120 West Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118


Northwestern Stables

Welcome to Northwestern Stables, Inc. Our programs for children include a year-round lesson program, summer day camp, Philadelphia Equine Chapter 4-H, Philadelphia Parks and REC field trips, weekly community service with Crefeld School and Eagle Scout projects with local Boy Scouts.

We hope to see you at the barn!


Our historical significance in the Wissahickon dates back to 1929. We operate the historic Northwestern Equestrian Facility (NWEF) at the north end of Forbidden Drive in beautiful Fairmount Park, near the Chestnut Hill area. NWEF is a Fairmount Park property operated by Northwestern Stables, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

We partner with mushroom growers in Delaware, Friends of the Wissahickon and other local organizations to protect and sustain the natural environment.

  • NWS focuses on group riding lessons
  • NWS riders commit to multiple lessons to build skills
  • NWS does not offer on-demand trail rides
  • NWS does not offer one time riding experiences for either adults or children
  • NWS riders must be at least 7 years old
  • NWS does not have any horse boarding currently available
Riding Lessons

At Northwestern Stables we teach English riding, with a focus on the hunter style – appropriate movement of the horse, correct positioning of the rider on the flat, and jumping over cross rails and vertical fences up to 3 feet in height. Besides the basics of horsemanship, the riders also learn responsibility, confidence, self-esteem and compassion.

The majority of our lessons are taught in small groups of up to 6 students. Lessons run weekday evenings in hourly slots from 5pm to 8pm, and on Saturday from 9 am until 2pm. Leadline classes for new students are generally held on Saturdays. We have a work load limit for our horses; therefore, we can only offer a limited number of classes and accept a certain number of riders.


At Northwestern Stables, sustaining the environment for our horses and our community is very important. From solar powered electric fencing to recycled manure, we are making strides to stay green and preserve the areas surrounding our little piece of Fairmount Park.

Manure Recycling

Did you know our horse manure is used by a Delaware mushroom farmer? Below are some photos of the manure pickup from our holding area behind the boarder barn.

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