In 2006, the Ege family (pronounced Agay, or just call us Jackie and Ray) moved to the western outskirts of Chicago from the hustle and bustle of Miami. Done with all the stress that goes with big cities, we decided that was one thing this farm would not promote. We moved here with two horses, two dogs, one cat, one rabbit, and several hermit crabs. Needless to say, the crabs have long gone, but the family grew to include 4 cats, and a goat.
Of our three children two have grown and are currently in college, and the youngest is in high school. Still, the farm is set up for kids, with basket ball and plenty of room to run and play.
Jackie rides dressage, but draws from both, classical riding and natural horsemanship. Ray thinks he's a cowboy, and rides accordingly.
The farm is located in a small culdesac, making for easy trailer parking. The property is bordered on two side by several hundred acres of corn/bean fields, providing us with a quiet setting. Riding there is not possible, but we do have a nature preserve just 10 miles away.
The farm is located in a small cul-de-sac, making for easy trailer parking. The property is bordered on two side by several hundred acres of corn/bean fields, providing us with a quiet setting. Riding there is not possible, but we do have a nature preserve just 10 miles away.
The barn(s): The property has a large 42x80 ft Morton building which we use for hay storage and general projects. It has a bathroom with a shower. A four stall horse barn was added by us, and we made sure each stall was roomy and safe. The stalls are approximately 12x12, with rubber mats and automatic Nelson waterers.
The roundpen: Since we owe a lot of our natural horsemanship knowledge to John Lyons, we did purchase his brand of roundpen, and it has been a great investment. It is six feet high, 60 ft wide, and has a raised aglime base so horses feet are always dry and sure footed. It can be used as a turn out. We also have an outdoor pen made of the same material as the roundpen which is 12x24 feet long.
We take safety very seriously, and try to provide the best possible place to park a horse for overnight. We hope that you will consider us as a stopping point during your journeys. We can accommodate folks wanting to stay in their trailers.