Join us for our beloved Early Childhood Classes this Fall starting August 30th! We’ve got Tiny Animal Adventures for 18 months and up and Junior Farmers for ages 3-6! Each week has a different theme so the fun can carry on all year long!! Click the link to read more and sign up!
Student Horse Show
Double J Riding Club’s Annual Student Horse Show is September 29th, 2019 from 8 am – 5 pm. This show is open to Double J students of all levels. Students receive encouraging feedback on their riding skills from professional horse show judges.
Every student receives a medal!
Double J encourages family and friends to come out and cheer on the rider. The $80 entry fee includes one flat and one course class. The fee for our Tiny Riders is $40 (ages 3-5 only), which includes a flat and course class combination.
A few things to keep in mind:
-Please make sure you give us 4 separate horses it is very important for our horse selection process.
-We will assign ride times and horses 1 week prior to the horse show.
-Please sign in at least 30 minutes prior to your ride time. Your specific riding portion of the show will last around 30 minutes.
-Friends and families are allowed and encouraged to come cheer you on.
-There is no fee to come watch. You are also allowed and encouraged to stay and watch other classes anytime throughout the day as well as walk around to the different tables and activities going on at the show.
-There will be a concession stand for food and beverages.
-We will be selling our Double J apparel and other fun horse items at the horse show. Perfect way to jump start gift shopping for the holidays coming up!
-Double Js IEA team will be holding their annual bake sale
-This is a casual student horse show so there is no required apparel for the show.
-Closing date for the horse show is September 12th.
-To enter please sign up on our website under the lesson tab and then click on horse show. Or use the link below. We can NOT save any spots without registration and payment completed.
*Please remember you must be in ongoing weekly riding lessons with Double J to sign up for our Student Horse Show
Set your DVR!!
On Thursday August 8th from 7:30-10:00 AM
Double J will be featured on WGN’s Around Town segment with Ana Beleval!
We’ll be showing off some of our Early Childhood programs and new birthday party packages as our summer camp season comes to an end.
We’re so excited for this opportunity and hope you tune in to see all the fun!
2019 Summer Intermediate/ Advance Horse Camps!
Open to Intermediate and Advance Riders only. This 4 day, 5 hour long day camp is filled with everything an experience horse lover would dream of including;
- A full 45 minute riding lesson everyday practicing different riding skills such as flatwork, obstacles, jumping, dressage and bareback
- Gymkhana Day: Games on horseback. Riders are broken into teams and participate in games such as keyhole, relay races, flag race, egg and spoon, hot potato and musical horses
- Hands on grooming and tacking station, where riders can groom and tack the horse they will be riding
- Advanced horse lessons such as different horse feedings, tack, first aid, clipping, braiding, lunging, etc.
- A variety of fun horse crafts
- Learning parts of a horse while finger painting and bathing a horse
- Learning how to make a riding course in jumping, western and dressage disciplines
- Horseless Horse Show: Campers compete in horse-show divisions with just one catch: there won’t be any horses involved! Rather, campers will walk, trot, canter and jump themselves through several classes. Judges will score campers as if it was a “real” horse show, looking for correct leads at the canter, finding spots over jumps, etc.
- Horse games, scavenger hunts and much more!
Campers bring their own snack, lunch and plenty to drink.
11 am – 4 pm
$350 per week
(must know how to walk, trot and canter and have taken a minimum of 3 months of weekly riding lessons)
Week 1: June 17th- June 20th
Week 2: July 29th- August 1st
(must know how to walk, trot and canter in a group setting and be going over jumps in weekly lessons)
Week 1: June 24th- June 27th
Week 2: August 5th- August 8th
A Few Things to Keep In Mind:
- Please make sure your child qualifies before registering for an intermediate or advance camp. If you register for an inappropriate level camp we will contact you and unregister your child.
- Due to staffing commitments there are no refunds after 14 days prior to camp start date
- Camps will be limited to 6 riders per week
- Camps fill quickly, so register early!
- Sorry no makeups for missed days
- Please, drive slowly through our neighborhood, children are at play
- Before and After Care is available beginning at 8 am and ending at 5 pm
Introducing the newest member on our farm, Teddy Bear! We adopted this little guy a few weeks ago and he has been settling in nicely to his new home. He plays well with others and has a super fun personality. This handsome pony enjoys eating horse biscuits and carrots, which compliment his round figure. Give him a big hello the next time you are here on the farm!
Double J Farm is a mecca of activities for the entire family and animal lovers of all ages! We have so much going on here for our little farmers to see and get their hands dirty with to keep everyone entertained. The beauty of having our farm located just outside of Chicago means we are a quick drive away, but far enough from the big-city noise and traffic to feel like a mini oasis out here in the Western Suburbs.
There are so many benefits for bringing your family to Double J Farm, but here are a few of our favorites!
It creates an authentic connection between the two-dimensional books you read to your kiddos and real life.
Meeting a real life sheep or pig brings the stories you read to your little ones to life for them. By visiting the animals here on the farm, each child is exposed to new vocabulary and information that expands their comprehension of the world. While meeting face to face with a sheep or a pig, they learn about their habitats and unique, survival adaptations- which helps to cement that knowledge into their growing minds, helping to build their cognitive skills that they will use throughout life.
A farm is a sensory factory for little eyes, noses, and ears.
Research shows that the first five years of life are the most crucial for a child’s cognitive development. With all the animals on the farm, there is a plethora of noises, textures, and smells to stimulate children’s ever-curious minds. During our early childhood programs, such as Jr. Farmers or Parents and Tots, we encourage our little farmers to interact with our animals and build a connection with them; which boost their level of comfort coming into contact with new things. As they grow older, our Horse and Animal Adventure camps create even more opportunities for them to learn and grow even more confident in their own abilities.
Inspires children to be protectors of animals and the environment.
Each season on the farm brings about new opportunities for children to encounter what we call “the farm life.” From picking fruits and vegetables in our garden during the Summer months to animal encounters all year round, we offer educational activities that encourage healthy development and a sense of responsibility of being good caretakers of our animals and the environment. We learn about composting, recycling, and how to be good stewards of our world so that everyone can enjoy it.
These are just a few of the benefits of exposing children from an early age to life on our farm, and there are so many more great reasons to visit. Come see for yourself! Everyone is welcome at Double J Farm, so join us as we embark on a new adventure every day!
Double J Riding Club is excited to announce a new addition to their programs. Parent and Tots classes are a uniquely structured program that offers a place for both moms (dads, grandparents, nannies etc) and toddlers to play, learn and develop while meeting the animals at Double J! These classes are the perfect hands on experience for your 18 month 3 year old child. Parents and Tots are offered every week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 11 am. Each classes is only $10 per child, we also welcome older siblings to join in the fun as well!
What’s more tot-thrilling than farm animals?
Little ones can learn about real live farm animals in the Parents & Tots classes at the Double J’s Farm! In each 60 minute class a parent/toddler duo might explore the farm grounds, listen to an animal-centric story, create a craft, feed animals, participate in Farm Yoga or play various games! Each class is themed (e.g. Lucky Lizards, Animals of the Night, etc.) and will guide our activities for the week. This is the perfect way to get your little one ready for Junior Farmers!