Twenty minutes south of Harrisburg, and twenty miles north of historic Gettysburg, nestled in country that boasts of legendary trout streams, is Lost Hollow Farm and the home of the Pennsylvania Riding Academy.
Horses of all levels are accepted into training on a limited basis, year-round. Young, unstarted horses are welcome; this is some of the most important work that we do. Horses started incorrectly can be affected their entire lives. All of the horses in training are handled only by FEI level rider/trainers. Because we only train a limited number of horses per year, we can afford to provide whatever individualized attention they may need to thrive.
Afternoons are devoted to lessons for riders who ship in daily or use one of our schoolmasters, or riders training in one of the Academy’s intensive short courses. Short courses are designed as intensives on position. Although they are not limited to advanced riders, they are designed for serious amateurs and professionals who ride regularly and have a certain level of fitness. We recommend that all participants be within the normal range of the Body Mass Index. While we want to encourage riders of all levels, this preliminary consideration can help make the experience most positive for participants, horses and staff.
Paul has helped all levels of riders from all around the world for over thirty years. They are a diverse group as members of various national and international equestrian teams, a North American Endurance Champion, Handicapped champions, as well as riders of various levels with no interest in competition. Andrea also offers lessons for riders of all levels, as well as children and riders of other disciplines. She is also available to travel to local barns for day clinics, for a minimum amount of riders.
The Pennsylvania Riding Academy maintains several upper level schoolmasters for use in the short courses, as well as for day student lessons. These horses are esteemed members of the staff here at the Academy, and continue to be trained and schooled in between student rides. In many instances they also simultaneously continue a high performance career. Students are also welcome to trailer their own horses in for lessons.
The Pennsylvania Riding Academy is conveniently located in Central Pennsylvania, within easy driving distance of New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Maryland. Click here for directions
For riders not able to travel to us for lesson, we also offer video lessons. Please email us for further information.
A successful training program cannot be judged by end results alone. It must also be judged by the ethics that govern it and the health of the horses who participate in it. We would gladly open our medical records to any qualified analysis, but we know they rank as high as anywhere in the world. Since moving to Lost Hollow Farm nine years ago, we have had consistently 15 horses in training at all levels–including FEI Grand Prix-and around 30 overall in our care at any point in time. A synopsis of the last nine years of medical care for these horses show zero suspensory injuries, zero check ligament injuries, zero bowed tendons, three splints, zero laminitis, zero colic surgeries, and zero joint injections of any kind.
Pennsylvania Riding Academy