Lakes Farm, Inc.
960B California Road
P.O. Box 99
Bronxville, NY 10708
Phone: (914) 961-2192
Fax: (914) 961-3102
For Information: Scott@TwinLakesFarm.com
Us- The Farm
Our 55 stall
facility has recently been renovated- with brand new airy box stalls, tight new
windows and lights bright enough to make it feel like daytime- no matter what
Our purpose as a
riding academy is to expose children and adults to English riding in a safe,
fun and welcoming environment. We
maintain a fleet of 30-35 lesson horses of varying levels that are truly the
stars of our riding academy! Students
can learn all of the basics- from posting to jumping courses of fences, right
here on the backs of our “professors.”
students are taught in private lessons until they can post their trot and steer
safely and independently- after which they can move into an hour-long group
lesson with their friends. We try
to keep a healthy balance of education and socialization in our lessons so that
students feel encouraged when they ride together.
Academy Staff is made up of career-riding teachers who teach a curriculum set
by our Riding Director- who personally oversees the academy and principles our
school. Classes are evaluated and
monitored by our senior riding staff and our teachers are constantly adding to
their knowledge base with clinics, workshops and other educational experiences
that we are always so excited to bring back to class! Our curriculum is based
the fundamentals of Hunt Seat Equitation; with special emphasis on safety and
instruction at the proper pace for each individual rider.
Lessons are great, but they are just the beginning of the experience here at
year, we offer four schooling shows that are only open to our riding academy students.
Each show has a special fun theme (such as “On Luau!” or “Happy
Halloween!”) and we expose students to their first taste of friendly
competition in a relaxed and low-key environment.
We hire a USEF rated judge and we always encourage the judge to talk to
the kids about their riding and what judges like to look for at horse shows.
We can never resist a learning opportunity!
addition to our traditional prize list, we like to remember to add some fun to
the mix! Past riding academy shows
have boasted: the “something fun mystery class”- where students have raced
to scoop up tropical fish from a pool and leg each other up to rely-race to the
ingate, the “gambler’s choice” class- where students race to jump a
series of silly-looking jumps with a point-value assigned to each one and (of
course) our “costume class”- where students dress ponies and themselves up
to reflect our show’s individual theme! We
know that all competition needs to have a healthy dose of humor in order to
make it fun for EVERYONE!
At the end of
the school year, we host our Twin Lakes
Farm High Point BBQ and Awards Ceremony- where the points accrued at each
show are tallied up and we pin out places one through ten for series champion
of each division- as well as our coveted “Sportsmanship” award!
Every year, Scotty burns the burgers while we clap for our winners and
enjoy everyone’s company in a family-style picnic- complete with ice cream
One of our most
popular programs for
By far the best
part of Drill Team is the camaraderie built between the team members as they
learn to maneuver together and enjoy working as a team to make a difficult
pattern a reality on horseback.
Drill Team has
gotten so popular that we have started offering TWO teams each semester- one
for older riders and one for younger riders.
The kids wear special jackets to distinguish themselves as valued team
members and we always videotape each drill to post on the internet for everyone
Our camp program
is the BEST part of being a young rider at Twin Lakes Farm.
Because we all went to summer camps as kids (and are extremely
immature!) we have a great time coming up with new and crazy ideas to keep our
campers coming back to us year after year!
In addition to their daily riding lessons and horsemanship classes, our
campers have amazed us with their creativity and enthusiasm in our “
School Break Leasing
School Break Leasing
Almost as popular as our summer camp is our School Break Leasing Program! Each year, during the winter, summer and spring vacations from school, our qualified riding academy students have the opportunity to lease their favorite school horses and enjoy the fun of horse “ownership”- without the responsibilities or long-term commitment! The program comes with two lessons per week and (of course) a special hack time for each child to enjoy riding her pony independently! (Don’t worry Moms and Dads! All hack times are closely supervised by our staff!) Each rider gets exclusive use of her leased pony during the designated leasing hours and can tack, untack, ride, bathe, brush and generally fuss over her pony and call it her own. Of course, we would never want to leave our “overgrown kids” out of the fun! We welcome adult “break” leasers- as well as children! Just bring your sense of humor and love of horses with you!
Field Trips, Parties and Outings
Because we always like to have as much fun as possible, we often host field trips and other “horsey” outings for our TLF students. Past events have included a “Confirmation Clinic” at a neighboring farm to learn about how different builds and breeds of horses perform, A “Judge’s Clinic” to hear from rated horse show judges about all aspects of showing, a “Course Walk” of the Grand-Prix course at the Old Salem Farm Charity Horse Show, a special trip to the movies to see the premiere of “Dreamer” and (our favorite!) a trip on the Halloween Haunted Hayride at our neighbor facility with our friends from Kelsey Farm! Check our bulletin board for information on our latest plans! We are always coming up with new ideas!
About Us- The Show Team
About Us- The Show Team
Our Twin Lakes
Farm Show Team can be spotted all over the circuit in their tell-tale blue
jackets and covered in ribbons! Our
Team competes in over 70 horse shows a year- both locally and “travel
Our Team is composed of both private and TLF-owned horses. Riders must make a serious commitment to riding and showing and must lease or own a show-quality horse to be on our Show Team. Our Team is made up of riders of all ages- from short-stirrup children to upper-equitation riders and adults!
Show Team riders lesson and practice together and all room together when we are on the road. We try to keep showing a team experience and Team sleep-overs and social events bring Team members together as close friends.
At the beginning of every season, each Show Team member sits down with the coaches and lays out goals and plans for the upcoming season. These goals are actually written down and then referred to as the year goes on in regular discussions and meetings, to keep every student on-track with his individual progress and triumphs.
Show Team is a
serious business, to be sure, but we always remember that this is meant to be
FUN! Our Team is always laughing
and playing jokes on each other- and on their long-suffering coaches!
We do our best
to offer something for every rider here at Twin Lakes Farm- from the rider who
lessons once a week and simply enjoys being around the horses to the serious
show rider who has a specific plan for a career in horses.