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Reply Bob Birdsell
9:39 AM on July 26, 2015 
I was looking for a place to take my 7 year old granddaughter horseback riding. I was hoping that she could learn to ride and go on a trail ride on her own horse. In 20 minutes Mary had her ready to go and we did a 40 minute trail ride. Amazing experience,far exceeded all my expectations. The horses are so lovable. My granddaughter is ready to go again...well so am I. Thank you for sharing Mary, see you soon
Reply Tracy Laurent
8:51 AM on May 31, 2014 
We were staying at nearby campground for Memorial Day weekend and decided we wanted to take family for horseback riding. Found Owens top of the hill in a local guide. Mary was easy to get in touch with and arrange a time for the family. Safety was very important to her throughout the whole experience. It was a great morning for the family. She even sent some pictures after the trip.
Reply Christina Carlock
11:18 AM on January 24, 2014 
When I first found Owens top of the hill horses, I was just looking for a place I could ride. Instead I stumbled onto a job opportunity that I never dreamed I'd have. I have been to Owens top of the hill horses as both employee and customer. After starting my job at the farm I started taking riding lessons to learn more. Mary is a great boss and great teacher. To me Owens top of the hill horses is a little piece of heaven here on earth and I am so very thankful to Mary for making it possible for me to be a part of something so wonderful. Please go out and visit the farm sometime and see for yourself.
Reply Mathew Rainey
10:53 AM on July 8, 2013 
We decided late on a Saturday afternoon that we were going to visit some family in Central Illinois. This was the first site we came across when looking for some place to ride. This was the best experience we have had. I would highly recommend this place. The trail rides are just that. Trail rides! Other places we have been too in the past claim the same, but does not compare to these. Thank you again for a wonderful evening with my family. It was well worth the trip from Michigan.
Reply Anna Burhus
3:56 PM on August 6, 2012 
I found your website and just want to say that it looks like you guys have a lot of fun and are so willing to help people which is hard to find nowadays. Keep up the good work!
Reply Bonnie Hudgins
3:45 PM on April 19, 2012 
I live on the Outer Banks and have my show horse in Staunton, Virginia... this morning I clicked in to your site and was lucky enough to watch your filly being born, standing and finally nursing... Incredible.. I have never been in a position to see all of this and the webcam was awesome. thank you for sharing.
Reply christine
11:20 AM on March 16, 2012 
My family has been watrching the live feed...can you reset the camera as it's still blinking. Also...did her water break? What are next steps? Congrats in advance!
Reply Daphne
5:50 AM on January 19, 2011 
Congratulations on the birth of Lady's beautiful little girl! She's one protective mom isn't she? Our mare was also very protective when her first baby was born. Beautiful to watch how she protected this little creature. Lots of love from the Netherlands!
Reply Owens' Top Of The Hill Horses
6:06 PM on January 18, 2011 
Linda Heineman says...
hi, your horses are amazing.. The web can is soooo great. i keep it on so I can watch your gorgeous new baby!!! Makes me tear up and she is not even mine haha! I am looking for a very well trained, gentle Saddlebred that loves attention. My daughter is 12, she has been riding for 4 years but western APHA, she is wanting to ride Park, saddleseat, etc. Would you happen to have one?
Thank you very much

Well maybe just give me a call, thanks for comments and watching us.
Reply Linda Heineman
8:02 AM on January 18, 2011 
hi, your horses are amazing.. The web can is soooo great. i keep it on so I can watch your gorgeous new baby!!! Makes me tear up and she is not even mine haha! I am looking for a very well trained, gentle Saddlebred that loves attention. My daughter is 12, she has been riding for 4 years but western APHA, she is wanting to ride Park, saddleseat, etc. Would you happen to have one?
Thank you very much
Reply traci
12:14 AM on October 26, 2010 
i have been coming every saturday for months to go trail riding mary and the horses are awesome. I am now starting riding lessons I had my first 1 on oct. 23 10 in the new arena and it was great i will continue coming i love it here.
thanks Mary your the best
see ya saturday
Reply Jonathon Alston
5:19 PM on September 3, 2010 

just registered and put on my todo list

hopefully this is just what im looking for, looks like i have a lot to read Im trying to find a way to build an e-mail list.
Reply traci
3:39 PM on September 2, 2010 
my mom and i brought my 13 yr old daughter to ride for the first time for her birthday and Mary was awesome she was really good with my daughter, the horses are very well trained and the trails are beautiful i will defiantly be back again
Reply Debbie
10:39 PM on April 5, 2010 
She is super ready to foal,, good luck tonight!
Reply Sobeida Peralta
7:19 PM on March 27, 2010 
Today my father, boyfriend and I had a great time at your farm. The horses were beautiful, some with personalities making them all that more fun and interesting. The trail rides through the woods was amazing! We all loved the experience even my boyfriend who was reluctant about the idea at first. In fact he's the first to say can't wait to come here again. Mary we absolutely had an awesome time, you were great with us and very patient- we're very grateful.

