Nestled in the picturesque town of Eagle, Brookside Stables, formerly known as Harvey Horse Camps, has evolved into a haven for horse enthusiasts of all ages. Eagle Magazine had the privilege of sitting down with passionate founder, Sarah Smith, to delve into the heart and soul of Brookside Stables and explore the remarkable equestrian experiences it offers.
Sarah shared her inspiring journey of transforming a childhood love for horses into a thriving equestrian hub. She explained, “Growing up, I wanted to spend all of my free time with horses. As a child, I eagerly awaited Summer Horse Camps, and my passion for these magnificent creatures continued to grow.” This enthusiasm eventually led her to purchase her first horse. Initially, the focus was on Summer Horse Camps, but she soon recognized the demand for year-round equestrian experiences.
Brookside Stables offers an array of services, each tailored to cater to the unique needs of its diverse clientele. Western Riding Lessons are a standout offering, available for children and adults aged four and above. The stables provide both private and semi-private lessons, ensuring that each student receives personalized attention. Sarah emphasized, “We keep the student-to-instructor ratio low to guarantee ample ride time and effective instruction.”
One of the remarkable services offered at Brookside Stables is Therapeutic Horsemanship Classes. Partnering with the Odyssey/Empowering Parents Idaho Program, these classes have had a profound impact on the participants. Sarah proudly stated, “Horsemanship and horseback riding can improve self-confidence, reduce anxiety, and increase trust, flexibility, and strength.”
For young riders looking to immerse themselves in the equestrian world, the Horse Camps at Brookside Stables are a fantastic opportunity. Designed for students aged 5-12, these camps offer a well-rounded experience, including Western and bareback riding, grooming, horse care, crafts, and interactions with other barn animals.
Brookside Stables also hosts Homeschool & After School Horse Clubs, offering students a chance to continue their equestrian education throughout the school year. These clubs meet weekly and cover various aspects of horsemanship, including grooming, riding, and even crafting activities.
The stables are not just a place for education; they also make celebrations unforgettable with their birthday parties and events. These parties include a tour of the barn, horseshoe decorating, Western riding, and a sweet ending with cupcakes and goodie bags, ensuring a memorable experience for all attendees. Full Care Horse Boarding is an essential service for horse owners, and Brookside Stables takes it seriously. With access to indoor and outdoor arenas, quality hay, and regular stall cleaning, boarders can rest assured that their equine companions are well taken care of.
Sarah shared a touching success story of a young participant who overcame her nervousness and gained tremendous confidence through therapeutic horsemanship. This heartwarming transformation is a testament to the positive impact Brookside Stables has on its clients.
As for the future, Brookside Stables recently relocated to a larger facility in Eagle and is focused on enhancing the property and services. An annual “Photos with Santa” event is on the horizon, keeping the holiday spirit alive for the community.
What sets Brookside Stables apart from the rest is their dedication to the well-being of both horses and riders. With indoor facilities allowing year-round riding, fair pricing for boarders and students, and a genuine passion for the equine world, Brookside Stables is undoubtedly a beacon of equestrian excellence. As Sarah aptly put it, “We pride ourselves on truly caring for the horses and our students, and we’re excited about what the future holds for Brookside Stables.”
Visit Bookside Stables at 4807 W Little Feather Lane in Eagle. 208-805-2076, brooksidehorses.net