Horse Riding Weekend Event!

Unbridled Excitement: Heartland Lodge Hosts an Unmissable Horse Event

Next Event Dates TBD (call 217-734-2526 for more details)

*Guided Horseback Rides and Lessons are available now through Sept 30th, click here for more details >>

Introducing you to your wrangler and instructor for the weekend

Saddle up, horse enthusiasts! Heartland Lodge is gearing up to host an unforgettable horse-riding event that promises a perfect blend of education, camaraderie, and exhilarating horse activities. This upcoming event features a comprehensive clinic covering basic horsemanship, groundwork, and horse care. This is an unmissable experience for horse riders of all levels!

**For this event, guests will be using our wrangler’s horses, no horse needed (we are only offering auditing at this time).**

(Pictured: Introducing you to your wrangler and instructor for the weekend- Jesse!)

  • Basic Principles of Horsemanship
    • The highlight of Harpole’s Heartland Lodge’s Horse Event is the hands-on clinic designed to enhance participants’ understanding of basic horsemanship. Whether you’re a novice rider or an experienced equestrian, this clinic covers fundamental principles that lay the groundwork for horsemanship. From mastering the art of communication in the saddle to refining your cues and body language, the clinic offers a personalized and supportive learning environment.
  • Groundwork: Building Trust and Connection
    • Participants will engage in exercises that enhance communication, establish boundaries, and deepen the bond with their equine companions. These foundational groundwork skills not only contribute to a more cooperative riding experience but also foster a stronger connection between horse and rider.
  • Horse Care: Nurturing Well-being
    • Understanding the importance of holistic horsemanship, we will cover the essential aspects of horse care. From grooming techniques and tacking to basic health care and nutrition, participants gain valuable insights into ensuring the well-being of their horses. The emphasis on horse care goes beyond the clinic, empowering riders to be conscientious caretakers of their equine partners.
  • Old West Style Campfire: Cooking smore’s and enjoy meeting other horse enthusiast!
    • Enjoy smore’s over the bonfire and other Western themed foods during this weekend’s event (brunch & supper included in the meal plan for overnight guests only, must reserve when booking). After a day on the trail, enjoy relaxing around the campfire enjoying your favorite beverage and snacks. Each night we will have a campfire behind the Original Lodge.


Horseback Riding Event Reviews-

“Absolutely wonder experience & great clinic! Jesse & family are soo experienced and knowledgeable. I’ve been around horses my entire life and walked away with soo many wow moments, take aways and sharing stories! I had always just done things, cuz I grew up in the…this is just how you do it era. Not knowing the why behind it or if it was right or wrong! It was soo well done for the very beginners and experienced riders being in the same group. Soo much information & fun, soo little time! Knowledge is power!” -Cyn Brand, July 2024

Enjoy a relaxing horse ride on our scenic trails

A Community of Horse Enthusiasts:

This event isn’t just an opportunity for individual growth and skill development; it’s a chance to become part of a vibrant community of horse enthusiasts. The event fosters camaraderie, shared passion, and a sense of belonging among participants who share a love for these magnificent animals.

This event is a must-attend for horse lovers seeking a holistic and thrilling experience. From the enlightening clinic covering basic horsemanship, groundwork, and horse care, this event offers a perfect blend of education and entertainment. So, saddle up and join the excitement at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, where the bond between horse and rider is celebrated, and unforgettable memories are made.

Horseback Riding Weekend Lodging Options

We have a variety of lodging options for your horseback riding getaway. You can reserve an individual luxury suite in one of our lodges or a private luxury cabin!

For a large family or group horseback trail riding vacation getaway, we have several different lodging packages. For a large group, we recommend renting out an entire lodge or cabin. Below are some of the different lodging options for buyouts or individual rooms.

Prairie Ridge Lodge – Luxury Suites with Hot Tubs and Fireplaces

Prairie Ridge Lodge lodging information

Prairie Ridge Lodge, named after the prairie grasses that surround the resort, is also known as our luxury Lodge. Prairie Ridge is located within walking distance to the horseback riding stables. This Lodge has over 10,000 square feet and features seven luxury suites. All luxury suites, each decorated to its own theme, feature an ultra-comfy, king-size, triple-sheeted canopy bed, private bath with Whirlpool, fireplace, daybed, comfy sitting area, mini-refrigerator and direct access to the expansive wrap-around decks. A Recreation Room, Dining Hall and easy access to our horseback stables and trails make this luxury lodge perfect for your horseback riding getaway

More information on Prairie Ridge Lodge

The Original Lodge- Great for Big Horseback Riding Groups

The Original Lodge, perfect for large atv groups

The Original Lodge is full of tradition and memories! This cozy lodge was the first lodge built at Heartland Lodge and has become one of the favorites among guests who visit each year. The Original Lodge is located within walking distance of our horse stables and trail head. At 9,500 square feet, it features eleven regular rooms, the Angler Room and the Whitetail Suite for thirteen total rooms. An incredible Great Room (where many of our spectacular photos are taken), Recreation Room, and front and back decks provide the perfect Illinois horseback riding vacation lodge rental for those looking for a great value and larger groups.

