9501 Austin Ave.
Morton Grove, IL 60053
9501 Austin Ave.
Morton Grove, IL 60053
At Freedom Woods we pride ourselves on developing complete riders both on and off the horse. We understand that there is a unique bond between horse and rider and do not take a one-size fits all approach. We offer custom tailored programs to fit each individual clients needs.
We offer a wide selection of trainers who teach from the earliest of beginners to the most advanced show riders.
We offer everything from basic boarding to full service.
Our show team competes all over the country with clients who compete once a season to almost every other weekend.
Freedom Woods has been family owned for the last eighteen years and we pride ourselves on continually updating the facility to offer our clientele and horses the best quality care.
We are conveniently located just minutes from downtown Chicago and the North Shore. We are located next to the Cook County Forest Preserve, allowing us to offer a country feel in the suburbs.
The original structure of the stable was built in the 1930s and in the early 2000s a second barn was built on the property to accommodate the growing therapeutic riding program and the beginner riding program.
The environment is a growing concern all around the world. At Freedom Woods in the last three years we have made many changes to help reduce our carbon footprint. All of the lighting has been changed from fluorescent light bulbs to more efficient ecosmart lights. We have developed a new water storage system to reuse rain water to water the arenas. The majority of our horses are bedded on straw instead of shavings to reduce the amount of carbon emissions from the disposal of manure.
- This winter we will finish reconstructing the last set of original stalls on the property.
- By the summer of 2014, our outdoor bank should be complete! This will help our riders prepare for larger horse shows and hunter derbies! In addition we will be working on more esthetics of the outdoor ring, planting hedges around the rail and refurbishing the judges box.
- By 2015 we hope to open Freedom Woods North! We are working on building barns and pastures at our other location in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. One of the plus's of Freedom Woods is our location, the only downside to that is we lack lush pastures and large amounts of turnout. Freedom Woods North will function both as a retirement facility and just a little place for your horse to have some time off after show season or for whatever reason! Staff will live on property to care for your horses' every need. Keep posted for more updates on our second facility!
Ashleen is a graduate from DePaul University with a bachelors degree in Business Management. She has ridden with many top trainers including but not limited to, Nancy Whitehead, Tim Goguen, and Larry Glefke as well as many clinics with George Morris.
In 2011 she became certified by the United States Hunter Jumper Association. She started riding at the age of 5 and has been fully involved in the family business for most of her life.
She began competing in Grand Prixs and International Hunter Derbies in 2010. Ashleen has led herself and many riders to both IHJA and Zone Championships. She also believes in constantly improving her riding and knowledge to further assist her students.
Betsy is a graduate from Loyola University with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. She is certified by the United States Hunter Jumper Association and has held certificates from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International and the Certified Horsemanship Association.
She has ridden and worked around horses since early childhood and has been with Freedom Woods since its inception, first as a trainer and then as its manager, her current position today.
Dividing her time between managing and training, Betsy continues to broaden and improve her teaching and riding skills to benefit her students.
Lindsay is a recent graduate from The American Academy of Art with a bachelors degree in Illustration. She uses her skills in photography and design to help promote and market the barn. She has designed advertisements that have been put into Showplace Productions prize lists.
She took her first riding lesson at Freedom Woods at the age of 11 and has been there ever since. She is currently working towards earning her trainer's certification by the United States Hunter
Lindsay helps builds confidence in the early stages of riding to beginning jumping students. She is a firm believer in improving her riding and knowledge to benefit her students.
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30-9:00, Saturday-Sunday: 8:30-6:00
9501 Austin Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053 Phone: (847) 967-9800 Fax: (847)965-1655