Matthias Arabian Services


Matthias Arabians is owned and operated by nationally recognized trainer and judge, Leon Matthias. Leon originally opened Matthias Arabians in Readlyn, Iowa in 1963. In 2001, Leon moved Matthias Arabians to Norwalk, Iowa thereby enabling more horse enthusiasts to gain access to his expertise and training. Through a long-standing history of success Leon has developed a reputation as one of the finest trainers and instructors in the industry. Leon and daughter-in-law, Kim Matthias, offer expertise in training and showing in a variety of disciplines including halter and performance for all levels of competition. Also showing family owned horses is son, Lon Matthias and grandchildren Landon and Eva. All riders at Matthias Arabians are assisted in an atmosphere that emphasizes hard work, discipline, the art of good horsemanship and a love of the Arabian horse.


By maintaining a limited number of horses in training, Matthias Arabians is able to devote special attention to each and every horse in its care. Every horse and rider is treated to one-on-one lessons, which allows Leon and his staff to focus their attention on each individual's specific requirements.

  • Performance Training $800.00 per month
  • Halter Training $800.00 per month


Over the past 40 years Matthias Arabians have acquired an extensive list of horses with winning show records. You can rest assured that your horse is in the best of care because Matthias Arabians has a proven track record.

  • Class A Show $450.00
  • Regional Shows $700.00
  • Scottsdale $1650.00
  • US & Canadian Nationals $1650.00
  • Youth Finals $1650.00
  • Hauling $1.00/mile - $75.00 min
  • Body Clipping $150.00
  • Show Cart $50.00 (per class)
  • Lessons $45.00 (per lesson)

Additional Show Charges:

Entry fees, transportation, bedding, % of tack stalls, medications, and % of patron ships and box seats. All show tack to be provided by client including: Saddle, show bridle, bit, reins, saddle pads and breast collar and show bags.


Matthias Arabians offers an array of classes -- Halter, Hunter, Western, Equitation, English/Country English, Reining, and Costume. All students have an opportunity to learn from the industry's best riding coaches in an atmosphere that encourages hard work, discipline, the art of good sportsmanship, and most importantly, having fun and maintaining a good sense of humor. Matthias Arabian's riders, whether amateur, youth or professional, bring home the trophies and the blue ribbons.

  • Four free per month with horses in training for performance
  • Every lesson over 4 per month per horse - $45.00
  • Private lessons - $45.00


Matthias Arabians provides a full service breeding program. Breeding Manager Kim Matthias provides quality care for both stallions and mares. She has over 10 years of experience with vast knowledge in the technical aspect of collecting, preparing and shipping of cooled semen as well as artificial insemination. Incoming mares are well cared for by the staff at Matthias Arabians. Services such as foaling and foal care as well as foal halter breaking and basic training are also available.

  • Pasture Board $350.00
  • Stall Board $450.00
  • Mare Care $12.00 per day
  • Mare with Foal $14.00 per day
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