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

Volunteer Information

La Fleur Stables LLC & Madison Riding Academy LLC

Safety Rules 

As much as we appreciate all of our helpers, our main mission is SAFETY! Helping at the barn is a wonderful opportunity to learn – and it’s a huge help to us. But we can NEVER, EVER forget that safety comes first. 

Physical Requirements: All Volunteer should be able to meet the following requirements:

Able to stand for over an hour at time

Able to bend, twist, stretch and lift in order to clean stalls, horse's hooves, apply leg wraps, etc.

Able to push a fully loaded wheelbarrow for distances

Able to carry and hang a full five gallon water bucket

Able to vigorously groom a horse for periods of time longer than 15 minutes

Able to lift and carry and raise above a horse's back to 50lbs

Able to monitor (watch, listen, and observe) horses and other riders for safety and training issues.

When riding, you must always: 

  • Be supervised. 
  • Wear a properly fitting certified horseback riding helmet, long pants, and shoes with a hard sole and a 1 inch heel. No sneakers or hiking boots 
  • Walk (no trotting, etc.) around the barn area and to and from the ring whether on foot or mounted on your horse. 
  • When around the horses, you must: 
  • NEVER enter a horse’s stall without permission – even if he is your own horse! 
  • NEVER enter the standing stalls where horses are tied without permission 
  • NEVER enter the standing stall area alone. You must always be accompanied by another when working with the horses in the standing stalls. 
  • Never walk behind a horse. 
  • Wear shoes that protect your feet. No open toe or open heel shoes. 
  • Handle, feed (including treats), or pet horses only under supervision by the instructor. 
  • NEVER enter a pasture containing horses only if accompanied by the instructor – or with another staffer or volunteer who has received permission and safety training. 
  • Avoid carrying loose items that may fall or blow away or flap in the wind or bounce or make sharp or loud noises. 
  • Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap after handling the horses and pets. 
  • When around the barn, you must always: 
  • Be kind to ALL, especially younger children. 
  • Look both ways before crossing through any doorway. 
  • Return all barn items to proper place before leaving. 
  • Be helpful and respectful to everyone in the barn (instructors, adults, and other children). 
  • Use your manners (Yes ma’am and No Ma’am. Please and Thank you) 
  • When at Stables: 
  • Always look both ways before crossing through any door way. 
  • NEVER run or yell. 
  • Parents, sitters or family members must keep siblings in their care while watching lessons. 
  • Leave bicycles, scooters, noisy toys and pets at home. 
  • Smoking and open flames are prohibited anywhere on the farm.


  • One helper must hold a whip and be the spotter. The spotter’s job is to scare away all horses 
  • that might get in the way or hurt a helper who is haltering a horse. A spotter scans the pasture at all times to protect the helper haltering the horse. 
  • When the spotter deems it safe, the other helper may then approach the horse to be haltered, slip the rope around its neck, and then pull the halter over the horse’s ears. 
  • It is the responsibility of BOTH the spotter and the horse catcher to watch ALL other horses in the pasture and beware. WE NEVER APPROACH A HORSE THAT IS SURROUNDED BY OTHER HORSES. WE ALWAYS USE OUR WHIP TO SCARE OFF THE OTHER HORSES SO THAT WE MAY APPROACH SAFELY. 
  • We never approach the gate to leave the pasture until the spotter has cleared the area of ALL horses. 
  • All gates must be closed and latched after leaving the pasture. 
  • NEVER enter the pasture while the horses are being fed. 
  • Barn Helper Chores 
  • Make sure that all horses are ready before their lesson-‐correct bridle and saddle. Be aware of any saddle changes that may take place throughout the day!
  • This includes ALL of the instructors’ horses!!!! 
  • Scoop manure at every opportunity throughout the day. 
  • Check the water and see if there is water.
  • It is much more efficient to get the horses ready if the tack room is clean and organized. As the day goes on, neatly place equipment in its proper place and straighten up the room if you see that anything is out of place. 
  • Sweaty saddle pads are to be placed wet-‐side up on the metal saddle racks to air out. 
  • At the end of the lesson day, all manure must be cleaned out of all of the stalls, all equipment put away in its proper place, water buckets are to be dumped out, and tack room is to be straightened up. 
  • Make sure that you check the Lesson Horse list on the white board to make sure if there are any specific instructions for the turn-‐out of a horse and the correct field. 


  • Sweep the Tack Rooms. 
  • Sweep the Lobby. 
  • Sweep the kitchen. 
  • Sweep the Office. 
  • Wipe down sinks in bathroom. 
  • Check toilet paper and paper towels and restock if needed. 
  • Pick up all trash 
  • Empty ALL trash cans (Bathroom, lobby, kitchen, office)


(2) ASAW Scholarship-- $3,000 graduating high school senior

ASAW Scholarship-- $2,000

UPHA Maria Knight Scholarship $10,000


UPHA Ribbons of Service Program for Saddle seat Equitation Riders

UPHA Challenge Cup

Junior Judging

American Saddlebred International Youth Program

ASHA Saddle Time

Pleasure Olympics Point Tabulation Form

Saddle & Bridle American Saddlebred Pleasure Medallion Class—Senior 

Saddle & Bridle American Saddlebred Pleasure Medallion Class—Junior

Equestrian Colleges with Saddleseat Riding

UW- Madison Madison, WI (our Stables is nearby)

William Woods Fulton, MO

Stephens College Columbia, MO

Volunteer Opportunities

Yes we love to support and watch a young person grow by helping out at the stables.  Just fill out the form  to 

what your best Qualities and how you can help at the stables. Saturday's are days for volunteering. 

Important Information — Policies- 
    •    No Membership Fee
    •    Year around Riding Programs are given in our heated Indoor arena or in one of our unique multiple outdoor riding venues.   We are able to ride in any kind of weather Wisconsin brings our way!
    •    Lessons are offered 7 days a week along with evening hours. Check Calendar/Events for times.
    •    To schedule a lesson, Fill out the form on the page of what lesson you're looking into.
    •    Payments are due beginning of the lessons; we accept Cash, checks, Credit Cards; MasterCard, Visa, Discover — Pay Pal
    •    If a rider arriving late for a lesson will receive a shortened lesson but will still be responsible for the full cost of the lesson.
    •    Each rider learns new skills at his and her own pace.
    •    Proper Attire
    •    All riders must sign Liability waiver
    •    All riders must review, sign and follow barn rules
    •    All lesson packages, except the four consecutive lesson package option, must be used within 1 year from the date of purchase.  The four consecutive lesson package must be used within 30 days of purchase.
Cell phones are not allowed in the stables at anytime unless authorized by the owner or instructor of the barn.  Please leave your cell phone in your car or you may check it in at the stable store.  We are very strict about this policy, because we want to ensure the safety of all riders and horses.
Cancellation Policy-Madison Riding Academy requires 24 hour notice to cancel a riding lesson.  Failure to give 24 hour notice will result in forfeiture of lesson time and fee.  No refund or credit will be given for failure to cancel or complete a lesson session.
Increment Weather Plan--If there is bad weather we will follow the Madison protocol.

We would love to meet you. The horses are waiting! 
Looking forward on making your goals and dreams to come true!