Friday, July 15th is designated as National I Love Horses Day. In honor of this National day and to celebrate our local equestrian community, we’re bringing you a list of local horseback riding facilities in Newton County! If you’ve been thinking of getting back in the saddle, or you’re looking for a brand new hobby, consider taking a drive to one of these incredible, local farms. Each farm offers a variety of services from boarding your horses, to private and group lessons, and even trail rides! Take a look at our four choices for horseback riding in Newton County.
Cottonwood Farms, LLC:
Teri and Kenneth Justice are the owners and operators of Cottonwood Farm, LLC. As a retired Special Education teacher, Teri knowns the value of having an excellent education. Alongside her barn manager, Janna Malo, Teri coaches students in proper horseback riding form, safety, and horse care. Cottonwood Farms offers horse boarding and riding lessons to the public. Plus, the farm is located just minutes away from Exit 98 on Interstate 20, which means you can enjoy the sport any time you wish! Cottonwood Farms LLC offers many different horseback riding lessons, from beginners to advanced riders, and can accommodate all riding styles, both English and Western.
Woodcrest Farm is situated on 15 acres in the southwest corner of Newton County. The farm is owned and managed by Barbara Stoltz, who has over 30 years of experience in caring for horses of many different breeds and disciplines. As an instructor, Barbara has taught students of all ages from beginner through advanced, both on their own horses or her school mounts. She uses a classical approach in her instruction to help her students achieve their goals, whether it is to participate in horse shows in jumping and dressage, or merely to develop better communication with their horse.
Calling all Western riders! Sawtooth Ranch will be your spot for the best Western riding around. Trainor Jennifer Vickers is the main teacher here at Sawtooth Ranch. She started riding at a young age and began barrel racing when she was 16. Her passion has always been Western riding and barrel racing, and she enjoys teaching lessons and bringing new kids into the horse world. Lessons vary but the farm does offer both private and group lesson packages.
Easton Show Stables:
Easton Show Stables is a full service training operation based out of a gorgeous facility in Covington, Georgia. Head Trainor, Anna Easton, has been working with horses and riders since her early teens and competed in the sport for years. The Stables specializes in Hunter/Jumper training and lessons, so if you’ve been dying to jump, this is the barn for you. They are located just 15 minutes from the Georgia International Horse Park, in Conyers, and offers Hunter/Jumper lessons for beginners to advanced riders.