Best Places For Horseback Riding In Detroit

June 6, 2015 8:00 AM

File Photo/Credit: Ross Bonar

Just because you live near the urban oasis of Motown doesn’t mean that you can’t escape to the country every once in a while to go horseback riding. Metro Detroit has plenty of wide open spaces with some of the most beautiful farmland in the country. Plenty of well-established companies welcome people of all shapes and sizes out to their pristine lands to try the well-loved sport of horseback riding. Whether you’re just beginning or a longtime fan of the activity, these establishments can get you started with some time on a horse near Detroit.
Great Escapes Stables
8266 S. Rushton Road
South Lyon, MI 48178
(248) 361-7922

One of Southeast Michigan’s most well-loved horseback riding centers is located just outside of Ann Arbor, not too far from the city center of Detroit. Owner and trainer Robyn Schamante takes great pride in her business, hiring a USHJA certified trainer as her manager and head instructor. Great Escapes Stables offers unparalleled service when it comes to training programs in the Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation divisions of practice. Information on camps for the 2015 season is available now at their website for those looking to get involved.

Wild Wind Equestrian Center
3935 7 Mile Road
South Lyon, MI 48178
(248) 486-7433

Wild Wind Equestrian Center is all about welcoming everyone into the wonderful world of horseback riding. From the moment you come onto their property and greet their animals, including the many dogs, to the time you saddle up, it’s all about making sure you feel happy and content. With more than 40 school horses, Wild Wind can accommodate any group or party and offers a large range of different types of training and lessons available. From beginner to advanced, if you’re into horses, Wild Wind is the place to go.

Pine River Stables
1268 Stein Road
St. Clair, MI 48049
(810) 329-2968

For somewhere as close as possible to Detroit, try the Pine River Stables, which are located in St. Clair, just outside of Detroit’s city limits. In addition to offering a number of lessons and training courses for those wishing to ride horseback, Pine River Stables is also a complete indoor and outdoor rodeo facility, and can even offer boarding for any animals that you might have. With more than 40 years of experience in the business, Pine River Stables is a company that knows exactly what it is doing and has served Detroit citizens looking to ride for over a generation. With low rates for riding, it won’t cost you much to give this time-honored tradition a try.

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Showcase Stables
7447 Pontiac Trail
Northville, MI 48167
(248) 437-0889

With a huge variety of classes taught by a number of different trainers, you’ll be able to pinpoint your exact style and interest with each horse at the Showcase Stables in Northville, just outside Detroit. The classes and instruction range from private, to semi-private, to non-private group classes. Showcase Stables also offers seminars and complete education profiles for horseback riding and understanding their horses. Showcase doesn’t just throw you on the back of a horse, but can show you the best fundamentals and horseback experience available.

Maybury Riding Stable
20303 Beck Road
Northville, MI 48167
(248) 347-1088

Maybe perhaps riding around an oval circle on a bunch of dirt or hay doesn’t sound that exciting to you. Perhaps laps around a big barn aren’t really your thing? Well, the Maybury Riding Stable could be just the perfect place as they offer extended horseback lessons and experiences out on their personal riding trails and the wilderness. A one-hour horseback riding experience starts by selecting your horse and grooming the horse before starting your nice ride into nature, just like you’ve always imagined.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at