More information on The Original Lodge 

Luxury Horseback Riding Cabins -With Fireplace and Hot Tub!

secluded luxury cabins close to the ATV park
Private Luxury Cabins Enjoy a private luxury cabin that was built with horseback riding couples in mind. Each romantic cabin is decorated with its own unique theme. All cabins are carefully crafted with knotty pine and cedar walls, fifteen-foot vaulted ceilings, hand-carved Old Hickory furniture, fixtures and appliances. Each cabin with hot tub and fireplace also features an ultra-comfy, king-size bed, large 4K HD television with 4K Blu-ray player, relaxing private deck with barbeque grill, kitchen, and private fire pit to roast marshmallows or to make your own s’mores. When staying at these horse lover’s cabins, the stables and trail head is just across the road.
More information on Private Luxury Cabins


Private Horseback Riding Group Cabin – Perfect for Two – Eight Guests

Quail Ridge Cabin Room

Quail Ridge Cabin – This quintessential cabin is located a few miles from the main resort on a quiet, dead-end road. It sits atop a beautiful knob overlooking gently rolling meadows, agriculture fields and forest. It offers 4-bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, large dining room and outdoor sitting area with a picturesque view. Perfect for a group of friends and family to enjoy!

More information on the Quail Ridge Cabin




Horseback Riding Weekend Itinerary (July 12th-14th, 2024)


Friday (Arrival Day)

3:00 – 5:00 PM – Check in. Get settled in and explore the lodge. Like billiards? Poker? Chess? How about just relaxing by a fire, sitting outside with a good book or going for a walk through our expansive grounds? Each lodge has a set of cornhole boards you can enjoy too! Use this time to relax and enjoy some down time.

6:00 – 7:00 PM – AMAZING made-from-scratch gourmet dinner.

7:00 PM -? Bonfire with marshmallows and s’mores! Enjoy sitting around the fire, telling stories, and sharing laughs.


Saturday (Horse Riding Clinic Day)

7:00-9:00 AM – Clinic #1- Tack, nutrition, hoof care and desensitizing on the ground

9:00-10:00 AM- Country themed brunch

10:00 AM -3:00 PM – 1 & 2 hour horseback rides available, please schedule when making your reservation: $59 per person/per hour or $100 for two hours/per person.

3:00- 5:00 PM- Clinic #2- Desensitizing, groundwork essentials and foundation of horsemanship exercises on the ground

5:00- 6:00 PM- Arena demonstration

6:00- 7:00 PM- Old West themed dinner (stew, cornbread, beans etc.)

7:00- ?? – Bonfire and smore’s


Sunday (Departure Day)

9:00 AM- Country themed brunch

10:00 AM-Noon- Clinic #3: Saddle work, essential saddle exercises for collection. Advanced riding and disciplines

Noon-5:00 PM – We are happy to schedule horseback riding, Polaris UTV rentals, round of sporting clays or other outdoor activities anytime during the weekend – not just those times listed on the itinerary. You can bring your own ATV/UTV as well and explore our 1,200 acre ATV Park! Go fishing, hiking or wild berry picking! Click here to view full list of activities at the lodge >>

11:00 AM- Check out of your room but feel free to stay and enjoy the other activities we offer!

Horseback Riding Weekend Event Rates

The following prices are for the entire weekend, per person. Includes horseback clinic, meals (dinner Friday night, brunch Saturday morning, supper Saturday evening and brunch Sunday morning) and lodging. Horseback trail rides can be added for $59 per person/per hour or $100 for two hours/per person. Please reserve horseback trail rides when making a reservation.

$10 OFF prices listed below for repeat horseback riding guests.

The Original Lodge*

  • Regular Room – $355/person or $245 per person/double occupancy.
  • Angler Room – $493/person or $314 per person/ double occupancy.
  • Whitetail Suite – $555/person or $345 per person/double occupancy.

Prairie Ridge Lodge*

  • Luxury Suite – $607/person or $371 per person/double occupancy.

Sunset Valley Lodge*


Add a third night, including meals for 60% off these rates for the third night!

*Tax not included in pricing above.

*Reservations cannot be made online. Please call 217-734-2526 for reservations.

Deposit: Full payment is due at time of reservation.

Cancellation Policy: Due to the demand for this event, there are no refunds if you were to cancel.

Reservations cannot be made online. Please call 217-734-2526 for reservations.

*Itinerary subject to change.

Last Updated: March 5th, 2024

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