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


The horse show is a proving ground for American Saddlebreds and their riders. As the skills of a rider progresses, it's natural to want to compete and see how you compare. Men and women compete on an equal footing at most shows, although some larger shows offer separate classes for men and women.  All horse shows, large or small, have many things in common--the excitement of competing, the thrill of achievement, and a keen sense of belonging and fellowship among riders.  Competition builds sportsmanship and character. Often entire families participate in the sport. Families travel together and, in some instances, show together. That's why showing becomes one of the best experiences of owning a Saddlebred.

Show Attire

Conservative Saddle Suit or day coat and jodhpurs - jods should be dark and conservative

Jodhpur boots regular or patent leather

complementary button-down collared shirt

rolled derby

hair in a bun with hairnet (women)


Preparing for Horse Shows & Horse Show Expenses

  • Transporting horses/Hauling check the horse show chart
  • Day care check the horse show chart; included Groom, Groom meals, Trainer's Fee, Trainer meals, Coaching Fee
  • Hotel Fee divided by the number of horses to the show
  • Tack stalls / Decorations divided by the number of horses to the show 
  • Hay, oats, and bedding
  • Stable supplies  
  • Entry registration and fees to the show
  • Rental car or golf cart
  • Use of LaFleur Tail switch    
  • Show Harness Rental:   

                   Two-wheel cart, or            
                   Four-wheel buggy

  • Hauling fee for buggy and cart

When you have a horse(s) that's ready to show, the following will take place: 

  1. LaFleur Stables staff will assist in selecting classes to entry and in completing show-entry forms. Horse shows require entry fees and stall fees be paid up front. Most shows accept credit cards. At shows that don't accept credit cards, LaFleur Stables will pay the fees and itemize them on an owner’s next statement.
  2. The number of days “day care” is determined ahead of time for each horse show. This cost is listed on the horse show schedule chart. 
  3. Shows, fees for tack, feed, and grooming stalls is prorated among the entrants from LaFleur Stables and those fees appear on the owner's next monthly statement.
  4. Shipping charges to and from a show are listed on the horse show chart.
  5. LaFleur Stables asks it entrants to decorate their stalls in the stable's traditional blue and green colors. It's a "show of team colors" and adds to the festivity of a show. The colors help friends and family locate the stable. Decorations also provide privacy and quiet places for riders and their steeds to take a rest between classes. Fees for stable decorations are prorated among riders attending the show. 
  6. If it's necessary to withdraw from a show, the entrant is billed for half of the day care and half of the shipping costs. There are  no refunds on prorated fees for items such as tack rooms and golf cart rentals because those fees were determined and prorated when entries were submitted. 
  7. Customers are liable for damages to rental equipment such as buggy carts and tack (harnesses, bridles, saddles, etc.) .
  8. At shows, customers are asked to schedule work-out times 24 hours in advance. Similarly, a three-day notice should be given for release of a horse so that all tack and equipment can be assembled and readied by the time of departure.


American Saddlebred Association of Wisconsin 

American Saddle Horse Breeders Futurity of Wisconsin, Inc. 

American Saddlebred Horse Association

United States Equestrian Federation

United Professional Horseman’s Association—Adult & Child

Mid-America Horse Show Association 

Illinois American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Association

Horse Show Advertising Magazines

Helps promote you and your horse and create stables families. 

Saddle and Bridle Magazine              

The National Horseman Magazine             

The Saddle Horse Report

Doug Shiflet Photography
Howard Schatzberg Photography
Jane Jacobs Photography
Richfield Video Production

Getting Involved with LaFleur Stables & Saddlebreds

Learning to ride is best done in the saddle. However, learning about being around and riding and showing horses also can be done while still on the ground. A person interested in horses should first understand what's involved in riding and what kind of a commitment is needed in terms of time and money. La Fleur Stables has worked with and trained some of the best Saddlebred riders in the country. So, we stepped back and asked ourselves, “What does it take to make a rider successful?” Here's how we answer that question.

LOVE WHAT YOU ARE DOING.  A person who loves riding can’t wait for the next chance to ride. 

MAKE THE COMMITMENT.  Commitment takes the discipline to ride and train regularly. Not only does a rider need to be dedicated but support must come from everyone around that rider.

FIND FOCUS. No athletes define focus more so than Olympic athletes do. Watching those athletes demonstrates how they find “the zone" and do not let anything shake them out of it.

BE A GREAT COMPETITOR.  Everyone wants to win. But the key point is to become a better competitor. The trick is to be a gracious winner and a gracious loser. That’s what we strive for at LaFleur Stables. Being gracious in victory or defeat allows you to appreciate the strengths of your competition and understand how to develop those strengths in yourself.  A true win is achieving your goals.

UNDERSTAND THAT RIDING IS A SPORT. We treat it that way.  It's not just sitting atop a horse.  And like any sport, riding requires a higher level of physical conditioning.  

DEVELOP A BOND.  Unlike other sports, your teammate is a living, breathing, half-ton animal. That animal requires your respect and compassion.  A rider has to understand their horse's strengths, fears, and personality. The better they do, the better a rider can synchronize with their horse and become a team.

It takes commitment, discipline, time, and compassion to become an extraordinary rider and bring the full potential of a horse and rider to the show ring.

We have Horse Events in Madison. For more information ask at the stables.