Emily Brinkman and her team at Blue Oxer offer professional and experienced training for both riders and horses in equitation, hunter and jumper. Blue Oxer's greatest priority is to provide a high level of education as the rider develops correct and safe fundamental skills.  She also strives at perfecting riding in the lesson ring, and competing successfully in the show arena.

Blue Oxer's students compete successfully in horse shows in Indiana and Michigan. We travel to shows locally and nationally recognized A-rated horse shows, including Horse Shows by the Bay.

Blue Oxer also teaches the Leelanau School's riding program. The schools mission is to support the discovery of individual potential through academics, and personal development of students who learn differently.
Emily is:

  • a Certified Level II A.R.I.A Hunter/Jumper Instructor
  • a Certified United States Hunter Jumper Association Trainer
  • an United States Equestrian Federation Member
  • an American Riding Instructor Association Member
  • first aid and CPR Trained. 
  • Please call (231) 649-1527 today to schedule your visit to Blue Oxer and meet Emily!

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About the Trainer

Blue Oxer Riding Academy

Emily Brinkman, BSE

Emily has been involved one way or another with horses since she started riding as a child in Mississippi.

As a teen, she trained with Susan Lowe at If Only Farm in Ithaca, NY. On the east coast, Emily competed in recognized divisions such as, Pony Hunters, Children Hunters, and Junior Hunters.  Emily also competed successfully in nationally recognized equitation classes AHSA Medal, ASPCA Maclay and USET. She was a member and rode on the Syracuse Professional Horse Shows Association.

After receiving her BSE from Indiana University South Bend, Emily became certified as a United States Hunter Jumper Association trainer and a Level II A.R.I.A instructor in both hunter and jumper.  She is also a member and participant in the United States Equestrian Federation.

Soon after moving to the Traverse City area in 2001, Emily began working as the assistant trainer at an equestrian center. There, she taught beginner through advanced riders, taking students to horse shows, winning many ribbons and championship awards. Part of her responsibilities also included starting young horses and training horses for the show ring.

However, Emily’s purest desire was to have her own equestrian program. So, in 2008, she founded Blue Oxer Equestrian Services.  She is currently located on the grounds of Cold Spring Farm, a beautiful horse facility in the heart of Leelanau County, just outside Maple City