American Academy of Equestrian Sciences

A state-of-the-art, full service equestrian facility, The American Academy of Equestrian Sciences (AAES) located in Leesburg, Virginia. A state-of-the-art, full service equestrian facility, The American Academy of Equestrian Sciences (AAES) located in Leesburg, Virginia is widely known to be of world-class caliber.

Operating as usual


Now accepting students by the week or for the full school year. Learn more at


Now accepting students by the week or for the full school year. 09/01/2020

Enriched Studies | A Healthy Remote Learning Space A safe, supervised learning space for ages 10+Sign up for a week or for the entire school year to give your child a healthy learning environment Enriched Studies provides a supervised, healthy learning space that adheres to strict COVID-19 prevention practices. Nestled in Leesburg’s picturesque co...


AAES recognized that many families are facing a number of new and difficult challenges that have arisen due to the Virginia’s Department of Education’s decision to implement distance learning this academic school year.

In response, we have developed a unique and innovative program for your child by providing a safe learning space we call our Enriched Studies.


Camp Koda

Two hundred and forty-five years ago, citizens of Loudoun County marched off to become members of the 1st Company of the 2nd Virginia Regiment to help win America's War for Independence. Observe and learn about skills the new soldiers would need to know like how to make a fire with flint and steel, or mold musket balls from lead and an iron mold. Participate in the drill soldiers learned so that they could march properly as some of America's first soldiers, and much more!

When: July 8, 2020
Time: 1 PM
Duration: 2-3 hrs.
Click here to Register
or call 703-779-8082

Register online or call 703-779-8082: We ask that children under 18 be accompanied by an adult.


Virtual Tour of American Academy of Equestrian Sciences

In lieu of the Loudoun County Farm Tour, enjoy a virtual tour of our facility


Come see us today 2/22/20 and tomorrow 2/23/20 at the Dulles Town Center Camp and Summer Expo from 11-4 for discounts on summer camps and a chance to win a free week of summer camp valued at $499 or a free riding lesson valued at $70!


Home School Program


AAES is offering Homeschool Horseback Riding Lessons this spring! Classes are offered once a week beginning with an unmounted Bonus Kick-Off class, the week of March 2nd, Introduction To Horsemanship, then continues with 10 weeks of riding lessons. Instruction is tailored to the age and ability of the riders in each class from beginner to intermediate.

Limited to 4 riders per class.

For Students Ages 8 –18 years old and family members or guardians who register for the same class as their students. This Horseback Riding Lessons Program is designed especially for Homeschool Famlies. Classes are offered once a week beginning with an unmounted Bonus Kick-Off class, the week of March 2nd, Introduction To Horsemanship, then continues with 10 weeks of riding lessons. Instruction is tailored to the a...


Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2019 Leesburg Christmas Parade!


American Academy of Equestrian Sciences


Coco and friends are ready for warm weather and spring break camp... are you?! #campkoda2019 #downonthefarm


Free time today? Come visit us at Dulles town center expo and sign up for one of our camps today!


“Team work makes the dream work!”


The only thing more fun than being dirty, is being dirty and grey!


I can’t tell you what they’re talking about; but I can guarantee it’s important! We love seeing all our students grow into strong and capable individuals with help from their peers, instructors, and the horses.


AAES would like to wish a very happy 14th Birthday to miss Brio, we know you will enjoy your special day of pampering!


Rootbeer is all about this “spring cleaning” thing!


AAES staff and animals are wishing all our students, friends, and their families a happy snow day. Stay safe and warm and we will see you, and hopefully Spring, again soon!

Coco would also like to point out that hanging onto her fur coat a little longer than everyone else has really paid off this year...


The next time you stop by the Academy for lessons, ask us about buying a dozen or two of our yummy fresh eggs. The AAES chickens are some of the most spoiled gals ever! Students and campers alike love giving them goodies and helping to collect their many eggs every day!



Ramina welcomed a sweet bay filly into the world under the cover of darkness on St. Patrick’s Day. Both are doing wonderfully and her name has already been chosen, please welcome Davia!


Our ring is ready for a full weekend of riding lessons!


