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Welcome to California Riding Academy®, LLC where riding a horse is a sport in which we take great pride.
You will receive outstanding instruction and personal attention in your
QUEST TO LEARN ALL ABOUT HORSES.


OUR LOVELY HORSES and PONIES

“LADY GODIVA"
Breed: Thoroughbred; Height: 16.1 Hands; Weight: Approx. 1000 lbs; Color: Dark Bay.
Type: Hot Blooded (only other hot blooded horse is the Arabian).
What She Does: Jump! Godiva is consistently in the ribbons if not winning. Champion at Woodside in the .80’s with a CRA Student last summer. Super fun to ride and quick!
Owner: California Riding Academy
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Photo credits: Camden Ming; CM Photography

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LADY GODIVA is a blast to ride!

"AS EVER" Barn Name: "Ozzie"
Currently leased, but available for lease to approved home Jan 2018.

Breed
: Welsh Cross; Height: 14.1 Hands; Weight: Approx. 800 lbs; Color: Solid Black.
Type: Warm-Blooded Pony (other Warm-Blooded Ponies: Hackney Pony, Welsh Cob, Dales Pony)
What He Does: Ozzie is super sweet and gentle, we absolutely love this pony!
Owner: California Riding Academy




"BOGART"
Breed: New Zeland Sport Pony; Height: 12.1 Hands; Weight: Approx. 650 lbs; Color: Bay w/white blaze.
Type: Warm-Blooded Pony (other Warm-Blooded Ponies: Hackney Pony, Welsh Cob, Dales Pony)
What He Does: Bogart is a great pony! He is gentle enough with the little ones, but is a blast for the older or smaller intermediate riders. He Loves to Jump and is ready to take you into the show ring this spring!
Owner: California Riding Academy
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Quote: BOGART wants all your goodies RIGHT NOW, just make sure he doesn't take your finger!
If BOGART could talk: "Look how cute I am! NOW GIVE ME ALL THE GOODIES!"

"Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"
Breed: Large Pony; Height: 14.1 Hands; Weight: Approx. 800 lbs; Color: Bay/White Paint
Type: Warm-Blooded Pony (other Warm-Blooded Ponies: Connemara)
What He Does: Historically, he has been a jumper pony, but we want him to relax and enjoy life.
Such a fun pony to ride! And ridiculously cute and quirky.
Owner: California Riding Academy
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Quote: Once we gain trust in one another, I will do ANYTHING for you.


"PRINCESS"
Breed: American Quarter Horse (AQHA); Height: 15 Hands; Weight: Approx. 1100 lbs; Color: Tri-Color Paint (bay paint).
Type: Warm-Blooded Horse (other Warm-Blooded Horses: )
What She Does: Princess is a wonderful, multi-talented mare. Originally trained as a Reiner, she is also good at English, beginning jumping and Western Pleasure.
Owner: California Riding Academy


If Princess were a Movie Star: We are working on it!
Quote:
A kind hearted girl.

"MERLIN"

Breed: Welsh Pony; Height: 12.1 Hands; Weight: Approx. 600 lbs; Color: Chestnut w/Flaxen Mane & Tail, Four socks, blaze partial blue eye.
Type: Warm-Blooded Pony (other Warm-Blooded Ponies: Hackney Pony, Welsh Cob, Dales Pony)
What He Does: Merlin is a very fancy show pony.
Owner: California Riding Academy
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Quote: This pony is ridiculously cute! He's borderline edible!

"GINGER"

Breed: Welsh Pony; Height: 12.1 Hands; Weight: Approx. 600 lbs; Color: Chestnut, Two hind socks.
Type: Warm-Blooded Pony (other Warm-Blooded Ponies: Hackney Pony, Welsh Cob, Dales Pony)
What She Does: Ginger is a very well trained show pony, with auto flying changes!
Owner: California Riding Academy



Quote: Ginger Snap is awesome! Blue Ribbons at the Horse Shows!

