Desert Belle Arabians
Saddle up for a One of a Kind Adventure with the Arabian Horse!

Desert Belle Arabians

Saddle up for a One-Of-A-Kind Adventure

Classical Riding Academy

Desert Belle Arabians is affiliated with Missy Gilliland Dressage. We specialize in Classical Dressage, Western Dressage and Beginner Riders. We are located at the prestigious Bar A Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. The facility boasts an indoor arena, 2 round pens and fans and misters inside the barns to help keep us comfortable in the summer time. Plus many, many more amenities!


Heather & Missy's vision was to develop a unique Riding Academy based on teaching methods rooted in the principles of Classical Dressage. Dressage essentially means "training" and teaches the horse and rider everything they need to know to achieve their riding goals. Dressage is the perfect riding discipline to act as the foundation of learning for any type of ridingOur students have gone on to excel in many different riding disciplines. We aim to give our riders a firm foundation of learning while helping them achieve their goals and have a great time doing it. Students learn all aspects of horsemanship in our program, not just how to ride a horse. 


Though the bulk of our riders ride competitively, we also teach recreational and trail riding to those who may not wish to compete. We take great pride in and focus a lot of energy and effort on our beginner rider program. We want to be the best Academy in the Valley for beginner Equestrians and we want you to stay as you continue on your journey with horses as well! Students of all experience levels are welcome with us and will receive specialized instruction catered to their individual needs. 


We hope you'll come join us! 


Missy Gilliland Dressage Classical Riding Academy

at Bar A Ranch

28475 N. 84th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
(480) 849-9398

Meet The Instructors: 


Heather McWhorter 

Academy Co-Founder & Owner, MGD Assistant Trainer

Heather specializes in Western Dressage and starting our beginner riders. 


Missy Gilliland

MGD Head Trainer,  Academy Co-Founder

Missy Gilliland teaches our advanced riders and coaches our show team. 


Maxine Reyburn

Student Instructor

Maxine teaches our intermediate riders and specializes in jumping and Classical Dressage.