With numerous horseback riding farms in the Atlanta area, everyone from children and adult beginners to expert competitors can enjoy the horses and the rides. Atlanta offers riding trails throughout the periphery of the city and stables with full-time onsite caretakers for boarding your favorite equine friends. Many of the farms are owned and operated by expert competitive riders with credentials to meet anyone’s expectations of safety, knowledge and core values of attention and care for the horses. Here are a few of the farms that regular riders talk about.
1280 Bradley Gin Road N.W.
Monroe, GA 30656
Jim and Cator Hartley own and operate this center which offers all types of riding, from beginner lessons to advanced pleasure riders, as well as competitive hunters/jumpers/equitation and dressage. They board horses and offer a full-time staff who live on the premises to closely watch after the horses. Manager Ellen maintains a pleasant farm known for taming difficult horses and doting on horses with special needs. Owner Cator is a clinician with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning organization and collaborates with the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Association. “We have a beautiful paradise for horses and their owners,” she says.
4340 Double Springs Road
Monroe, GA 30656
Brandywine emphasizes the “fun and friendly” atmosphere of its farm, which offers instruction and specializes in competition and breeding. With an onsite team including owner Elizabeth Harris, an expert instructor, Brandywine teaches and coaches riders for eventing and dressage. It offers group lessons in riding instruction and horse care for amateur and junior riders. “Our goal is to help each and every rider to achieve the highest level of riding they desire,” says Harris. If you dream of working on a horse farm, Brandywine offers a working student program to educate riders in all aspects of managing a farm.
14725 Wood Road
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Commonly referred to as Yellow House Barn, Fortitude Farm’s Summer Horse Camp teaches children horse-riding basics including how to interact with them, how to care for them, horse “games” in which children play on and off the horses and hours of interactive riding each day. It also provides children’s pony parties for private events such as birthdays, with picnic facilities and pony rides. There is a 10-child maximum. If you’re looking for a horse to buy or lease, the farm offers a stable of horses for all levels of riders, including competitive eventing. Owner Carolyn Bell directs the sales and leasing, as well as the boarding facilities.
597 Barnsley Gardens Road
Adairsville, GA 30103
If your idea of the perfect getaway includes trail rides among verdant hillsides, pet accommodations, golf, quail hunting and Civil War history, Barnsley Gardens Resort promises you won’t be looking at your cell phone while you relax on the premises. Guided and private trail rides, children’s corral rides, rodeo parties and riding lessons are highlights of the activities offered. Romantic rides for weddings, anniversaries and engagements feature floral bouquets for the ladies and secluded ride-up elegant picnic lunches. Before or after you explore the trails on horseback, a visit to the history museum on the grounds displays Civil War artifacts found on the property and a history of the Barnsley family.
818 Arnold Mill Road
Woodstock, GA 30188
With numerous trails and 60 acres of riding property, Lakeview Farm gives riders the space to enjoy all aspects of their horses’ abilities, along with competitive training. With a specialty in Triple S eventing, Lakeview offers a boarding, training and lesson program, with packages available for all levels of riders. Its 12-stall barn features personalized horse care, as well as facilities for riders who wish to give their horses hands-on attention when they ride. There are wash racks, a tack room and a break room with washer, dryer and kitchen. Lakeview’s motto is “Safe. Simple. Serious.”
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