The Meadows Show Stable
Just minutes from Highway #400. Our property offers a beautiful setting for riding only 25 minutes north of Toronto in the heart of King Township. We are located on 55+ acres of oak ridges moraine and greenbelt surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.
The Meadows' Show Facility features a 140’ x 240’ outdoor sand ring with drainage system, irrigation and sand fiber footing for a dust-free ride. Our indoor arena is 180’ x 80’ with European style shock absorbing, non-slip synthetic footing and superior lighting.
The safety and the care of your equine companion are of utmost importance to us. We provide 24/7 onsite staff, a complete security system and a welcome place to ride.
MEET THE STAFF
We pride ourselves on maintaining a friendly and professional atmosphere where people support each other and have fun.
The Meadows' staff is available to help you with any question you may have and to support the care of your horse. We also have many successful show clients and they are always keen to share their experience with those clients looking to advance.
While we like to be able to take part in coaching a successful young rider to show success, we value those clients that simply love their horses for pleasure riding. Amongst our hunters and jumpers we have a few permanent resident rescue horses, and pleasure mounts. Check out our Riding Academy too!
We do this by building a proper foundation of care. We started with the architecture of a top quality facility and safe barn management practices. We employ qualified individuals and choose service providers that want to partner us in creating an environment of excellence, buying the best in food product, we strive to ensure that your horse receives top quality care.
Whatever level you ride at, beginner or advanced, competition or not we have the talent and ability to help you achieve your goals. We do this by employing coaches and trainers appropriate for all levels of riding, and maintaining ongoing education and training for staff. Clinics are also an important part of any rider’s education. They provide an opportunity to learn advanced techniques and improve skill-sets.
We pride ourselves on providing exceptional care for your horse every day and helping you to achieve your riding goals.
At the Meadows, we have created a supportive, team-based approach to competing. Support for showing comes not only from your coach but facility staff and other teammates within the Stables. We encourage everyone to strive to be their best within a family-oriented environment.
We understand what it takes to show and offer individually tailored approach to competition and showing. We carefully craft a training plan for each horse and rider to help them reach their individual goals. Great care is taken to ensure our horses and riders go to the shows prepared for each class according to their individual needs and personalities.
Join us for the 2017 season as we attend Trillium & select A circuit shows throughout Ontario.
We pride ourselves on maintaining a friendly and professional atmosphere. Our staff is available to help you with any question you may have and to support the care of your horse. We also have many successful show clients and they are always keen to share their experience with those clients looking to advance.
We have horses and riders competing in a wide variety of divisions from lead line to the upper level jumpers. Our showing clients range in age from 5 years to clients in their 50’s.
We are very competitive on both the Provincial and National circuits in Ontario with hundreds of competitions and hundreds of wins to our credit.
You will need to belong to three organizations to show. Membership is a must for showing and the cost is very reasonable.
1. Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF). www.horse.on.ca
2. The Trillium Hunter Jumper Association. www.trilliumhunterjumperassociation.com
3. Equine Canada. www.equinecanada.ca
We encourage you to start discussing your showing plans with our coaches before the season begins in February so that we can develop a supportive coaching and show plan.
Where we show
We show in the Province of Ontario. We are conveniently located just off Highway #400 in King City and a short distance to all of the shows and competitions throughout the province.
We show on the Trillium circuit in the central east zone. Competitions begin in early February and end in September. You can click on the following link to see a list of show times and locations for the season. www.centraleastzone.com
We also show on the National circuit. Show dates begin in early May and end in November with The Royal Winter Fair. You can click on the following link to see a list of show times and locations. www.ohja.ca
HOW TO BEGIN SHOWING
You don’t need your own horse to begin showing, we can find horses for Lease and we can help with every aspect from registration to transportation and show set up, and of course coaching.
It is easy to start showing and you do not need to have your own horse to do so. As a young child, showing starts with a lead line class where the only prerequisites are being able to sit on a horse and membership in the Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF). We have children as young as 5 & 6 competing in lead line. As an adult, the classes you will show in depend entirely upon your skill level. You may show from adult amateur to novice hunter or a number of classes in between. Our coaches will work with you to determine the best classes for you to show in. The Meadows' staff handles all registrations, transportation and show set up. See our section on support for more details.
For those interested in showing for an entire season it is best to lease a horse before purchasing to ensure that the future investment is a suitable one. The Meadows would recommend introductory training of at minimum 1-3 months with our staff prior to leasing a suitable animal for yourself or your child to begin their competitive career. We can assist in finding a suitable lease horse for the season for you. Should you determine that showing and ownership is in your future, we can assist in finding a horse that best suits your riding and showing goals.
TIME AND COST COMMITMENTS
Depending upon your goals, your coach will advise the priority shows you should attend and which ones are optional. We can develop a schedule to fit your needs.
The time involved in preparing and continuing to compete varies depending on your level. A minimum of three (3) riding days per week including one lesson is a great place to start. There are many shows throughout the season and you do not have to attend them all. Depending upon your goals your coach will advise the priority shows you should attend and which ones are optional. Shows are a full day commitment and our staff remains with you throughout the day. Please reference the show schedules in the Links section of the website or in the “Memberships needed for showing” section.
The cost of showing varies depending upon the level you are competing at and the number of shows you attend. In general, you will need to take into consideration the following costs: show registration, day-of-show coaching support, show riding apparel and transportation for your horse. We would be pleased to discuss with you the specific costs and develop a budget for the upcoming show season.
We assist in the choice of shows and classes; organize transportation; complete registration and stabling requests; recommend apparel; and have a coach on site during all shows.
