Central Arizona Riding Academy is a family-friendly dressage training and boarding facility located in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Owned by Ulrich Schmitz and Dorie Vlatten-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 two standard-sized dressage arenas, one covered for your comfort, 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.
USDF Faculties Welcome New MembersFor Immediate ReleaseThursday, October 25, 2018Lexington, KY (October 25, 2018) - The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce that United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Senior ('S') Dressage Judge Dorie Vlatten-Schmitz has been approved as the newest member of the USDF L Program Faculty and USEF Senior ('S') Dressage Judge Janet “Dolly” Hannon has been named the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program's newest faculty member.Dorie Vlatten-Schmitz graduated with distinction from the USDF L Education Program in 1994 and worked her way up through the USEF Judge Licensing programs, to become a licensed USEF 'S' Dressage Judge in 2009.