Ascend Equestrian / Premier Hunter Jumper Trainer in Oakland, Michigan

Ascend Equestrian is a premier full-service Hunter/ Jumper/ Equitation facility specializing in boarding, training, lessons, shows, and sales/ leases. With our convenient location in Oakland Township, Michigan, we are just 5 minutes from downtown Lake Orion, 10 minutes north of Rochester, and 13 minutes from I-75, making us an easy drive from Oakland, Genessee, and Macomb county.

Horses and riders receive individualized attention and quality instruction to help ensure continuous improvement and success in the show ring. Our trainers maintain a careful balance between fun and the hard work and discipline necessary to promote optimal improvement. Our focus is on ensuring the horse is properly conditioned and trained for optimal performance, and the rider is educated on developing the best possible partnership with the horse.

Our training philosophy focuses on teaching students not only to be successful show riders but also to become successful horsewomen and men. At Ascend Equestrian, we believe that horsemanship starts on the ground and the most successful riders are horsewomen and horsemen first. Riders are taught proper care for the elite equine athlete and encouraged to take an active role in training and caring for their horses. Qualified riders are encouraged to participate in our working student program, which allows riders to help with horse care in the barn and hone their skills.
Emphasis is placed on having a correct and effective rider position as “form follows function”. Flatwork and position are honed in the first 30 minutes of our lessons, with the remaining 30 minutes of lessons dedicated to jumping or ground poles. At Ascend Equestrian, we are careful to not overwork our horses and believe in regular ground pole lessons to reduce strain and occurrence of injury in our horses.

Riders benefit from our head trainer, Sarah Robertson’s, background in Psychology as they learn the necessary mental discipline and focus to reach the highest levels of riding and competition. A heavy emphasis is placed on having active open communication on training issues, thoroughly discussing the topics covered in lessons, and creating understanding on the goals for lessons.

We combine our lessons with reading material, videos (both educational and of oneself) and demonstration rides in order to provide a well-rounded learning experience that is suitable for all learning types. Riders and parents are encouraged to participate in regular meetings with training staff to discuss rider goals, help riders set attainable goals, and create a plan for achieving their goals.

Horses in training benefit from our trainers’ extensive knowledge of horse biomechanics and corrective techniques and exercises. Our goal is not only to train the horse, but to strengthen, condition, and balance the horse in order to ensure optimal health and performance. Training Sessions are combined with lunging, free lunging, sports medicine, chiropractic care, Bemer treatments, supplements and nutrition to create a happier and healthier horse.

All training rides are performed by or under the guidance of our head trainer, Sarah Robertson. Our trainers serve as each other’s eyes from the ground and the three of them work together to maximize a horse’s training and potential. Horses benefit from having three knowledgeable professionals overseeing their training and care needs and clients have peace of mind knowing that there is always a trainer on staff to provide lessons and training rides at home during competitions.


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