Central Arizona Riding Academy
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.
41656 N Rattlesnake Rd San Tan Valley, Arizona
Central Arizona Riding Academy
Visitors are welcome during business hours. Please enter the property through the automatic gate on Rattlesnake Rd.
Est. 1981
(480) 580-0634
The ABC’s of Horses, Nov 16th @10AM Come and Learn @ CARA   5Yrs & Above Champagne Show 2020 Feb. 7 &8 85 Days Away!  Mark Your Calendars! Make Your Plans! USDF “L” Program Workshops November 23-24 Judging Criteria for Gaits, Paces, Movements & Figures,  Joan Darnell January 18-19,2020 Collective Marks, Basics & Rider Biomechanics, Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez
If you are interested in USDF L Program or another USDF Instructor Trainer Workshop Series, please contact Dorie for further info.
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(Our covered arena with fantastic footing)
85 Days Away! Make Your Plans! Mark Your Calendars!
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The ABC’s of Horses Come Join Us @ CARA on November 16th at 10AM This program is for kids 5 and older that wish to know more about horses and to learn how to ride.  There will be instruction about the care of horses, grooming, feeding, tacking up and general anatomy. Cost: $10 per child, must sign up in advance. Parents: Welcome to stay and watch kids or drop off and collect at the end of the session.  Siblings under 5 are welcome to stay and watch with parents, but may not take part in the program. Dress in long pants with shoes or boots with heels, bring at snack and water. Riding helmets will be provided if necessary. Contact Dorie for info and availability