Meet Our Lesson Horses

All our lesson horses

Our horses and ponies are available for riding and driving lessons.  Suitable for beginner thru advanced.


Carpe Diem’s Ad Astra aka ‘COSMO’

Registered Hackney Horse  b. 1999

This horse does it all : driving, riding, trail, Cowboy trail,

Cosmo received his ‘CH’ designation (champion) from the Am. Hackney Horse Soc. In 2012

Some of his achievements include:  

AHHS Open Competition Program

2004      English Pleasure Champion- year end

2005      English Pleasure Champion, Combined driving training level Reserve Champion

2008      English Pleasure Reserve Ch., Carriage Driving-  year end single Champion

2010      Winner- Jud Wright Perpetual Trophy-Pleasure Days

2011      Champion- driving horse- ETI National Convention

2012      Winner – Peg White Memorial Trophy- Obstacle driving LA Co. Fair

                  Carriage Driving- single Champion- year end  Am. Hackney Horse Society (AHHS)

Winners of the Red Hat class.  Cosmo is game for playing!

Winners of the Red Hat class. Cosmo is game for playing!

Cowboy trail challenge

Cowboy trail challenge

winning the ride & drive class

winning the ride & drive class

Carpe Diem’s Mocha & Muffin

These ponies are our ‘bread winners’.  They provide riding & driving lessons- single, pair, tandem.

Thru the years, they have earned MULTIPLE championships and reserve championships everywhere they show- too many to list!!.  Both ponies have provided many students with years of pleasure.


2013 Pair Champion Pleasure Days driving show

Carpe Diem's Mocha  and Muffin

Carpe Diem’s Mocha and Muffin

Carpe Diem’s Tristan

Hackney Horse/ Hanoverian cross

bred at Cal State Univ. Fresno’s Hackney Horse program

Tristan is a marvelously versatile equine.  He’s a thinking horse and loves the challenge of  trail obstacles.  He’s my big puppy pony.

cowboy trail challenge

cowboy trail challenge

Ram Tap X-country water jump

Ram Tap X-country water jump

Ram Tap X-countryout of the water hazard

Ram Tap X-country
out of the water hazard

Carpe Diem’s Hobbit

Haflinger     He is our newest equine and is learning his job as a lesson horse.  Hobbit is a super willing guy, who looks for ward to working.  He rides and drives.   Hobbits accomplishments:

2013   Halter Champion Gelding– Ventura Co. Fair Light Draft show

              Took the Grand Marshal of the Ventura Co. Fair Parade.  His first parade.  He was a   hit with the fans.

            Numerous ribbons were gathered during the year in various driving events

2012   Halter Champion Gelding– Ventura Co. Fair Light Draft show

               Drove in the Mariposa Wagon Train, near Yosemite NP, CA  Hobbit gave it his all.

playing in the poppies

playing in the poppies

Mariposa Wagon Train 2012

Mariposa Wagon Train 2012

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