"Horses are our Passion and Passion leads to making YOUR dreams come true."
We are looking forward to showing our beautiful horses and what we learn during our time with the horses. We are excited to welcome you to our Stables. We are privileged to host you the highest caliber of Dane County talent year after year. We are grateful for your support, participation, and the enormous impact it has on our community. With your partnership, we have enrich and improve the lives of children and families in the Dane County since 1965. Your roles as patrons, exhibitors, or sponsors allow us to award numerous horse adventures.
Since 1965 Dan & Marlene La Fleur. Showing their love and support to many people and horses.
La Fleur Stables
3440 Meadow Road
Verona, WI 53593
Neva La Fleur Showdown Manager
Veterinarian on Call - Lodi Vet
Judge is someone personal opinion of what they saw while you show in front of them.
Winter / Spring Entries due at least a 7 days before the Showdown. All Fees.
Summer Open English Showdown Fun Series
We will NOT accept personal checks must go through Pay pal or Credit card the day off or before.
Can be emailed-Neva@Lstables.com or mailed
3440 Meadow Road, Verona, WI 53593
Trophies will be awarded to first place winners. Ribbons will also be awarded for first through sixth place participants.
During the COVID-19 we will be limit the amount of people & horses.
Spectator to come watching is FREE. Families are welcome at the stables is handicap accessible. Can bring your own chairs.
La Fleur Stables / Madison Riding Academy belongs to these organizations;
United States Equestrian Federation
American Hackney Society
Wisconsin Horse Council
United Professional Horsemen's Association
Summer Fun Series
We will have inside arena, round pen, and around the property.
Open one hour before Showdown starts
Summer Show Starts at 9am SHARP be checked in before that for mornings classes. Office will start open 1/2 hour after show.
All Horses must have a current Coggins. Bring 2020 Original Negative Coggins and Leave a Copy Required for Show Office.
All horses are required to be up to date on vaccinations. We require EWT, FLU/Rhino, intra nasal strangles, rabies, Potomac Horse Fever and west Nile vaccinations. We encourage horse owner to have done their prior to arrival.
Vet on Call: Lodi Vet Care
La Fleur Stables / Madison Riding Academy reserves the right too: vary or add to the list of invited officials. Cancel or combine any class with less entries. Refuse any entry without explanation or recourse. Hold eliminations where the number of entries warrant.
All qualifying classes entry fees must be paid in full by the closing of class for all series.
Summer Showdown - After the start of the showdown, a horse already entered in the showdown you may post enter any other class at the showdown for which is qualified, but at post fee.
Spring & Winter Riders must qualified to be eligible for championship classes.
The rider’s age as of December 1st will be the age group that the rider will compete in throughout shows for that season.
18 & Over
10 & Under
Novice - open to rider/horses who haven't won three first place ribbons respectively, at Regular and Local Competitions.
Age of Junior Horse is 5 yrs old and under as of January 1st of the present yea
For all Series, It is the responsibility of each exhibitor to officially scratch entries in any event in which they do not participate. Exhibitors who fail to officially scratch an entry, payable to the competition.
English Jackpot Class. Premium money will be paid by check to the winner of the class.
Spring & Winter Showdown is Open to riders who are taking lessons and are mounted on horses actually used in a lesson program.
OPEN English Summer Showdown Fun Series, open to all exhibitors that is mounted on English type horse.
All horses must be worked both ways of the ring at all required gaits as directed by the judge.
Spring & Winter - The cost of horse, equipment, coaching fee, grooming class and facility, supplies, office fee-Rider, Stall, Tack room, Bedding, Hay $150.—
Summer Showdown benefits Hippoi Institute our NON-profit
Office Fee -$10.- Horse/Rider
Classes - $15.- (pre paid $10.-)
Entry Fees are all non Refundable
High Point Award Horse/Rider $10.-
Stabling will be available after 2pm the day before Showdowns. 12x12 stalls with automatic water, cross ties, rubberized floor mats, hay and bedding included, Wash rack, Full bathroom with shower area.
Pre Paid Stall Fee -$40 include bedding
Stalls on Showdown Day - $50 include bedding
Bedding purchase $8 per bag. Must buy from facility.
