Riding Lessons at Paragon Stables
Paragon Stables is a full-service saddle seat training barn offering lessons, training, and show coaching to riders of all ages and levels of experience. Our goal is to develop all riders into strong, confident and capable equestrians so they can be effective, balanced and relaxed in the saddle. We provide a structure for learning the basic foundation of saddle seat riding that enables riders to develop and bring out the best in their mounts by working with them on programs designed to achieve their specific goals, whether they aspire to be national competitors or simply recreational riders.
We offers lessons to tiny-tots, young children, teens, and adults. From beginners, experienced riders, and World Champions, we have the experienced instructors, the horses, the facility, and an excellent Tampa location which will offer a safe, fun, rewarding riding experience. Our mission is to teach our students to feel confident and proficient in every aspect of horsemanship. Self-assurance, confidence, and discipline come not only from riding but also the time the students spend working with the horses in the barn outside of lessons.A riding lesson is more than just getting up on a horse. We teach horsemanship, how to groom and tack up a horse, safety skills for the horse and rider, health, care, and feeding needs of a horse. All of these combined provide the foundation for the gratifying experience you will have with your horse, and in turn, will make you a better rider.Inevitably, riders (and parents) become part of our close-knit family. Friendships form while students perform chores, assist each other, and bond over horses.
Our students also have become strong contenders on the local and national show circuit. Riders of both private and academy horses are welcome to compete.
What is Saddle Seat?
Saddle Seat is a style of horse riding within the category of English riding. It is designed to show off the horses' natural abilities and its rider's horsemanship in the show ring.
What age do lessons start?
We offer Tiny Tot lessons for children 5 and under. These lessons are shorter in time and are adjusted to each child's abilities.
Do you jump at Paragon?
No we do not. Our program is focused on rider's skill and ability to ride their horse on the flat.
What equipment do I need for lessons? After 1 month of lessons, all riders need to purchase their own gloves, jods, boots, and helmets. Please see our required riding attire handout to purchase the correct attire.
I've been taking lessons for a
while... now what?
Our program's natural progression is from lessons to our Academy Team, to our Show Team. In order to join a team, you must attend lessons twice a week, which is also a great way to better yourself as a rider!