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“A must do”

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!
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“A must do”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

The owner couldn't have been a nicer man. He took the time to take us out even after we missed the 1130 ride. He explained the basics and we were off, a great ride and great tame horses. We need more people in this world like Mr. Leehee! I appreciated it, Tony

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ShenandoahManagement, Owner at Shenandoah Riding Center, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Tony, thank you for your review. We are very happy that you had a great ride! We enjoy sharing our passion for riding and horses. We look forward to having you out the next time you are out in Galena.
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
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“Favorite Place to Ride”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

I have been vacationning in Galena for the last five years and every time I am there I always make time for a trail ride at Shenandoah. My last ride was last Saturday which happenned to be the day after my birthday. Mary was very welcoming and made me feel like I was among friends at the barn. She explainned all of the paperwork and made sure my helmet fit properly. Once out on the ride, she was a great source of information and led us through beautiful scenery and couldn't have made the ride any better. Mary was an excellent guide and I look forward to my next ride at Shenandoah.

Visited February 2013
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ShenandoahManagement, Owner at Shenandoah Riding Center, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Katie, thank you for your review. We love our return customers! We like to give you the same horse if you have one that you really enjoyed or wanted to ride again and we also make every effort to continue to build on your riding skills that you are improving every time you ride. We are pleased that you make horseback riding with us at Shenandoah a stop on your Galena list! Thanks again.
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Grayslake, Illinois
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“Decent”
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
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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
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“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
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Des Moines, Iowa
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“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
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