Bringing women
   ages 6 to 96
 closer to heaven!

Instructor:  Rev. Barbara A. Kostelnik, Th.M.

Working with horses in a Christian environment
develops many personal qualities that last a lifetime:
self-confidence -- responsibility -- kindness -- fitness --
 physical and emotional wellness --- and, it's enjoyable!

UPDATE:  in August 2019, we quit offering JUST horsemanship lessons.
BUT, now we're waiting on the insurance company
to let us know whether we'll be RE-OPENING --
as a non-profit, free MINISTRY of
White Oak Chapel/Gospel Truth Ministries!

Welcome

Lessons
Horses
Facility
People
FORMS
Safety
Balanced
Super-
Resources
Helmets

WE STILL CANNOT OFFER TRAIL RIDES, SORRY
We are now accepting names for a wait list,
in case we resume.
Please click here to email Miss Barb!
No lessons during heavy rain or extreme heat.
After you're scheduled, we'll keep in touch via cell phone/text.


Come to Blue Rock Horse Park for the complete, Christ-centered,
"equine experience":  Intensive, hands-on learning of all aspects of horseback riding AND horse husbandry. Learn how to do barn chores, train horses, be in horse shows, horse colors & their genetics, grooming, feeding and other care, body language and horse psychology, safety, and Western and English riding from rank beginner through Intermediate Level... all in a Christian environment infused with Biblical principles!

Each session is 1-2 hours long, to provide an unrushed, immersive experience, where many find they are entering "Horse Heaven"!
Our students and their families often become our friends for life.

Registration is extremely limited... we can accept only one student per day, only 3-4 days per week. Mothers and daughters are strongly encouraged to attend together.

Lesson starting times range from 11 AM until an hour before dark.

Again, there are no group lessons or recreational trail rides available,
though trail riding is one of the many skills that can be learned here.


DUE TO INSURANCE REGULATIONS,  NO VISITORS ARE PERMITTED, UNLESS AN OWNER (horse or property) IS PRESENT.  VOLUNTEERS (to help with cleaning, grooming, and tack) MUST BE OVER AGE 18.


Prices WERE: $40 per 1-2 hour session, or a prepaid package of 3 sessions for $100 ($33.33... each).

NOW the ministry will underwrite your visit, so there will be NO CHARGE to those accepted into the program.

If you or the student are not sure of their interest level, we offer a half-hour introductory visit, where you will get a tour of the facility and a description of what we do. You will be able to pet the horses and feed them treats from behind a fence.  Email, text or call for an appointment.

You can email us here.  Thanks!

Dressing properly means following the guidelines in the lesson handouts
(SEE SAFETY )
... but also dressing WARMLY ENOUGH for winter weather.  This means winter coats, at least two layers on the legs (snow pants  with leggings underneath are ideal), hoods or knitted caps (smooth on top to fit under a helmet, but if yours have pompoms etc.,, we can provide the kind of knitted cap that will work), gloves, warm socks (two layers, like wool hunting-type socks with cotton crew-height socks underneath, is ideal) and boots (rain or snow boots are fine). 
We have disposable hand warmers that can be put into gloves or boots!
(Miss Barb will be using those on cold days.)
Just ask about them if we forget to offer them.  AND if you/your student doesn't have clothing like that, please just ask about it, and we may be able to help!

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEND STUDENTS HOME  IF THEY SHOW UP IN WHAT WE CONSIDER TO BE UNACCEPTABLE CLOTHING. 
IF YOUR STUDENT "WON'T WEAR" WHAT YOU THINK THEY SHOULD,
DON'T BRING THEM
.


"Blue Rock Horse Park"
is just the name we've given our equine ministry:
we board our two horses, minister, ride, teach, train, etc.
in the NW Cincinnati suburb of Central Colerain.

WE DO NOT OWN THE PROPERTY,
AND IT IS NOT AN INCORPORATED BUSINESS.


You may click any of the links
<=== at left, at any time.
Just "take any saddle from the rack".
They turn into "Cowboy saddles" if you hover your cursor over them.


It all happens on a very gracious family's farm land, where Galbraith Rd. dead-ends onto Blue Rock Road. We have the use of about 15 acres of fields and trails, 3 walk-in stalls, 2-3 acres of pasture, and our 45' round pen.  Our home is just two miles away.  We're the only ones boarding there, happily, since June 1999!

The horses are kept very "naturally"; the stalls open into the pasture, and are left open for them to go in and out as they please, most days.


Email us if you'd like to volunteer!


Please have a look around our web site
to meet our horses and us, and marvel with us
at what God has provided right in this
northwestern Cincinnati suburb!


 

At this location, we offer:

  •  Eternal bible principles for living your life, including dealing with horses, other animals, parents, children, and others

  •  Helmets, saddles, and all other necessary equipment
       for your use here

  •   English and Western riding lessons

  •   BALANCED/INDEPENDENT SEAT instruction

  •   round pen (super-safe, small enclosure) lessons & training

  •   large grassy fields & wooded trails for more advanced lessons

  •   barrels, for learning barrel-racing or just horseplay

  •   cones, to learn pole bending, or practice serpentines

  •   how to do ground training/round penning

  •   equine body language and behavior

  •   basic, SAFE horse handling

  •   equipment/tack use and care lessons

  •   all-around stable safety and "barn-keeping"

  •   horse grooming, health and care

  •   equine color genetics (click to see
       just one of Barbara's equine color web sites)

  •   trail riding lessons

    -- and more

We have never offered trail rides.  We only have two horses right now, and are not insured for that, or parties, etc.  Just lessons.

* Our "SUPER-natural" Hippology is based on many years of equestrian
AND Bible study, learning and experience.

We consider every good thing in our lives to be a gift from God*,
and we thank Him daily for the privilege of being able to enjoy them all: our very lives, our health, our church, our horses, our family and friends, and the barn and land where we board and enjoy our horses. 
And you are invited to enjoy all of them with us!

We'd now like to share our fondest equine memory with you:

In Loving Memory
Amir Halam, 1980-2011

  This kind, patient, and dignified Arabian gelding is Amir Halam.

He was our main riding and lesson horse for many years. He's shown here freshly bathed (still wet!), with 3 of that year's 8 horsemanship students getting ready for the annual Harvest Home Fair Horse Show.

We're not officially connected with the Fair, but we usually attend,
and we and our students sometimes show there.

*  "Every good thing, and every perfect gift, is from above, and comes down
from the Father of lights"  ---  James, chapter1, verses 16 & 17

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CONTACT INFO: you may EMAIL Barbara here
The stable is on Blue Rock Road, which is named after Blue Rock Creek,
replete with slate and shale, which is more or less ... "Blue"