Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy

Red Bud Gypsies Ranch                          Spring 2024

Instructor: Alyssa Carl
Location: 1325 Coveney Trail Buchanan, MI 49107      
Phone: 574-850-1544
Sign up for the following class and email Alyssa to register for your specific day and time.
Masks: optional
Ages: mixed from 5-18

The Partnership does not pay for private lessons nor horseback riding.  If you need more information about what is offered at Red Bud Gypsies, call Alyssa. **see note below

Students must wear jeans and a boot with a slight heel.  Students will not be allowed around the horses if correct shoes are not worn. Tennis shoes are not permitted. Helmets are provided, however if you have an equestrian helmet that is fitted to your student, they may bring it.  Please also have a folder for each student this is brought to every class.  There will be handouts provided.  ​

​Classes must begin in January. Contact Alyssa for more information on start date for preferred group class.

Additional registration at location is required.

Equestrian Sciences


This semester we will be learning about Horse Care and Groundwork.  students will learn what it takes to care for a horse on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.  Some medical care will be included in our daily care.  We will also learn the correct and safe way to lead a horse.  We will be taking houses through different obstacle courses in-hand to learn control on the ground. 

An optional riding component, not provided by the partnership, will be available for families to purchase directly from Red Bud Gypsies. 


Required Materials

  • Some kind of boot with a slight heel (riding or hiking boots).
  • Tennis shoes are NOT allowed.
  • Jeans
  • A folder

Optional Materials (provided by student/family)
A helmet for use near horses in the stalls, only if it is an approved equestrian helmet, otherwise one will be provided on loan. No bike helmets.

**The course offered does not include a riding component. The course covered by the partnership is lecture/stable time only.  The riding component may be purchased, for a nominal fee, by contacting Redbud Gypsies Ranch directly. Please pay on the first day of class.

*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.

Teacher of Record: Tom Hurst