Horsemanship Lessons

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Ellis Equestrian Center holds lessons for adults and children ages 4 years and older. Lessons are offered 7 days a week by appointment only. Please Contact Nicole Norton for availability and to answer any questions at or (815)475-4035! Ellis Equestrian Center upholds safety standards set by the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety by insuring the following:

  • That all riders wear an approved ASTM equestrian helmet while riding.
  • That all lessons are offered in riding areas and trails suited for these activities (e.g. manicured trails and riding arenas).
  • That all riders are capable and exhibit adequate motor skills and mature judgment to recognize potential hazards.
  • That all riders receive proper training in riding style and horse safety.
  • That all riders have an understanding of horse behavior.
  • That the saddle and tack fits the rider and the horse.

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To avoid cutting into your riding time at your first lesson, please feel free to print off the Registration Form and Riding Waiver below and bring a completed copy with you to your first lesson.

Lesson Program Registration 2018

Open Arena

Do you need an indoor arena to ride in during poor weather? Or maybe you just need a change of scenery? Open arena allows you to bring your personal horse to Ellis to ride in either of our indoor or outdoor arenas. Open Arena is offered by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please be prepared to present a current Coggins for each horse that you bring! Please feel free to print off and complete the documents below prior to your arrival. Have them readily available, along with your Coggins and payment upon checking in BEFORE your horse enters our arenas! $10 for a single day pass or $40 for an annual pass.

  • Public Open Arena Agreement
  • Registration Form
  • Riding Waivers

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment for Open Arena, please contact Nicole Norton or (815)475-4035 Ellis House and Equestrian Center is located at:

13986 McKanna Rd.
Minooka, Il 60447

Ellis House and Equestrian Center also has trails open to the public! Trailer your horse in to use our lime stone trails. Open Sunrise to Sunset. Please keep in mind that these trails are shared by bikers, walkers, and runners. No Appointment Necessary to use our trails, Free of charge!

Payment Options

Ellis House and Equestrian Center accepts cash, checks made payable to "Kendall County Forest Preserve District"; as well as Visa,

Master card and Discover.

Horsemanship Club

Horsemanship Club is offered to our current riding students, ages 7 - 13, who are able to safely ride in a group setting. It is a great opportunity for our student's to make new friends that share a similar love for horses! Each session offers both classroom and barn nights. On classroom nights, Horsemanship Club members receive more in depth lessons about horses than what is offered in riding lessons alone. Each night offers a lesson from a variety of different topics, including but not limited to, basic horse health care, breeds and colors, riding disciplines, and more! Some barn nights are spent in the saddle, while others are spent working with the horses from the ground. We also occasionally will incorporate team building activities into the lesson plan, giving our members a wide variety of experiences while they are at Horsemanship Club! In addition to the activities listed above, our members actively participate in the care of our horses and evening chores on Horsemanship Club nights and are encouraged to set up additional time to volunteer in the barn. 

Horsemanship Club is offered in 4 seasonal sessions (spring, summer, fall, and winter) at a low, affordable rate. Winter and Summer sessions are 6 weeks long, while Spring and Fall are 12 weeks. We meet once per week on Friday evenings. Please contact us for rates, dates, and availability!