Join our stables for a fun filled week(s) of Horsemanship, Equitation, and Showmanship.

RIA Program is for campers who have attended at our stables and would like to excel farther into the world of HORSES.  Responsibility of helping, caring and being a leader at our stables.  Will bring knowledge into your future for your everyday routine of life.
Riders MUST be able to bridle and saddle their own horses.  

Ages: 12- ADULTS

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Extended Hours: Campers may arrive has early has 8 a.m. and pick up must be by 4 p.m.

Enrollment & Fees: Registration is on a first-come, first served basis.  Fees for 5 days= $375.  A $200 nonrefundable deposit per week must accompany this form to insure your child a place in the session you have indicated. The final payment is due the first day of the session.  One day $90. If final payment is not made, you will lose your deposit, and Madison Riding Academy may accept a child from a waiting list.  All fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable for missed days or sessions.

How Horses Help with Kids and Life…

  • Exercising
  • Increasing Self Awareness
  • Doing something for ONE’s self
  • Learning a new skill
  • Caring for HORSES
  • Hands On by challenging people to look at themselves and the world in a new way.
  • Helps with progress and achieve their goals 
  • Lowers blood pressure and heart rate, alleviates stress
  • Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Helps people struggling with addictions and mental health disorders 
  • Identifying and coping with feelings
  • Communication Skills
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Overcoming Fears
  • Trust


Focus of the RIA: 

  • Learning to recognize a rider who is struggling and instructing them as to how to improve
  • Understanding and applying  basic training techniques to horses. 
  • Planing and leading group activities for children ages 2-17
  • Developing counseling skills
  • Learning how to and assist in supervising children during structured and unstructured activities. 
  • RIA daily activities may include riding lesson, lessons on how to teach and having fun assisting campers
  • Horse anatomy
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Practice leadership
  • Explore future career possibilities
  • Team work
  • All aspects of Show horse care and management
  • Mental preparedness
  • Physical preparedness
  • Sportsmanship
  • Goal setting
  • Basic anatomy psychology
  • Grooming and stabling
  • Confirmation and soundness preventative medicine and first aid
  • Conditioning and nutrition


If evaluations consistently indicate that a RIA is meeting or exceeding the goals and expectations of the program, she may be invited to be hired as staff or can use us for reference. Benefits of the RIA program include establish job and character references, develop leadership skills builds confidence and allows for personal growth.

RIA program is perfect for riders who want to increase their skill and have a blast learning more about horse care. Intensive daily lessons with instructor. All aspects of Show horse care and management— Mental preparedness—Physical preparedness — Sportsmanship—Goal setting.  Teaching at their own speed.

Apprenticeship is designed so that each participant progresses at their own speed. However everyone must start with groundwork in the round pen.  No one will progress into riding work until they have complete around pen work.  It's will give you the best possibility foundation for training and relationship with your horse.  Although the program is progressive there will be problem-solving done throughout.  


​Remember inside of every horse is “perfect horse” it is responsibility of the trainer to find a way of communicating with a horse of the perfection shows.

Not only will participants progress at different speeds, so whether horses.  Different horses will respond to training in different ways and present different challenges. Keep this in mine, will be given the opportunity to work not only with your own horse but also with a variety of other horses as you progress through the program this will include both broke and Un- broke horses.

--Round Pen; Leading, Clipping, Tying, Go forward cue, standing, Lunge line
--Under Saddle; give to the bit, go forward stop, and backup, collection, Cirlce

1. General Equine Knowledge; Basic anatomy psychology, grooming and stabling; confirmation and soundness preventative medicine and first aid; conditioning and nutrition
​2. Farm facilities; maintenance upkeep of Barns, pastures, fences, paddocks and vehicles safety requirement for facilities planning facilities
3. Farm records; vital statistics for each horse; Pedigrees; health and immunization records; feeding, conditioning and training records; reading records for (Mare and stallions) foaling records and expense records
4. Mare and stallion reproductive anatomy; mare estrous cycle; Mare and stallion management and safety; teasing; basic breeding methods; artificial insemination; foaling and foal management.
5. Training and Show barns Halter, driving, lunging, starting under saddle (English) beginning pleasure; training hints; developing the horse for specific skill or event; showing at halter and under saddle; grooming to show horsemanship.

Snacks and Lunches: RIA who stay for the full day need to bring their own lunch. Thursday we order pizza for the everyone.  There is a refrigerator available if needed.

Lost, Stolen or Damaged Personal Property: La Fleur Stables/Madison Riding Academy is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal property, including clothing.  Campers are discouraged from bringing personal items beyond what is needed for the day. Please DO NOT bring Cell/Mobil devices or keep in a safe place.  During camp time there will be know time for devices to be used unless at breaks.

Proper Attire: Riding helmets are available. Riders should wear riding clothes (i.e. Kentucky Jodhpur pants, Jodhpur boots)

Keeping Parents Informed: Once registered for camp Madison Riding Academy, parents will receive a confirmation letter with important information about Madison Riding Academy, including program policies.  Parents feel free to contact our office or any of the onsite instructors with questions or concerns. 

Cancellation / Policy: A written two-week advance notice must be received by the stables to cancel any course (fax, email, and hand-written notices are all acceptable). Failure to submit written cancellation two weeks in advance will result in the liability of all fees paid and owed for that course. 

Families may add sessions or change their choice of week of sessions at any time up to the end of the business day Wednesday the week prior to which it will take effect.  Requests to add or change a course must also be received in writing. (fax, email, and hand-written notices are all acceptable)

Types of Horses used at Camp: Saddlebreds are the most desired and most commonly used horses in the world for English "Saddle Seat" equitation for several reasons: 

    1. Their conformation, with high head carriage and Level top line create an excellent saddle seat position.
    2. The Saddlebred moves in a balanced, precise, and Stylish way that is a perfect complement to the rider. 
    3. Saddlebreds are responsive, intelligent, well mannered and game -- all qualities that maximize the Skills of the rider.  About our Lesson Horses!


How to register: Fill out Registration Form and mail back or email neva@Lstables.com to reserve a spot or call 608-833-3635. 

Can we tour the stables before we come: Yes our stables is open 6 days a week.Yes,  Call for an appointment 608-833-3635. Yes, we have riding Demonstrations through out the year Thursday, Friday & Saturday mornings between 9 a.m. -- Noon. Parents are welcome to come  and check the Stables before camp: Either signing up for a lesson or visiting.  

We would love to meet you. The horses are waiting! 

Est. 1965          Dan, Marlene & Neva La Fleur         West side Madison, WI​​

Riding Instructor Apprentice Program

(RIA)​  2017 

5 days=$375 or 1 day=$90

November 10​​