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Aldie Equestrian Center: Good Horse Sense Near Chantilly

In working with Chantilly area home buyers, I have driven by Aldie Equestrian Center countless times to show properties in places like Haymarket and other surrounding communities.

I have also worked with buyers seeking horse properties as well as those selling horse properties in these communities, and we do have many of our area residents who either want their children to get involved in riding lessons, or want to learn to ride as adults.  So here is a little something to help out if you have been thinking about riding lessons, horse boarding facilities, or equestrian activities.


First of all, location.  If you are heading west on Route 50,  just turn left at Route 15, and very soon you will see the Center on your right.

The grounds look impressive with the various riding rings including one for indoor riding, as well as cross country jumps, and private and semi-private paddocks.  There is a whole bunch of, I guess you would call them “equestrian amenities,” that the good folks at Aldie Equestrian Center have told us about.  I am not a rider myself, but for any of our readers who are considering learning this wonderful activity, either as adults or for their kids, this looks like the place to check out.

The Center is a family business with a 40 year tradition behind it.  If welcomes everyone from beginners to highly advanced.  It is a “full service facility” so if you have a need that is horse related, the Center can probably help you out.  For example, we were told, “…the center aisle way barn offers large stalls with mats, hot/cold wash stall, farriers station, tack rooms as well as a borders lounge.  Our full-time barn staff lives on site.”


In chatting with Lindsay Fox, one of the experienced instructors as well as a member of the “founding family” at AEC, we learned that the Center offers riding lessons for both youngsters and adults.   If you want to jump into this as an adult, don’t feel you are alone. Lindsay was telling us about the very positive impact that learning this skill has for riders of all ages.  The confidence and poise it develops in young people was especially interesting.  And for adults, we were told about the sense of personal happiness and satisfaction that so often comes to adults when they learn riding.

Another nice feature of the Center’s approach is the flexibility of the riding programs.  Lindsay will work with you in structuring a program that is suited for your individual goals.

If you have been thinking about learning more about this activity,  you don’t have to go far to get the information you need.  Visit the Center website, or give them a call at 703 887-4622.  And…happy riding!