Skyhorse Foundation & Academy of Equestrian Arts

Dear Friends,

Recently we launched our Indiegogo Campaign to create The Skyhorse Foundation, register a non-profit, and most importantly produce a video featuring the community work of Karen Nord, a generous provider for youth and horses of all backgrounds in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We hope you will visit and contribute to this campaign to recognize people like Karen who make a difference for horses and humanity!

Please click the following link to donate to the project.

St. John’s College Equestrian Club

   st-johns-equestrianSt. John’s College Equestrian is a program dedicated to giving college students both a chance to ride horses and a chance to educate themselves about all things equestrian. Founded in the fall of 2012 by Sara Bean, a graduate student with the college, the program regularly attracts approximately 10 students from the college every Saturday afternoon. Following a basic Pony Club model, the students are instructed in basic horse care, such as grooming and how to muck stalls, as well as basic riding.Groom Emily

Taught primarily by Sylvie Neal and Sara Bean, the students have been learning many things, from how to lead their ponies to beginning their independent riding careers. We were joined in Spring 2013 by professional groom Emily Nevin, who has encouraged a solid foundation in groundwork and grooming techniques to supplement work in the saddle

This was especially timely and exciting as Sylvie, riding Celestino, and Sara, riding Mousekateer, began to show dressage in local schooling shows at Bosque Farms and Expo NM. Sylvie, we are proud to say, took first place in both her rides!

It’s been a great experience for all involved! We cannot wait to begin again when the students return in the fall!

Check out the Facebook page for current events and past accomplishments.


Where did the dressage letters come from?

“In the Old Imperial German Court the walls of the Royal Stable yard were initially marked with letters indicating where each Courtier was to be seated.”

dressage-arenaK Kaiser/King
F Fürst/Prince
P Pferdeknecht / Ostler
V Vassal
E Edeling / Ehrengast / Guest of Honor
B Bannerträger / Standard Bearer
S Schatzkanzler / Chancellor of Exchequer
R Ritter / Knight
M Meier / Steward
H Hofsmarschall / Lord Chancellor

But where are A, X and C??? The center line was added for the 1920 Olympics so the judges had a common map to make the judging consistent.