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

Dates for next Tournament:
Sunday, November 18

Tournament at the Stables

 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.

​Adult Division

Pattern Class

​Game Class

Tournaments

Academy Showing;

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

  • Horse $50 per show/ Lease a horse
  • Saddle and Bridle $50 per show renting   
  • Practice Ride at the Show $30 
  • Helmet – black or with black helmet cover $35 - $200
  • Jodhpur Pants --Black/Navy order extra long; we want them to go pass a rider’s boot. $35 - $200 are at the store
  • Jodhpur Boots –black $35 - $200
  • Neck tie with tie bar and tie tack; real man’s ties are best and come in many colors that coordinate with vest and shirt. NO CLIP ONS! $35 - $200 
  • Sweater Vest/Fitted Vest/ V-neck Vest of any color you look best in, this sweater needs to be snug fitting $35 - $200 
  • Tailored long-sleeved shirt (neatly tucked) in any color or pinstripe that coordinates with your vest, this shirt need to be like a man’s with collar and cuffs. $35 - $200 
  • Belt –black $35
  • Gloves – black only; leather is best. You will not show without gloves. $15-$55
  • Hair in a neat bun above the collar


Caboodle (Storage Box) Items $25- $100 with list

  • Hair spray
  • Make-up                        
  • Bobby pins
  • Safety pins large and small                
  • Brush and/or comb
  • Hairnets that match hair color            
  • Ponytail holders
  • Hair bows                        
  • Shoe polish
  • Black electrical tape                    
  • Earrings for girls; post only
  • Tie Bar            
  • Saddle Seat type show whip; proper length for rider
  • Lint brush                      
  • Underpasses for jodhpurs
  • Cuff straps – to hold pants up when walking
  • No large wraps, bows, or ribbons in hair
  • No dangling earrings, pins, necklaces or bracelets


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.


Horse Assignments:

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!

  • Body Awareness: Horseback riding really works the core muscles that stabilize the trunk: the abdominal, back, and pelvic muscles. However, it’s not just about the strength of the core, but the coordination and stability of it as well. The more you ride, the more the body learns to move with the horse.
  • Quick Thinking: riding a large, powerful animal with a mind and agenda of its own is a full-body workout that will force you to engage muscles you didn’t know existed and be constantly adjusting to the form of the animal.
  • Coordination: There are many movements that need to happen simultaneously while riding for the horse to be properly guided-this is what coordination consists of. Therapeutic riding programs for the sight-impaired have had a lot of success developing better coordination.
  • Core Strength: Horseback riding is an isometric exercise, which means it uses specific muscles to stay in certain positions, in this case, keeping balanced on the horse. Because of this, postural strength is very important when riding and the posture of riders improves even in day to day activities.
  • Muscle Tone and Flexibility: Along with the core muscles, the inner thighs and pelvic muscles get the biggest workout as a rider positions himself or herself. Riders often have to maintain a squatting position while they ride, constantly adjusting to the cadence of the horse. This exercise helps with good overall muscle tone and flexibility.
  • Stable Strength: Riding is not the only way this activity gives the body a workout. Working in a barn and taking care of a horse strengthens muscles and increases cardiovascular capacity.
  • Mental exercise: There are so many mental benefits to horseback riding. Not only do you really learn about yourself as you experience time on a horse but it can also have a meditative effect because for the time being, the only focus is on riding and staying on the horse. While horseback riding is a great exercise, there is a real benefit I the connection with the animal and the peace of mind that comes with every ride.


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.

  • Keeps you physically active: Riding and other activities that require you to be outdoors in all kinds of weather will certainly keep you moving. Cleaning stalls, grooming, feeding, raking hay, pushing wheelbarrows — all of these barn chores actively burn calories and build muscle.
  • It builds self confidence: While horse riding is an independent sport, it’s actually a partnership in which the owner is a teacher and leader who works with the horse. Nothing builds self confidence better than “leadership training.” When you tell a 1,000-pound animal to move in a certain direction, and then to follow you, it’s a feeling of accomplishment that you successfully taught it to do that. And when the horse does not comply, you are responsible for administering the proper discipline. That’s a form of empowerment that’s only found working with large animals.
  • Reduces stress: Recent studies have shown that even limited interaction with animals may provide a decrease in blood pressure and in the hormones associated with stress reactions. Physical exercise is a scientifically recognized mediator of stress and it is clear that equine activities may provide exercise, again highlighting the potential for equine activities to reduce stress.
  • Keeps you socially active: Taking riding lessons helps you meet many friends with similar interests. Most horse people will attest to meeting their best, life-long friends at the barn. These peers will have the same passion and devotion to horses. That connection creates a stronger bond just in itself.
  • Helps disabled individuals stay active: When supervised by certified instructors, riders with disabilities may have the chance to safely perform physical activities with the horse as a tool. Early research is showing that riding a horse may provide physical benefits for people with disabilities. At the same time, interacting with horses may provide mental benefits, as well.
  • Engages the creative side of your brain: Training a horse brings up daily challenges that will force you to think creatively about how to train it and how to solve a particular problem. If something worked in the last lesson, but it’s not working now, how else can you solve this issue? Being faced with such situations helps you engage your creativity to solve problems and find what works best.
  • Builds character: Character building is a natural part of horse ownership, teaching responsibility, punctuality, sportsmanship, frugality, patience, commitment, confidence and self-esteem.
  • It promotes a union with nature: Being outside and enjoying the fresh air can do wonders for your mental and physical health. Plus, the dose of vitamin D you get from being in the sunshine is essential for your body.
  • Maintains bone mass: All of the weight-bearing exercise that you do, including hauling barn equipment and carrying saddles, helps maintain bone mass, which important as you age.
  • Improves digestion: Riding a horse at a walking pace stimulates the internal organs just as walking on foot does. This aids in liver function and digestion.


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