Transitions Equestrian Center is a one-of-a-kind equine boarding, training and educational facility. Transitions is a multi-discipline and full-care boarding and training center. We have amazing staff and instructors with a customer service based mentality, while giving quality care for horses and riders. Transitions has an outstanding, extremely diverse and talented group of instructors and trainers that have performed, competed and taught internationally. We provide beginner to advanced riding instruction and training in Dressage, jumping, English and Western Pleasure/Equitation, Driving, Western Dressage, Reining, Natural Horsemanship, and Trick Training.
Transitions has a fun, laid back and family-friendly atmosphere with a riding program that covers everything from beginner level lessons and kids' camps to advanced instruction to upper level competition. Students may also partial lease lesson horses, giving an alternative to horse ownership that is more affordable. In addition to providing several different options and packages to fit your budget, the variety of disciplines and services we can provide reach far beyond that of your typical stable. Transitions often hosts top clinicians such as Dan James from Double Dan Horsemanship, Mike Flardia, Patrick King, Jake Biernbaum and more!
tMelissa Ashcraft is the Owner/Head Instructor of Transitions Equestrian Center in La Porte, IN. Melissa is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist and is currently competing for her Gold Medal! She is Grand Prix dressage rider that traveled for 5 years as a main performer with the "World Famous" Lipizzan Stallion Show performing throughout different parts of the world!! The international staff of riders performed with 15 Lipizzan Stallions in front of up to 10,000 people executing precision drills, long lining and classical Airs Above The Ground!! Melissa is a very successful instructor/competitor and often travels across the U.S. and to Austrailia teaching all disciplines and levels. Her training methods are a combination of classical/natural horsemanship. She is known for getting the most out of her students and horses by creating a fun, laid back yet effective environment. Melissa is an extremely diverse trainer/clinician/competitor and offers beginner to advanced riding instruction and training in Dressage, Jumping, English and Western Pleasure/Equitation, Driving, Western Dressage, Reining, Natural Horsemanship and Trick training.
The last 6 years Melissa has been performing with 2 Friesian Trick Trained Stallions named Prodigy and Dolci Vita. Prodigy of Majestic Friesians is a very talented 9 year old Dutch Registered trick-trained Friesian Stallion, bred by Lori Brock of Majestic Friesians in Big Rapids, MI. Prodigy has an incredible lineage out of his sire Tsjalke 397 and Wietske - an imported ster mare and in 2005 he earned the Reserve Premeium Champion at the Keuring. Prodigy and his trainer Melissa was honored to perform in Ohio Equine Affair Fantasia, Chicago's Noble Horse Theater, Michigan State University and the Valparaiso Stallion Expo and a numerous amount of other exhibition performances across the Midwest. Prodigy's portrait was painted by the infamous Elise Genest and was featured in her baroque calendar. He has also been in 4 Special Edition Bullet Ford Mustang Calendars and was recently honored to star in a "Tribute to the Friesians" featuring Lori Brock's breeding farm Majestic Friesians. For the next 3 years the movie will be airing on RFDTV and HRTV Nationwide in 42 countries!!
Transitions Equestrian Center Facility
~ 18 acres
~ 28 stalls with rubber mats with automatic watering system
~ Automatic fly system in the barn
~ 11 large grass pastures with shelters
~ 150' x 90' indoor arena
~ 240' x 140' outdoor arena with lighting
~ 60' round pen
~ 2 hot/cold water wash racks
~ 3 tack rooms with heat and A/C
~ large lounge with full kitchen
~ Guest bunkroom