160’ X 80’

Beautiful Lesson, Training, Boarding facility located in Mechanicsburg, IL just minutes from Springfield, IL.

Specializing in Reining Training and Showing, Lori and her clients have won numerous world top 10's and Year End awards. Lori strives to help riders reach their goals and the horses reach their potential!

Lessons are offered in many disciplines including English, Jumping, Dressage, Western, Reining, Horsemanship and just learning to communicate with your horse or ours. Lessons are for kids AND adults!

We are dedicated to taking excellent care of the horses boarded here, offering specialized care for each horse, and excellent quality feed and hay. We have strived to make sure everything is available here for you to enjoy your time with your horse including a l ...Click here to read more

Property Details

Facility Acreage: 27
# of Stalls: 24
Arena: 160’ x 80’ Sand, Lighted
Arena: 200’ x 130’ Sand
Round Pen: 45' ,Sand

Horse Trailer Access:

  • Horses for Lease
  • Retirement Boarding
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Birthday Parties
  • Clinics
  • Carriage Rides
  • Layup or Rehabilitation Facility
  • Arena For Rent


Wash rack
Tack room: Private
Lounge: Climate controlled, with kitchen
Bathroom: Climate controlled, with shower
Caretaker: lives on site

Horseback Riding Lessons

We specialize in: 4-H, Beginner Lessons, Dressage, English, Horsemanship, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunter/Jumper, Reining, Western, Western Equitation/Stock Seat

  • Trainer Onsite
  • Transportation to Shows
  • Trainer Accompanies to Shows


Training Board
Stall Board

Reviews (3)

  • Gena07/15/2019

    Our family loves Lori! Our daughter has taken lessons from her for approximately 8 years. She has helped Ruthie so much! She has taught her riding, horse care, good horsemanship, good sportsmanship, and barn management. Lori has also been an excellent role model. She is always patient, professional and very caring with all kids. Most importantly Lori doesn't tolerate drama and dysfunction in her barn, so it is a very safe place for all. She is always giving everyone opportunities to improve or compete. I cannot praise or recommend her enough! She is the best!

  • Angela G. Evans08/27/2018

    I have been a customer of Lori Nelson's since 2011. Good trainers are hard to come by, especially honest ones. 2014 was a testimony of Lori's character. I decided to switch riding disciplines after getting reining bug. Long story short, my first reining horse purchase did not go so well despite a vet check and drug test. At no fault of the horse or us, six weeks into owing him, we found out he needed major surgery 6/2014. It took rehabbing him by learning to walk all over again to put on the saddle to just lunge for the first time 9/2105. June 2016 he was able to go back into training with Lori. Point is, Lori could have told me she wanted nothing to do with this horse or to put him sleep to buy another horse. Instead, she worked with me to help get him better. Lori helped this horse by coming up with ways to help him as an individual rather than just a blanket cookie cutter training method. He required special considerations and patience and she got him through it. I owe a lot to Lori Nelson for her helping me get my horse to where he is today. Thank you :-)

  • Lorraine Robinson08/26/2018

    Lori is an excellent trainer. The fact that she has a degree in equine sciences originally attracted me to the stable but her warmth and encouragement kept me coming back. I’m amazed that a trainer with her success on the national level is available to a beginner like me. We have a group of women “of an age”
    who encourage each other as well as kids and teens. I recommend Lori Nelson Training for anyone interested in riding.

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