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Leg Up Equestrian is a family owned and operated Horsemanship School, serving Charlotte NC, Fort Mill SC, and the surrounding areas. Since 1997, we have earned a solid reputation in the horse community, and maintain one of the areas strongest youth equestrian programs. While we have grown significantly over the years, you’ll still find the same genuine warmth and close-knit community our students, families, and friends have come to expect. At Leg Up, teaching is our passion – and it shows! We foster a supportive learning environment – down-to-earth, approachable. Regardless of age or riding experience, our guiding principles are the same: Safety, Fun, Learning, Personal Growth.

We teach a comprehensive Horsemanship program including Hunter-Jumper and English Equitation, with an emphasis on introducing students to Combined Training (CT): Dressage, Stadium Jumping, and Cross-Country. In addition to our regular lesson program, Leg Up offers two in-house school shows, open to ALL ages and riding levels, camps, clinics, and a Working Student mentorship program. Leg Up runs on a quarterly system (Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall). Classes are scheduled weekly on same day/time throughout the quarter, with the same instructor. We also include a free make up week at the end of each term in case any classes are missed. [School Calendar]

Leg Up Equestrian is truly a special place: for caring, for sharing, for teaching and learning. We strive to create an intimate, down-to-earth atmosphere where personal attention is our hallmark and riders of all ages, youth and adults alike, always feel at home. Our well schooled, safe horses are perfect for the inexperienced rider just starting out, or the active enthusiast striving to attain the next level in her riding. Limited boarding, leasing, and working student programs are also available for qualified students.

Leg Up Equestrian is first and foremost a riding school. Lessons are taught by experienced, proficient instructors in a logical, progressive series, following a proven curriculum. Instruction is tailored to individual learning styles, drawing upon an eclectic body of knowledge and training methodologies. Our class sizes our small and always skill-level appropriate. Thus, our students are able to progress faster and master the requisite skills necessary to attain the next level in their riding.

Kassandra was so excited to be learning something new on the horse!!! She’s like a sponge and wants to learn everything she can about horses and riding, and try everything she possibly can. You are absolutely fantastic with the riders!!!!  Shelly W.

While the major emphasis of our lessons are taught under saddle, Horse Mastership training is an integral part of the Leg Up Equestrian education. In fact, by the time our young riders progress through our certification “levels” they will have attained the equivalent of college-level coursework and equine knowledge. Our goal is to develop well-rounded, knowledgeable students who possess strong character in addition to being competent riders.

At Leg Up we foster a supportive and encouraging environment where learning is fun as well as challenging. In addition to our regular lesson program, students will have opportunities to participate in one of the many other special interest clinics, camps and horse mastership courses. Please see see our Camps & Clinics page for more information about other equestrian program offered. Students will also have an opportunity to showcase their riding skills during one of our two in-house school “fun” shows, as well as opportunities to participate in outside competitions. Please visit our Shows & Events page for more information.


How can we give you a Leg Up?

  • A structured program of “Levels” following a proven curriculum
  • Skills taught in a logical, progressive series; tailored to individual learning styles
  • Small, skill-level appropriate class sizes
  • Integrated approach to riding and Horse Mastership training
  • Friendly atmosphere and personal attention
  • Safe horses, safe instructors, safe environment

Ready to learn more?

Additional information about us and our many other programs, including riding lessons, are available from the links at the top of this page. Please feel free to contact us anytime for additional information, or to schedule a trial lesson. – We would love the opportunity to talk with you.

Please call ahead to arrange a trial lesson.
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Our Address:

6201 Johannes Rd. fort mill sc


34.966274730445, -80.839809114392



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