Pony Club is the largest equestrian educational organization in the world – and the starting point for an astonishing number of Olympians and equestrian idols. It's the ideal program for riders who want to be fully immersed in horse care, management, and horse sports. The values of safety, sportsmanship, stewardship and FUN translate to every part of a member's life.

 

Pony Club members participate in activities such as lessons and certifications, rallies and competitions, Championships, and Pony Club Festival. A host of additional programs such as international exchanges, USEF Pony Finals, Dressage for Kids, National Youth Board, National Youth Congress, scholarships, and the Visiting Instructors Program are available to members who develop and progress through Pony Club. Many of our graduates feel that Pony Club helped shape their character and the choices they have made as adults.

 
 

How Does It Work?

Members progress through the certification levels. Each level earned requires an increasing depth of knowledge and skills. The highest certification, the “A”, distinguishes the member as an accomplished, professional horseman. We offer ratings opportunities several times per year. We also attend rallies (both mounted and unmounted), clinics and events, an awards banquet for members, and more! On October 22, we are visiting the Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier in jumping, in Del Mar, with members enjoying free tickets and a special meeting with Richard Spooner.

 

 

Pony Club for “Outsiders”

 

We do offer pony club for riders from other properties as well. If you own or lease a horse, you can join our pony club, and trailer in for lessons and pony club meetings. The trailer-in fee is $25 per time to the property owner, and pony club lessons are $60 each when you provide your own horse. Students riding our horses for pony club must also be enrolled in lessons at least once per week.

 

 
 

How Do I Sign Up?

 

Here is a link to the 2017 membership form: https://www.ponyclub.org/ContentDocs/Volunteers/ClubCenter/2017%20Mbr%20App.pdf

 

You can fill it out, sign, and drop it in the black box on our tack room wall. We currently hold pony club meetings every other Sunday, from 1-3, and Tuesdays 4:30, starting January 1.

 
 

To Sign up/For More Information

 

Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 


Lessons

European Traditions

California Dreams

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.

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 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.

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.

Lesson Prices:

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.

 

Leasing/Training:

Third lease: $430 (third training $280 plus third board $150), 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 $60/month. Also includes turnout once per week. Farrier and supplements are extra and vary by horse.

 

Half Lease, $620 (half training $395 and half board $225), 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: $1,140 (full training $690 and full board $450), 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 $250 per month if they don't mind that we may also use the horse for a lesson that day.

 

 

Horse Shopping:

 

$100 flat fee to look at a horse within 20 miles. $20 per hour over five for extra gas/time.

  

Adults Program

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) 692-8401 or email us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 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. 

About Us

European Traditions, California Dreams

Horsemanship Academy is a boutique riding school teaching the European traditions of horsemanship in a dreamy California location. Our focus is on the bond between horse and rider, and cultivating in all our riders skills, confidence, and a balance between instruction and independence. Love and respect for animals are paramount for us.

We recently had an amazing opportunity to move to what we think is the most gorgeous horse facility in San Diego county, and we'd love to share this magical place with you.

Our students range in age from 5-67. While we all come from different backgrounds and neighborhoods, we have two things in common: we love horses and we are passionate about riding. Many students make friends they see outside of their riding days as well!

We offer lessons after school on weekdays, as well as Saturday mornings. Our horses, ponies and instructors have taught hundreds of children and adults to ride. They are trained for English, hunters, jumpers, dressage, Western, gymkhana, bareback, and they are all excellent on trail. 

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 add on US Pony Club horsemanship and riding lessons, obtain the US Pony Club Ratings, and participate in US Pony Club Rallies and other activities.

If you have your heart set on showing, we can get you there! We attend numerous shows, from walk-trot classes at fun shows to dressage, jumpers and gymkhana!

Don't miss our Halloween Party, complete with a Horse Costume Competition, a Ghost Hunt Trail Ride, and of course buckets of candy!

To schedule a lesson, please text us at (858) 692-8401 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 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. 

