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Equestrian programming reimagined

The Mini Rider Academy is a place for kids, ages 3-16, to experience the world of horses outside of your traditional show barn setting.  We've created programs rooted in safety, kindness and fun; with a wide range of equestrian topics taught by experienced equine professionals.

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Lead Line Lessons
Mini Rider Clinics  

Jumper Basics
Unicorn Experiences
Pony Parties
Pony Club

Pony Playdates
Pony Camp
Horse Care

Care Lease

Pony Art 
Equine Therapy

Equine Clinics for Teens

(examples: chakra therapy, miniature pony trick training, lunge lining, leadership training and more)

Equine Leadership program for Tweens & Teens


My Little Farmer 

Durham, NC  

1870 Farm

Chapel Hill, NC  

H.O.P.E. Farms and Learning Center

Greenville, NC


Saving horses

There are more than 100,000 unwanted horses are born in the U.S. per year due to overbreeding. Approximately 80,000 are shipped for slaughter due to injury, no horse retirement plan or lack of interest. 

Every class and merchandise sale directly supports the Mini Rider Rescue Foundation (501c3 Pending).  100% of Mini Rider Academy ponies and horses have a forever home. The Mini Rider Academy proudly "staffs" horses and ponies based on their strengths; which are often overlooked as problems at traditional riding facilities. The majority of our ponies are saved from slaughter and retrained for our program and forever home.

Thank you for supporting our business and helping ponies in need.

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