Stubbe Horse Farm was born from a desire to promote enjoyable and constructive equine learning. We operate a family-friendly facility designed with the rider’s needs in mind, and the horse’s care as paramount. Our core instruction is English-style riding, drawing from the disciplines of Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, Volting, and natural horsemanship to provide students with a well-balanced skill set that will not only teach them how to ride a horse, but how to understand a horse. We shun the typical show-barn politics, instead preferring an open and non-judgmental attitude that is conducive to a happy environment.
Stubbe Horse Farm is operated by Silke Stubbe and her husband Justin Norell, with assistance from a small group of dedicated horse enthusiasts whom we have come to trust over the years. We emphasize safety above all else, ensuring that both rider and horse will have a reason to come back the next day.
Stubbe Horse Farm has been in operation since 2003, and since 2008 at our current location. We offer a full-service facility including barn, indoor arena, outdoor ring, boarding, leasing, shows, camps, clinics, trails, and more!
We at Stubbe Horse Farm believe that what differentiates one barn from the next is not the price of admission, but the environment you enjoy. We don’t put up with snobbery or abuse of animals, and expect customers to respect each other, our facilities, and the privacy of our neighbors.
Silke’s horse career began in 1987 in her home country of Germany, in the sport of volting. When the family moved to Canada in 1989, Silke spent all her free time in riding camps and lessons at various farms around Ottawa. After high school, Silke returned to Germany for a four year apprenticeship, which also included working at a therapeutic riding stable, and studying under Jochen Brinkmann in Munster.
When Silke returned in 2003, Stubbe Horse Farm was born. Founded by Heinrich and Margaret Stubbe, who have also had great success with their specialty chocolate store Stubbe Chocolates, it was a much-needed outlet for their horse-crazy child, Silke. Starting with their first horse, “Mr. Cocoa”, they quickly grew into a well-known and respected part of the Dunrobin community. Silke took a year’s sabbatical in Calgary, Alberta, to learn about horse farm business practices in the ‘Wild West’ (home of the Stampede!), and to spend time with her significant other’s family. Returning home in late 2006, Silke and Justin began the process of taking ownership of the business. In early 2008, they purchased the current location in Richmond, Ontario, and moved 19 horses, 3500 hay bales, and mounds of accumulated farm stuff all within three months, while still teaching lessons and shows at the old location, and building infrastructure at the new farm. Needless to say, they aren’t moving ever again.