 

 

 

 

Camps

2019 Camp Dates:


June 24-28 Signature Camp

July 8-12 Signature and Advanced Camp

July 15-19 Signature Camp

July 22-26 Signature and Advanced Camp

July 29-August 2 Signature Camp

August 5-9 Signature and Advanced Camp

 

Signature Camp Description:

We meet at the barn at 9 am, when it’s still cool outside. We gather the horses, tack up, and ride. The lessons all have different themes that we adjust to different level riders. Monday is Meet and Greet day - we make friends with the horses and make sure everyone is paired up with a suitable four legged friend. Tuesday’s theme is Fun with Poles. For more advanced riders, this means jumping, while for beginners, we use obstacle courses and series of ground poles. Wednesdays we kick up dirt on Gymkhana Day – advanced riders whip around barrels, while beginners get an intro to Western games and relay races. Thursday is Beach Day - we trailer two horses to Fiesta Island to play in the water. And of course Friday, campers get to show off their skills to family and friends in a show. Did I mention the Horsemanship Academy ribbons are huge?!

 

We alternate mounted and non-mounted activities, with all campers doing both an extended riding lesson and horsemanship activities each day. The later include washing the horses (splashing allowed), cleaning tack, hosting a scavenger hunt for different breeds, colors and marks, and practicing showmanship and free jumping. We also, of course, make time for a picnic in the shade under the pepper trees.

 

Advanced Camp

Riders must have instructor approval to ride in the Advanced Groups! Minimum skill level is similar to our intermediate badge, i.e. you must know your diagonals and leads, consistently demonstrate prompt transitions between all three gaits on different horses, be able to jump a basic course, tack up, lunge, handle horses independently, as well as have a steady and secure seat.

 

Itinerary for Advanced Groups include:

-Drill team 

-A simi jumper show: grooming, dressing up, walking the course, warming up, then riding the course timed (ribbons provided)

-Vaulting

-Showmanship

 

If there is enough interest and room/horses left (3 minimum), we can create an advanced-only group any week. These camps are for you, so let us know your preference!

 

Sign up/Deposit Instructions

We can take up to 10 students per week, and spots are first come, first serve. Camps hours are Monday-Friday, 9-1. 50% of tuition is required to hold your spot, the remaining 50% is due on April 1. Camp payments are non-refundable. The cost is $495 per week, however, if you reserve your spot and make sure we have your 50% payment by March 1, you pay only $445. Please sign up per email. We do offer $30 referral credit for friends (applied when they pay for the camp in full), as well as a $30 discount per camp for students who do more than one camp and for siblings. We will have water bottles and fruits/vegetables, but please pack a lunch! We have a refrigerator, so perishable is OK!

 

Before/After Care

If you anticipate a need for this, please let us know and we will try to arrange it for you, keeping in mind that any instructor who is also teaching lessons in the afternoon needs a break at 1, and some of us are restricted by child-care/preschool hours. We charge $15/hr for any full or partial hour of care before or after camp.

 

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you in camp this summer!

 

Kajsa

(858) 692-8401

FAQ

Q: I cannot afford to ride every week. Can I ride every other week?

A: Yes! You can do pay-as-you-go for $95 per lesson. Please email for details.

 

Q: Do you provide helmets?

A: Yes. We have a large selection of helmets in different sizes.

 

Q: Do you offer leasing?

A: Yes, however, you must first get a thumbs-up from one of our instructors.

 

Q: Do you have a working student program?

A: Yes! Please email us for details. 

 

Q: Do you take your students to any shows?

A:Yes we do. We love shows! We do, however, require instructor approval for students to attend shows.

 

Q: Do you offer jumping lessons?

A: Yes, we do!

 

Q: What should I wear?

A: Pants are best. While shoes with a small heel are preferable, sneakers are fine for the first few times.We always recommend you and your child wear sun screen.

 

Q: Do you have a minimum age?

A: We do. The youngest age we can start a student is 5 for privates and 6 for group lessons.

 

Q: Do you offer lessons in the mornings?

A: Yes, but only on Saturdays.

 


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