"TEHAMA" Our Mascot
Breed: Shetland/Welsh Cross; Height: 11 Hands; Weight: Approx. 500 lbs; Color: Paint-Chestnut/White.
Type: Warm-Blooded Pony (other Warm-Blooded Ponies: Welsh Cob, Connemara, Hackney Pony, Dales Pony )
What She Does: TEHAMA is just 3 years old. She is trained to drive and is just started under saddle. She is a fantastic and spunky little filly to drive, like a little roadster! Interesting fact: while Tehama is only half Shetland, the Shetland Pony is the strongest of all horses or ponies for their size and can pull twice their weight where the Heavy Draft breeds can only pull half their weight... I guess it depends on what you need to move!
Owner: California Riding Academy


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Quote: The HORSES favorite horse is TEHAMA!

"DOLCE"
Breed: Welsh Pony; Height: 12.1 Hands; Weight: Approx. 750 lbs; Color: Palomino.
Type: Warm-Blooded Pony (other Warm-Blooded Ponies: Hackney Pony, Welsh Cob, Dales Pony)
What He Does: Coming Soon!
Owner: California Riding Academy




Quote: Licking Machine!

"DUCHESS'" -- On Maternity Leave
Breed: Welsh Pony; Height: 13 Hands; Weight: Approx. 700 lbs; Color: Chestnut/White Paint.
Type: Warm-Blooded Pony (other Warm-Blooded Ponies: Hackney Pony, Welsh Cob, Dales Pony)
What He Does: A delightful, beautiful addition to our family! We love this little lady.
Owner: California Riding Academy



Quote: Interesting fact: BLACK BEAUTY'S Mother is named Duchess.
Duchess is on Maternity Leave and due any minute. We have a poll on who will deliver first: Instructor Krista or Duchess.
UPDATE: Krista won and delivered in OCT, 2010. CONGRATS Krista!! We are still waiting for Duchess... DUCHESS delivers on CHRISTMAS DAY!

Reason for Maternity Leave... "NOEL"
Owner: California Riding Academy

A little Filly : )
Here is "NOEL" napping at one-day old
To follow Noel's Progress,
CLICK HERE!

Horse Friends Who Visit

"SMOOTHY"
Breed: American Quarter Horse; Height: 16 Hands; Weight: Approx. 1400 lbs; Color: Chestnut.
Type: Warm-Blooded Horse (other Warm-Blooded Horses: Morgan )
What He Does: SMOOTHY is an amazing horse. He has been a rope horse, a cutting horse, a reining horse and has even run barrels. The amazing part is he can then turn around and do dressage quite impressively for a quarter horse! Whatever you want, if you know how to ask him, he will give you the moon. On the flip-side, if you are a beginner, he will take excellent care of you. He knows the difference and will be gentle and kind. We are very lucky to have such great and versatile horse in our barn.
Owner: California Riding Academy

Quote: His name says it all!

"CRUISIN'"
Breed: Thoroughbred, Height: 16.2 Hands; Weight: Approx. 1200 lbs; Color: Blood Bay w/socks and small blaze.
Type: Hot-Blooded Horse (other Hot Blooded Horses: Arabian)
What He Does: As with most Thoroughbreds, Cruisin' was tried on the racetrack, but insisted on jumping any shadows he found (I guess you can't run very fast if your jumping all the time). He then began a successful jumping career in the show ring which included Modified Hunter Champion at the prestigious Pebble Beach Equestrian Center. Cruisin' is only for our more advanced riders, while he is a gentle on the ground, he can be true to his hot-blooded nature in the saddle.
Owner: California Riding Academy
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Quote: CRUISIN' is the true "Love-Bug" of the Barn; he would just as soon cuddle than get goodies.
If Cruisin' could talk: "Hey! Wait a minute here, goodies are cool with me."
If Cruisin' were a Movie Star: Johnny Depp.

