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Equestrian Center

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At the Equestrian Center, we offer traditional instruction in dressage, eventing, hunt seat equitation, as well Centered Riding. As a U.S. Pony Club Riding Center, we provide formal youth programs as well as their well-respected horse management curriculum. .

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Additionally, as a named U.S. Para-Dressage Center of Excellence, Carlisle Academy specializes in the sport of para-dressage for emerging athletes and coaches through ongoing instruction and first-rate clinics. 

Carlisle has a team of nationally certified instructors providing both educational and competitive opportunities in these horse sports. Please see our staff page for more information on each coach. 

Services Provided

Traditional Instruction – Weekly Lessons

Riders choose the type of instruction they prefer with a choice of dressage, eventing, hunt seat equitation, or centered riding. 45-minute private lessons or one-hour group lessons include a short groom and tack up portion. Riders who participate in Carlisle’s formal Pony Club or Little Boots Program typically sign up for weekly riding lessons. 

Para-Dressage Program 

As a USEF/USPEA Para-Equestrian Center of Excellence, Carlisle is proud to serve emerging athletes in Para-Dressage with ongoing instruction with Carlisle’s resident Silver Level USEF Para-Dressage Coach, as well as visiting Dressage and Para-Dressage clinicians. Riders may choose to attend clinics only or participate in ongoing instruction for 45-minute private sessions on trained school horses. 

Pony Club Youth Program

The formal Pony Club Youth Program is the foundation of the Pony Club experience. It is offered year-round and is open to youth ages 8-18. All programs take place at the Academy and are led by Carlisle’s nationally certified teaching staff. Please see here for more information on our Pony Club Youth Program.

Little Boots Program

This program is designed for the young equestrian, ages 5-7, as an introduction to horse care and the unmounted horse management education which is foundational for the Pony Club standards. Please see here for more information.

Horse Management Classes

These group classes are designed for adults in the community who want to learn the US Pony Club SOPs (standards of proficiency) in unmounted horsemanship topics such as first aid and nutrition, feet and shoeing, saddle and tack fit, and teeth and dentistry. The HM curriculum is offered with certificates of learning through the Pony Club levels. Please see more information on the flyer.

Horse Lease Program

Carlisle Academy has horses available for lease packages. This offers our independent Carlisle riders (equivalent to Pony Club D3 HM and up) the opportunity to spend extra time with a horse appropriate to their riding level. It also helps students to expand their horsemanship and riding skills, while building a partnership with the same horse over time. A lease means that a rider is committing to a specific horse on the same days every week for set practice time blocks and set scheduled lessons. Please see here for more details. 

Community Clinics & Training Camps

Carlisle Academy offers ongoing clinics and training camps for the Carlisle community to benefit recreational riders, dressage trainers, para-dressage athletes and Pony Clubbers. Local, national and international clinicians come to the Academy throughout the year. Please visit our Calendar Page for more information.

For more information, contact the office at 207-985-0374, or email your inquiry to info@carlisleacademymaine.com.