Horse Riding Weekend Event!

Horseback Riding Trails & Stables Unbridled Excitement: Heartland Lodge Hosts an Unmissable Horse Event

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*Guided Horseback Rides are Available now through Sept 30th, click here for more details on trail rides >>

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. The grand finale of the event will be an exciting showcase of barrel racing, pole bending, and other fun-filled horse activities, making it an unmissable experience for riders of all levels.

  • The Clinic: Unlocking the Secrets 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 a harmonious relationship with your horse. 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
    • The clinic extends beyond the saddle with a focus on groundwork, recognizing the significance of building trust and connection with your horse on the ground. 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, Harpole’s Heartland Lodge’s clinic also covers 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 Cook Out: Cook over the Fire!
    • Enjoy smore’s over the bonfire and other Western themed foods during this weekend’s event! After a day on the trail, enjoy relaxing around the campfire enjoying your favorite beverage and snacks.

Enjoy a relaxing horse ride on our scenic trails

The Grand Finale: Thrilling Horse Activities

As the sun sets on the event, the excitement reaches its peak with a grand finale featuring thrilling horse activities. Barrel racing, pole bending, and other fun-filled competitions showcase the skills and agility of both horse and rider. Whether you’re a competitive rider looking for an adrenaline rush or a spectator enjoying the spectacle, the grand finale adds an exhilarating and entertaining dimension to the Horse Event.

A Community of Horse Enthusiasts:

Harpole’s Heartland Lodge’s Horse 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.

Harpole’s Heartland Lodge’s upcoming Horse 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 to the exhilarating grand finale of barrel racing and pole bending, 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

Secluded Horseback Riding Cabin – Perfect for Two – Ten People

Heavenly View Luxury Cabin

Heavenly View is a luxury cabin with views that will take your breath away! Nestled near the top of the Mississippi River bluff, this cabin provides amazing views of the Mississippi River valley and the surrounding property. The cabin sits on 50 private acres which you can enjoy from the covered patios and screened-in porch that adjoin three sides of the cabin. Wake up in the morning with a cup of coffee and step outside to listen to the wild turkeys’ gobble around you or watch the whitetail deer feed in the meadow at the bottom of the valley. Savor the sunset and its beautiful colors across the Missouri hills. This cabin sits approximately 5 miles from our main horseback riding area.

More information on Heavenly View Cabin

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 Event Rates

The following prices are for the entire weekend, per person. Includes horseback riding clinic, meals (dinner Friday night, brunch Saturday morning, supper Saturday evening and brunch Sunday morning) and lodging. (tax not included):

The Original Lodge*

Prairie Ridge Lodge*

Sunset Valley Lodge*

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

*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.

*Prices above do not include tax.

Last Updated: March 5th, 2024

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