4007 N. Farm Road 171
Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 833-3291 Fax (417) 833-8052


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Valley Water Mill Park - Equestrian Center is an equestrian public use facility for the citizens of Greene County and the surrounding equine community.


For non or “newly interested in horses”  citizen – Valley Water Mill Park Equestrian Center offers year round introductory horsemanship classes, summer camps, school’s out pony play day camps, first grade Horse Tales Literacy Program, school sponsored educational field trips, birthday packages, and facility rentals for weddings and family reunions! The meeting room with attached oversize kitchen and eat-in area is a popular choice for business meetings.


For  the horse lover or serious equestrian- Horse owners can use our indoor arena, outdoor arena, or permanent 10 acre pasture obstacle course during our open ride times! We have a 200 x 90 indoor arena with sand footing, 170 x 115 fenced outdoor arena with all weather sand footing, fully handicapped accessible facility, full service restrooms, meeting room with full kitchen, water fountains and pop machines. Programs include lessons, clinics, horse shows, summer camps, pony playday camps, educational field trips, birthday packages, and facility rentals for horseshows!


Please call (417-833-3291) for more information! Happy Trails!


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Directions: From I-44 and Glenstone, Take Glenstone (Hwy H) North to Valley Water Mill. Turn Right and go 3/4 of a mile. At the Stop Turn Left onto Farm Road 171. Stay to left by pond dam and entrance is on left. If you are using GPS, please be sure to use the zip code with the street address or you may be directed to Fair Grove!


Address: 4007 N. Farm Rd. 171, Springfield, MO 65803


Hours: Park is open Tuesday through Sunday 9-5. Open ride and lesson times vary with the seasons and weather permitting.  Please check the park calendar or  call (417-833-3291) for more information.







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Horse Shoe I and II (Sheriff’s Horsemanship Outreach and Education)-  Students learn common safety rules around horses, safely approaching a horse, safely haltering, leading, the basics of grooming, saddling, and beginning riding techniques. The goal of these classes is to develop  good safe skills through repetition so students can progress with confidence.  Both of these classes are a prerequisite to private or group lessons. Each class consist of four one-hour lessons. Limit of 8 per class.


Summer Camp - Children will be immersed in equestrian activities all day long.  Daily barn chores, riding, grooming and handling lessons are combined with activities such as crafts, obstacle courses and horse soccer. Each student is responsible for their assigned horse for the week. Campers showcase their skills during a practice “Horse Show” on each Friday afternoon. Bring a lunch and light snack each day.  Camps may be repeated as students progress at their own rate. Limit of 8 per session.


School’s Out Pony Playday – When SPS schools are away, it's time to play!  From outdoor games to horse lead line rides, children will be actively engaged all day long in activities such as: crafts, movies, stick horse races, learning about horse care and petting live ponies. Child/counselor ratio no higher than 12:1. Drop off starts at 7:00 a.m./pick up no later than 5:30 p.m. Campers need to bring a lunch, snack and water bottle. Jeans and boots/tennis shoes are preferred. Limit of 30.


My Little Pony - It’s the perfect introduction for your pre-school aged children to determine if they really like horses. This class will teach basic safety, grooming, saddling and leading techniques. Ponies are provided. Class may be repeated until students are ready to progress into more advanced programs. 1:1 student teacher ratio.


Youth or Adult Lessons/private or group (intermediate) - Participants must have successfully completed HorseSHOE I and II. Riders will be developing skills to progress on becoming independent in and out of the saddle. Pre-registration is required and purchased in a set of 4 lessons.




Greene County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse


The Valley Water Mill Park Equestrian Center is proud to be in partnership with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office
by facilitating the Sheriff's Mounted Posse of Greene County.


Sheriff's Posse logoThe Sheriff's Mounted Posse of Greene County is a non-profit organization designed to promote good horsemanship and fellowship through clinics, charity events, fundraising, trail rides, and other events. Look for us in local parades, providing security at events, rodeos and fairs. Posse members are representatives of the Sheriff, but are not law enforcement personnel and do not enforce laws. The Posse is always interested in recruiting new members that are willing to be active within the group. The Posse continues the tradition of the old west by providing volunteer services to the Sheriff and the community. For more information, please contact Trevor Galyon at (417) 833-9673.



Educational Activities


Horse Tales Literacy Program
This nationally acclaimed literacy program uses the excitement of horses to ignite a lifelong love of reading. First graders are introduced to “Little Black”in their own schoolyard and each are given their very own copy of the Walter Farley’s classic tale, “Little Black, A Pony”. Children are encouraged to study and read the tale because in 4-6 weeks they will be coming out to Valley water Mill Park Equestrian Center to see “Little Black” and meet “Big Red”. Children will then read their favorite part of the story to the horses at the Equestrian Center and participate in a rotational activity program to learn about nutrition, healthcare, grooming, hoof care and horse equipment. After the presentations, children go back to school with their second forever book, “Little Black goes to the Circus”. Cost is $10 per child to cover the expense of the books. Teachers may contact Lynn VandenBerg for more information.

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Field Trips
Educators are invited to bring their classes out to learn more about what goes on at a horse barn. Lesson plans and activities can be provided for first through fifth grades. Tours consist of one hour of instruction and 30 minutes of tour and getting to pet the horses. We also welcome groups that serve senior citizens or those with special needs for some fun activities for horse lovers. Reservations for groups must be made in advance. Teachers may contact Lynn VandenBerg for more information.



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