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Shenandoah Riding Center
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Owner description: 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!
Grayslake, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Beautiful scenery and nice facilities, but for someone with little to no experience with horses felt disappointed. Everything about our experience was great, except for our guide. She gave very brief instructions on how to handle the horse. Didn't bother to ask our names and confirm our experience with riding horses. 3/4 of the way through the ride one person's horse stumbled considerably, scaring the rider and other horses. We stopped no more than a few seconds before continuing forward, guide showed very little concern. Following the incident, heard her tell the riders in front of me she had placed us in order according to experience, thinking the less experienced people were at the front. That was the complete opposite. The most experienced person was at the front and it continued in descending order. If our guide had bothered to take the time to learn all four of our names and what our experience was, she would've handled things better.

Visited February 2013
2 Thank jennad808
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ShenandoahManagement, Owner at Shenandoah Riding Center, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Jenna, thank you for your input we are happy that you enjoyed your trail ride in our beautiful, hilly landscape. Horses can be unpredictable and we take every effort to help and educate our riders so they can feel empowered. Our guides are trained to be very aware of the conditions and any risks that may pose a safety concern, I believe that your guide was focused on the ground conditions since that was a challenge on that particular day. We take many, many beginner riders out riding on our excellent horses and this can sometimes be difficult especially in winter conditions. Thank you again for the review and we look forward to having you out riding another time.
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Wheaton, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Horseback ride through winter wonderland”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

This is a must do! Our 8-year old daughter had never ridden a horse, but after a very helpful and patient training session with Mary, she was ready to go. Absolutely beautiful snowy ride through the trails of Galena Territory. Mary is a great teacher and guide. She took us on about a hour long ride through woods, around the historic schoolhouse and thought the hills. Stunning and such a great family experience. Highly, highly recommend!

Visited December 2012
1 Thank Julie W
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Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A must do when you visit Galina.”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

I never imagined we would be able to go riding in IL in December! The weather was nice enough we decided to give it a try. Shenandoah accomodated our last minute request and found a guide on short notice. TINA gave great instructions for riders at all levels, the horses were very well behaved and the ride was very scenic and relaxing. We will definitely do this again on our next trip to Galina.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank NancyPietz
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing Horseback Riding in Galena, IL - Shenandoah Riding Center”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

My friend and I spent a weekend in Galena and decided to go horseback riding. I rode a bit about 20 years ago and loved it, so I wanted to try it again. We happened upon Shenandoah and were beyond impressed! The horses, center and grounds were beautiful. Our leader, BRITTNEY, was so wonderful. She gave us plenty of time to feel comfortable around our horses, taught us in a way that was easy to understand and made us feel comfortable to ask a ton of questions before we started. The trails were beautiful - creeks, small hills (for our beginner session) and just the right amount of trees. A great experience - I'd go back to Galena for just this experience!

Visited November 2012
2 Thank denise S
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Burlington, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful Ride!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

My husband and I went for the 11:00 "Intermediate" ride (2 hour ride) on a Sunday. There was just one other couple with us along with the guide. My only complaint was that we arrived at about 10:45 and the ride didn't end up leaving until after 11:30 - so we waited quite a long time. I think part of the wait was the other couple was running late. However, nobody stopped by to tell us what the delay was...we were just stuck waiting.

Other than that, it was a great experience! The guide was friendly but not overly talkative. The horses were well behaved and a pleasure to ride and the scenery was gorgeous. The guide took pictures of us as well. On the intermediate ride we were able to do a good amount of trotting as well as walking, which was fun. Overall a great experience - I would highly recommend!

Visited October 2012
Thank njelinski
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