Reserve Stalls and bedding 7 days in advanced.
We have indoor arena and outdoor arena. Bathroom/Wash rack
Semi - Truck trailer parking will NOT have electricity.
Fire Extinguishers, Fireworks, etc. will not be tolerated at the Stables during Showdown Series. Any Exhibitor found using any of the above will be immediately eliminated from further competition.
Noisemakers - Attention getting devices and/or other noisemakers (including but not limited to tape measure, blow horns, bamboo poles, explosives, fire extinguishers, baby power, whips longer than 6", etc.) are not allowed in and around the make up and competition arenas during scheduled sessions.
All such items will be confiscated.
Dress appropriate for the Weather while and the stables and Showdown. Appropriate shoes around the horses. Show official will dress appropriate.
If your using a cell phone be respectful. Only take pictures with people consent.
Visit our Facebook page La Fleur Stables/Madison Riding Academy to check out photos!
Any other photography, or advertisement thereof, taken of subjects within the confines of the show ring must be your own people that you know.
All English academy clothing is acceptable. Also, all riding clothing is acceptable. Dark colored pants or leggings will be permitted. Riding boots preferred however other study boots or shoes will also be permitted. Sweaters and/or collared shirts with neckties are to be worn. Gloves must be worn, black only in leather or cloth. Helmets must be worn by riders 17 & under. There will be some helmets provided by the stable. Hair must be neatly braided or in a bun. Make-up is optional. There will be hair and make-up helpers available prior to the show.
Open to All Owners - Trainers - Riders
Show Clothes for riders that are using Proper Show Equipment
Academy Attire for riders that are using Work Equipment.
Missing Something for the Showdown.
check out the Stable Store
Showdown Fun Series Logo Long Sleeve Shirts
Series #1 & #3
The uniform for Showdown, please specify shirt size on entry blank, $30.-
MOTORIZED VEHICLES - Golf Carts and motorized vehicles must have an adult (18 & over) accompanying the operator.
FOOD POLICY - You can bring your own due to resent pandemic.
TRASH - There will be trash can around the property be respectful.
Series #1 & #4 -Showmanship Style Mandatory class for riders 7-17 years of age. This will require prepping the horse for the show ring. All aspects of the horse must be cleaned, mane, tail, body, and hooves. Riders must also tack up properly. The judge may question the riders on parts of the horse or equipment. Riders will be placed in teams depending on numbers of participants.
Series #2 & #3 - Entries are to be led into the ring and shown in bridle or halter, without quarter boots, blinkers, blindfolds or other
appliances. Only one attendants per animal are permitted. They must be neatly attired with clean, well-fitted conservative clothes. Entries must stand squarely on all four feet with the front legs perpendicular to
the ground. Rear legs may be placed slightly back but the handler may be asked to move hind legs up under the animal for inspection.
Judged 50% on conformation and finish; 50% way of going and natural action.
Series #1 & #4 Riders will be led by a handler at the walk and trot both directions of the ring individually. Riders will be expected to post, however correct diagonals are not required.
Series #2 & #4 Lead line Walk - Trot 10 & under is assisted by 18 & over person.
Rider is judged on their ability to control and handle their horse properly. Flat walk and correct leads will count.
The Pleasure Classes should be with quality, style, presence and suitable conforma-tion; prompt, comfortable gaits; giving the distinct impression it is an agreeable mount to ride. Easy, ground-covering action is desired. Manners and suitability as a Pleasure mount are paramount. Special emphasis is placed on a true, flat walk. Transitions from one gait to another should be smooth and effortless. TO BE PENALIZED: Laboring action; pulling, tossing head; going sideways and tail-switching.
Rider will be judged on their ability to control their horse as well as showing proper form at the same time. Flat walk, correct diagonals, and correct leads will count.
General. Rider should have a workmanlike appearance, seat and hands light and supple, conveying the impression of complete control should any emergency arise.
2. Hands. Hands should be over and in front of horse’s withers, knuckles thirty degrees inside the vertical, hands slightly apart and making a straight line from horse’s mouth to rider’s elbow. Bight of reins may fall on either side. However, all reins must be picked up at the same time. When using two reins, the snaffle rein should be on the outside while the curb rein is on the inside.
