Horse Boarding

The small barn with big amenities, right in town!  Low numbers of horse boarding owners and  riding lessons students on our private farm means no waiting and no drama.  All the toys including schooling dressage arena and jumps.  Horses are comfortable both mentally and physically in stimulating, urban surroundings. In bad weather, we bring them in to their  stalls.  In bad footing, we use the 60x120'  groomed indoor arena for limited turnouts to preserve our paddocks and your horse's soundness. In or out there is ample  quality hay or lush grass, a good bed, clean water and  comfortable companionship.  We have no trails here, but   a trailer can quickly get on the road  to other area horse venues.  Our compact  and convenient lay out  means fewer steps from parking to barn to paddocks, pastures or professionally groomed arenas--and never wading in mud to find your horse.  We aren't for everyone, but we might be just what you want. 

Riding Lessons

Certified by CHA as an advanced level riding instructor, Kelly has been teaching mostly beginners to ride and enjoy horses since buying the farm in 1990. Prior to that  Kelly was correctly taught both here in the U.S. and in England, where her father was stationed while serving in the USAF.  While living overseas as a teen she took lessons, owned her own horse and participated in Pony Club  events and foxhunting.  As an adult, Kelly has attended clinics with Bruce Davidson, George Morris and others over the years, and strives for  their classically correct equitation styles in her students. Though this is not a "competition" barn, we do attend some local shows and events .  We limit number of students to allow for personal attention and encourage their voluntary participation helping with the many barn chores.  Several past students have found employment or  work professionally in the equine industry in different disciplines--or have just become happy, successful horse owners and riders with happy horses.  We always enjoy it when any of them return to visit!!

Horse Motels/Overnight Stabling

Nine miles from the Arch, our central St. Louis area location is minutes from all  area interstate highways (70-55-270-255-64), along with being close to many hotels and service amenities including truck repair, tire, engine and trailer repair, fuel--PLUS numerous shopping, eating, historical, cultural and entertainment venues, makes us the perfect place to put your horse(s) when traveling through our area!! 

We guarantee that your horse will be safe and comfortable while you rest up for your continued journey or enjoy any of our many nearby attractions!! 

Please call ahead and make a reservation if possible, but we are usually available  in emergencies or for last-minute plans, too. We live on site so late arrivals are ok. 



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Gateway Stables and Riding Academy

3514 Lake Drive, Pontoon Beach, IL 62040, US

(618) 931-3527

We live on site and are a full service horse facility available to our horses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  For humans that are not yet clients we require a scheduled appointment,  please call before visiting.