Horse Farm Offers Riding, Lessons And Boarding
WATER VALLEY – A new business is opening this month that will offer fun for all ages. Oak Hill Farm will offer a wide variety of activities related to horses – trail riding, riding lessons and boarding. Nestled on 71 acres northeast of Water Valley off of County Road 224, the farm has a barn with brand new stalls and lengthy trails that meander through beautiful wooded bottoms and ridges.
Owners Linda and John Robinson have been busy for months fencing in the property and clearing trails to make her dream a reality. They purchased two horses, Cheyenne and Major, who arrived at their new home last Friday after months of training. They have also partnered with Brooke Davis, a riding coach with 45 years of experience. Davis’ experience includes Western and English riding, and her expertise extends into barrel racing, event and hunter jumping. And if you want to work with race horses, she also has experience with thoroughbred training and as a jockey. Davis will house several of her horses at Oak Hill Farm for riders.
Davis will offer customized riding lessons for beginners or more experienced riders that will be scheduled weekly for 90 minutes. Beginners will also have a barn day as she will provide hands-on instructions for how to care for a horse.
“Our goal is to provide outdoor opportunities for all ages,” explained Linda Robinson. “Riding a horse improves strength, coordination and confidence. And it is a great way to unplug from all the electronic devices we all love to cradle.”
She also explained that one of the biggest hurdles to owning a horse is having a place to keep it.
“Oak Hill is a small operation that will feel like your own private horse barn. Each stall has a gym mat floor, which is better for your horse,” she noted. A tack and feed room is also available, and the farm will offer self, partial or full boarding for your horse.
Planned activities at the farm will range from a trail ride with your friends to a couple’s trail ride followed by a romantic dinner provided by a local chef. The farm will be available for birthday parties along with weekend and summer riding camps.
The new business will be geared to give back to the community. The owners will sponsor free riding lessons for two children a year. The child must be a resident of Yalobusha County, have a C average or higher and their family’s income level must be at or below the poverty level. The selections will be random and applications are available at the BTC Grocery. The deadline to apply is October 1.
“We are proud to join the family of small businesses in the community,” Linda Robinson added. “We encourage everyone to support our local business, stop by a local restaurant after your lesson, or purchase your horse feed at the farm store if you are boarding. Water Valley has a nice selection of horse tack.”
The owners also plan to hire local youth to assist with some of their larger events, yet another way to give back to the community. To see the horses and farm look up Oak Hills Farm on Facebook. If you would like additional information or to book a lesson, birthday party or trail ride, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Coupons will also be available at the Magnolia Square Market’s welcome booth during the upcoming markets.
Hi!! My 7 year old has a birthday coming up and has asked to ride horses. I’d love to hear what you have to offer! Her birthday is in November. We live in Oxford. I’m not sure if I’m wanting to do a party or lessons for her. Excited to learn more!!
Mary Chris Moore