One of Dutchess County's oldest, privately owned horse farms, JL Performance Horses is located in beautiful Union Vale, NY. The farm recently underwent an almost decade long, modernizing design for World-class horse training, riding and stabling. The farm continues to provide community-based, comprehensive equine education programs and welcomes children, adults, families, Scouts, schools and other groups to the wonderful world of horses. JL Performance Horses continues to produce quality, all-around horses for both competition and recreational riding purposes and developing capable, knowledgeable horse people through hands-on equine experiences.
JL Performance Horses is a NYS Certified Women Owned Agricultural Small Business, an active member of the DCRCOC, AQHA, APHA, USEF and USPC.
For more than half a century, JL Performance Horses has been earning National and local accolades and awards in English, Western & Driving events at Open, USEF and breed shows (AQHA, APHA, PtHA, AMHA, AMHR). The farm has received meritorious recognition for stable management, equine health care and training. Our instructors and trainers are lifelong horse people who are accomplished equestrians themselves. They have a proven professional track record and have successfully completed the US SafeSport, other safety & professional coursework and pass full background checks. Our team includes Certified Horsemanship instructors, carded horse show judges, equine veterinarians, veterinary assistants, a master farrier and authentic cowboys/cowgirls. (Meet the JLP Horse family)
The horses, ponies, minis and the beautiful equestrian landscape make JL Performance Horses the perfect place for private photoshoots and for hosting the best pony parties and play dates EVER!
JL Performance Horses provides EVERYONE who LOVES HORSES a place to safely and properly follow their passion and learn all about horses and ponies. JL Performance Horses is a premier horse training facility, fully equipped with modern, state-of-the-art, fully appointed indoor and outdoor amenities.
NEW TO HORSES? Ready to pull on your boots? Simply use our online booking system to secure your 1/2 hour time slot. We'll happily introduce you to the wonderful world of horses. Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Question section and our 2022 Specials.
Hunters, Equitation, Ponies, Jumpers, Dressage, Cross Country, Stadium/Show Jumping, Hunter Paces, Trail Rides, Halter
Halter/Lounge line, Showmanship, Pleasure, Horsemanship, Trail, Ranch Riding, Patterns, Games (Barrel Racing, Pole Bending), Trail Riding
We utilize both Natural Horsemanship and classical training methods. Our custom C&S Iron 60' professional grade round pen is the perfect place to start your equine experience.
WIDE, OPEN SPACES, BREATHE IN THE FRESH MOUNTAIN AIR! Seven manicured acres have undergone an amazing transformation showcasing our private, groomed trail system complete with more than 2 dozen obstacles and sensory activity stations spanning across the farm. Take a look!
JL Performance has frequently hosted workshops and clinics with Down Under Horsemanship, legendary horseman and Spirit of the Horse recipient, Kennis Fairfax and the Northeast Ranch Horse Director, judge and clinician, Michael Dunn, giving neighboring farms and fellow equine enthusiasts World class training opportunities close to home. Learn more
YES! We have show quality, proven, confidence building, well-trained horses and ponies available for you and your child to handle, work with, ride and care for.
YES! We do offer horse training. Learn more.
Yes, we offer horses and ponies for on-farm lease and sale.
Call us and plan your visit (845) 260-0962.
Please reach us at (845) 260-0962 if you cannot find an answer to your question.
Yes! Running a horse farm is an every day job. No matter the weather or world situation, the horses and ponies that call JL Performance Horses 'home' MUST BE properly taken care of multiple times a day to prevent such problems as 'Colic'. Despite their size, horses and ponies can be delicate creatures. A mere temperature change can cause a horse to 'colic'. Colic is the number 1 killer of horses.
The horses/ponies depend on humans to provide them good care including wellness checks, grooming, exercising and feeding. If you are not able to be present at your timeslot, we require 24-hour advanced notification or you will be billed.
In extreme weather cases, which may make travel dangerous, farm closings and cancelations are posted on the farm's FB page. If you are unsure, please call 845-260-0962. We are happy to answer your questions.
Jeans or leggings, fitted shirt, closed toed, hard soled, heeled shoes ( wide square toe Western boots or a pair of paddock boots are perfect). Long hair should be neatly contained in a low pony tail or low braid (or 2 low braids). Jacket in cooler weather.
Most kids don't own Western boots or paddock boots. We have a few pairs to loan and a few pairs on consignment. This type of footwear is best for working with and caring for horses/ponies.
If its raining/muddy, wear waterproof boots to keep your feet dry. In winter weather (snow/ice) please wear warm, waterproof boots. (Yes, you can buy Thinsulate waterproof paddock boots and yes, they make 'winter' western boots too. Gloves/hat/ear headband. It's not much fun playing ponies if our fingers or ears are cold. Yes, you're welcome to wear snow pants while your working and caring the horses/ponies.
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We proudly maintain scholarship and financial aid opportunities and welcome your generous contributions to continue to do so. Please contact our scholarship coordinator to make your generous donation to the future equestrians of the world today.
As Union Vale's oldest horse farm, JL Performance Horses continues to offer quality, community based, comprehensive equine educational programs, English & Western riding, clinics and workshops for children and adults of all ages, levels & abilities.
We are happy to customize your personal equine experience.
JL Performance Horses is dedicated to producing quality all-around horses for show and recreational purposes and capable, knowledgeable horse people.
We offer the opportunity to attend various equine educational clinics, horse shows and participate in community and holiday events with our equine ambassadors.
Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter, Jumper & Ponies
with Didi Cooke
Walk/Trot(Pre-Short Stirrup), Short Stirrup, 2'-2'3", 2'6" and up WELCOMED.
Children & Adult registration OPEN NOW.
Advanced registration required.