BUCKS COUNTY combines country & cultural living at its finest boasting a perfect complement of lively downtowns and spans of vast bucolic beauty. Situated in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania, Bucks County is bounded by the Delaware River and Trenton, NJ to the east, and the historic city of Philadelphia to the southwest. Perhaps one of the best features of this area is the Bucks County Horse Park located in Revere. A mixture of equestrian disciplines are on display every weekend during the summer at the Horse Park from dressage and driving shows to hunter paces, jumping, eventing and western shows. Bucks County Saddlery in Buckingham keeps local riders in good supply of tack and accessories. Bucks County enjoys a plethora of stately horse farms and is home to high profile riders like eventing super star Buck Davidson who spends his summers here. Travelda Farm in Quakertown, hosts clinics with international instructors like Thierry Durand, Ecuyer du Cadre Noir, Saumur , France.
Tinicum Park Polo Club, Erwinna, PA Bucks County
THE LEHIGH VALLEY is comprised of the Lehigh & Northampton Counties and is Pennsylvania’s third most populated metropolitan region. This region is topographically conducive, with its largely level and open areas, for keeping horses. It is named so because it comprises an actual valley that lies between two large Pennsylvania mountain ranges, Blue Mountain to the north and South Mountain to the south. Lehigh Valley’s 730 square miles of rolling hills offer fun options for equestrian activities. The Lehigh Valley Horse Council has been in existence since 1980 and hosts informative clinics covering a vast array of topics. The Lehigh Valley Dressage Association offers dressage enthusiasts clinics, shows and camaraderie. Extensive trail systems run throughout the area. The Lehigh Valley is home to Rollingstone Farm in Slatington, highly regarded breeders of Hanoverians and Oldenburgs, show barn Blue Valley Equestrian Center, Hunter and Equitation Stable established in 1978 and Australian Olympic Grand Prix rider Sam Campell in Bangor. Boots & Saddle Riding Club in Allentown holds Penn-Jersey English and Western shows on site every year. Chaar Saddlery in Bethlehem is a large tack store not to be missed with its vast supply of equestrian goods.
THE POCONOS is a mountainous region famous for its resorts, skiing, natural scenic beauty and 150 lakes including Lake Wallenpaupack. This region is well known for its honeymoon carriage rides and "hack stables". Trail riders can take delight in state parks such as Big Pocono.
CHESTER COUNTY is a significant part of the Brandywine Valley. Vast farms, miles of stream filled valleys, fenced lined pastures, rolling hills, woodland, quaint historic villages and covered bridges paint the landscape. Chester County PA is home of the Devon Horse Show and Devon Dressage and Country Fair, Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show and Country Fair and the world renowned New Bolton Center in Kennett Square. Valley Forge National Park offers 19 miles of equestrian trails. Chester County is a favored location for the entire equine community attracting some of the finest show and racing stables. The Pennsylvania Breeding Fund Program is the best country, in physical year 2008 – 2009 horse racing received over $200,000,000. By 2013, Pennsylvania is projected to pass California in purse money and the highest paying track in the nation will be Philadelphia Park. Attracting top trainers and breeders from across the country such as Morell from Kentucky. Conveniently located to all Pennsylvania race tracks as well as Delaware, New Jersey, and New York.
BERKS COUNTY is home to scenic rolling hills, open fields, and a plethora of cattle, dairy and horse farms. It’s the answer for equestrians seeking the beauty of Bucks County without the high price of real estate that comes with it. The Berks County Equine Council is an active group where horse lovers come together on a regular basis for shows and clinic. Farms decorated with hex signs reveal you are deep in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. A horse pulling a buggy can often be seen driven through the streets of Kutztown. Quaint country roads and wooden bridges invite folks seeking a lifestyle of country living combined with the conveniences of modern day life witnessed by the famous Reading Outlets and proximity to Philadelphia.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY needs to be on the top of all equestrian’s lists as the most 'user' friendly County – the entire County trail system is open to equestrians! This vast trail system runs from Philadelphia to Valley Forge National Park with 15 miles of trails; then onto Green Lane County Park with 18 miles of trails and an equestrian camp site. Fabulous opportunities await the equine entrepreneur including but not limited to horse motels, guided rides, horse boarding, and lessons turning Montgomery County into an ideal equestrian vacation spot.
Trail Riding in Eastern PA