Hard to believe Ramina still has two weeks left before we meet the new addition, she’s looking quite shapely to say the least!


Check out our new web page at AAESVA.COM


We have a new baby!
On 11/28/17 Dolly had her baby!
And boy is she ever cute! We are having a baby name contest, submit your baby name suggestion with your name and contact info. We will announce the winning name at our annual AAES Christmas party on Dec 16, 2017. Winner will receive a free riding lesson.


We have a couple of specials running. Lessons and camp would make a great Christmas gift! Call AAES 703 779-8082 to register today!


AAES presents a Classical Horsemanship In-Hand Workshop
12/10/17. Learn how to have a better connection and relationship with your horse. Contact AAES 703 779-8082 to register for the December workshop. Additional workshops will be held January 21, 2018 and February 11, 2018.

Labor Day 2017 09/08/2017

Open House and Family Fun Day at AAES

Open House and Family Fun Day at AAES


Please come out and join us this Monday for our Labor Day Open House!


Looking forward to a great fall! Come ride with us.


We are keeping busy with Camp Koda and with our regular lessons for children, teens and adults.


A special treat today watching Reilly get some new footwear.


Sometimes when you think there is a leak in the automatic waterer there is just some horse play going on.


Why does the American Academy of Equestrian Sciences use Side Reins with Beginning Riders?
(WARNING!!! – USE OF SIDE REINS on a horse who has not been properly trained or by a trainer who has not been properly educated in the use of side reins can be extremely dangerous for both the horse and rider)
If side reins can be so dangerous, then why does the American Academy Use them with beginning riders? The most successful riding schools in the world use side reins to properly train new riders who wish to excel in this most satisfying sport. Why? Because without side reins the horse will not have the proper gait with a new rider which does not give the rider the feeling of a correctly moving horse.
The beginner rider, during the time period of learning how to sit on a bouncing horse’s back, is unable to provide correct aids to his/her horse. Therefore, for correct training and development of both the horse and the rider, it is imperative to provide an aid so the horse can stay stable through the rider’s learning period. This is the reason why most credible riding schools in Germany use side reins for the horses that carry beginner riders.
Side reins serve as an artificial point of stability for the horse who, because of his double spring mechanism, uses this stability to re-balance his/her body, thus creating vertical alignment through all main joints.
As soon as a rider understands the importance of spinal vertical alignment in connection with a balanced hoof and how to influence the horse through correct position and timing, side reins are no longer necessary.
Marina Genn or one of our senior instructors would be more than happy to show and tell you more about the importance of spinal vertical alignment in connection with a balanced hoof and how learning to influence your horse through correct position and timing will make you a more accomplished rider.
To assure vertical alignment, soundness and overall health for our well trained school horses, our skilled and knowledgeable trainers ride our school horses every morning to assure the correct re alignment before they are used for lessons. The oldest horse we have just turned 29 and is still sound. So is the 20 year old retired international champion who is available to ride in our riding school at the AAES in the discipline of jumping - clearing 7’ in his younger days; and so are all the other horses in our barn.
Please contact the American Academy of Equestrian Sciences at 703-779-8082 or e-mail if you have any more questions, and please accept my invitation to our monthly theory class and discussion, where students learn about the biomechanics of motion and how the rider influences his horse’s performance, the difference between correct and incorrect gaits, and many more very important topics.
Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to help you understand the use of firmly attached side reins.


Getting ready for Camp Koda! Sami is making sure that Castrol is safe to teach kids how to mount. Camp Koda begins June 12, 2017. Call our office to sign up for our weekly horse camp!


Please welcome Dolly the Donkey to the American Academy of Equestrian Sciences family!!

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Sometimes when you think there is a leak in the automatic waterer there is just some horse play going on.
The goats love their new toys!
Julien Beaugnon clinic at AAES
You scratch my back I'll scratch yours!
AAES just got a lot bigger in a little way!!
I think somebody is ready to go outside and enjoy the sunshine on this beautiful day!
Duka at AAES
Our little princess Dulcinea is growing up so fast.
And yet another brief clip, because .... we all need some magic in our day.
For those of you who just want more cuteness.Welcome little one.





19876 Riders Success Ln
Leesburg, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
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