Horseback riding replaced horsefront riding during the War of 1812, when American soldiers realized they couldn't be taken seriously while being carried in adult-sized baby slings. Giddy-up like a grownup with today's Groupon: for $95, you get three horseback-riding lessons consisting of one 90-minute introductory lesson and two 45-minute lessons at Hannaberry Farm in Crete (up to a $190 value). Hannaberry Farm is an English-style riding school offering year-round instruction to fledgling equestrians of all ages. Riding lessons are dressage based, emphasizing communication, bonding, and safety with the horse, all without the hassle of time traveling to the 1950s, when the talking-horse population was still plentiful. Led by Denise Hanna, a Master Riding Instructor of the Certified Horsemanship Association, the team of skilled trainers introduces students to the principles of balance, control, and horse care in a safe, supportive environment. More advanced lessons focus on dressage, jumping, and sauntering mysteriously into the sunset.
This family-owned equine establishment features facilities that will challenge novice and experienced riders alike. Lessons are taught year-round in the large indoor dome arena, and outdoors during warmer months and Robin Hood–reenactment season. Outdoor facilities include a jumping arena, a cross-country jumping course, and an outdoor lesson arena. Located about 30 miles due south of downtown Chicago, these lessons can provide an exhilarating de-stressor from the workweek or a foundational introduction to the world of horsemanship for intrigued beginners ages 7 and up.
Must book first lesson, and subsequent lessons will be scheduled on location. Release form required.
A Centerstage reporter documented her experience at Hannaberry Farm.
As horses frolic in the open air and nuzzle each other in the fields, Denise Berry-Hanna draws upon master-trainer certification from the Certified Horsemanship Association to oversee a skilled team of instructors. Pupils of all ages learn about English–style riding with an emphasis on safety. Students ride year-round in an indoor arena or on an outdoor riding arena with sand and limestone footing. Trainers focus on English–style riding; the farm also has a large dressage arena, a cross-country field, and a stadium jumping area for advanced riders. A summer camp for kids aged 6–15 gives youngsters a warm-weather activity other than taking No Running signs to the Supreme Court, and horses board at the farm in warm, hay-filled stalls or on the rolling meadows.
27712 S Klemme Rd.
Crete, Illinois 60417