Stonehouse Stables in Toano VA has openings for its summer day camps. Week long camps (July 15-19, July 29-Aug. 2 and Aug.19-23) run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and focus on horse care and basic riding lessons. Also includes lunch and swimming. Open to riders ages 7 & up. Call 757 566-0666.
Cedar Valley Farm
2016 Forge Rd
Toano, VA 23168
“From the Beginner to the Show Ring”, Group & Individual Lessons, Indor & Outdoor Lighted Areas, Jill B. Tewksbury-Instructor
Logan Bishop and her horse Ashgrove lead the Victory Gallop, placing first at the annual Stonehouse Stables Winter Series Classic on March 2 in the Stonehouse Stables Main Show Ring in Toano.
Other winners in the Classic were Gwyneth Martin in second, riding Rock ‘N Roll’ Abigail Best in third. riding Farnley Good Samaritan; and Madison Cooper in fourth, riding In the Stars and Stripes. The Classic is a scored event and was judged by Clyde Poarch, a recognized VHSA judge. Show sponsors Southern States, Tractor Supply and Charlie Faber Shoeing Services provided prizes for the top eight participants. The “Lucky Thirteen” Winter Series, with 40-plus competitors, finished the season with the March Show and will hold an Awards Banquet on March 23. For information, call 566-0666.
Cedar Grove Plantation is located in Historic New Kent, Virginia and was the home of the late First Lady Letitia Christian Tyler, wife of our 10th president John Tyler.
- One Hour Ride
- Two Hour Ride w/catered lunch
The staff at Cedar Grove would like to invite you out for a guided historic tour on horse back to view the plantation. See the circa 1700 home of former President John Tyler and his wife Letitia as you ride through this beautiful Virginia countryside. These gaited comfortable Tennessee Walking horses will carry you through many wooded trails and fields as your guide tells you of days gone by.
Trails are open year round. Call today and make your reservation for this relaxing wholesome outdoors experience.
- One Hour Ride: $50.00 per person
- Two Hour Ride: $125.00 per person (includes catered lunch)
Lessons are available for beginner riders.
Full Care Boarders
Full Care boarders are boarded at a rate of $600.00 per month.
Boarding fees are due at the beginning of the month.
Horses staying with us under full care status enjoy large roomy 12×12 stalls, lighted with a window facing the isle and the outside paddock. An automatic heated watering device is available in each stall, and individual turnout paddocks are available.
Our Licensed Veterinary Technician will evaluate each horse upon arrival. A feeding plan will be developed according to the owner’s request, and the horse’s nutritional requirements.
Each horse will be wormed with Ivermectin paste every other month. Each horse will be turned out every day weather permitting.
Included in the price: full time boarders have unlimited access to our regulation lighted riding ring and full access to all trails on the 165 acre property.
Field boarded horses are boarded at a rate of $400.00 per month.
Boarding fees are due at the beginning of the month.
Horses being boarded at Cedar Grove that require pasture only will have access to a run in shed and during the winter months will be fed hay. Owners will have access to lighted regulation ring and access to all trails on the 165-acre
Cedar Grove Stables is pleased to announce that some of our horses are available for lease, depending on the expertise of the rider.
We Have Trail Riding Year Round!!!
In 1993, two nurses from Cumberland Children’s Hospital opened a therapeutic riding center that became known as Dream Catchers. A retired Quarter Horse barrel-racing champion named Red Jet and a retired Thoroughbred steeplechaser named Voo carried special-needs children to small and large victories as they improved fine motor skills, self-esteem, self-worth and gained confidence as they mastered both simple and complex tasks like placing rings on poles and reining. By 1996, Dream Catchers provided 35-40 lessons each week.
The hospital was sold, and Dream Catchers relocated to a leased facility in 2002.
In 2003, the Sikich Family donated 22 acres in Williamsburg to Dream Catchers in memorial to their daughter, Cori Sikich, an accomplished equestrian who lost her life to an eating disorder. The first six stall barn was built in 2005. The Roy R. Charles Trust funded the design and construction of a 20-stall horse barn, an administration building, a covered round-pen, an outdoor riding arena, and a lighted indoor riding arena where lessons could be conducted at night and during inclement weather.
Today, Dream Catchers at The Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center hosts over 110 therapeutic riding lessons each week and is the premier therapeutic riding center between Richmond and Virginia Beach. With seventeen horses, Dream Catchers continues its tradition of helping children and adults with special-needs reach their potential.
Yorktown Stables is a premium multi-discipline full service equine facility conveniently located in Yorktown, Virginia. Kristen Paster established Yorktown Stables in January 2010 providing lessons, boarding, sales and trails – all contribute to our reputation for excellent horse care, exceptional lesson and trail programs, and family friendly atmosphere.
Yorktown Stables, spanning over 100 acres, is located in the heart of historic Yorktown with easy access from I-64. We are the only stable in Hampton Roads that offers Saddleseat Lessons, Vaulting Lessons and Guided Trail Rides. Our guided trail rides are offered year round and cover both open and wooded land along the Poquoson River.
Whether you are experiencing riding for the first time, returning to the saddle after time away, or have decided to improve existing skills, we hope to share with you the joy and sense of accomplishment that working with horses can bring. Need something different? Customized plans by private treaty gladly arranged.
Looking for a horse? Yorktown Stables is continuously working and training horses for trail, show and pleasure. We are very picky when matching horses and riders; after all, we want it to work. We will be happy to discuss any prospects with your trainer to see if your choice is something your trainer recommends would work for your riding level, or help you along the way.
Yorktown Stables is home for the American Quarter Horses (AQHA) and American Paint Horses (APHA).
PH (757) 291-3207
236 Hansford Lane
Seaford, Virginia 23696
Dream Catcher’s 4-H Club
The James City County 4-H Leadership Club at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center assists able-bodied and disabled youth develop leadership skills through experience working with horses. 4-H members gain skills in teamwork, cooperation, conflict resolution, responsibility, and character through hands-on lessons that teach about horses. Participants learns basic breeds, colors, grooming, and health care. The Dream Catcher’s 4-H Club meets on the fourth Saturday’s of the month. There is a $30 membership fee for this club which covers project books, curriculum, and supplies. There are scholarships available for those that qualify.
Where better to enjoy the great outdoors than astride the saddle of a majestic steed. This is horse country. And visitors are welcomed to join riders at a beautiful hunt seat equestrian support center nestled among several other horse farms in nearby James City County.
Experience horseback riding much as it was done in Colonial Virginia in the traditional English style. Guided one-hour riding experiences begin at the modern training facilities of the Stonehouse Stables horse farms. Then it’s Tally Ho and off you go on a relaxing ride over fields, through woods and alongside a peaceful lake on the stable’s exclusive private riding trail.
2116-A FORGE ROAD • TOANO, VIRGINIA 23168
Phone: 757-566-9633 (Dana Hooper – trail rides) or 757-566-0666 (Tara Best – lessons)
Stonehouse Stables & Lakewood Trails Website
If a ride on your favorite horse is what you need to shed the stress of everyday life, you won’t find more beautiful country to ride that the mountains of Northwestern Virginia. With several state and national parks offering trail access to equestrians, you’ll also want to add the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests to your list places to see from horseback, just to name a few. So saddle up and let’s hit the trail!
Use the links below to download the Virginia Horse Council’s directory of primary horse trails and trail heads in Virginia that have public access. Right-click on the links and choose "Save Target/Link As…" to copy to your computer. Adobe Reader 6 or greater required: