Our History

Traditional Equitation School was established in 1979 at Bell Canyon Equestrian Center in Canoga Park, California. TES moved to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in 1986. During the past three decades we have become one of the largest riding schools in the country. Our comprehensive curriculum includes a variety of equestrian sports and instruction tailored to all ages and levels of ability. 

Our School

Our School is conveniently located at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California. We offer group, private and semi-private lessons for children and adults in Dressage, Jumping, Hunt Seat and Western for beginning through advanced level riders. Special activites include school horse shows, lectures and clinics, summer camps, riding clubs, working student program and horse leasing program. For students who board horses at the LAEC, we provide a wide range of special services.

Our Philosophy

TES is a professional riding school with a foundation in the art of classical riding (dressage) as taught in the European riding academies. The various styles of riding offered for study all have a common goal--the horse should be ridden forward, straight and with ease. The rider should function in such a way as to make this possible. Good horsemanship requires a balanced combination of discipline, physical coordination, quick reflexes, sharp mental skills, patience and compassion for the welfare of the horse.

Our contributions

Our contributions to the horse industry grow every year. In July 1999, we became the first riding school on the West Coast to obtain the "British Horse Society Approved Riding Establishment" status. The BHS has run a system for the Approval of Riding Schools since 1961. Barns which offer sound instruction in riding and horsemanship and where premises, facilities and care of equines meet high standards are given the BHS "Seal of Approval." This worldwide system is used by riders seeking suitable lessons and by students who are looking for a barn to train toward BHS qualifications. For TES, it is a sign that we meet high standards and teach riding in a safe environment with professional instructors. BHS Approved barns are inspected annually regarding care of equines, saddlery, safety, teaching, facilities, lessons and accommodation to make sure they meet the required standard. We are proud to have achieved this recognition. In August 1999, we received an official Certificate of Recognition from the United States Equestrian Team (USET) for outstanding support in helping their equestrian athletes win seven Medals in the 1999 Pan American Games! In 2015 we donated the use of one of our school horses to the Special Olympics World Games. Our beautiful horse, California, proudly carried her riders from Russia and New Zealand to a total of five medals in various events. We are so pleased to have been able to be a part of the games!

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Many movie studios and stars use us to learn how to ride. You never know who you will see in our arenas!