Our boutique lesson program is designed to teach students the traditions of European horsemanship and riding, in a dreamy Southern California setting. We like to keep our community small (no more than 40 families, each riding between one and four times per week), so we have time to listen to each student, learn about his/her goals and dreams, and make them come true. Whether it's trail riding, jumping, gymkhana, pleasure riding or dressage, we've got you covered.
Our horses and ponies have taught hundreds of students to ride, and our instructors are friendly, upbeat, and come from a variety or riding backgrounds: hunter/jumper, dressage, English Pleasure, trail, gymkhana, showmanship, Western pleasure, and much more. The Horsemanship Academy community is tight knit, and we have events each month such as costume parties, ghost hunt trail rides, fun shows, clinics, and horse spa days. Many students make friends they see outside of the barn also.
We are a licensed US Pony Club Riding Center, which means both that we are held to their standards of safety and education, and that our students can on US Pony Club horsemanship and riding lessons, obtain the US Pony Club Ratings, and participate in US Pony Club Rallies and other activities.
We require that all our students commit to at least one lesson time per week, and are not able to accommodate one-offs or short term clients.
Two Tier Program
We have calm, well-trained, beginner friendly horses available for lessons as well as the first few levels of pony club. When in the lesson program, you will be assigned a horse for each lesson, depending on what horse is suitable for your age, size, level and interests. A few times per year, students in our lesson program have the opportunity to take these horses to off site schooling shows. Our lesson horses are fantastic for learning to ride at all three gaits, jump smaller courses, ride out in the open/on trail, and basic Western and dressage. Riders in the lesson program are also offered makeups for missed lessons. You are welcome to stay in the lesson program for as long as you like – there is no pressure or requirement to lease or own a horse.
At some point, many of our clients want to take their riding to the next level – to bond and work exclusively with one horse, usually one that is more athletic and suitable for moving up the levels rather than for beginners. This is necessary in order to obtain pony club ratings D3 and above, as the jumps at that point are too big for the lesson horses. When you lease a horse, it is yours for the day. We have seven horses in the lease program, and are happy to match you as leases become available.
One Hour Small Groups, Half Hour Privates, and Hack/Lease Rides on school horses:
$280/month for once per week, $480/month for twice per week or siblings, $680 for three times per week or once per week for three siblings.
Third lease/twice per week: $430 per month for board and training. Upgrade to two privates for $60 per month. Farrier, grain, care and vet care extra and vary by horse. These are split up between leasers and charged at cost.
Half lease/three times per week: $645 per month for board and training. Upgrade to three privates for $60 per month. Farrier, grain, care and vet care extra and vary by horse/paid at cost.
Full lease/five times per week: $1,170 per month for board and training. Upgrade to three privates for $60 per month. Farrier, grain, care and vet care extra and vary by horse/paid at cost.
Trainer tack up/untack horse for a schooling: $15 per time.
A la carte turnouts: $15 each
Supervised hack rides: $20 each (parents drop off a minor to do an independent ride on their horse but under our supervision)
Grain service: $30 for ordering, preparing and feeding 6 days per week
Group turnouts: $80 per month for 3x per week, $120 for 5x per week 1hr minimum each time
Individual turnouts: $120 per month for 3x per week, $200 for 5x per week 1 hr minimum each time
Bartering/working student credits can be used for care but not training. What we love way more than getting paid to care for your horse is seeing young riders step up and take responsibility for their horse’s care themselves, the pony club way. But we also understand that kids and parents get busy, and you can hire us if needed.
$100 flat fee to look at a horse within 20 miles. $20 per hour over five for extra gas/time.
We do have a handful of adult riders in our program, each riding 1-3 times per week. Most of them lease and/or are enrolled in private lessons – although we have adults who participate in group lessons as well, and parents who join their children's lessons. In addition, we offer Horsemasters, which is Pony Club for adults, with a proven curriculum that allows you to progress through the levels and pass ratings for each one. Our adult riders also participate in dressage shows on and off site. Same pricing as for the regular program.
The best way to schedule a lesson is to either text (858) 252-7103 or email us at
. You are welcome to call as well, but phone calls are difficult to return on a regular basis as we are outside with horses all day - this is a challenging environment for phone calls. We are also happy to schedule a time for a phone conversation, just send us a text message or email to do so. A typical week, we check emails once per day Monday through Saturday, and text messages/voicemails before and after lessons each day. Unless there is a major emergency, we do not use phones during lessons, as we want to keep our entire focus on the students.