The Smiles Last a Lifetime!

Blue Oxer is a full-service, year-round equestrian facility located in beautiful Leelanau County, close to Traverse City, Michigan. 


We specialize in English horseback riding lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders of all ages.  We also offer quality boarding, training and sales.  Whichever your case, Blue Oxer can help horse and rider develop the best in equestrian skills on the flat and over fences.

Our riders compete successfully in horse shows across Michigan, including nationally recognized AA-Rated Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

In addition to providing professional horseback riding lessons on our school horses or on your horse, we teach our riders proper care, feeding, grooming and tack maintenance.  Our individualized program offers a highly detailed and family oriented approach.  Our goal is to develop competent, safe riding and horse management skills.

Blue Oxer is owned and operated by Emily K. Brinkman, BSE. Emily is Northern Michigan's only trainer Certified Level II A.R.I.A Hunter/Jumper Instructor and a Certified United States Hunter Jumper Association Trainer. She and her staff together have decades of professional horsemanship experience and are ready to help you build your skills.

Thank you for visiting Blue Oxer Riding Academy! We look forward to working with you!


Call today to schedule a tour of our beautiful facility!
(231) 649-1527

Emily K. Brinkman

Train and/or Board with a Certified Level II A.R.I.A Hunter/Jumper Instructor & USHJA Trainer.  

Call 231.649.1527 for more details!

Welcome to Blue Oxer Riding Academy!

NEW  Pony Parties!
Birthday Parties or Group Events, we know the most perfect way to celebrate your child's wishes. Call us today to learn more!!

2016 Blue Oxer Summer Schooling Horse Show
Saturday, June 18th
Please call for class list!

Summer Kid's Day Camp 2016!
Thursdays, Summer 2016
July 14th & 28th
August 4th & 18th

A full day of horse instruction, riding, grooming, crafts, games, lunch and learning. Ages 6 to 12.
The cost is $65 per child, per day. Thursday 11am – 3pm.  Please call or email us for Registration & Release forms. Sessions for camp fill up quickly. Contact us today to learn more!

NEW  Ladies Night!
2016 September and October

For those horse show moms or adult women yearning to acquire knowledge about our equine partners.
Come learn more about horses, from the ground up in a grooming session with friends. Enjoy an evening of instruction, wine and appetizers.
$20 covers instruction and learning material. Bring your favorite food to share, and spirits. 


Fun Fact: What is a "Blue Oxer”?
An oxer is a type of horse jump with two rails that may be set even or uneven. The width between the two poles may vary. Blue represents the lakes of Michigan. 

Blue Oxer Riding Academy