Crystal Farms Equestrian Center – Marshall, MI

Riding Academy

Our Lesson Program


Our lesson program has been in existence for over 20 years and extends from the very beginner to the advanced show rider. Adults and children alike are welcome. We strive to meet individual goals and have numerous lesson horses available to help you gain confidence as you learn. Our instructors teach saddle seat, hunt seat on the flat, western, jumping, dressage, and eventing. We attend class-A Morgan shows throughout the summer and provide several schooling shows for all levels of riders during the winter at Crystal Farms. We also offer summer camps and lessons where you may trailer in your own horse. Birthday parties and special events are always welcome.

We have developed a skill level system for riders as a way to educate riders and parents about the learning process that takes place through lessons and experience. This allows for instructors, riders and parents to be an active part of each individual rider’s goal process.


pony_barnKelly Hill (private) $35
Haul in charge – $10 (no stall provided) in addition to lesson fee, $25 if stall needed

Half hour private lesson – $30
One hour group lesson – $20 (no more than 6 riders in any group)

Birthday Parties – $40 overall charge for full facility use., including lounge, $15 per child/ adult that rides. Please call us for more details and planning your child’s special day!


Lesson Guidelines

  • riding_academyGroup lessons include grooming and saddling time – plan on actual riding time to be approximately half an hour.
  • If you would like to prepare your own horse for private lessons, please come at least 15 minutes before your scheduled lesson.
  • Please arrive on time to help us keep up with our schedule. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late for your scheduled lesson then your lesson may be cancelled and rescheduled. If you cannot attend your lesson, please call Crystal Farms at least one day in advance.
  • Liability Releases must be signed before any lessons, camp, or special events.
  • Private and group lessons are available Monday-Sunday by appointments.
  • An individual lesson is required for children 6 years and under.

Recommended Attire

  • Wear long pants or jeans (even in the summer – please, no shorts, as they can cause severe chafing).
  • Chaps or jodhpurs are a good idea if you are interested in more than general exercise. (Please see website links for helpful ideas and stores.)
  • Boots or shoes with a hard sole and heel are suggested – no sandals or slip-on shoes.
  • Gloves are needed in the winter and recommended in the summer.
  • If you have long hair, please tie it back (even with helmets).
  • Riding helmets are required for all lessons at Crystal Farms. We do have many helmets available for your use, or you may sign a waver. You can download the waiver below.


Schooling Show Products (PDF)
Schooling Show Order Form (PDF)
Helmet Release Waiver
Client Information Form (PDF)
Liability Release Form (PDF)