Shenandoah Riding Center

Open Daily
Trail rides and more ALL IN THE GALENA TERRITORY. Only three miles from Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa and 10 miles from Galena, Illinois. The Shenandoah Riding Center is a first-rate equine facility with a top caliber staff. Our 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!
Ask about our team-building sessions, unique ride experiences and specials. New Year's Ride, Couples Rides, Lunch Rides and much more.

Saddle up at Shenandoah 

Country Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 17
Celebrate Christmas at the indoor arena on Dec.17, 10 a.m.-noon. Join in the fun! $5 per child (Adults FREE)

•Gifts from Santa (children under 12, while supplies last)
•Create a Christmas craft
•Wagon Rides
•No reservations required

Silver Saddles

Silver Saddles for 55+
Silver Saddles is a relaxing one-hour bonding experience between horses and horse lovers 55+. Seniors are invited to brush, groom, feed, and lead horses around the riding center property! On specific Saturdays throughout the year. Only $25 per person.

Horse Play

Horse Play: A family experience for all ages.
Select Sundays
This is a perfect experience for families or groups with kids too young for a trail ride or those who want to interact with horses without getting into the saddle or ride in an outdoor environment. Several different horse-related activities with horses big and small. Groom, tack, and lead the horses around the property. Tour the barn too. What do horses eat? Do they need special diets or vitamins? What do we do if a horse needs to see the vet? These are just a few examples of things we will discuss during your visit.

Wrangler In Training

Wrangler in Training
Think you have what it takes to be a wrangler? The Wrangler in Training provides an opportunity for participants from young adult to adult to apprentice alongside experienced staff. Participants assist with trail rides, riding lessons, and all manner of horse and facility care during their visit. They also gain valuable experience involving safety, instruction and more. Must be 15 years or older.

Plant Sale

Plant sale begins April 1
Native plants are a great addition to garden areas and support our native pollinators: Butterflies and moths, bees and wasps, beetles, and ants. These invertebrates, in turn, support the birds we enjoy watching. The Greenspace Advisory Group hosts a native plant sale.

Easter Egg Hunt

April 8
Join the staff at Shenandoah Riding Center for an Easter Egg Hunt.

Tack Trunk Sale

Tack Trunk Sale & Nutritional Fair. April 15, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Find “new to you” tack to make a great riding season. Have some tack to sell? Participating in a tack sale is a great way to clear out clutter and make a little extra money. You might even find a few bargains to bring home. A tack sale is the perfect way to unload your unused odds and ends. Sell your tack from your trunk or table. Email to reserve a spot for $10 or a rent a table from Shenandoah for $15.

Reserve your space today!

Friday Under the Lights

Shenandoah Riding Center 
Friday nights from 5-7 p.m. April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9
Bring your best horse for a bit of fun in the arena.

Kentucky Derby Party

May 6 From 4-7 p.m.
It's a DERBY Party. Watch the race with us. Plenty of Mint Juleps to enjoy.

   • Cash Bar
   • Don’t Forget Your Derby Hat
   • Our Own Parade of Horses
   • Many Games and Prizes

Must be at least 16 years old to participate.

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Star Gazing

Public Observation at the Owners' Club
May 20, June 17, and July 22 at 8:30 a.m., Aug. 19 at 8 p.m., Sept. 23 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Bring your telescope or share one of ours. Meet in the parking lot of the Owners' Club. Share your knowledge or start your star-gazing adventure. Check out the stars and night objects with a telescope. A clear sky with no prominent moon, once properly dark-adapted, is a beautiful thing. Depending on the time of year, a subtle band of smoky light constitutes the outline of our galaxy, and away from bright town and city lights is a showy splendor with bright spots, voids, and intricate rivers of light. People of all ages are invited to attend.

Sponsored by The Galena Territory Association and The Galena Astronomical Society.

Spring Fun Show

May 20
Bring your horse to Shenandoah Riding Center for a variety of challenges and a costume contest. Stalls available for the day or overnight.

Territory Farmers Market

EVERY SUNDAY, May 28 through Oct. 8, 8 a.m. until noon
Fresh produce, flowers, plants, and much more. Sundays, 8 a.m. until noon in the Owners' Club Parking Lot. Find fresh produce and much more.

Join additional arts & crafts vendors on Oct. 1 for the annual Outside Holiday Market in the parking lot during Farmers Market to get you into the gift-giving spirit. And don't miss the Holiday Market inside the Owners' Club to kick-off the holiday season Dec. 2.

The Territory Farmers Market is 8 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of The Galena Territory Association (GTA) Owners' Club, 2000 Territory Drive in The Galena Territory, Galena, Illinois 61036. The Territory Farmers Market is an event sponsored by the Greenspace Advisory Group of The Galena Territory Association, Inc. This volunteer group helps oversee the preservation and maintenance of the GTA's 1,900 acres of common grounds, trails, and natural areas located in The Galena Territory.

Belden School

First and Third Saturdays from June until October
Visit Belden School, 52 Heatherdowns Lane in The Galena Territory, on first and third Saturdays June through October from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteer docents provide FREE tours. Contact Belden School Preservation Chair Shelley Halter at  815-790-3912 to schedule a private visit or group tour.

Belden School was built in 1859. The school was named after Thomas Belden, an early settler and a school trustee. The stone structure is located on a thickly wooded hillside flanked by a steep gully on the downhill side. There was no electricity, no running water, and no bathrooms until 1880 when two outhouses were built at a cost of $17 each.

One teacher instructed all the students.  All grades were taught at the same time. Often the teacher was not much older than the students. The last classes were held in 1943 when consolidation of small districts occurred. Find out more about the Little School That Taught Big Lessons

Kids Corral & Mini Riders

Shenandoah Riding Center hosts kids' camps throughout the year. 

Woodland Fairy Garden Walk

June 17
The Woodland Fairy Garden Walk features handcrafted Fairy Garden Houses created from the surrounding woodland materials from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the trails of Belden School, 52 Heatherdowns Lane in The Galena Territory.

Don’t miss the special tent for children to create their own fairy wand. Participants will have to walk moderately uneven and mulch-covered trails. Please wear appropriate shoes. Suggested donation $5 per person (children 10 years and younger FREE). 

Belden School Preservation Committee will host an open house at Belden School during the walk. Volunteer docents will greet visitors with stories of the one-room schoolhouse.

Shenandoah Pro Rodeo

FREEDOM REINS PRO RODEO June 30 & July 1, 2023
The Shenandoah Riding Center goes out west for two nights featuring bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bull riding, and women’s barrel racing … all of the fan favorites. 

Family Fair and petting zoo each day. Friday is Family Fun Night. Saturday night see John King in concert and each evening ends with a spectacular fireworks show!! Don’t miss it!

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Farm Fun Day

July 8, 10 a.m. to noon
Shenandoah Riding Center and Jo Daviess Farm Bureau host Farm Fun Day every to introduce kids of all ages to farm life. See the horses. Milk a cow. Make ice cream & butter. Enjoy the petting zoo and more...

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