What We Do

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Horseback riding lessons in the beautiful Northern Colorado Front Range!

Girl riding horseThe Colorado Equestrian Academy, LLC is a horseback riding lesson program dedicated to producing well-rounded, well-educated equestrians. We strive to create memorable, educational, and fun experiences for all of our participants! We offer both English and Western lessons and welcome riders of all experience levels. Whether it is your first time in the saddle or you’re a more experienced rider looking to polish your skills, we have the horsepower to meet your needs! Come ride with us!


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  • Private horse riding lessons
  • Group horse riding lessons
  • Community activities

Meet Kristen

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Passionate about students, horses, and the love of riding.

Horseback riding lessons with Kristen MartellKristen (Wheeler) Martell is the owner and head instructor of the Colorado Equestrian Academy.

Kristen has been an avid equestrian since the age of ten and has been involved in the equine industry through a variety of avenues including horse ownership and as a competitor, judge, student, and employee.

With over twelve years of horseback riding instructor experience, Kristen is proficient teaching English as well as Western lessons, group and private. She also has over ten years experience in guiding trail rides and leading overnight, horseback camping trips.

Kristen’s formal education includes advanced degrees in Equine Science from the Animal Science programs at Colorado State University (CSU) where she also taught equine courses. She has also received her Certified Horsemanship Association certification in 2010, Level 4 out of 4 in both English and Western.

Kristen is passionate about sharing her love for horses with others and about helping others grow and achieve their individual goals. This shines through in her dedication to her students and their personal betterment at the Colorado Equestrian Academy.

We invite you to call Kristen at 925.788.2834. Ask questions, schedule a time to visit the facilities, or, if you’re ready, get started riding!

Testimonial from Sara Raver
To say that CEA is an amazing place is not doing it justice. I love CEA: from Kristen, the lesson horses, the facility and the fellow riders.
Sara Raver, CEA rider since 2016