Ascend Equestrian / Premier Riding Instructor in Oakland, Michigan

Ascend Equestrian was founded on the principle of family, friends, and providing a safe environment in which to learn and have fun. We focus on building a well-rounded horseperson by not only teaching students to ride, but also providing lessons in horsemanship, sportsmanship and showmanship. It is with this focus that we build successful riders who are competitive both at the local and national levels and contenders at national finals year after year.

Ascend Equestrian offers a comprehensive lesson program for children and adults ages 6 and up, from beginner to advanced levels. Our lesson program features small classes with no more than four riders in a lesson at a time, scheduled according to age and level, providing individualized quality instruction for all riders. In order to provide a safe environment that is conducive to learning, there are never more than five clients riding in the arena at a time, a feature that is unique to our training program.

Beginner riders start off in a private lesson to learn the basics of steering, controls, and position, before progressing to a semi-private lesson. Lessons are grouped according to level, age and height jumping in order to maximize progress.

Our lesson times are as follows:

Private Lessons- 30 minutes
Semi Private with 2 riders- 45 minutes
Semi Private with 3-4 riders- 1 hour

In addition to time spent in the saddle, riders should plan to spend an additional 30-45 minutes before their lesson and 30 minutes to an hour after their lesson grooming, tacking, bathing, grazing, and caring for their horses. Initially, this process will be guided by one of our instructors or working students, with the goal of creating independent knowledgeable horsewomen and men who can care for their own mounts.

We offer several safe, quality school horses of all sizes, skills, and levels from beginner to advanced. We treat our school horses like our top show horses, providing for the best possible experience for our riders on horses that are happy, healthy and ready to perform their best for their lessons. Our school horses are never ridden more than 5 days per week and not more than once per day and have access to the same top care provided to our show horses.

We invite new clients to schedule an evaluation lesson to meet our horses and instructors and learn just how fabulous our lesson program is. This evaluation lesson also serves as an opportunity for our trainers to assess our new clients’ riding and ensure that we can provide the best possible horse and lesson suitable to their needs and goals. After the initial evaluation lesson, riders are required to sign up for a minimum of one lesson per week in order to continue in our program.

In addition to our lesson program, we offer several quality horses for lease, half lease, and quarter lease for those looking to take their riding to the next level.


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