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 (65-70 weekly and twice weekly students), 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.
The Horsemanship Academy lesson program is a well-balanced concoction of:
- Improvement and enjoyment. Each lesson has moments of hard work and moments of pure joy and relaxation. That's because great riders are comfortable and skilled in equal proportions.
- Guidance and independence. Teaching beginners, we stay close and keep lessons small. We tend to do lots of work in our small arena and on the lunge line, so we can keep ponies and riders within arm's reach. As students progress, we exercises to explore more independently as well, in order to develop the timing and feel needed to excel on the horse.
- Assertiveness and grace. As riders, we must learn to be leaders the horses can trust. We must learn to make snap decisions and enforce them. We must learn to use aids strong enough to be clear to the horses. Yet we cannot lose our temper, get angry, frustrated, punitive, or mean. Riders learn to be graceful and assertive all at once, always.
- Luxury and unpretentious. Yes, we pick dirt out of hooves. But then we wash our hands inside one of the most lavish barns in Southern California.
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. After the first few lessons, which we prefer to do privately or semi-privately, our students ride in small groups of 2-6 students.
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.
Intro Lesson Only:
$85 for one person, $150 for two, $225 for three (although introductory lessons are priced as regular lessons if you pay for a full month of lessons at the time of the trial)
Pay as You Go:
$95 per lesson, please inquire for details
Third lease: $530 (third training $280 plus third board $250), includes two services (pony club, group lessons, hack rides, privates, schooling rides), one of which can be a private or schooling ride. Upgrade to two privates/schooling rides for $40/month. Also includes turnout once per week. Farrier and supplements are extra and vary by horse.
Half Lease, $770 (half training $395 and half board $375), includes three services (pony club, group lessons, hack rides, privates, schooling rides), one of which is a private or schooling ride. Upgrade to all privates and schooling rides for itional $60/month. Also includes two turnouts per week. Farrier and supplements are extra and vary by horse.
Full Lease: $1,440 (full training $690 and full board $750), includes five services (pony club, group lessons, hack rides, privates and schooling rides), 2 of which can be privates or schooling rides. Upgrade to one more private/schooling ride for $60/month. Also includes four turnouts per week. Farrier and supplements are extra and vary by horse.
Students taking group lessons at least once per week can a hack day per week for $200 per month if they don't mind that we may also use the horse for a lesson that day.
$100 flat fee to look at a horse within 20 miles. $20 per hour over five for extra gas/time.
We do have 15ish 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 ition, 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:
$280 for one lesson per week (half hour private or one hour group)
$480 for “third lease”, i.e. two rides per week on specific horse, our combination of hack/independent rides, half hour privates and one hour group, as long as at least one of the rides is a lesson with us of some sort
$420 for one lesson per week and Horsemasters
$480 for one lesson per week, plus Horsemasters and a hack/independent ride on alternating weeks
The best way to schedule a lesson is to either text (858) 692-8401 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.