Showing is made turnkey for you as our client. The coaching and stable staff at The Meadows will support you through every aspect of showing. We assist in the choice of show events and classes and can tailor your showing to a predetermined budget at the beginning of the show season. We organize your transportation to the shows. Our staff spends the time to make sure you are properly mounted to optimize your show experience and take you to the highest level possible. We will complete all entry and stabling requests for shows to limit any confusion that may lie on these topics. On show days, The Meadows has staff in addition to our coaches to help you through your day so you can stay calm and relaxed to be able to perform under minimal stress.
Let us transport your horse - we know how - we have transported horses safely for years.
We coordinate and handle the transportation of all of our clients' horses and equipment to shows. Whether you need to be transported to a horse show, need to move a horse from one facility to another, or have an equine medical emergency you can rely on us to arrange timely and safe transportation. We have our own drivers and trailers and access to transportation 24/7.
Please contact us for customized services, pricing and a tour.
We coordinate and manage the farrier and veterinary care for your horse. While we can provide support for Veterinary and Farrier care, riders/owners may choose whom they wish to use for farrier and veterinary service.
In addition to our packages above, we can arrange for the following additional services:
BUILT FOR RIDING
Our barn is newly built with two extra-wide hallways ensuring that you are never crowded out. We have 34 large stalls with extra-tall ceilings and large windows in all exterior stalls for lots of natural light. The barn and arena are built side by side with double hallway access so that once you are tacked up it is a short indoor walk to the arena.
We have 15 new paddocks designed for both individual and group turnout. Paddocks are serviced with Nelson waterers and hay houses for efficient feeding.
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ARENAS & SANDRING
Our new 180’ x 80’ insulated arena has large, bright windows that open for natural light and air circulation during the day to make riding comfortable. The arena has 40 new T5 custom light fixtures that turn on right away - no waiting for lights to warm up and absolutely no spooky shadow corners!
Having great footing under you is important to the health of your horse and to your safety. The Meadows is pleased to have installed in the arena state of the art European style shock absorbent, non-slip TravelRight footing that is dust-free and provides a clean environment for the rider and a shock absorbent base for horses.
Located at the back of the property away from high traffic areas and surrounded by paddocks and trees, our new outdoor sand ring is an excellent and large space to ride.
The Meadows is pleased to offer a Large 140’ x 240’ sand ring with underground drainage, automatic irrigation systems and customized footing for shock absorbent and dust-free riding. The ring has a convenient and shaded viewing Cabana and numerous types of jumps to optimize the riding experience.
BARNS & STALLS
Our barn is a new dust-free barn built in 2013. All the box stalls are large (12’ x 12’) with individual windows and/or view through front to allow horses to see their environment. The barn is designed with extra ceiling height, wide aisles, superior T8 lighting and windows throughout the barn to provide lots of natural light.
We have a generous matted base in all stalls.ﾠ All stalls are sanitized daily to ensure a healthy, infection free facility. There are individual water buckets in each stall with an easy pour water system to allow for individual monitoring of water intake. All water buckets are cleaned daily.
Custom Designed, Large Stalls and Wide Aisles. We have paid attention to every detail from the custom designed water system, hide-a-way aisle storage, large wash stalls and floor-to-ceiling lockers. Our facility is both functional and beautiful to ride in.
There are two inside wash stalls and two exterior wash stalls equipped with a temperature controlled water supply and heating system for winter bathing. Grooming stalls are equipped with a new vacuum structure.
VIEWING & TACK ROOMS
We know what it is like to be a supporting parent or sibling to a rider. Cold winter or humid summer nights in a stable can be really unpleasant. We have designed a heated and air-conditioned viewing room with TV, Wi-Fi and a kitchenette for your comfort and convenience. Come join us inside and enjoy watching our riders!
Viewing outside…. Come join us at our shaded Cabana by the outdoor ring and enjoy spring/summer/fall viewing in comfort.
We know what it is like to try to cram your saddle into an undersized or difficult to reach tack box – we have none of these at The Meadows. Our tack boxes are lockable, floor-to-ceiling with tons of storage for all your equipment.
The stable is equipped with a 24’ x 24’ large heated tack room with 30 private lockers most equipped with double saddle racks and floor to ceiling storage. The tack room has a separate equipment wash station and a viewing area looking into the arena. There are separate commercial grade laundry facilities, and a heated washroom on the lower level.
Paddocks & Feeding Programs
Fresh water 24/7 year-round & green grass.
Our property has large grass paddocks for daily individual and group turnout. We have fresh, year-round water supply to every paddock through a new Nelsen automatic hydrant system. Paddocks are seeded with pasture mix to allow for a consistent supply of green grass throughout the season. Management employs a paddock rotation system to ensure optimal grazing opportunities for all areas. The property has brand new three-board fencing and safe gateways.
The entire property is completely secure and there is no access for horses to the main driveway and roads. There is ample tracking with lovely scenery.
We provide daily turnout customized to every horse’s individual needs. Horses have free choice hay while outdoors. All outdoor hay is managed by feeders that are horse safe. Gateways and pathways are maintained for safety and easy use.
Our horses are on an individual custom feed program fitted to their specific needs. We educate ourselves on a regular basis to ensure our horses are getting the best nutritional value out of their feed program. Our guaranteed hay supply is of the best quality and is always stored inside to maintain a top-quality feeding program.
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MAP & DRIVING DIRECTIONS
For a map & directions to and from our farm, please refer to the map or click here.
The Meadows is a year-round facility with two distinct riding stables: The Meadows Show Stable and The Meadows Riding Academy. Whether you are interested in buying or leasing a show hunter or jumper; looking for a professionally managed stable to board, train and/or show; or simply looking for riding lessons, the Meadows is a wonderful place to be. Offering all the amenities that any horse or rider could ever need, we deliver uncompromising excellence in coaching and care of horse and rider.
If you have any questions or wish a "no obligation" quote to transport within Ontario please call — 905-841-9879.