Central Arizona Riding Academy is a family-friendly dressage training and boarding facility located in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Owned by Dorie Vlatten-Schmitz and Ulrich Schmitz, CARA provides training for the horse and rider from beginner through Grand Prix. Whether you are new to dressage or an FEI rider, our instructors are qualified to help you reach your riding goals.
All riders will enjoy the many amenities our 10-acre facility has to offer, including a standard-sized covered dressage arena and daily pasture turnout. Show opportunities exist throughout Central and Southern Arizona for competitive riders. CARA hosts multiple schooling shows and clinics throughout the year, and an annual summer camp for young riders.
Located on 10 acres with stabling for 29 horses, CARA is devoted primarily to dressage, eventing, and basic riding. The facility’s two all weather footing arenas can each accommodate regulation size dressage arenas and are equipped with automatic sprinklers. The covered dressage arena is also lighted. Cara also offers
VITAFLOOR ® Whole Body Vibration Training. CARA is owned and operated under the direction of Ulrich and Dorie Schmitz. Rounds are made each night after closing and someone is on the property at all times to ensure the safety of the horses.
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