Horsemanship Lessons at Ellis House and Equestrian Center

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Ellis Equestrian Center will hold lessons for adults and children ages 4 years and older. Lessons are offered 7 days a week by appointment only. Please contact Kris Mondrella for availability and to answer any questions you may have by email (preferred) at [email protected], or call the main office at 815-475-4035.

Ellis Equestrian Center upholds safety standards set by the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety by insuring the following:

  • That all riders wear an approved ASTM equestrian helmet while riding.
  • That all lessons are offered in riding areas and trails suited for these activities (e.g. manicured trails and riding arenas).
  • That all riders are capable and exhibit adequate motor skills and mature judgment to recognize potential hazards.
  • That all riders receive proper training in riding style and horse safety.
  • That all riders have an understanding of horse behavior.
  • That the saddle and tack fits the rider and the horse.

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To avoid cutting into your riding time at your first lesson, please feel free to print off the Registration Form and Riding Waiver below and bring a completed copy with you to your first lesson.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment please contact contact Kris Mondrella by email (preferred) at [email protected] , or call the main office at 815-475-4035.

Ellis House and Equestrian Center is located at:

13986 McKanna Rd.
Minooka, Il 60447

Ellis House and Equestrian Center also has trails open to the public! Trailer your horse in to use our lime stone trails. Trails are open 8:30 am to sunset. Please keep in mind that these trails are shared by bikers, walkers, and runners. No appointment is necessary to use District trails, and trail use is free of charge.

Payment Options

Ellis House and Equestrian Center accepts cash, checks made payable to "Kendall County Forest Preserve District"; as well as Visa, Master card and Discover.

Riding lessons are offered 7-days a week by appointment only. Please contact Kris Mondrella, Equestrian Program Coordinator, for availability and rates at [email protected], or call 815-475-4035.

Sunrise Center North at Ellis House and Equestrian Center

Sunrise Center North Therapeutic Riding Program provides horseback riding lessons and equine assisted activities to individuals with special needs. Our mission is to enhance the life of individuals with disabilities. We achieve our mission through the dedication of our volunteers and community. To inquire about programs and services, contact:

Sunrise Center North programs include therapeutic riding services under the following program headings:

  1. Special Needs Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program
  2. Horses for Heroes - Veterans of All Ages
  3. Autistic Music Class on Horseback
  4. Seniors in Saddles - Ages 55 years & up