EquiLux Showjumping

EquiLux Showjumping

5.0 (2)
1 employee
4 years in business

About this pro

Here at EquiLux Showjumping I want to provide the best care for both you and your horse. From beginner to advanced riders. I strive to make your riding experience fun, safe, postitive, and educational. 

Please note: I do NOT teach western or do trail rides. Lessons only.

Horses have been my heart and soul since I was a child. I have such great memories, friends, and accomplishments because of this sport. I enjoy teaching others and seeing students achieve their goals.

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Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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2 Reviews


  • Debbie

    Melissa has been riding since she was very young and showing in jumpers etc. she knows the correct way to teach while having fun learning

  • Olivia Terra

    Melissa is extremely talented and professional, my niece loves her lessons with Melissa, she’s the best and we always look forward to her lesson as the best part of the week!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

When working with new students I like to ask if they had any previous training, any goals they may have, and what they would like to accomplish.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I started riding when I was 5 years old at J. Alden Enterprises in Huntington Beach, CA. My first instructor was the mother of the well accomplished Grand Prix rider, Richard Spooner. Riding at JAE we were very focused on taking great care of your horse and tack. I learned a great responsibility there and even got my first pony, Mouse, when I was 6 years old. 

I continued my training in hunters and equitation. I became an excellent equitation rider with numerous wins, but my dream was to compete in jumpers! When I was 12 I wanted to change gears and focus on jumpers! But if I was going to do so I still had to continue my equitation training. I would go on to compete in all three disciplines: hunters, equitation, and jumpers. I had 3 horses by the time I was 14 and dedicated my life to riding and showing ever since. There’s nothing I love more in this world than horses and riding. It’s my dream, my love, and passion.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$60 per lesson. Lesson packages available. All lessons are private.

How did you get started teaching?

Growing up I would spend my summers in Costa Rica. When in Costa Rica I worked as a guide for trail riding through the Amazon jungle. Another part of my job was training the new trail horses to get used to the jungle environment. From crossing rivers, navigating tunnels, then on to galloping on the beache! I loved my time in Costa Rica!. I also worked as a trail guide in Aruba riding Paso Finos.

I officially started teaching in California in 2014 at Vogel Equine and Sabo Eventing with Brian and Lisa Sabo. At both Vogel and Sabo I taught beginner lessons to show jumping, cross country, and dressage. I would also school/train horses and ponies for those barns.

I also import horses from around the world to train and resell. I have several horses currently showing in the US that I’ve sold that are doing really well in the show world!

My family owns a 27+ acre ranch in Heber Valley, Utah that has space for retired and rescued horses.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all ages and levels. I also have  experience working with special needs children. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

When my student got her first horse. It was a really special occasion as well as a big step in her riding career. It made me so happy to see her from the start and now owning her first horse.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Be open and honest about your feelings and goals. Discuss what you want to accomplish and set goals. Try different barns, training programs, and disciplines. Find a trainer you trust and enjoy working with. I know that’s strange to hear from someone wanting to make money but it’s true! You need to find what barn and trainer make you the happiest and best. Having an open and honest relationship with your trainer builds a better bond and communication. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Riding and taking care of horses is A LOT OF HARD WORK. But SO worth it! Be prepared to get dirty, smelly, sweaty, and a bit sore (just like any new activity) Let me know if something makes you uncomfortable and we’ll try to work around it. If you have allergies or any major medical issues please disclose any medical needs that I may need to know. Safe happy riders and horses are number 1.

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