Carlton Farms Stables Williamsburg VA

imageCarlton Farms in Williamsburg VA has been locally owned and operated since 1992. The owner fell in love with the story of Secretariat in 1973 and entered into the racing business in the late 70s. After the 70s, he longed to have horses a little closer to home and decided to get back into the horse industry. Since then, our stables by the river has flourished into a wonderful and breathtaking escape.

Chelsie Liming has been coaching and showing professionally for more than 18 years and is a certified trainer for the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association. She has trained and shown numerous A-rated, quality VPBA-registered ponies while managing Foxlair Farm in Spotsylvania, Va. Chelsie has competed at various prestigious horse shows, including the Washington International Horse Show, the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, the Middleburg Classic, the National Horse Show, and VHSA Finals. Chelsie also assisted in training collegiate members of the University of Mary Washington equestrian team and successfully coached the Hazelwild Farm Interschool team (Fredericksburg, Va.) to the championship in 2013.


imagePerfect for beginners & advanced riders…

We are accepting new students for dressage and hunters from beginner to advanced

Our Trails Are Now Open!

Our trails are located where the Battle of Greensprings occured and located right around the corner from Jamestown Settlement.
Each trail ride lasts anywhere from an hour and twenty minutes to an hour and thirty minutes. And they are meant for anyone! If you have never ridden before, our trails are perfect for you!
Call (757) 220-3553 for pricing and to schedule your trail ride today!


We offer 56 12×12 stalls with automatic waterers in each stall, two wash stalls with hot and cold water, and utility/tack rooms.

We have a brand new space at our facility for our boarders and guests. A brand new Guest Lounge! With heating and air, this lounge will be a great room for boarders and guests to come and hang out!

Indoor Arena

Carlton Farms has a spacious indoor arena that is about 16,000 square feet. This area has a loft overlooking the arena and an indoor lounge where spectators can watch and observe other riders.

We have one lit outdoor ring and one bigger ring used for shows and lessons right behind the barn. When not used for lessons, these can be used by boarders at anytime.
Take the Virtual Tour of our Facility!

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Contact Us

3516 Mott Lane
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 220-3553


Drinkwater Equestrian

Drinkwater Equestrian is a family owned and operated facility. It is run by Allison Drinkwater, and her husband, Phillip Drinkwater, who is also a farrier. They purchased the property in the fall of 2013.  One of the many benefits of riding/boarding at Drinkwater Equestrian is that it is a completely new and up to date facility from the barn to the fences and the ring etc. Drinkwater is members of the Virginia Horse Show Association (VHSA) and the Middle Peninsula Horse Show Association (MPHSA) and will be hosting several shows for MPHSA this year dates TBA.Drinkwater Equestrian is a family owned and operated facility. It is run by Allison Drinkwater, and her husband, Phillip Drinkwater, who is also a farrier. They purchased the property in the fall of 2013.  One of the many benefits of riding/boarding at Drinkwater Equestrian is that it is a completely new and up to date facility from the barn to the fences and the ring etc. Drinkwater is members of the Virginia Horse Show Association (VHSA) and the Middle Peninsula Horse Show Association (MPHSA) and will be hosting several shows for MPHSA this year dates TBA.

         Although the farm is new, the owners have a significant amount of equestrian experience. Allison has ridden and shown since the age of seven and has been an instructor for the past seven years as well as running a separate boarding facility. Prior to being a barn manager, Allison obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Christopher Newport University and was also a supervisor for the Budwieser Clydesdales. Phillip has ridden and owned horses the majority of his life as well as being a full time farrier for five years. (Here is a link to his website We are excited to have our new facility up and running.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


drinkwater equestrianGroup lessons are an hour long with no more than three riders in each group. We welcome all levels of riders. Beginners start out in private lessons one on one with the instructor where they will learn all the basics of horse care which will enable them to move into a group lesson as they progress. Lesson rates are as follows:

Group on Lesson Horse-$40

Group on own horse-$35

Private on Lesson  Horse-$45

Private on own horse-$40


At Drinkwater Equestrian we offer several opportunities for your children to take part in our day camps. Each camp is five days long and ranges in skill level from our entry level beginners camp to intermediate and advanced riders. 

Camp – $350


We are members of the Virginia Horse Show Association (VHSA) and the Middle Peninsula Horse Show Association (MPHSA) and we hosted several shows for MPHSA at our farm this year,  on July 9th and on September 6th. Dates for the 2015 season to be TBA.

If you are interested in Lessons or Camps feel free to call Allison Drinkwater at 757-784-3531or


Drinkwater Equestrian offers full care board for $575 per month, this includes a 12 x 12 rubber matted stall with an automatic waterer, orchard grass hay, and bedding as needed. Also included in board is feeding twice daily as well as turnout in one of our four pastures, access to our 130 x 230 riding ring to which we recently added lights, covered outdoor wash stall, and open areas around the farm to ride. Private turnout as well as additional care is available upon request (ask for pricing). If you are interested in board please contact Allison Drinkwater at 757-784-3531 or


Drinkwater Equestrian

255 Peach Street

Williamsburg, VA 23188

Horseback-Riding Lessons Joshua’s Heritage Farm

Lessons and Training

Pricing for lessons and training at Joshua’s Heritage Farm varies per client as we like to provide the client with a comfortable yet challenging program.  We provide training for various USEFand  AQHA.
30-Minute private-lesson is $35.00 per lesson
Half-Hour group-lesson is $25.00 per lesson
One-Hour group-lesson is $50.00 per lesson
Horse Training
Single Session is $50.00
Month package is $250.00 (3 training sessions per week/total of 12 sessions per month)
2239 Forge Road
Toano, Virginia 23168
(757) 342-5043
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Stonehouse Stables Winter Series Classic

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.

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Cedar Grove Stables New Kent

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.

Trail Riding:

  • 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.

Other Services

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 Boarders
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

Additional Services:
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!!!

Dream Catchers

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.

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Yorktown Stables

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).

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PH (757) 291-3207


236 Hansford Lane
Seaford, Virginia 23696

Dream Catchers 4-H Club

Dream Catcher’s 4-H Club

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. 

Click here to email the Dream Catcher’s 4-H Club Leader!

Click here for an informational flyer!


imageWhere 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.

T: 757-566-0666

Phone: 757-566-9633 (Dana Hooper – trail rides) or 757-566-0666 (Tara Best – lessons)
Stonehouse Stables & Lakewood Trails Website

Horseback Riding Around Williamsburg VA

Horseback Riding

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:

Central Virginia Section (PDF)

Eastern Virginia Section (PDF)

Tidewater Virginia Section (PDF)