"Riding the Winds of Change since 1975"
"What's the number one rule of riding? It's all relative"
The Four Winds has been owned by an equestrian family since 1975. We have always prided ourselves on a more classical approach, instilling connectivity between you and your horse. Our trainers come with rich backgrounds, equipped to take you and your horse to the top of the sport. Meet the instructors on the Trainer Page
We have searched long and hard for the caretakers that are our School Horses. They are a special kind of soul that will enrich your riding career with confidence, determination, and more importantly fun. They will keep you safe while in the tack, but educate you of the woeful fact that horses will always have a mind of their own! Our lesson program will daine to give you the communication and life skills that you need to progress successfully in this sport. Please give these guys a look on our School Horse Page
Our lessons have been separated into two different categories, Premier and School.
Premier riding lessons are booked with the head trainer and are at a higher lesson rate. These are lessons typically booked if you are an intermediate-advanced rider consistently jumping around 3ft and up, and/or own your own horse. Please see the Premier Price Sheet for more information.
Our school lessons are booked with any of our trainers available on our school horses. These lessons are for the beginners just learning how to ride (walk/trot) through the beginner-intermediate riders jumping around 2'6" courses. Please see the School Price Sheet for more information. Upon your first lesson, you will be assigned a Group (A, B, C or D) to sign up with.
Riders in the Premier Section own their own horses or are competing regularly at 3’ and up.
Riders in School Group A are learning how to walk, trot and steer. Riders are typically still working on a longe line. Group A is only offered on Saturdays.
Riders in School Group B demonstrate the ability to walk and trot on their own and (or) are learning to canter.
Riders in School Group C should be able to canter alone and are learning to jump fence heights from pile of poles through 2' tall.
Riders in School Group D are proficient at jumping and are challenging themselves at various heights from 2'3" through 2'6"
These groups have been assigned specific time availability, which can be found by clicking here.
For a general guideline on our expectations on how to advance through the groups, please see this Evaluating Students sheet.
Please note that we do NOT take riders younger than eight.
Clients scheduling must book NO LESS than 12Hours in Advance and Cancellations must be done AT LEAST 24 Hours in Advance. If a time isn't shown, it is not available. Please see our Lessons Agreement.
If you have any questions about an appropriate time to schedule yourself check out our Google Calendar on the Lesson and Barn Schedule page.
If you are wondering if another person booked would be a good lesson match, please feel free to contact us via text or email .
If you wish to book your lesson online, please go to our Appointment Page
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Four Winds travels to both local horse shows and out of state horseshows. Participating in a horseshow incurs fees separate from the training and lesson programs. Please see the Horse Show Price Sheet . At The Four Winds, we require that 30 days prior to a competition, riders must have a minimum of three rides (one of which needs to be a lesson) committed per week to attend any rated (USHJA affiliated) horseshows or horseshows located off property. Any unrated (schooling show) divisions a student wishes to show in, if located on the Four Winds’ premise, will only require a rider to be in two lessons per week.
The three rides needed for rated or shows hauled to can be achieved by either owning or leasing the horse you intend to show a minimum of 30 days prior to a horseshow. This may consist of the lease of a Four Winds’ horse or any lease of a horse located on premise with proof of documentation. One of the rides weekly in the lease is mandatory to be a lesson with any of the Four Winds’ trainers. Lessons fees are excluded from any lease.
Click the following links for a brief Overview of Leases and our Four Winds' Lease Agreement.
Please see our Competiting Regulations for more details.
If you're completely new to horseshowing, please feel free to reference our Horseshows 101 packet.
For a generic list of horseshows that the Lesson and Training Program will be attending, please see our Horseshow Schedule.
Our Show lease is a month-to-month commitment, consisting of two rides weekly. Additionally, it will be required that you lesson once a week with a Four Winds’ Instructor outside of the lease. Lessons are not included in the lease fee.
There are two types of horses available: our school horses and our sale horses. There will be no more than three show leases assigned per horse, and a lease may continue throughout the year outside of Show Season.
As Four Winds also has many sale horses for your consideration, we have the privilege to offer our intermediate and advanced riders a variety of rides! If you'd like to check the stock that you may also get to ride, please visit our Sales Page.
Training and Sales
At Four Winds, we have professionals with extensive experience around the nation at all levels of the Show Jumping sport, as well as international experience. Be assured that your horse will be getting a well rounded education that will develop a responsive, kind performance horse. They will receive extensive ground work (longing) and be attentive and respectful in hand as well as under saddle.
Linnea Throckmorton has brought horses along from never having been backed all the way through the 1.40m show ranks. Her horses perform exceptionally well in the hunter, jumper and dressage arenas! She works closely with certified massage, acupuncture and chiropractic therapists to ensure optimal performance at all times and is fortunate to have CSU in her back yard for performance veterinary support.
Training prices can be found by clicking here.
For more questions, please contact Linnea at 970.691.1773
If you either wish to consign your horse with The Four Winds, we would love to market your athlete; or you want us to help you find your perfect match, please see our Agreements Page for more information
Please check out our Testimonial's Page to see our success stories as a training and lesson program as well as a boarding facility!