Universal Academy’s Equestrian Program

CJ’s Legacy Ranch located at 2700 FM 407 E Bartonville, Texas 76226



Universal Academy’s riding program caters to all riders 5 years old through 12th grade—from competitive and experienced to never-ridden—and the facilities for both horse and rider are first rate. Your child will enjoy an educational hands-on program that offers stable and riding activities 5 days a week, English and/or Western, styles are available. Riders will also earn awards, trophies and varsity letters by competing against other schools and teams through the country. Bring your horse for training and lessons or ride one of the program horses! 

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Wholesome Fun, Companionship

Horses are the perfect antidote to today’s digital mania. Children are naturally attracted to horses, making them a welcome alternative to TV-watching, video-game-playing, social-media-obsessing, or just hanging out.

Horseback riding gets kids off the couch and out into nature, and it can be enjoyed alone or in groups. And, when the whole family gets involved, the time spent together with horses can enhance the bond among family members.

Great Exercise

According to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity more than tripled from 1971 to 2011, with too many sedentary pursuits (hello, iPhone) a contributing cause. Obesity now tops drug abuse and smoking as the No. 1 health concern of parents.

Mental-Health Booster

Kids are under a lot of pressure these days. The stress of “keeping up” on social media, surviving school testing, and managing overbooked lives can strain their mental resources. Horses provide a welcome respite from these stressors, offering the unconditional friendship of a living, breathing creature plus serving as a stabilizing presence in youngsters’ lives.

In fact, research from Washington State University shows that children who work with horses have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as indicated by saliva samples, than do those in a control group.

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Character Builder

Negative influences on children abound these days—in mass media, pop culture, and politics, especially. Handling, riding, and caring for a horse can help counteract these effects, promoting such positive character traits as responsibility, accountability, patience, self-discipline, empathy, and kindness.

Riding families have always known this. And, as many parents and other professionals points out, even non-horsey parents come to appreciate how horses build better kids.

Universal Academy has partnered with CJ’S Legacy Ranch to offer our students the unique opportunity of learning how to:

  • ride horses
  • care for horses
  • compete for awards, money, and scholarships in all areas of horsemanship
  • train in several horse disciplines
  • acquire knowledge and experience in Animal Science

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The horse program is divided into two sections – a start-up section and an intermediate/experienced section. Both sections follow a “whole horse” curriculum based on the following fundamental values: the horse/human connection; horse care and well-being; groundwork and training principles; fundamental riding skills; and agility series. The overall goal of the UA horse program is to develop a rich and rewarding relationship with horses to foster such traits as confidence, connection, and mastery of basic equine skills.

Equestrian: Western & English

The equestrian program provides riders and newcomers the perfect degree of training and guidance tailored to their interests and needs. The facilities include a climate controlled indoor arena, outdoor arena, a 60-stall stable, paddocks, and acres of open pasture.

Universal Academy’s program:

After- School at the Ranch CJ’S Legacy lessons: Monday-Friday
  • Riders are organized by their grade level.
  • Riders in Kindergarten-3rd grade compete on an Elementary team.
  • Riders in grades 4 – 8 compete on a Middle School team.
  • Riders in grades 9 – 12 compete on an Upper School (Varsity / Jr Varsity) team
  • A minimum of 3 riders are needed to form each type and level of the above teams.

Program Fees (2022-2023)

Membership Type Yearly
Before October 1, 2022
After October 1, 2022
Riding only

*Parents will be allowed to pay a $4,000 payment and set up a monthly debt for remaining balance. Which must be paid in full by December 1, 2022. Fees are not prorated. No discounts for multiple children. If you decide to leave the program at any point no refunds will be made. This program only has 20 places available and will function on a first paid first served basis. Only riders attending Universal Academy may participate in this initial program.