Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Springfield Stables to Launch its State-of-the-Art Riding Facility in Mettawa, Illinois

My best friend of almost 30 years is starting a new chapter. I am so proud of her and know she will be extremely successful! I know this opportunity will really let her shine. Here is the press release for her new venture.

Mettawa, IL – August 11, 2009 - Springfield Stables is a full service equestrian facility specializing in hunters and jumpers that will soon be opening its brand new, state-of the art riding facility in Mettawa, IL. Jenn Tirrell has signed on as the manager and head trainer of Springfield Stables, bringing years of experience to this exceptional new facility, which is set on 22 beautifully maintained acres near the North Shore, a short distance from Chicago.

Owner Gregory H. Sachs has put a lot of time and focus into every detail of Springfield Stables and he is thrilled to open the doors to the brand new facility. “I am very committed to providing a top-shelf environment where riders of all ages can learn and enjoy the wonderful experience of working with horses,” Sachs stated. “Mettawa is a terrific community and I am very proud to have an equestrian facility there.”

Springfield Stables focuses on unmatched integrity and quality care for both horse and rider. The stable features a training program tailored to meet each rider’s personal goals, providing exceptional instruction and training for the competitive rider at all levels. The program is led by Jenn Tirrell, an experienced horsewoman who grew up riding and showing on the prestigious East Coast ‘A’ circuit.

Jenn Tirrell has ridden and trained in the hunters, jumpers, and equitation throughout her career, and worked with a number of top professionals as a junior and professional rider. Jenn has ridden and trained for Stepping Stone Farm in Ridgefield, CT and West Riding Stable in Middleburg, VA, and has established herself in northern Illinois over the last year. She also had her own very successful hunter/jumper business in Bedminster, NJ, called Signature Limited Stables. Jenn is now bringing her experience to Springfield Stables and is very excited to make Springfield a wonderful environment for both the horses and the riders.

Mason Phelps, Jr., Founder and President of Phelps Media Group, Inc. International (PMG), is pleased to have Springfield Stables as the newest addition to the PMG clientele. “Jenn Tirrell is a very knowledgeable and experienced equestrian and I know that Springfield Stables will be a huge success with her excellent leadership,” Phelps stated. “We are very happy to have such an exceptional new client and we look forward to promoting their growth and achievements.”

Springfield Stables has an outstanding training program that is tailor-made to fit each individual rider’s goals and experience. The training is positive, and emphasis is put on producing a rider who is skillful and successful. A focus is placed on competing at shows that will benefit the programs which have been developed for the riders.

Springfield Stables welcomes riders in the hunters, jumpers and equitation. Riders will have the opportunity to compete at 'A' rated shows both in and out of state and many strive to qualify for top shows such as ‘Indoors’, Devon and Pony Finals. Many of the riders compete in the Junior, Amateur, and Pony Hunter divisions as well as the Equitation and Junior Jumper divisions.

Along with the excellent training program, Springfield Stables offers a full care boarding facility. A lot of care and detail went into making Springfield Stables special and the features speak for themselves. The main barn has 40 matted stalls with automatic waterers so the horses have fresh water available at all times. All of the stalls have large industrial ceiling fans and the stalls facing the outside of the barn have Dutch doors for the horses to take in the view. The main barn has radiant heat throughout and there are two large wash stalls with hot and cold water. Riders have access to two large and comfortable lounges which look into the large indoor arena, which is also heated and features state-of-the-art footing. There is also a 10 stall barn that is 100 years old, which is being restored to match the main barn.

Outside, the property features 11 grass paddocks and seven all-weather paddocks for the horses to play in, plus a large outdoor arena with state-of-the-art footing and a new course of jumps. Riders have access to a 3/4 mile track to ride on or cool out on after a ride and there is also a great hunt field to ride in and lots of trails to enjoy. Springfield Stables’ website is coming soon, where all of the exceptional features and programs will be available for viewing. For more information please contact Jenn Tirrell at (312) 925-4672 or

Photo Credit: Jenn Tirrell, pictured with Jewel’s Excaliber owned by Sarah Stein, is the manager and head trainer of Springfield Stables, bringing years of experience to this brand new state-of-the-art facility. Photo by Richard Killian.


Anonymous said...

What an exciting opportunity for your friend! Darn! I wish I'd known she was here in Middleburg when she was here! What a phenomenal looking rider. Best wishes to your friend! - Jana

Anonymous said...

Hope all goes well for her in her new venture. That's pretty close to me, and although I no longer show, I'll have to stop by and check it out.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to your friend and her new business.
The write up was very well written.

Have a great day.

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