Academy Show Teams

Our Show Team and Equitation Team programs are specifically for riders who are interested in taking their skills to the next level. Once a rider reaches the intermediate skill level (as described here), they are eligible. If a rider is interested in showing, we encourage them to tell their instructor as soon as possible. We will then try to match them with the lesson horse they work best with, choose a local show to enter, and work on lessons to prepare for it.

Show Team

Riders in this program must have a minimum of two lessons per week. They must also take an additional lesson each month, called our Clinic Lesson – this lesson is 1 to 2 hours in length and may on occasion have a step-in coach or trainer to provide an outside perspective.

Our riders compete throughout California and travel to regional and national competitions outside of the state. At CLF, we specialize in a variety of disciplines and have won national and regional titles in the following divisions.

Hunter Pleasure

Country English Pleasure

Native Costume

Sport Horse

Saddle Seat Equitation

Hunter Seat Equitation

Western Pleasure



Halter & In-Hand

Show Hack

Side Saddle

Equitation Team

Equitation is described as, “the art or practice of horse riding or horsemanship. More specifically, equitation may refer to a rider’s position while mounted, and encompasses a rider’s ability to ride correctly and with effective aids. In horse show competition, the rider, rather than the horse is evaluated.”

This program is specifically designed to coach each rider with the goal of competing in special equitation classes at horse shows. Riders should intend on entering at least three local shows and at least one Class A show, with the goal of qualifying for and competing at a regional championship show in May or June. Riders who earn the correct qualifications will have the added option of competing at Nationals.


Local Shows
Several one-day schooling (practice) shows are available throughout the year. They are reasonably priced and are a great way to get your first experience or work on new divisions.

Class A Shows
These shows are recognized by the United States Equestrian Federation. Riders can earn points at these shows to qualify for regional or national championship shows. A larger financial commitment is involved because the horse will be living at the facility anywhere from several days to several weeks, depending on the length of the show. It is recommended that a rider show at the local level several times before showing at this level.

Regional Championship Shows
There are a few regional shows within a day’s drive that we attend every year. Every rider and horse must qualify before they are able to enter this type of show. It is recommended that a rider show at the Class A level at least a few times before showing at this level.

National Championship Shows
These shows are held annually and they are the highest level of competition.

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