Palouse Equestrian Center
“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” ~ Helen Thompson
Here at Upper Columbia Academy we value not only outstanding academics but also hands on learning. The Palouse Equestrian Center is located with the school on the rolling hills of Spangle, Washington. Here the students will be able bring their horses. The Equestrian Center is open to students and community members, to people who have horses and people who do not. Boarding, riding lessons, and a horse club are available. Group classes will hopefully be part of the program soon. It is exciting that students and people from Spangle and the surrounding area will be able to experience the joy of horses and have the chance to learn the many life lessons horses offer.
Up and Coming
Our arena is up and running.
Let your kids enjoy a fun group setting where kids can learn about horses through fun games and activities. Activities will include horseback games, riding lessons, crafts, and more.
We have two more camps this year
- For kids ages 9-13
- For kids ages 7-9
Please contact the Equestrian Coordinator at 406.544.7021 for more information.
Lessons are offered to the community and to students at Upper Columbia Academy and the elementary school. Western and English lessons are available. We are not a competitive barn but rather focus on good riding and other horsemanship skills that are foundational and applicable for many different disciplines.
- Community members pay $40 for an hour lesson.
- Upper Columbia Academy and UCA Elementary students get a discount and only pay $20 for an hour lesson.
- P.E. credit for riding lessons will be available Fall 2018. Students must use an add class slip to get credit.
We have about 20 acres of pasture split in two, and a smaller paddock. The pastures and the paddock all have 12×24 foot run-in shelters. We provide hay, water, and a salt block.
- Upper Columbia Students
- $160 per month
- Students are encouraged to be involved with their horses care as much as possible.
- The Director will work with student’s schedules and needs.
- Board $250
- Palouse Equestrian Center provides hay, water, and salt blocks.
- Owners provide grains and supplements.
- Owners can be informed of scheduled vet and farrier visits, but do not have to be present if the horse is manageable and owners make arrangements for payment prior to the visit.
- As they are built, indoor and outdoor riding and training areas can be used, provided that classes have first priority.
- Board $250
- All horses should be up to date on vaccinations and have an unexpired Coggins test before arrival.
- Horses housed together will need to be on the same deworming schedule.
- The facility is not appropriate for stallions, mares ready to foal, or horses with dangerous behavior.
- All other possible arrangements discuss with the Director.
About the Director and Instructor
Sarah Holloway grew up in the foothills of the Rockies in Montana. She studied Outdoor Education at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale TN, where she became involved at a local barn, Hidden Hills Farm and Saddle Club. She started teaching at Hidden Hills after college. Before coming to Upper Columbia Academy, Sarah worked as an instructor for about five years and as Barn Manager for a year, all while gaining experience as an outdoor educator. She also took a year to be Maintenance Assistant at Mount Ellis Academy in Montana. Sarah is excited about how horses can be a part of Upper Columbia Academy and the local community.
Located by Hymark Saw Mill west of main UCA campus.