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.
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!!
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.
EASY ACCESS FOR THE BIGGER RIGS--NO TURNING AROUND NEEDED!!
Our superior feeding program and management practices are clearly demonstrated by our happy, healthy horses! Please add $10. to board from May through October to help cover the increased costs of fans and our fabulously effective fly control
$14.00 per day
These are usually our lay-up race horses from Fairmount Park--we have a pretty good return and win record! Includes free choice, quality, mixed hay, grain, supplements, blanketing if needed, 14x14 or larger stall, bedding, and safe, appropriate turn-out. We will take excellent care of your recovering athlete and return them rested, rejuvenated and ready. OR, safely and properly let them down from racing and help them prepare for their new life that will follow.
Includes hay and turnouts, we throw your grain. We do not provide bedding (but insist that you do), nor do we muck your stall or scrub your water buckets. Daily visits are not required, though, we will make sure your horse is well tended to and content in your absence.
If you need services for your horse not listed here, please contact and visit us to discuss if we are able to help you, and the cost.
Large matted, 12x12' stalls, clean, safely fenced paddocks, or our indoor arena are usually available to overnight your horses. Your well behaved and leashed dogs are welcome with you, too.
$25.00 / Night
$10.00 / Night
Private or semi-private hunt seat lessons with CHA certified instructor. Seasoned and experienced, size appropriate mounts. Weight restrictions apply. All riders must wear approved helmets when mounted.
Includes grooming and tacking the horse or pony, block out about 1 1/2 hours
An abbreviated experience mostly for the younger set, lots of time and help learning grooming and saddling, and approximately 20 minutes ride time. We usually take about 45 minutes for these.
Come school your horse in bad weather, $10. per horse and rider combo, per mounted hour
We are an unheated barn, so this is a seasonal offering. Please call to discuss possibilities and pricing.
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3514 Lake Drive, Pontoon Beach, IL 62040, US
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.