Old Oaks Equestrian was founded in 2015 as a boarding and lesson barn. Our current facility is made up of 2 shed row barns, 1 of which has a tack room and restroom, one 60×60 ft covered riding arena, and one 100×225 ft outdoor riding arena. We are on 19 acres, 7 of which are pastures, including 2 dry pastures. Our head trainer and owner Kelsey (see bio below) teaches dressage and hunter jumper horseback riding lessons, runs summer camps and birthday parties and is in charge of all barn functions. We strive to provide a safe and fun environment for children and adults of all ages and experience levels.
Kelsey Whittle is the owner and head instructor/trainer. She has been riding for over 20 years with experience in multiple disciplines. She gained valuable experience while working at the Cherokee Outdoor YMCA in high school and through College. She started riding at an early age and continued riding and taking lessons until the end of high school. While finishing her BS in Mathematics at Kennesaw State University, she took a working student position at Green Acres Equestrian which lead to an instructor position after a few months. While at Green Acres she continued her equestrian education by working with the head trainer and participating in numerous clinics. While at Green Acres she worked with children competing at local Hunter/Jumper shows and finding children appropriate ponies. After moving west of Atlanta, she was head trainer at a local barn for 2 years before deciding to move to her new location. She continues to further her own equestrian education by participating in clinics and taking lessons from knowledgeable equestrians in the local and international community. Kelsey has experience riding everything from the smallest pony to larger draft horses. While a youth Kelsey had the opportunity to spend summers out west, where she was yo meet Sharon McHone who bred the Welsh Pony pictured above. Sharon also taught her how to start ponies and how to handle all kinds of ponies from foals to breeding stallions.
Kelsey works hard to provide a family friendly environment for students, boarders, family and friends. She has two children of her own. Her husband Josh also helps maintain the facility.