My daughter has been attending summer camp for 6 years and now does year-round lessons. This is a down-to-earth barn owned an operated by a mother-daughter team who live and breathe horses. It's totally non-pretentious and makes horseback riding available to children from all walks of life. The children learn so much more than just riding. They start with the basics of care - for the animal, the barn/stable and the gear. Proper care and grooming come first. Respect the animal. Lynn & Leah are extra vigilant to make sure that riders and horses are safe. Nobody graduates to a new skill level until it is safe for them to do so. And they have to WORK to EARN these ranks! I love that my daughter doesn't just show up and ride a waiting horse - she cleans it's stable, grooms and inspects it, tacks it...and when she's done she cleans it again, feeds and waters it, etc. It's the whole picture of equestrian life. Lynn and Leah care for and love their horses, their stable and all of their riders. Together, they provide quality instruction and loving support. The recent improvements to the riding arena, barn and stables made over the summer are quite nice. It's a no-frills barn, but it's safe and comfortable and accessible. Summer camp is great fun - and it's not just horses all day - they play games in the woods, have tie-dye day, swimming every afternoon. There's archery, a climbing wall, and on rainy days, there's always silly fun to be had while staying dry.
Posted: 8/25/2013 • Link to this review
I used to take lessons here and will be sending my daughter when she is old enough. This is a little barn about 20 minutes from East Atlanta/Decatur area. A friendly, down-to-earth family runs it, and they focus on the beginnings of dressage. But my favorite part is that the kids have good-old-fashioned fun outdoors. They learn to feed and care for the horses, take trail rides, swim, play hide and seek, etc. Plus there's a pig and a goat and chickens and all sorts of other cool animals running around. I think it's the closest place to ride? or one of the closest to Atlanta where you actually feel like you are outdoors in nature. They do birthday parties, though the pool isn't available in the winter.
Posted: 8/18/2013 • Link to this review
My daughter has been going to Ellenwood for 5 years now, starting with summer day camp, her 8th birthday party, and now as a lesson/camp helper and dressage team member. Her confidence in herself and with horses, and her work ethic, have grown tremendously because of the opportunties at Ellenwood.
Posted: 1/30/2010 • Link to this review
it ok. like in in the middle of a trailer park.. the person who runs it is a little crazy. nice barn thou. small pasters, bearly any grass. Nice calm horse.... but some you cant ride because it a personinal horse of the trainer. it only dressahe NO jumping. - the barn man dose not know what he is doing. it not a fine place.
Posted: 4/25/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
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