Mackinac Horsemen’s Association strives to build positive, confident, and trusting relationships between horse and human. We believe this is integral to the growth and development of equestrians while also nurturing the values of Mackinac Island. We promote this through our lesson program, 4H program, on-site clinics, shows, and demonstrations.
Each horse in our program serves a portion of the Mackinac Horsemen’s Association Mission Statement and offers the opportunity for skill improvement. Lesson horses range in size and ability, and are school masters in their discipline. These horses have been carefully selected to sustain a flourishing lesson program and create a valuable learning experience for our students.
Our lesson program is founded on proper horsemanship, use of aids, and safety for riders. We believe it is essential that our students have the proper tools and skills to build a trusting and confident relationship with their horse. Lessons range from beginner to intermediate/advanced and we focus on both English and Western Dressage. Here at Mackinac Horsemen’s Association each rider is given one on one attention and is started from the basics to provide a firm foundation in their experience as an equestrian.
MHA has adopted the American Horse Council's NATIONAL WELFARE CODE OF PRACTICE.
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Blaze is our most experienced school master at 36 years young! He's mostly retired but enjoys driving around the island with his favorite person, and giving young students their first experience with horses.
Ellie origionally competed as a hunter large pony, but since moving to Mackinac, she's become the Mackinac Jumper Pony we all love to see. Whether on the trails or in the show ring, there is nothing this girl won't jump!
Ellie is a 14 hh Grade pony, and at 15 years old she's got many more lessons to teach our riders!
The newest member of the team, Walker Boy is a brave Mackinac pony who loves his job, loves trail riding, and especially loves his cookies!
Walker is a 16.1 hh Quarter Horse, and at 10 years old hes one of our younger masters, but we know he will soon be the favorite around the farm!
Jack Raises the Bar "Gladdy"
Gladdy is by far a favorite amoung the younger students with his cuddly personality and quiet teaching methods. With his owner, who has kindly leased Gladdy to us, Gladdy was a barrel racer, showed for Oxford Equestrian Team, competed in Jumpers, Eventing, has taken countless riders on trail rides and is an all around 'good boy'.
Thank you Makayla Haywood for leasing us this increadible boy.
Cairo is an Arabian retired from his intense showing days, but is still rocking around the schooling ring. With his cunningness in the ring, and willingness to please, Cairo is a fan favorite among most developing students and is such a blast to have in the yard. Thank you, Candi Dunnigan for leasing us this special boy!
Mad-Eye Moody "Nugget"
Nugget is a unique pony missing one eye, but for the body-parts he lacks, he makes up for in his work ethic. While he's still young and learning to become the ultimate school-master, he loves the finer points of Dressage, trail riding, and his absolute favorite disaplin: Cross-Country.
Thank you Bridget Moriarty for leasing us this kiddo!
Bridget has been a staff member of MHA since 2019, and Director of the program since 2024, but has been involved in the sport of Eventing since 2011 when she started her first working-student position. Bridget has two horses, Arlo and Nugget who have taught her most of her skills in the saddle, and she continues to dedicate her life to proper horse care and balanced riding.