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Shelby Farms Rides Again


By Tommy Brannon

Shelby Farms Stables has reopened under new ownership and management, after several months of inactivity. Shelby Farms Stables is a public horseback riding facility located in Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, TN. The new owners, J.B. Farrell and Jim Hall, together have many years of experience raising and training horses.

J.B. is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in Animal Science with an Equine Emphasis. He has experience helping manage horse sales, livestock shows, rodeos, and horse shows such as the Dixie Nationals.
Jim is retired from Shelby County Government. He has lifetime of experience in riding, horse management, farming, and cattle operations. He was an experienced trail guide with Chickasaw Stables and operated a boarding facility for ten years.  He is an active member of The Shelby Farms Equestrian Alliance and a volunteer with the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.

The stables will be open 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. every day except Tuesdays, offering guided rides over the miles of trails in Shelby Farms Park.

This 4,500 acre park is one of the largest urban parks in the country.  J.B. and Jim believe that the new operation will be a top notch equestrian attraction that is in keeping with the Park’s mission – “to give rise to a celebrated 21stcentury park that defines and shapes a great city.”

Hour-long guided trail rides, along with private riding lessons are available. J.B. said that their number one focus will be safety, and then to provide an enjoyable and memorable riding experience for all, especially riders who are inexperienced but love horses. Although strictly a western riding facility, all children under age 16 are required to wear a riding helmet and minors must have a parent or guardian sign a liability waiver on premises. Horses are available for all riding levels.

The facility offers rides for individuals and groups of all ages including businesses, church and youth groups, Girl/Boy Scout Troops, school groups, teams, birthdays, and more. Plans are in the works for a horse riding camp this summer.

For more information and a schedule visit their website  or call 901-212-9821.

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