Banner Elk, NC Equestrian Center for Owners and Hobbyists

Much like how a bad day on the golf course beats a good day in the office, there is rarely a bad day spent on horseback. Yet, as you make your way through the 40 acres of highland pastures and paddocks 4,500 feet up in the Blue Ridge mountains, you’re reminded of what’s possible at the premier equestrian center in Banner Elk, NC. While you meander through lush green hills, the gentle North Carolina sun warms your face. A good day becomes a great day, and memories are made that will stay with you forever.

The Equestrian Center at Elk River Club provides everything you and your horse need for an exceptional experience, season after season. Within the stable there are 30 stalls, three tack rooms, inside and outside wash racks, and a comfortable member’s lounge in which to unwind after a leisurely day on the trail. Overseen by an expert staff that delivers the highest quality care, your horse will feel like it’s living at the spa. Members enjoy practice rings for riding and jumping with their horse as well as personalized riding programs overseen by some of the best riding professionals in North Carolina.

Fun for the Whole Family

Summer riding at Elk River Club offers opportunities for members of all ages to enjoy. With training programs and professional oversight, the kids and grandkids are able to familiarize themselves with the animals, learn the responsibility of caring for your horse, and develop the skills needed to make equestrian a lifetime passion that they will one day share with their children and grandchildren. Even though the beautiful vistas of summertime in the Blue Ridge mountains are breathtaking enough to linger in your mind’s eye long after your ride, nothing compares to witnessing the wonder of a child taking their first horseback ride and the memories you’ll make together along the way. 

A Mountain Oasis

In much of the south, the summer heat can mean even in the best weather, it’s too hot to be outside and enjoy some of the best months of the year. This is true for horse and rider alike. With a temperate climate all year round, Elk River Club in Banner Elk, NC is the perfect location for horse owners in the Southeast to escape the often oppressive climes and make the most of all that summer should be. A convenient commute from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and other sweltering states, any not-quite-snowbird will be delighted by the comfortable and idyllic beauty of the Elk River Club Equestrian Center. And your horse will appreciate the cooler temps too!

The Equestrian Center is now fully operational for the summer and we at Elk River Club cannot wait to welcome back familiar faces and new riders as we all take this time to reconnect with nature and deepen our passion for a sport we all love. Come explore all that our Equestrian Center has to offer and prepare for a summer you’ll never forget. 

Elk River Club is a private mountain golf community in Western North Carolina with the first Signature Jack Nicklaus golf course in the state. Residents and guests enjoy surrounding views of Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Grandfather Mountain. Amenities include an Equestrian Center, a private, on-premise airport, Har-Tru tennis courts, a pool complex, spa services, Clubhouse, fishing, events and more.