Horse Friends Who've Moved On


"Mr. SANDMAN"

Breed: Thoroughbred; Height: 16 Hands; Weight: Approx. 1100 lbs; Color: Flea Bitten Grey.
Type: Hot-Blooded Horse (other Hot-Blooded Horses: Arabian )
What He Does: (Under construction--More to come.)


Quote: In the saddle, Sandman is the Grand Schoolmaster and will do his best to take care of you.

"BUTTER"
Breed: Canadian Sport Pony; Height: 14.1 Hands; Weight: Approx. 800 lbs; Color: Palomino.
Type: Warm Blooded Pony
What He Does: Beautiful Jumping Pony!
Owner: California Riding Academy




"TRU"
Breed: Quarter Horse; Height: 17.2 Hands; Weight: Approx. 1400 lbs; Color: Bay with white socks and blaze.
Type: Warm-Blooded Horse (other Warm-Blooded Horses: Morgan, Rocky Mountain Horse)
What He Does: TRU spent many successful years in the show ring and as an English Pleasure and Halter Horse.
Owner: California Riding Academy

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Quote: TRU is Our Limousine, if you meet him, you'll know why!

"PARKER"
Breed: Hackney Pony; Height: 12.2 Hands; Weight: Approx. 600 lbs; Color: Dark Bay -- star.
Type: Warm-Blooded Pony (other Warm-Blooded Ponies: Welsh Cob, Connemara, Dales Pony )
What He Does: We took a chance and rescued this Little Man. Wow! How lucky for both of us, he is such a Gentleman and a Driving Machine! Plus Parker is a super little Riding Pony for our summer camps; he visits us June through Aug. Parker is also part of our Driving Clinics. The Hackney Pony is bred to be just like the Large Driving Hackney just on a smaller scale.
Owner: California Riding Academy
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Quote: Why do we call him Parker? Because when he stops, as any good Hackney Show Pony does, he "parks-out" hence "Parker!"

"CASPER"
Breed: Welsh Pony Cross; Height: 13 Hands; Weight: Approx. 700 lbs; Color: Grey.
Type: Warm-Blooded Pony (other Warm-Blooded Ponies: Connemara)
What He Does: (Under construction--More to come.)
Owner: California Riding Academy



If Capser were a Movie Star: Chris Rock.
Quote:
Casper a lean-mean jumping machine!

"CALYPSO"
Info to come soon!
Owner:
California Riding Academy







"NICK"
Breed: Warmblood; Height: 16.3 Hands; Weight: Approx. 1200 lbs; Color: Bay. Type: Warm Blooded Horse What He Does: A quality Hunter and Equitation Show Horse. Owner: California Riding Academy



"TROOPER"
NEW Info to come soon!
Owner:
California Riding Academy


"BLIZZARD" aka: "Zeus"
Breed: Pony; Height: 11 Hands; Weight: Approx. 500 lbs; Color: Grey.
Type: Warm-Blooded Pony (other Warm-Blooded Ponies: Connemara)
What He Does: One of the funnest ponies in the barn, truly a barn favorite!
Owner: California Riding Academy


"CASH"
Breed: Hanovarian; Height: 16.3 Hands; Weight: Approx. 1400 lbs; Color: Bay.
Type: Warm Blooded Horse
What He Does: Coming Soon
Owner: California Riding Academy


"RUMOR HAS IT"
Breed: Quarter Horse Cross; Height: 14 Hands; Weight: Approx. 800 lbs; Color: Chestnut.
Type: Warm Blooded Pony
What She Does: Rumor was Reserve Champion in Northern California Pony Hunters.
Owner: California Riding Academy


"Phantom" Breed: Large Pony; Height: 14.2 Hands; Weight: Approx. 900 lbs; Color: Grey Type: Mustang What He Does: Under construction. Owner: California Riding Academy

"BAY BERRY -- aka: BB"
Breed: Quarter Pony; Height: 13.2 Hands; Weight: Approx. 800 lbs; Color: Bay -- no markings.
Type: Warm-Blooded Pony (other Warm-Blooded Ponies: Welsh Cob, Connemara, Hackney Pony, Dales Pony )
What She Does: Bay Berry, or "BB," as she became affectionately known as, visits California Riding Academy for our Summer Camps June thru Aug. The Quarter Pony is bred to be just like a Quarter Horse just on a smaller scale. BB is a large and fun pony for our campers.
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Quote: BB is the Biggest Little Mare we have!

