EST. 1965 Dan, Marlene & Neva La Fleur West side Madison, WI
Walk/Trot/Canter Division Help support the Show by Sponsoring Class(es)
Walk/Trot Division We have banners that you could do. Ask Neva for details.
These are fun, low key shows that serve a number of purposes for the individuals showing. It is a series of intramural shows suitable for very beginnings riders to experience a horse show atmosphere, and for very experienced riders to hone their skills and work on very specific goals. They are designed to be fun, educational showing opportunities offered at a very reasonable rate.
There’s got to be a better way, don’t get us wrong. Learning to ride is still best done in the saddle, but learning how and what you are doing while on a horse can be supplemented while on the ground. After years of creating some of the best riders in the country, we stepped back and asked ourselves, “What makes us successful?”
So what does it take to be one of the best?
LOVE WHAT YOU ARE DOING. You know it when you see it. That person who loves the whole process, and can’t wait for their next chance to ride.
MAKING THE COMMITMENT. No matter what you are doing, commitment takes you further. That dedication comes not only from the rider, but also from the support of everyone around them. That same discipline carries over into your daily life.
FINDING FOCUS. It’s one of our favorite things about the Olympics. Watching athletes find “the ZONE “ and not let anything shake them out of it.
BEING A GREAT COMPETITOR. You want to win. That’s what we strive for. Demanding great sportsmanship from yourself makes you a better competitor. Being gracious allows you to appreciate the strengths of your competition and understand how to develop those strengths for yourself. A true win is achieving YOUR goals!
UNDERSTANDING THAT RIDING IS A SPORT. Treat it that way. It is NOT just sitting up there. Just like any sport, being great requires a higher level of conditioning.
DEVELOPING A BOND. Unlike other sports, your teammate in riding is a living, breathing, half-ton animal. That horse must be treated with both RESPECT and COMPASSION! The more a rider understands their horses strengths, fears and personality, the better they can “sync” with that horse and truly become a team.
Becoming an extraordinary rider takes finding and developing these attributes in and out of the show ring.
Should I show at a Tournament?
Offers divisions for ALL ages groups, and many of the shows offer classes for ALL levels.
Showing is fun and challenging, and even exciting. It is exciting to practice and work with a horse to master their performance, speed, and control their movements. Working on perfecting your own riding position takes practice, and showing is a good way to "judge" your own riding ability. If is exciting to join in the others riders, get your show clothes on, and hit the arena!
What does it cost to go to Tournament?
Tournament at the stables we keep it low because we can use each horse for multiple riders. No hauling involved. And do a pot luck for food. The entry form for the tournament shows what fees are. If the show is on the road then you have hauling, entries, coaching fee, equipment/horse fee and feed/bedding. Our "out of town" shows usually cost more than the "Tournament". The "out of town" shows costs are dependent on the number of riders completing, the distance to the show, the length of the show competing at an "out of town" show is a lot of fun and the attends about 10-15 shows a year from ALL levels. If you are interested on going to a show and taking part contact Neva.
How and when to pay for Tournament Show or "Out of Town Show?
Must be paid by the due date. When a riders signs up to compete at the upcoming show, the sign up is in the stable store. The sooner you sign up
and commit to showing, the sooner the instructor can "mount" you on a horse and the more practice you can get with the horse you will be showing.
Academy Riders Showing Equipment
Caboodle (Storage Box) Items $25- $100 with list
Show ring etiquette should happen at all times. You never know who is watching. It is only proper to cheer and applaud when the riders are trotting on the horse in the show ring. It is also appropriate to do so when the riders are in the line-up and the judge is approaching each one.
At the stables we have a successful All levels of horses. When a rider signs up for an Tournament, the instructor gives a lot of thought to which horse would best suit this rider and their riding level and show ring experience. It is quite challenging to put together the best combination of rider and horse. Our instructors want to give all our riders not only the best chance to be competitive and earn ribbons, but must also keep the riders safe and give them the opportunity to feel safe and confident. If a rider does not own or lease their own horse (which the majority of our riders do not own or their own horse), the instructors works within the group of horses that we have available to be as fair as possible when assigning a horse to a certain rider. In order to be fair all riders, will rotate the horses throughout the season. If a rider or their parent has a question about the horse that the rider is assigned to ride at a show, please talk with Neva. The instructors know the horses much better than the riders.
The Academy Season: For more information contact Neva
June 17 Jefferson County Fairgrounds
July 6-8 IASPHA Summer Show, Gurnee, IL
October 5-7 MN Futurity, Winona, MN
November 18 at the Stables
How do I sign up for a Tournament?
About 2 months prior their will be information, in the stable store.
Benefits of Horseback Riding
Before we all had cars to drive in, people used horses to get around, and almost everyone was taught to care and ride a horse. Today, our dependence on these large mammals is non-existent and horseback riding has become recreational. There are many obvious health benefits to riding, including strong core and legs, but there are also many less obvious benefits, such as boost in confidence and meditation. Horses are even used in therapy for mentally disabled children-which only proves further how healthy they are!
Benefits of Owning a Horse
Horse ownership can be very exciting and rewarding. The primary benefits from horse ownership are companionship, recreation and relaxation, but many people do not often realize the health benefits that can be gained from owning a horse. Keep in mind that raising and maintaining a horse can be expensive, requires a lot of attention, and requires plenty of land for the horse to run.
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