

Wednesday May 27    8:30pm

Wednesday June 3      8:30pm

Wednesday June 10    8:30pm

* Only available to Standard and Intensive Program students

Note: Sawatzky Equine Services Open House: Saturday June 20, 2020**

** Students are invited to showcase their Colt Starting School Horses at our Open House

Tuition, Discounts & Payment Plans



Intensive Colt Starting School     $4995 + GST

Standard Colt Starting School     $2995 + GST

Auditing Colt Starting School:

6 Week Premium Package            $595 + GST

6 Week Standard Package            $295 + GST

Exciting Discounts for Early Registration in 2020:

Applicable to Standard Program, Intensive Program, and Auditing Packages.

20% Off   *Complete and Submitted Application by December 31, 2019. 

15% Off   *Complete and Submitted Application by January 31, 2019.

10% Off   *Complete and Submitted Application by February 28, 2019.

To receive the discounted price you need to either pay your tuition in full upon notification of your acceptance into the program or begin a 4 month equal payment plan immediately.


Tuition Discount Table

Payment Plan Opportunities

We are offering a three or four month equal payment plan option for all three discount deadlines.

All tuition must be paid in full by May 1st, 2020. 



Logistics and Extra Options

Camping and Accommodation 


Camping at Sawatzky Equine:

Free Camping for self-contained campers with no power hook up.

Night Rate of $10 per night if power plug in and/or services* are needed. (Limited plug ins available)

*Services include Shower/Kitchenette/Large Fridge/Laundry


On Site Accommodation at Sawatzky Equine:

We have a limited amount of on site accommodation.

Hostel style rooms with access to kitchenette/shower/laundry/fridge-freezer.

Available full time for 6 Week Intensive:  $900 + Gst

Weekend Use: $35 per night

*Students participating in the Intensive Program get first option to utilize on site accommodation. 

Stabling and Hauling-in

Included in Tuition for the four weekends and over night for Evening Classes.

Please bring your own hay and concentrates.

There is no extra cost for stabling overnight or hauling in for program participants.

Food and Meals

There will be no meals or snacks provided. Please bring your own.

Where is Sawatzky Equine

We are located approximately 1 hour NW of Edmonton, Alberta.

Look up "Sawatzky Equine Services" in Google maps for a pin to our location.

(DO NOT type our exact address, it does not work and the GPS/maps will direct you to far away places.)

Sawatzky Equine Facility

80 x 200     Insulated and Heated Indoor Arena

36 x 80       Attached Barn with wash rack and tack lockers

100 x 200  Outdoor Fenced Arena

Individual Panel Pens and electrified pasture pens with shelters and auto waterers.


Extra Options

Young Horse Provided Lease? (optional) 

Additional charge for a young horse to use* for the duration of the program is $1250.00 + Gst

This includes board at Sawatzky Equine for the duration of the program.

Payment Due: April 1, 2020

*Horse will be owned by Sawatzky Equine or be a Joint Venture Lease generated by Sawatzky Equine. 

Board at Sawatzky Equine (optional)

Discount Price for 6 week on site boarding for participant horses that are in the program is $450.00 + Gst / per horse.

*This gives you access to working with your colt on site 7 days a week (unless the facility is booked for other events)

We have outdoor pens with shelters and auto water. 

We feed grass hay and a daily mineral mixture.

Access to indoor arena with a  barn attached as well as an outdoor arena.

Payment Due : On Arrival May 1, 2020


Missed Dates


If you miss a class we cannot accommodate rescheduling. We have a full training schedule for the months of May and June. The weekly calls are not available to be rescheduled and there will be a replay available.




Refund and Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your registration into the program by March 25, 2020 we will refund your money minus a $150 administration fee.

If you cancel your registration into the program after March 25 we will not provide a refund.