Western and English Riding Instruction
and Hippology, the study of horses

Instructors:  Barbara and Joseph Kostelnik
Assistant: J. Solomon Kostelnik

Working with horses develops many personal qualities that last a lifetime:
self-confidence -- responsibility -- kindness -- fitness --
 physical and emotional wellness --- plus, it's so much fun!
(This site was created and is being maintained using MS FrontPage. 
That program is no longer supported by MS nor our web service provider,
so it's challenge trying to keep everything properly working...)



The Horses

Of course, the first thing everyone wants to see, when they arrive at the barn, is the horses!

First, we make sure we have the right paperwork filled out, and then we go over basic safety rules.

At this time, we have two horses entrusted to our care:  Sugar and Doc.  We are working on adding a third!


Bill and Amir are shown here only as a tribute to the great horses they were.

Amir was our "31 years young" trooper; he was our lesson horse for many, many years, and beloved by visitors to ride, pet, brush, and feed treats.  I'm leaving his info here for now, in his memory.  Grab the saddle with his name on it, at left, or click on his picture, to learn more about him.  He was a purebred, registered Arabian gelding... our "founding horse". 
Sugar is our youngest, born in 2001, and the only "girl" in our remuda at this time.  She was born in South Dakota, and is a rare amber cream champagne colored American Quarter Horse mare.  Her rare coloring makes her look like a caramel sundae or a toasted marshmallow (though in this picture she's a dirty ball of winter fuzz!)  In recent years she has graduated to being our main lesson horse.
Doc is more complicated.  He's capable of great speed and athletic feats, and is sensitive and intelligent, but often he's stiff and lame. 
We usually keep heavier (adult) riders off, especially for anything but easy trail riding. 
But he's great for lighter-weight riders in the round pen, where he's calm and dependable.
He's a 1997 American Quarter Horse gelding that looks almost white, but is actually a palomino. 
Oh, and he's also a TRICK HORSE!  Ask to see his tricks when you visit. 
He's in his full winter fuzzies, here.
We'd also like to pay tribute to the memory of Billies Bay Spirit, our much missed, beloved, deceased American Quarter Horse gelding, who was born on the 4th of July, 1976 -- America's bicentennial, and lived to be almost 31.  A famous horseman recently said that a trustworthy, dead broke horse like Bill was, is one in five million.  Click his photo to see more of him.

If you are interested in visiting the farm, you can be ready in advance by printing and filling out a release form!  For students under 18, both parents or legal guardians must sign.  If bringing friends, they or their parents or legal guardians (if minors) must have one also.

Here is a copy I made for my use of Ohio's equine liability law:  OHIO

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CONTACT INFO: you may EMAIL or PHONE Barbara at 513-385-6735 (or text at 513-356-2817)
The stable is on Blue Rock Road, which is named after Blue Rock Creek,
replete with slate and shale, which is more or less ... "Blue"!