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.

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.

 

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:

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.

 

Extras:

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.

 

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) 252-7103 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. 

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.

 

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) 252-7103 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. 

 

 

 

 


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