All students begin with a 1/2 hr private evaluation lesson. Riders remain in private lessons until they are able to walk and trot comfortably on their own, then they are eligible for a group. Lessons are tailored to individual rider needs and goals. With our emphasis on safety, groups do not exceed six people (beginner groups are smaller).
Teaching for the last 20+yrs has enabled us to develop a large, well- rounded group of school horses and ponies. They have all been carefully selected to offer students a variety of learning experiences.
Other programs we offer:
• Horsemanship classes where students learn all about horses and horse care
• Summer camps
• Working student possibilities
It's time to ride!
Also check out our summer camps which are now open for registration for Summer 2021
Lesson and Lease Horses
We have an amazing English (Hunter/Jumper) lesson program that focuses not just on riding but also horsemanship and the connection between horse and rider. We teach every level from beginner to advanced (also the rusty!) and teach both children and adults. Private and group classes are available. Our schedule is very flexible and we have classes in the evenings and on weekends.
Our years of experience have allowed us to develop an large and versatile group of horses and ponies for our leasing and lesson programs.
Click on the horses below to meet our team!
Age: 15 | Color: buckskin
Maggie is a perfect pony for everything from a beginning rider’s first lessons to teaching more advanced riders to jump and horseshow. She enjoys cookies and carrots, but watch out because she is a slobbery eater! Though she is not very tall, she is very fluffy and has enough hair for a full-sized horse!
Age: 17 | Color: Grey
Phantom is a barn favorite because his fluffy white coat, comfortable gaits and great work ethic. These combined with his sweet and playful personality make him like a giant marshmallow! Despite his larger size, young riders feel confident on Phantom because of his super smooth trot and canter. He is also great for adults and is a very versatile member of our school horse team.
Age: 14 | Color: Chestnut
Ty is part of our amazing team of lease ponies. He is just barely small enough to count as a pony, making him a great size for kids moving up off a shorter pony or small adults. Though he may seem lazy at home, Ty’s favorite thing to do is horseshow. He is unbeatable and has been champion almost everywhere we take him.
Age: 14 | Color: Grey
Blue is a wonderful lease and lesson horse. His relaxed and willing attitude make him an amazing teacher. Blue is the perfect match for riders looking start cantering, jumping and competing in horse shows. Blue always makes his riders feel confident and successful, making him a big favorite around the barn!
Age: 22 | Color: chestnut
Mayfield is one of our most popular lesson ponies because he makes everything seem easy! Mayfield always tries hard to do exactly what his rider asks, and his past career as a dressage horse means he is extremely well trained. Mayfield is such a pro we can use him for anything from our pony adventures to our leasing program.
Age: 19 | Color: grey
Sport is one of our most popular lease horses. He's perfect for kids or adults just learning how to jump and show. He is very patient with his riders, giving them the opportunity to gain confidence and skills. Sport loves going to horse shows and is always a winner in the cross-rails and short stirrup divisions.
Age: 18 | Color: chestnut
We don't like to choose "favorites" at Mark West, but Velvet will always hold a special place in our hearts. Velvet is one of a kind! Very sweet and gentle, she treats every child like they're her own. Velvet can do everything, but is particularly good at helping young or timid riders gain confidence. Be sure to give Velvet a pet when you meet her- she got her name because she has the softest hair in the barn!
Age: 16 | Color: chestnut
Apollo is gentle enough to teach our smallest riders, but is big enough for the adults as well! This sweet guy wouldn't hurt a fly and has a very laid back attitude. Apollo's gaits are super smooth and comfortable which makes it easy for his riders to pick things up quickly. We wouldn't be able to run our programs without him!
Age: 16 Color: Chestnut
Maddie is one of our littlest school ponies, but makes up for her small size with a big heart. She is very talented and had career as a show pony, but is also happy to teach new young riders. When not working Maddie loves being brushed and
spending time out in the pasture with her best friend Twinkle.
Age: 17 | Color: Chestnut
As the smallest member of our school horse team, Papaya is “fun sized” and perfect for younger riders. From years of practice as a show pony, she has a great attitude and is an excellent teacher for kids ready to start their riding career. Even though she is little, Papaya is still mighty and bosses around the bigger ponies in her pasture!
Age: 16 | Color: Grey
Razzy is one of our more advanced lesson horses and is a great lease option for kids who want to jump and show. He has one of the most comfortable canters in the barn. His size makes him a perfect for kids moving up off a smaller pony. Even though he has the skills for a more advanced rider, Razzy still knows how to have fun in summer camps and pony adventures.
Age: 8 | Color: Appaloosa
Charlie Brown is such a special horse we brought him here all the way from Germany. He is very comfortable to ride and makes everyone feel safe and confident. Also, Charlie's unique coloring makes him really stand out among the other horses.
Age: 14 | Color: dark bay
Theo is a wonderful teacher. His long career as a show horse makes him great as a first horse for learning to jump and show. He is very patient and his friendly personality makes him a favorite. Though Theo is one of our biggest school horses, he is a gentle giant at heart!
Age: 13 | Color: dapple grey
Laddee has been a favorite pony from the day we found him. His talent and sweet easy going personality make him the perfect pony. He is a great leasing pony for a kid serious about taking their riding career to the next level. Laddee loves going to horse shows and always brings home blue ribbons!
Age: 17 | Color: Appaloosa
Height: 12. 2
Jonathan is a great pony for kids to have their first riding experiences with! His small size and sweet nature make him a favorite. Jonathan excels in our camps and pony adventures. Because of his unique appaloosa patter coloring, Jonathan always stands out!