Kristen Savage began developing the curriculum and programming for The Savage Riding Academy in 2011. She ran it part time while classroom teaching in a public elementary school until 2018, and then transitioned to running her equine program full time. She has put together a team of talented junior and senior trainers, instructors, and staff that make up our team! Meet everyone here!
The Savage Riding Academy was established by Kristen Savage in 2014 to teach about horses in a more comprehensive and progressive way. The program is designed to combine research-based practices on teaching and learning with authentic hands-on experiences, both for our lesson students and our larger community. Students ages 3 to adult work together to learn how to ride both English and Western disciplines and care for our four-legged partners. We offer a wide variety of community programming in addition to our regular horseback riding lessons, including summer camps, birthday parties, field trips, clinics, horse shows, sleigh rides, literacy promotions, art workshops, and fitness classes.
The Savage Riding Academy is run out of Wellington Farm, which is uniquely nestled in the heart of Goshen, Indiana. It is just south of downtown, and its private acreage is surrounded by City Park woods and rivers, making it picturesque in all four seasons. Because it is connected by both road and the Millrace Canal Parkway, you can reach us by car, foot, bike, and even canoe! The facility houses an indoor and outdoor arena, cross country course, heated viewing and tack area, and private wooded trails. The farm is home to a variety of animals including cows, chickens, cats, and dogs, and is owned by Karen and Jim Wellington.