Suncoast Stables and Riding Academy is a full service private barn that offers horseback riding and horsemanship lessons, training, horse show competition, summer/holiday camps, and a youth club. Our family-oriented environment is fun, safe, supportive, and educational. When you are part of our program, you'll learn all the skills needed to expertly care for horses and meet your riding goals. Many young riders also notice personal growth in responsibility and self-confidence.
Private lessons are available for all skill levels, ages four and up. Our lesson program is structured around weekly one-on-one instruction in our arena. All of our lesson horses are either past or current show horses and are highly trained to accommodate differing skill levels, from beginner to advanced. We specialize in American Saddlebreds, Morgan's, Arabians, hackneys, and roadsters. Customers can enjoy our property's multiple areas for riding and driving, including a lighted arena, and take advantage of our brand new barn.
We offer top-notch care for your horse in our new stalls. Boarding includes daily turn out and stall cleaning, automatic watering, and feeding three times a day with a balanced diet to ensure high performance.
Training programs are available for young horses, show horse prospects, and seasoned show horses. Programs are customized to each horse and rider/driver to ensure goals are met. Horses are trained six days a week. Owners also receive two lessons per week on their show horse.
We emphasize the respect and responsibility required of a successful horse and rider team to excel in the arena. Beginners will experience the thrill of competing and winning blue ribbons at academy level shows. More experienced riders can showcase their talents at larger regional or national shows.
If you have dreams of winning competitions with your own show horse, we are here to guide you through the purchasing process. We'll search for the perfect horse to complement your riding style, reach your goals, and stay within budget. Leasing options are also available.
Growing up around horses, Krystle took professional lessons in several styles of riding and enjoyed competing as both a juvenile and amateur in the American Saddlebred arena. She received her B.S. in Equestrian Science from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. After years of training horses in well-known barns in the Midwest and Southeast, Krystle opened her own facility in 2007.
Krystle was honored to be named 2017 Instructor of the Year by the Florida State High Point Program.
In addition, Krystle is an active member of the AMHA, ARIA, ASHA, CHA, UPHA, and USEF professional organizations and assists the UPHA in running the larger Tampa Bay area shows.
Rachel was riding horses from a young age. She graduated from Meredith Manor International Equestrian College in 2014 with the Meredith Manor Riding Master Program Level 3, Meredith Manor Training Program Level 1, and Meredith Manor Teaching Program Level 1 certifications.
After college, Rachel taught in a few different horse environments, was a wrangler at a Colorado summer camp, and the horseback program director at a Minnesota YMCA Summer camp. Most recently, she was a riding instructor at Wichita Riding Academy in Kansas.
Suncoast Stables is proud to have earned great customer reviews/ratings on social media. Below are some recent reviews from customers:
Krystle has gone above and beyond with training my daughter and helping instill values like dedication, responsibility, honesty, and resilience. She now competes at the highest level; it's the best thing that has happened to her. I couldn't be more grateful to Krystle.
My daughter and I started out as lesson riders at Suncoast Stables and have progressed to owning a show horse and competing at higher levels. Krystle's ability to educate, mentor, and progress both students and horses continues to exceed my expectations!
I know that my horse is receiving the best of care and that he is healthy and happy. Also, my daughter has attended several summer horse camps and enjoyed every minute. I would highly recommend Suncoast Stables to anyone!
All the riders at Suncoast Stables support each other's achievements. Krystle is a fun, energetic, and positive person who emphasizes proper care, respect, safety, and good horsemanship. We wouldn't go anywhere else!
There is a real community feeling at Suncoast Stables and the instruction is excellent. The instructors have given me the confidence to embrace riding at the age of 55. They are very professional, knowledgeable, and welcoming. I love being at the stables!
Held at Lake Park in Tampa at 10am, the inaugural Suncoast Spring Classic Horse Show will have Academy and Performance classes. This show boasts great awards, including 18in. ribbons, large trophies, neck medals, plaques, and Champion shirts. This show has been recorded with the ASHA for qualifying for Louisville!
You do not want to miss this show! Concessions will be available with snacks, drinks, and hot food! There is separate car and trailer parking, a fenced warm-up arena, and covered pavilions with bleachers. A playground is near the pavilion. Best of all, large handicap-accessible restrooms are available.
Remember, Academy riders must be a member of FSHPP and for Performance will be under UPHA Ch 16 rules- no derbies, suits, etc. Helmets are required for all riders.
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) announced the third annual ASHA Breed Ambassador Award winners. The award was designed to recognize those actively promoting the American Saddlebred throughout the year. The program recognizes High Point winners in 13 regions (including international) in three divisions: Individual Amateur, Barn, and Charter Club. A World Champion and Reserve World Champion are named in each division. Winners are chosen by High Point scores. Suncoast Stables is proud to announce that they won their region and were the Reserve World Champion! Amazing job to all our riders and staff!
Horsemanship camps are offered during spring break, the summer, and winter holidays. Campers will learn horse safety, grooming, tacking up, riding, and caring for horses in a safe, unique, and supportive environment. Camp is held rain or shine.
Children ages 5-17 can attend camp. We have helmets available. When riding, campers must wear long pants and closed toe hard-soled shoes. Be sure to bring a cooler with lunch, drinks, and snacks... and don't forget your sunscreen and sunglasses!
Our Youth Club is all about horsemanship, which is much more than just riding! In a fun and friendly atmosphere, we review barn safety and horse care while planning activities for upcoming events. The club is open to all of our riders under age 18. Different events are planned throughout the year, including local community projects and shows.
Thank you for your interest in Suncoast Stables. We are committed to providing you a great experience. Our lesson program is structured around weekly one-on-one instruction in our arena. All of our lesson horses are either past or current show horses and are highly trained to accommodate differing skill levels, from beginner to advanced.
Lessons are by appointment only. We do not offer trail riding. For more information or to schedule a lesson, please call us at 813-368-0666. Please complete the Rider Application, Release Form, and Medical Form (links below) and bring them to your first lesson in order to be able to ride. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early. Proper riding attire is required, which includes long pants and closed toe hard-soled shoes.
1108 Altamont Lane
Odessa, FL 33556