Saddleseat Equitation

Saddleseat is an English style of riding developed for very up–headed, high trotting, excitingly forward moving horses.

Specifically . . . the American Saddlebred, Morgan, Arabian, and National Show Horse.

Some Typical Saddleseat Classes

Country Pleasure: the horse is judged on its elegant, foward movement at walk, trot, canter, stand and back

English Pleasure: the horse is judged on its brilliant, high stepping movement at walk, trot, canter

Park: the horse is judged on its extreme high level of action at walk, trot, canter

Showmanship: the handler is judged on their ground skills and appearance

Equitation: the handler is judged on their riding skills and appearance


Located in beautiful San Juan Capistrano, Sycamore Trails Stables features three lighted covered arenas, three lighted jumping arenas (one just for beginners), world class instructors and trainers, miles of scenic trails, and lots of great people and horses.