The Riding Academy

The Riding Academy

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At Carlisle Riding Academy, we offer traditional instruction in dressage, eventing, hunt seat equitation, as well Centered Riding and Para-Dressage. The Academy is a designated U.S. Pony Club Riding Center, providing formal youth programs utilizing their well-respected horse management and equestrian sports curriculum. Additionally, Carlisle Academy operates as a USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Center of Excellence, specializing 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. 

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Services Provided

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Community Lesson Program

Our community lesson program teaches a variety of equestrian sports and horse care skills in a fun, safe, and inclusive way. As a designated U.S. Pony Club Riding Center, our teaching principles are built around the practices and proficiencies of the U.S. Pony Club curriculum. Traditional education in dressage, eventing, hunter seat equitation and horse management is offered in various formats. 

Read more on our Community Lesson Program.

Pony Club & Little Boots Programs

Carlisle Academy is honored to be named a United States Pony Club Riding Center. Pony Club is a leading equestrian organization and offers community equestrians access to internationally-recognized mounted and unmounted horsemanship curricula following Pony Club standards of proficiencies. Our Pony Club programs include the traditional format for the motivated rider, in addition to introductory programs like Little Boots. All programs take place at the Academy and are led by Carlisle’s nationally certified teaching staff. Riders who participate in Carlisle’s Pony Club programs typically sign up for weekly riding lessons in the Community Lesson Program.

Read more on our Pony Club and Little Boots Programs.

Para-Dressage Program 

As a USEF 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. 

Read more on our Para-Dressage Program.

Community Clinics, Training Camps & Horse Shows

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.

Ground-Based Horsemanship

 During this Four-Part Series: Introduction to Ground Work, participants will learn beneficial horsemanship skills from greeting their horse in the paddock to turn out after the ride. We will cover various ground work exercises that can be used prior to mounted time.

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Summer Junior Equestrian Camp

Carlisle Academy’s Summer Equestrian Camp is both mounted and unmounted instruction in a fun learning environment. The Academy is a registered US Pony Club Riding Center that follows the Pony Club Curriculum. Each morning is an opportunity for a group mounted lesson focused on skills and safety, while unmounted time is spent learning about horse care including nutrition, hoof and shoeing, and stable management. Campers are assisted by upper-level Pony Club members as well as Carlisle instructors. Crafts, water games, and many more summer activities are included.

Download Summer Equestrian Camp Flyer »

Pony Parties at the Farm

 A birthday celebration is a great way to introduce horses, farm animals and farm life to young children – and at Carlisle Academy, we specialize in programs that do just that! Our Pony Parties include a variety of activities (both mounted and unmounted) to make every occasion special. 

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For more information, contact the office at 207-985-0374, or email your inquiry to