Academy Program

North Wind Stables’ staff provides a supportive introduction to the exciting world of showing horses with this entry level program. Students who wish to test their newly-acquired skills may choose to participate in North Wind's Academy Program headed up by director Erin McCracken. The American Saddlebred breed association and other professional groups across the country support this entry level program for novice riders of all ages. Many of the horse shows have a division of classes specifically for Academy where students compete within their own age and ability groups on lesson horses.(see below our show schedule for NWS's Academy Team) Riding attire is kept at just a shirt, tie, vest, jodhpurs, boots and a riding helmet as you see in the picture to the right. The Academy Program makes showing a horse affordable for nearly everyone.


The Acadmey program allows riders in saddle seat, hunt seat and western to participate. Everyone is included as Level One and First Year Academy classes are frequently offered as well as exceptional rider programs. Please inquire for more details. E-Mail Erin McCracken


There is no restriction as to how long you can remain in this program to enjoy and compete with horses. If one day you are interested to own or lease your own horse you can graduate to compete in the amateur ranks at horse shows and events across the country reaching to international competition. When you are ready to move ahead Click the Aim for the Stars Phase 2 button to the right.


Our Academy Show Schedule:

Children's Benefit Horse Show, Dream Park Gloucester County NJ, April 4-6, 2014

New York Breeders Horse Show, State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY May 15-18, 2014

Pink Ribbon Classic Charity Horse Show, Sun Beau Valley, Ravenna, OH, June 19-22, 2014

Syracuse International Horse Show, State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NJ June 25-28, 2014

CT Summer Classic (w/ NWS Kids Camp option), Big E, W. Springfield, MA July 31- Aug. 2nd, 2014

Quentin Fall Classic & MAFF Regional Academy Finals, Quentin Riding Club, Quentin, PA Sept 5-7

National Academy Championship, Miller Coliseum, Murfreesboro, TN Oct. 31- Nov.. 2nd, 2014