Freedom Riders Academy

Freedom Riders Academy

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Our rescue barn stands out in many ways. We offer a variety of different types of lessons. We currently offer Hunt seat equitation, hunter jumper and dressage. We also offer trail ride lessons with your trainer. We teach our riders the many aspects of caring fir them, such as grooming, tacking, nutrition, anatomy, basic vetting skills and more.  Our goal is to join horses and humans to have a long lasting healthy and happy relationship.

I have enjoyed horses since I was a young girl. There's something about the majestic horse that speaks to my spirit. I have always felt their love and compassion and have had the privilege of caring for and riding them. I enjoy teaching others about horses and their individual needs. I enjoy teaching students how to ride safely and knowledgeably. Horses are a wonderful way to reconnect with nature and the simplicity of life. Often in this super busy world we loose track of the importance of being calm and happy. We have a peaceful happy barn with loving horses and wonderful people.

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  • Christina

    Our family visited Freedom Riders Academy with our 4 year old daughter. We had a great time grooming and taking care of the horses. Our daughters lessons was very good. Her instructor took the time to explain everything and she had a wonderful experience. We recommend FRA. They are very knowledgeable and the horses are well trained and safe. The staff is very nice and accommodating.

  • Neal

    I learned about Freedom Riders Academy through I have been riding with FRA for the past 3 years!! It is an amazing place with the most wonderful horses and positive experienced instructors. From the very first conversation I had with Alison I knew that I would feel welcomed and at home upon visiting the barn. I was introduced to each horse and told their story. I was shown the facility and introduced to my riding instructor. I was able to watch other adult lessons so that I could see the program at work. There was full transparency in all aspects of the program in which I value immensely. I have consistently progressed as a rider and a horseman. I have confidence in riding and in the care of horses.I have learned too much to list. I love the program and the people that I decided to volunteer each week. I have received a huge amount of fulfillment from being a part of FRA . I have seen Alison work with scared and timid riders and turn them right around to be confident riders and people. I am blessed to have such a positive and excellent place in my life. I highly recommend FRA and Alison and the rest of the staff.

  • Neal

    I really like the over all atmosphere at Freedom Riders. I like that you are welcomed when you arrive and that the instructors are genuinely glad to see you. I also like having the opportunity to have a real relationship with the horse you ride. Alison encourages you to visit on your off days and hand graze or groom if you like. It’s a great experience. FRA is not snobby or judgmental. FRA is a welcoming community of nice people and excellent instruction.

  • Robert

    Our daughter started riding at Freedom Riders Academy a couple of months ago. She is distance learning for middle school and needed a place to safely experience. Alison’s riding instruction is excellent. She is patient and very positive. Our daughter has found some new friends and feels very comfortable. We are so happy we chose FRA and highly recommend their riding program.

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

Upon getting a new student we evaluate their knowledge base of horses and their riding ability. We do this through conversation and working with the new student while grooming and tacking. If our new student is a green beginner we start them from the foundational basics of grooming and tacking and usually a lunge lesson. If however the new student is returning to riding we review skills and evaluate riding ability. We have horses of all levels at Freedom Riders Academy. We teach the basic beginner to the advanced rider in both dresssge and hunter. We also offer trail rides to our monthly students.

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

I have been involved with horses for over 48 years of my life. I started riding at Fort Lauderdale riding school with Estaire Berkeley riding saddlebreds. I then moved to a barn Dancing Horse Farms where I learned dressage from a variety of instructors mostly from Europe. I became very interested in 3 day eventing in which I moved in with my riding instructor Nancy Baker at Forrest Brooke in Pennsylvania. I rode in the tristate area for 2 years then graduated HS. I received a scholarship to be on the equestrian team at William Woods College in Mo. I rode for the team showing all over the Midwest. After college I began working for Diana Rankin a USET silver medalist riding and training her dressage prospects. After a 2 year period with her I began working for Micheal Poulin the USET coach for dressage for many years. I got married and started my family. After our last child I began to ride again. Seeing the issues with abandoned and abused horses I decided to start a rescue and riding academy. We have been rescuing horses and teaching riders fir the past 12 years. 

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

We are based on a monthly fee. We receive payment on the first week of each month. We do offer an initial lesson so the rider may test drive our program and services.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching when I was 10 years old at Ft. Lauderdale Riding School. I always had a desire to share my knowledge of horses. I started teaching riding lessons for FRA 12 years ago. I have taught hundreds of riders throughout the years . I am also a retired classroom teacher. Teaching is in my bones I love to share.

What types of students have you worked with?

I teach all levels and all types of students. Our youngest is age 3 to our seniors at age 73! Being a retired teacher with ESE certification I have taught students on the spectrum and had a wonderful success with their riding experience. I have also taught riders with various handicaps from deafness to physical handicaps. I am confident with riders who suffer from anxiety or fear from past experiences. I have also worked with victims of violent crimes and horrible circumstances. I believe horses can heal many things especially the troubled mind and soul. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently acquired a student on the spectrum. She is nonverbal. Her Mother reached out to me having had a negative experience at a different barn. The young student was a challenge at first to focus and get a positive response out of. The mounting proposed an issue with her body being stiff and her not understanding. After a few minutes of modeling and patiently waiting we were able to successfully mount. When I looked up at her she was laughing! She was so joyous and so light hearted. He laugh was music! My heart soared. With in minutes we were in the arena working around the cones ang ground rails we had set up. 
Caitie is a joy to teach each week. Her smile and enthusiasm is far better than ANY words could ever describe. The highlight of my week is teaching Caitie. 

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

I would advise you to go and see the barn and view the program if possible. Most riding instructors will welcome you to come and watch and after ask questions. Take an initial lesson with your future riding instructor. This will give you a great feel for their program. Ask the instructor how they would start you and what their lesson plans are for you. They should have a detailed answer. 

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

Ask how they train their lesson horses for beginner riders.

Ask how their program is laid out. When should you arrive for your lesson, do you groom and tack your own horse for bonding , are you able to rinse off your horse and be with them after? 

Ask if your lesson is private or group? Both have value. Private lessons can narrow in on your needs and what you need to work on. Group allows you to hone your skills being in an arena with other riders. Also us trail offered. Trail is a great bonding with your horse. It also allows you to relax and appreciate your horse.

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