"PRADA"
Breed: Andalusian/Thoroughbred; Height: 15.1 Hands; Weight: Approx. 900 lbs; Color: Grey.
Type: Warm-Blooded Horse.
What She Does: Prada is a delightful, curious and truly kind mare.
Owner: California Riding Academy
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If Prada were a Movie Star: Lady Gaga.
Quote:
Has the most beautiful eye-lashes! Watch as she bats them innocently.
Prada decided she didn't like the arena anymore and has moved into trial riding at a new home.


Dear Lost Horse Friends

"LITTLE LEO"
Breed: Welsh Pony; Height: 12.1-3/4 Hands (Perm Small Card); Weight: Approx. 700 lbs; Color: Grey/White.
Type: Warm-Blooded Pony (other Warm-Blooded Ponies: Hackney Pony, Welsh Cob, Dales Pony)
What He Does: Little Leo has personality plus, AND his personality is matched with his good looks. Leo is a fancy show pony who has little girls winning ribbons in the show ring. Leo is a bundle of energy and fun and will never leave you feeling lonely. If he fit in the car, the girls' would bring him home to live in your yard.
Might want to check the backseat!

Owner: California Riding Academy
We are so devastated to announce the passing of this amazing dear friend in December 2016.
At his final horse show two years prior, he won at the Menlo Circus Club Charity Horse Show, he left winning in the toughest company.
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Quote: LITTLE LEO is everyone's Dream Pony.
If LEO could talk: "Look how cute I am! Now can I Pleeaase have that carrot"

“KENYA”
Breed: TB; Height: 16.3 Hands; Weight: Approx. 1000 lbs; Color: Chestnut.
Type: Hot Blooded Horse
What He Does: Kenya is a seasoned show professional, but now ready to teach you how to ride and jump!
Owner: California Riding Academy
He honestly loved his job, we will miss him dearly.
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"LEVI"

Breed: Arabian Cross; Height: 14.3 Hands; Weight: Approx. 900 lbs; Color: Bay.
Type:
What He Does: A wonderful schoolmaster who will teach and take care of your kids.
Owner: California Riding Academy

A wonderful schoolmaster who is dearly missed.

"BEAR"

Breed: Pony; Height: 13.2 Hands; Weight: Approx. 700 lbs; Color: Chestnut.
Type: Warm-Blooded Pony (other Warm-Blooded Ponies: Hackney Pony, Welsh Cob, Dales Pony)
What He Does: A wonderful schoolmaster who will teach and take care of your kids.
Owner: California Riding Academy

Another wonderful schoolmaster who is also dearly missed.

"CLARA"

Breed: Shire, Height: 17.2 Hands; Weight: Approx. 1800 lbs; Color: Black with White Feathers and Blaze.
Type: Cold-blooded Draft Horse (other Draft horses include: Clydesdale, Percheron, Suffolk, Belgian, Friesian, Haflinger)
What She Does: Clara is a vaulting, riding and driving horse and is our primary instructor for our Driving Clinics. She has tons of personality and such sheer size you cannot forget meeting her! She LOVES being scratched and will skillfully negotiate any and all carrots in your possession.
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Quote: CLARA is the Queen Bee of the Barn.
If Clara could talk: "I am in charge here, and don't you forget that!"
We are in denial that Clara has left us for the great Green Pastures on the
other side of the fence... Oct 08,2010. Enjoy the lush pastures, Dear Clara.


"CHARLIE"
While Charlie was only with us for a short time, he quickly became a favorite with the Summer Campers,
a kind gentleman with a heart of gold...
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May Charlie forever have green pastures.


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