Danada Equestrian Center
3S507 Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
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Hours of Operation

The equestrian office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on select holidays.

The surrounding Danada Forest Preserve is open daily from one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset.

Questions?

Call Danada Equestrian Center at (630) 668-6012, or email forest@dupageforest.org.

 

Danada Equestrian Center

The Danada Equestrian Center welcomes visitors of all ages, offering educational and recreational enrichment programs rooted in Danada’s unique equine heritage.

Equestrian Programs

Summer Camps 

Horse Sense and Riding Sense summer camps offer hands-on experiences with horses and an introduction to the day-to-day activities of a working stable. Summer camps for 2014 season are full, and information on next season's offerings will be available in January 2015.

Horsemanship Courses and Tours 

Our equestrian lesson programs are scheduled to begin with Session C on Tuesday, July 29th. We’ll offer Horsemanship 1 and 2, plus Private and Semi-Private Lessons according to the schedule below. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis with a completed application, waiver and full payment. Please call (630) 668-6012 with questions. 

Introduction Horsemanship I is designed for the inexperienced equestrian as well as for those with past experience who feel they need a refresher course. Objectives of the course are to learn how to halter and tie a horse correctly; basics of grooming a horse; mounting a horse; rider’s position in the saddle to develop a secure and balance seat at the walk and trot; the basic aids for turning and stopping a horse plus much more. 

Introduction to Horsemanship II is open to individuals who have the approval of a Danada instructor. Objectives of the course are to understand proper fit of tack; applying correct use of aids at the walk and trot; arena schooling figures; continuing to ride over ground poles; posting diagonals; and general horse care principles. 

Private and Semi-Private Lessons are tailored to the individual’s horsemanship skill level. Beginner students may participate in unmounted instruction such as grooming and tacking. Lessons may also be designed for students wishing more concentrated instruction to correct a specific riding difficulty or achieve a performance goal. Students must arrive early to groom and tack-up their assigned horse. Reservations are required and must be made one week in advance by calling (630)668-6012 or stopping by during office hours to sign-up.

Session C-Tuesday July 29th to September 14th
*Note no lessons will be held Saturday August 30th and Sunday August 31st.
 

Day 

Time 

Date 

Code 

Introduction to Horsemanship I 

  

  

Tuesday

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

7/29 to 9/2

14-101C

Wednesday

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

7/30 to 9/3

14-102C

Friday

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

8/1 to 9/5

14-104C

Saturday*

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

8/2 to 9/13

14-105C

Introduction to Horsemanship II 

  

  

Thursday

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

7/31 to 9/4

14-203C

Saturday*

2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

8/2 to 9/13

14-205C

Private and Semi-Private 

 

 

Wednesday

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm

7/30 to 9/3

 

Friday

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm

8/1 to 9/5

 

Saturday*

11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

8/2 to 9/13

 

Sunday*

11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

8/3 to 9/14

 

Guided Group Tours 

Danada’s one-hour guided tours offer groups and organizations with members of all ages tours of the Danada Barn including information on horse behavior, types of feeds, different saddles and tack and an introduction to one of our horses during a grooming demonstration. Tours are $35 per group of 20 for DuPage residents and $65 per group of 20 for nonresidents. For more information call the center at (630) 668-6012 or download the application. Download the Barn Guided-Group Tour Application

For Teachers and Their Students 

Danada offers programs that meet state curriculum standards for grammar school and high school classes. For more information, view the Teachers Guide or call the center at (630) 668-6012.

For Scouts and Scout Leaders 

Learn more about opportunities for Scouts and other youth groups at Danada. For more information, view the Scouting Guide. 

 


Danada Volunteers

Danada Equestrian Center volunteers tend to the center’s horses, maintain the stable area and paddocks, and provide information to visitors. For more information, visit Danada Volunteers, or contact the Forest Preserve District’s Volunteer Services office at (630) 933-7681 or volunteer@dupageforest.com.
 


Dan and Ada Rice

Danada Forest Preserve is the former estate of commodity trader Daniel Rice and his wife, Ada, racehorse enthusiasts who bred champion Thoroughbreds.

In 1928, the Rices purchased Danada Farm, a working farm complemented by apple orchards, wheat and corn fields, and grazing lots for livestock. In 1943, Dan Rice purchased eight Thoroughbreds for his wife’s pursuit in horse racing, and the Ada L. Rice Stable was born.

Every year, the Wheaton farm served as a training facility for 20 to 40 yearlings. A 26-stall Kentucky-style barn, with center stalls and an indoor track, allowed trainers to work horses even in inclement weather. The Rices’ staff also used the 0.5-mile regulation racetrack on the west side of Naperville Road to condition yearlings that arrived from a sister farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

In 1965, the Rices made their mark at the Kentucky Derby with a bay colt named Lucky Debonair, which jockey Willie Shoemaker rode across the wire in a neck-to-neck finish for a first-place win and a $112,000 purse. One year later, Advocator, another bay colt and Rice Thoroughbred, placed second in the Derby.

Ada maintained her equestrian interests until 1975, when, after her husband’s death, she sold the farm’s remaining horses.

Danada House and Model Farm

Dan and Ada Rice built this sprawling, 19-room white brick country home in 1939. The house, owned today by the Forest Preserve District and operated by the Friends of Danada, is available for formal receptions, business meetings, showers, parties and other functions.

The Danada Model Farm preserves the history of DuPage County with 1950s machinery and agricultural practices. Owned by the Forest Preserve District, operated by volunteers and sponsored by the Friends of Danada, the farm offers hayrides and tours to the public. For more information, visit Danada House, or contact the Danada House at (630) 668-5392 or jill@danadahouse.com.

Accessibility

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is committed to making its facilities accessible to all visitors. For special accessibility needs or concerns, please contact the District's ADA coordinator at (630) 933-7683 or
TTY (800) 526-0857 at least three business days in advance of your visit.

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