Country Ridge Stables features a beautiful 38 stall heated stable that includes two 24’ x 24’ tack rooms with individual lockers, 2 full service grooming stalls, 2 wash stalls with hot and cold water, and 2 outdoor wash stations.
Our horse stalls are outfitted with Nelson® stainless steel automatic waterers and feeders; Comfort Stall® therapeutic mats and individually operated ceiling fans. The spacious 80 x 200 heated indoor arena features huge sliding windows to allow the natural light and fresh air in during the warmer months, new energy conserving LED lights, and a custom blended sand footing. The 75 x 220 outdoor arena boasts state of the art dust-free footing and views of the properties beautiful trees and landscaped flower gardens. Our stable area is paved with rubber “I” tiles for the safety of horse and rider as they proceed through the stable. The complete facility is also video monitored and equipped with both fire and security systems.
Students and observers will appreciate the heated and air conditioned viewing room, complete with kitchen, coffee bar, and full bathroom. Our comfortable heated and air conditioned lounge also includes TV, WiFi and a second bath.
Built by the Santowski family as a home for their daughter’s horses, the stable has become a place where riders of all ages and abilities can progress to the next level in their training in a comfortable, friendly and supportive environment.
Fernando has been the Stable Manager for Country Ridge Stables and has lived with his family on the property since its inception in 2006. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Fernando has more than 30 years of experience as a Barn Manager/Head Show Groom for many top Hunter/Jumper stables in Illinois. He oversees every aspect of horse care for all Country Ridge Schooling and Santowski owned horses from scheduling daily turnouts, overall maintained grooming, and general medical care as needed. In addition to his expert knowledge of horses he manages the additional Country Ridge Staff and works closely with FHF trainers and employees to ensure both businesses run cohesively and maintain open communication. He also oversees the nightly check on all horses boarded on the property. He is an irreplaceable asset to the barn, overseeing and collaborating with facility management and maintaining equipment to keep the days running smoothly. With his attention to detail, high level of organization, and a winning attitude we appreciate his hard work everyday!