3. Basic Position. The eyes should be up and shoulders back. Toes should be at an angle best suited to rider’s con- formation: ankles flexed in, heels down, calf of leg in contact with horse and slightly behind girth. Iron should be on the ball of the foot and must not be tied to the girth.
4. Position in Motion. At the walk, sitting trot and canter, body should be a couple of degrees in front of the vertical; posting trot, inclined forward; galloping and jumping, same inclination as the posting trot.
5. Mounting and Dismounting. To mount, take up reins in left hand and place hand on withers. Grasp stirrup leather with right hand and insert left foot in stirrup, toe in girth and mount. To dismount, rider may either step down or slide down. The size of rider must be taken into consideration.
Judges should note that the required Equitation Seat should in no way be exaggerated but be thor- oughly efficient and most comfortable for riding the type of horse called for at any gait and for any length of time.
In Saddle Seat Equitation classes, riders should convey the impression of effective and easy control. To show a horse well, he should show himself to the best advantage. Ring generalship must be taken into consideration by the judges. A complete picture of the whole is of major importance. An exhibitor is entitled to request only one time- out per class. (See GR833). A judge must order from the ring any unruly horse or one whose actions threaten to endanger the rider, other exhibitors, or their entries.
2. HANDS. Hands should be held in an easy position, neither perpendicular nor horizontal to the saddle and should show sympathy, adaptability and control. The height the hands are held above the horse’s withers is a matter of how and where the horse carries his head. The method of holding the reins is optional however both hands must be used and all reins must be picked up at one time. Bight of rein should be on the off side. According to tradition, the “on side” is the side on which you mount and therefore, the “off side” is the opposite side.
3. BASIC POSITION. To obtain proper position, rider should place himself comfortably in the saddle and find his cen- ter of gravity by sitting with a slight bend at the knees but without use of irons. While in this position adjust leathers to fit. The rider should not be sliding off the back of the saddle nor should there be excessive space in the seat behind the rider’s back. Irons should be placed under ball of foot (not toe nor “home”) with even pressure on entire width of sole and center of iron. Foot position should be natural (neither extremely in nor out) with heels down.
4. POSITION IN MOTION.
a. Walk: slight motion in saddle.
Judging at the walk is based on manners, quality and natural action; it is not used as a rest period.
FLAT WALK: The flat walk should be an elastic, ground covering and collected four beat gait maintaining proper form and consistency in stride. It should be executed in a brisk manner that is compatible with the type of class. It
should display the horse’s good manners, type of stride and attitude. The flat walk is relaxed.
The trot is a natural, two beat diagonal gait in which the front foot and the opposite hind foot take off from the ground in unison and land simultaneously. A balanced trot features coordinated motion with straight, true, shoul- der motion of front legs, with flexing hocks carried close together. It is executed in a highly collected manner and should display the horse’s athletic ability.
Walk & Trot
Once a rider has cantered, the rider will NOT be allowed to return to walk/trot classes. Riders cannot show walk/trot and walk/trot/canter. In any series.
Canter is relatively slow, lofty and fluid with a definite three beat cadence. High action, a good way of going and proper collection are paramount. It is a restrained gallop in which two diagonal legs are paired, the single beat falls between the successive beats of the other two unpaired legs. The unpaired legs act independently—the foreleg with which the horse leads and its diagonal hind. The propulsion is in the hindquarters with the leading foreleg sustaining the concussion of the final third beat. There is a brief interval when all four feet are off the ground. It is an ambidextrous gait, executed on the lead which is toward the center of the ring to relieve stress
and aid in balance (A lead is determined by which foreleg—right or left—sustains the concussion of the final third beat, after its diagonal hind leg started the propulsion of the first beat).
Will be posted One month ahead of time for riders to study. Email neva@Lstables.com if you would like the pattern.
Series #1 & #3
60’ x 120’ HEATED indoor riding arena 16 foot ceilings
Warm up Area
60’ x 40’ attached to the show arena.
Outdoor Show Area
on La Fleur Stables Property
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