Though Command Performance has been blessed with a lot of success in the show ring at the local, regional and national levels, we place a strong emphasis on having fun and teaching. We are fortunate to be able to do what we love and that our Academy program has really taken off over the years.
In addition to time spent on horseback, we feel it is equally important to learn the care and preparation of the horse prior to and after riding, so most of the time the student will also be involved in the grooming and tacking up process as well as untacking and grooming after the ride.
Lessons on an Academy horse will begin with the rider on a lunge line so that the teacher can assess the rider's level of ability. Many beginning riders will spend several lessons on the line as they learn balance and feel of the horse and gain comfort and confidence on horseback. We focus on the basics of stop, start, turn and balance. Again, the goal is learning in a fun and safe environment!
We have several lesson horses who are excellent teachers and we like students to have the opportunity to ride different horses as each is unique and has a lot to teach.
Feel free to call Tim directly at 360-901-2854 or email him at
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What should I wear to my lesson?
All riders are required to wear some sort of a boot with a heel and ankle support. No tennis shoes will be allowed. In the event a rider shows up with inappropriate footwear they will still be allowed to ride, but not with their feet in the stirrups. Long pants (jeans) are recommended and snugger is better than loose - fewer rubs! All riders under age 18 are required to wear a helmet (a bicycle or other athletic helmet will work). Riders over age 18 are encouraged to wear a helmet also.
- What age rider is allowed?
Any age of rider is welcome so long as they are able to focus and participate for the length of the lesson. Many children start around 5 or 6 and we have adults in their 70's and 80's who still enjoy riding.
- What if the weather is bad?
Lessons are primarily done in our indoor arena so we ride even in rain, but the arena can be chilly so we encourage everyone to bundle up in cool weather.
- Can I take photos?
Absolutely! We want you to be able to relive and remember your lesson experience and we will do what we can to help you get that priceless shot.
- Can I bring my dog?
While we are dog lovers as well as horse lovers, we ask you to leave your canine family members at home.
- Is there somewhere I can watch the lesson?
Yes, we have an indoor viewing area at one end of the arena. Our viewing area is frequented by our loveable barn cats so beware of dust as well as cat hair!
- Is there a restroom?
Yes, there is an indoor bathroom in the barn.