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Horse Stables

From race tracks to mounted police units, horses have always been a big part of Philadelphia park and recreation history. It's not surprising then that you can happen upon several historic stables scattered throughout the Department. Philadelphia horse lovers can choose from a variety of riding programs and stabling options.
Belmont Stables
The Works Projects Administration (WPA) constructed this stable and headquarters building for the Fairmount Park Guard in 1936. In 1996 the Bill Pickett Riding Academy reopened the building as a boarding and teaching stable.

Chamounix Equestrian Center
From April through November Chamounix Equestrian Center, also known as McCarthy Stables, gives public riders easy access to the bridle trails and polo fields of West Fairmount Park. The facility offers public boarding and a summer camp for kids ages 8 to 15.

Chamounix Equestrian Center is known for its Work to Ride program that offers low income, inner city kids the chance to interact with and ride horses. Check out this innovative program that's been featured in Sports Illustrated (9/20/04) and on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

Chamounix Equestrian Center offers private horseback riding lessons seven days a week. Call 215-877-4419 for more information.

Located in West Fairmount Park
98 Chamounix Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Courtesy Stables
Courtesy Stables is a historic stable located in the Andorra section of the city. It is home to 12 privately owned horses. Courtesy Stables has direct access into the Wissahickon Valley and is privy to some of the most fabulous riding trails in the city.

Walt Sasse, retired Philadelphia Mounted Policeman, manages the boarding and lessons program at the barn, offering both Western and English riding disciplines.

The Boarders & Stewards of Courtesy Stables, a 501c3 non-profit organization, manages the facility. Its mission is to create an equine-friendly environment that provides a quality care facility for our horses as well as preserves the natural beauty and history found in the Wissahickon Valley.
Monastery Stables
Monastery Stables is located in the Mt. Airy section of the Park’s Wissahickon Valley, offering horse boarding and lessons in a picturesque six-acre clearing in the woods. There is a large, lighted outdoor arena and a mowed field for riders, and direct access to many miles of trails. The historic stone barn and surrounding paddocks are home to 22 horses.

Certified instructor Misty Godfrey provides English and western riding lessons, and horsemanship programs year-round for children and adults. Her “Pony Power” classes for kids are very popular and loads of fun. Monastery has long been home to the Philadelphia Saddle Club, offering adults with some riding experience a cooperative and affordable alternative to individual horse ownership.
Northwestern Stables, Inc.
The non-profit NWS, Inc. operates the historic Northwestern Equestrian Facility where they offer horseback riding lessons and private horse boarding.
Pegasus Riding Academy, Inc.
The Pegasus Riding Academy operates as a therapeutic riding program for people with disabilities in Philadelphia and surrounding counties. Pegasus is the only fully certified, medically approved equine-assisted therapy program in the City of Philadelphia. This remarkable program serves clients of all ages and is a referral agency for private individuals, groups from Philadelphia area hospitals, rehab centers and schools for people with disabilities.