Blue Oxer Riding Academy

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

Welcome to Blue Oxer Riding Academy!

​​What can Blue Oxer do for you?......


NEW!  Ladies Riding School
February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8th; 4:15pm-5:30pm

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Saturday, February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11; 10:45am-12pm

Five Wednesday evenings, and now, Saturday mornings, beginning in February, join us for our Ladies Riding School. Ride with a Nationally Certified USHJA Instructor to develop your position, get some well deserved time in the saddle or just come ride with some horsey gal pals. All levels of lady riders are welcome. The total cost of four group lessons and one lessons of hands on horsemanship with celebration party are $100, a rider. Space is limited.


NEW!  Level I Children's Riding School
Saturday, February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11; 12:15pm-1:30pm
Five Saturdays, beginning in February, join us for our Children's Riding School. Ride with a Nationally Certified USHJA Instructor to develop your child's proper and correct riding position for effective rein aids and leg control. Learn about basic horse care and enjoy barn time with some horse crazy kids. Level I riders are, riders who have had 12 hours or less of formal riding lessons. The total cost of four group lessons and one lessons of hands on horsemanship with celebration party are $100, a rider. Space is limited


Ladies Night

April 5th, 2017
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. 

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!!

2017 Blue Oxer Summer Schooling Horse Show
Saturday, June 17th
Please call for class list!

Summer Kid's Day Camp 2017!
Thursdays, Summer 2017
Two in July and August. (Dates to be decided)
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!

The Smiles Last a Lifetime!

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!