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Shenandoah Riding Center

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Address: 200 N. Brodrecht Road, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: +1 815-777-9550
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The Shenandoah Riding Center is a first-rate equine facility with a top...

The Shenandoah Riding Center is a first-rate equine facility with a top caliber staff. Its location in The Galena Territory makes it unrivaled for scenic trails and tranquil beauty. From seasoned equestrians to beginning horse enthusiasts of all ages, we have something to offer for everyone! We are under new management effective January 1st, 2014 so please stop and see us and we will do our best to make your trip an awesome experience!

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Everything We Expected

Everything we expected for a beginners' trail ride. Very quick instruction so we could get going on the trail. Horses were very tame and needed little guidance. We lucked out and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Monroe, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My spouse and I were lucky enough to have a private ride, as it was a cold and foggy weekday in the dead of winter. Despite the chill, this made for beautiful, serene scenery that only Galena could offer. The horses were very tame and easy to maneuver. I also really liked that the trails were varied -- lots of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Everything we expected for a beginners' trail ride. Very quick instruction so we could get going on the trail. Horses were very tame and needed little guidance. We lucked out and got a private ride with one guide (must have been because it was 30 degrees out) but it was sunny and still beautiful for riding. Next time I'm looking... More 

Thank mgerber18
Northbrook, IL
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

During a recent vacation we enjoyed two options: 1st, our two 11 year old granddaughters loved the intermediate (1..5 hr.) trail ride involving walking and trotting and 2nd, we and another couple celebrated a birthday on a sleigh (actually on wheels because of the lack of snow) ride for an hour which included a stop around a warm fire. Get... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We have a home in the Galena territory and have been to Shenandoah three times. Twice for trail rides and once for Halloween Fear Forest. We found Fear Forest to be over priced and full of adults who had been drinking and workers who took it way too seriously. They actually confiscated a small flash light from our nine year... More 

Thank lturby
Galesburg, Illinois
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Shenandoah trails were very scenic and the horses were great! We went on the intermediate trail ride, definitely not for beginners. Everything went well, but my husband (isn't as experienced a rider as I am) struggled a bit with the trotting and other aspects. Though they were VERY busy, staff was accommodating.

Thank Shanna P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We came over our Minnesota MEA break. The riding area was in beautiful condition and the staff were very professional. They gave us some helpful pointers to improve our riding experience. The horses were great and the trail was perfect for a fall ride. Martha in MN....

1 Thank Martha F
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Family of four, riding for the first time We had a great time at Shenandoah Riding Center. Our boys have never rode before and they felt comfortable and safe! We all had an enjoyable time as well. We all were fitted for helmets and were assigned horses to our size. There were young children on the trail younger than our... More 

Thank 2boysMa
Crest Hill, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

We have a 2nd home in The Territories and my kids, both 9 years old, were big enough to go horseback riding, something I've enjoyed doing since I was a kid growing up on the farm. We went for a one hour trail ride and they loved it. So much so, that we did the same thing the next day... More 

Thank Michael_McDowell
Hickory Hills, Illinois
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Beautiful equine facility, clean, well groomed horses, and attentive, friendly trail guide made for a most enjoyable trail ride through some lovely woods and fields in Galena. Would definitely go back!

Thank Sue D
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Set out with family that included a teenage boy and girl. None of us had ridden before. Had a great time. Staff was great, especially Rick, our guide. The one hour option was perfect for us and left us plenty of time for other activities.

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