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

Youth Programs

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
Cell Phone Policy -  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.

Lesson Policies - 
All riders need boots and helmets
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.
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.​​

ATTIRE for RIDING PROGRAMS --- Lessons, Camps, Parties, Scouts, Troops and Competitions


Types of Youth Riding Programs we offer:
LUNGE LINE LESSONS --- Is one of the most important lessons to take. It teaches you balance and how to properly position your body while riding. With English riding you have to train your body how to be in the correct position because it doesn’t come naturally for most people. Lunge lessons stretch and tighten your riding muscles to build up strength and muscle memory. After just a few lessons you will begin to see a huge improvement in balance and the way you move with the horse. These lessons are what takes any rider to the next level. All world champion equitation riders have to take lunge lessons every day to get to the level they are at. 

TINY TOT LESSONS --- Ages 4-6 year olds


HORSE & PONY EXPERIENCE -- Best for ages Young child(ren) -- 9 years old

GROUP Riding LESSONS -- Advancing your riding skills and with companions sharing your LOVE with the horses.  Group lessons are a great way learn while riding and having other in the lessons.  Usually not anymore than 6 people in a lesson with ALL level of riders and horses. 

PRIVATE Riding LESSON --- One to One Riding Riding Lesson instruction. Work on one skills with Rider, Horse & Instructor as a team.  Schedule private lesson Sunday- Saturday at the Stables with an instructor. $80 per an hour

PATTERN CLASS --- 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. Once a month on Sunday's.

HARNESS / DRIVING LESSONS --- How to learn or fine tune your 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.


DAY CAMPS -- HOLIDAY'S AND SUMMER CAMP


RIDING INSTRUCTOR APPRENTICE PROGRAM --RIA


FRIDAY AMATEUR FUN NIGHT-- Tiny tot thru Adult learn the STEPS and taking the time to embrace your passion with YOU and the Horse.


LEISURE OUTDOOR RIDING -- ages 7 - Adults outdoor Sunday rides in Spring and Fall


VOLUNTEERING INFORMATION -- ages 9 - Adults helping at the stables on Saturdays

TOURNAMENTS - For Riders from the Riding Programs at our stables.

SHOWING/Competitions-- The horse show 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.  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.  The competition itself builds sportsmanship and character.  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.Type your paragraph here.