|Normantown Trails Equestrian Center|
Opened in 2005, the Normantown Trails Equestrian Center is a 6-acre facility on Normantown Road, just south of 119th Street. The center features a large 78x180 foot indoor riding arena with a heated observation area, a small indoor riding arena, two large outdoor riding arenas, and five paddocks. The stable has 48 11x12 foot stalls and includes a renovated indoor wash rack, as well as a club room/classroom.
Normantown Trails Equestrian Center
12151 S. Normantown Rd., Plainfield, IL 60544 | (815) 254-1950 phone
Monday through Friday 9a-8p | Saturday and Sunday 9a-7p | Closed on major holidays
Normantown Trails Equestrian Center Horseback Riding Programs
Explore your passion for horses at Normantown Trails Equestrian Center! NTEC offers English and Western riding lessons. Our lessons focus on safe handling and riding. We have a variety of school horses that can accommodate beginners and more advanced riders ages 8 thru adult. Classes for students ages 5-7 are offered throughout the year. An evaluation lesson may be scheduled by calling NTEC at (815) 254-1950. There is a $35 boarder fee or a $40 non-boarder fee for this lesson.
Private lessons are available for riders ages 8 and older. Schedule your private lesson by calling
(815) 254-1950. Fee for ½ hour private lesson is $35 for boarders or $40 for non-boarders. Private lesson packages consisting of 4, 8, or 12 lessons are available for purchase. There is a $10 discount for every 4 pre-purchased private lessons. Plan to be at the stable at least 30 minutes prior to your lesson time and remain at least 15 minutes after to care for the horse. No refunds for package lessons.
Special Events at NTEC
Come and watch NTEC students show off their riding skills!
School Showing: Sunday, May 19 at 9a
Beginner and Intermediate Schooling Shows: June 30, July 21 and August 11 at 9a
The center also offers boarding for horses, which includes a quality feed program, six-day-a-week stall cleaning, tack rooms, and access to a 1.2-mile trail. Turn-out is also available.
Registration for group lessons and special programs can be done by using the registration form in this catalog, registering online, or by going to NTEC or the Recreation/Administration Center. Return the completed registration form and payment to NTEC or the Recreation/Administration Center. Students are registered on a first-come first-served basis. A waiting list will be created if needed. NTEC does not participate in a lottery.
Long pants and sturdy shoes with a half-inch heel are the safest to wear when riding. Open-toed/open-heeled shoes and flip flops are prohibited and cannot be worn while riding. Riding helmets must be worn while on horseback. NTEC has helmets available for use if the rider does not own one. Damage to helmets or tack will be billed to the rider.
A Liability Release Form must be filled out and signed before you can begin riding. All participants are expected to follow the barn rules and regulations that are posted at the stable.
Girl and Boy Scout Grooming Badges
Earn your grooming badge at NTEC! Scouts will learn the basics of horse safety and be shown how to properly groom a horse. The children will be divided into small groups after the demonstration to clean up a horse. The grooming session is followed by a short ride on a horse that is led by a handler. There is no riding instruction included. Sessions are available by appointment only and are limited to days and times when proper staff and horses are available. We can tailor the classroom portion to fit your troop’s requirements. NTEC does not provide the badges. Sessions are 1 ½ hours long.
Ages 8 & up | $20 per child | Min. 5/Max. 12
If your child is not ready to jump in the saddle but enjoys being around horses, then schedule a 20 minute grooming session with one of our horses. One of our staff will explain and demonstrate proper horse safety and grooming techniques followed by your child grooming on his/her own. This is a great way to help children get comfortable around our large companions. Sessions are available on Friday’s after 4p and Sunday’s. Children must wear covered shoes to participate. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment.
$15 per child
Meet and ride one of our school horses! Pony rides last for 15 minutes and are led by a staff member. Covered shoes are required and a helmet will be provided. An adult must be present during the ride, and cameras are welcome. Pony rides will only be offered on Friday’s after 4p and on Sunday’s. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Ride and groom combos are available for an additional $5. Participants choosing this option will get a 10 minute pony ride and a 10 minute grooming session.
Ride only: $15
Ride/Groom Combo: $20
Riding decisions will be based on the health and safety of our participants and horses. Horse theory classes will be provided featuring topics such as wrapping, grooming, nutrition, and other equestrian educational topics at times when riding is not appropriate. If you choose to cancel your lesson because of the weather with less than 24 hours' notice you will be billed for the lesson. If NTEC decides to cancel riding lessons you will be notified and will not be charged for the lesson. Any questions or concerns, please contact NTEC at (815) 254-1950.
24 Hour Cancellation Policy
Please remember your lesson is an appointment. Students need to arrive at least a half-hour early for their lesson or class. Late arrivals will not be able to make up missed riding or instruction time. A 24-hour cancellation notice is required. Students who do not give a 24-hour notice or do not show will be billed for that lesson time and may lose a standing lesson time slot.
Gift certificates for riding lessons are available for purchase at NTEC. Riding lesson certificates make a wonderful birthday, anniversary, holiday, or special occasion gift for anyone who loves to ride. Certificates are good for 60 days from the date of purchase. Call, email, or stop by NTEC for more information.
The Normantown Trails Equestrian Center is currently accepting applications for volunteers! To fill out our volunteer form online, click here.
Warning: Under the Equine Activity Liability Act, each participant who engages in an Equine Activity expressly assumes the risks of engaging in and legal responsibility for injury, loss, or damage to person or property resulting from the risk of Equine Activities (Senate Bill 240-IL).