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

Our mission at the Madison Riding Academy is to create a meaningful and memorable experience between the horse and horse lover.  We believe that people who are passionate about horses are kindred spirits.  Children and adults alike, who learn to ride, care for and show horses acquire unparalleled life and leadership skills.

Madison Riding Academy is dedicated to teaching students how to do the following:

  • Learn as much as they can about horses and riding
  • Build self esteem and confidence
  • Instill a sense of personal responsibility and integrity 
  • Show empathy and kindness for both horses and humankind
  • Develop a strong work ethic
  • Act in a competitive and sportsman-like way
  • AND most importantly......Have fun! 


We are committed to providing excellent service and holding ourselves to the highest safety standards all while continuously trying to find ways to innovate our horse riding program.
We always keep at the forefront of our minds, that we are role models for our riders, and loving stewards of our horses.  Each day as we work with our  riders and the horses, we never forget that this work is an absolute gift, honor and privilege.

Horses are the foundation on which our students are able to grow and develop into confidant, productive, happy and successful members of 
society.

The Benefits of Riding Horses

  • Physical exercise
  • Psychological health
  • Therapeutic benefits
  • Relaxing
  • Creative expression
  • Confidence
  • Awareness of self and surroundings
  • Self Esteem
  • Independence
  • Character development
  • Responsibility
  • Work Ethic
  • Camaraderie 
  • Social skills
  • Competitiveness 
  • Team building
  • Fun


As you can see, some benefits are obvious, while others may have surprised you.  We would like to share one of our rider's journey's with you, as well as, a parent's perspective.  

Madison Riding Academy provides English Saddle Seat instruction for all riding levels from beginner to advanced.  We have a nice selection of American Saddlebred horses that can accommodate any rider.  

About our Lesson Horses! They vary in skill and temperament from those suited for very beginners to those suited for riders who compete nationally.
    1    Our Goal is to keep our everyone safe.  
    2    Our second goal is to make everyone experience FUN and incredibly enjoyable.  
    3    Our third goal is to help our riders to  achieve their own personal horsemanship goals -whatever that may be!

Pleasure horses do 3 gaits; walk, trot & canter
5-gaited horses do; walk, trot, canter, slow gait & rack.

Lessons
Year round lessons 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!

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.
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 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.
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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.
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 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.
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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!


Types of Youth Riding Programs we offer:

4-H Program -- AGES: 9 - 18 years old educate and help for kids that are in 4-H. 


Amateur Night — Learn the Steps and taking the time to embrace your passion with YOU and the Horse.  AGES: 4 years old - ADULT

Clinics at the Stables

Day Camps —  Spend the day at the stables; watch, learn, ride, and Having FUN!


Drill Team Program AGES: 10 years old  - ADULTS — Performance on horseback with synchronized movements to music. 

Evaluation Lesson AGES: 4 years old - ADULTS —“Report Card” One Rider to One instructor

Group Lessons AGES: 4 years old - ADULTS— Advancing you're riding skills and with companions sharing your LOVE with the horses and barn family.

Usually not anymore than 6 people in a lesson with ALL level of riders and horses.

HARNESS / DRIVING LESSONS AGES: 7 years old - ADULTS— How to learn or fine tune you're driving a horse.  1 hour with grooming, tacking and driving. Fee $80.--  Restriction(s) You must be at least 7 years old to participate in driving. All lessons are  one on one individual instruction.

Home Schooling AGES: 4 years old - ADULTS — Horse riding for families/children that are home schooled.

Horse Bowl Team AGES: 8 years old - ADULTS — Focus on equine knowledge ask and answer.


Horse & Pony Experience --AGES: Younger Children - 9 years old -- Introductory around the Horse and ponies.  Two hour experience. 

Horsemanship Challenge Cup AGES: 7 years old - ADULT Equitation Rail work and Trot serpentine Pattern Judged event ---Walk-Trot ---  Walk-Trot-Canter Division. 

Leisure Riding AGES: 7 years old - ADULT — Walking guided tour on Sundays. 

Lunge Line Lesson AGES 4 years old - ADULT — Is one of the BEST important lessons to take. It teaches you balance and how to properly position your body while riding. These lessons are what takes any rider to the next level. 

Musical Lessons AGES: 7 years old - ADULT— Rhythm and riding go hand-in-hand riding lessons. 

Parent & Child Riding Lessons AGES: 4 years old - ADULT — Family Time and togetherness enjoying the equine. 

Parties & Groups —Information AGES: Younger ages - ADULTS

Pattern Class  AGES: 8 years old - ADULTS — This class is to work on one to one with the horse, demonstrating/dressage movements executing patterns.  If you want to improve on your skills this is a great class.

Private Riding Lessons  AGES: 4 years old - ADULT— One Rider to One Instructor.

Saddle Seat Showmanship Stables Cup  AGES: 11 years old - ADULTS— Equitation Rail work and Pattern — Judge event

Showing/Competitions — Horse shows is the proving ground for American Saddlebreds, men and women compete on an equal footing, and as the skills of a rider progress, shows offer opportunities to participate in “big league” athletic competition.   Entire families participate in the sport, and the opportunity to travel and show together is often mentioned as one of the best experiences of owning a SADDLEBRED.


"Stable" Mates --AGES: 14 - ADULTS Educate and learning what "Horses" take

Tack Cleaning AGES: 7 years old - ADULTS —Help/Volunteer at the stables cleaning tack. 


Tiny Tot Lessons -- AGES: 4-6 year olds Group riding at affordable learning.

Tournament AGES: Younger children - ADULTS — Riders in our riding programs can test themselves. Learn More… 

Volunteer Information AGES: 11 years old - ADULT— Giving a helping hand at the stables on Saturdays. 


​Youth Club --Educate and promote "Horse Events" monthly activities. 

Youth Programs