Your New Trail Riding Friends :-),
Segundo, Derek and Sobeida
Reply Kerry Patrick
8:55 PM on March 4, 2010 
Mary, I just wanted to let you know Briana had Leigh out for a short ride today - the first time under saddle since last fall. Absolutely NO problems. And Leigh was a good girl with good manners. So different from the way she was before we took her to see you last summer. The training held and no bad moments. It was a good decision to have you work with Briana & Leigh both. Thanks again for everything. Hope to see you later in the year!
Reply Kendra Rhodes
3:26 PM on February 2, 2010 
Hi Mary, Just wanted to say thanks for all you have done for us, helping Ashlyn look for her first horse, (which you were right we should have bought Dallas) but live and learn ,we are looking forward to you training Rose our half arab half Saddlebred for my 10 year old daughter Ashlyn"s 4-H western pleasure horse of the future, when we first got Rose last fall she had a few problems from past training such as not accepting the bridle and was use to pulling a buggy so all she had was a buggy trot and Mary worked with her what a BIG difference . Mary is very professional and personable easy to work with I would recommend her to anyone who may need help or additional training on there horse or who is looking to purchase a horse . I have two mares Rose and a recently purchased foxtrotter Faith that she will be working with this spring I cant wait to ride with her again she has beautiful trails , she even transports horses for you , she transported our mare Angel for a trail ride to sand creek last summer , while she rode my other mare Rose for me , THANK YOU MARY!!
Reply Marybeth Bohner
3:55 PM on December 19, 2009 
Hi all, Just wanted to Thank you again for Foxy's first 38 days of training. There is no one else that we would have wanted for this important time in her life. You raised her from a beautiful little foal. She trusts you like no one else. She and we will be back for her next session of 60 days next year. Thanks again.
Marybeth and Brian Bohner
Reply tina martz
12:53 PM on September 14, 2009 
My daughter and I spent a wonderful day here. The farm was fabulous. The ride that we went on with Mary was awesome!! We are considering purchasing one of her geldings, and possibly more. The horses are trained very well and have exceptional personalities. The training is perfect and you can tell that a lot of love and care has been given to each horse. We felt welcome and inviting. We will be visiting more frequently. I have visited alot of farms and this is my favorite, so far...good job to the Owens's for all of your hard work!!!!
Reply Mike Brinkman
12:25 PM on September 9, 2009 
Mary and Keith- Lisa and I want you to know how much we appreciate the way you have cared for our Romeo and Sully. I can't remember a time when I have worked with such considerate and accommodating people like you and your staff. When I speak of your care and professional skills it makes me feel that we have made the right choice with our purchase. I have visited other stables and have never come in contact with happier and healthier animals. We sometimes speak of moving them closer to home, but you make that a very hard decision. Thank you for your excellent service.

Mike Brinkman & Lisa Antonopoulos
Glen Ellyn IL.
Reply lori siems
8:42 PM on August 17, 2009 
Hi Mary- My horses are getting fat! Can't wait to ride with you soon. You have always taken great care of me while ridingand allowed me to make mistakes and figure things out. Not only do I enjoy riding just you and me but also with all the others that you've help in the past. We all rely and depend on you for guidance. Thanks for everythjing
Reply Kerry Patrick
9:25 PM on August 16, 2009 
Hi Mary,

Just wanted to update you on our progress with Leigh. Briana had her out today on another ride and both of them did well. You have been great, not only training the horse, but working with us. Briana's riding skills have vastly improved and even though Leigh is young and quite stubborn, as you warned us up front, the training has paid off. We raised this horse from a baby, and knew we inadvertently spoiled her and needed some help to turn her around. We couldn't have gotten to where we are right now without your help. We are SO pleased with all you have done, and plan to get back out there next spring so we don't lose the ground we have gained with this horse. Thanks SO MUCH for being our horse trainer, riding instructor and a friend.

Kerry Patrick, Pana IL
Reply Carrie
10:54 AM on August 16, 2009 
I purchased my first horse through Mary in June 2008. Dallas is a palomino saddlebred mare that Mary and Keith actually raised and trained. Mary took time out to meet me over at the previous owner's place and show me Dallas on an extremely windy day. Under Mary's guidance, Dallas remained calm. I was completely sold!
Not only did Mary spend time with Dallas and I that day, she boarded Dallas at her barn and gave me lessons until I was comfortable bringing her to my property. She also hauled my horses for me until I purchased my own trailer.
She also assisted me in my purchase of my black saddlebred mare in foal and even came over at 4 am to see the new colt this year.
After the purchase of my mare, she put more training on my daughter's pony. She was very cautious with him because she knew he was for a child. He has been wonderful for my daughter.
I can't thank Mary enough for all she has taught me and my horses.
Carrie - Sullivan, IL
Reply paula gabel
9:51 AM on August 16, 2009 
Mary Owens has been training horses for us for at least the last eight years. If you are looking for someone to give your horses 100% in care, attention, training, and get the results you want, Mary is the one I would recommend. She has primarily worked with our American Saddlebreds but occasionally, a draft breed. She has broken a team to driive for us for our carriage business, training show horses, trail riding horses, and we have even send mares to her to breed to one of her stallions she has been standing. She has also helped us retrain problem horses such as ones that wouldn't load or haul easily. I would recommend her for any breed of horse training. She will treat you and your horse with patience and respect. Paula Gabel, Brighton-IL
Reply Marietta
2:37 PM on August 15, 2009 
Hi Mary & Keith,
Thanks so much for taking good care of my horses while they were boarded at your farm. You gave care to them if they were in injured and fed them quite well, even old momma looked good for her age. In 2006 you assisted us in picking up our pinto Saddlebred mare Cherokee Rain that was great, she is beautiful. You trained Freedom and worked on Indy for me and hopefully I will be getting a new foal from Hot Rod next spring out of Indy. Baylee has enjoyed getting lessons on Breeze and you have helped build her confidence with horses. Thank you for what you do and all you have done for us.
Reply Dennis Rochkes
9:23 AM on August 15, 2009 
Hey Mary. I just wanted to thank you again for all your help with my mother, daughter and their horses.

They are still riding, still having fun and things are going very well for them, thanks to you.

Reply Brian Bohner
8:15 AM on August 15, 2009 
Keith & Mary Owens'

Wanted to let you know that last year in May of 2008 when we purchased Owens' The Boogieman we were so pleased with that little colt. Our dreams had come true of a wonderful, smart, beautiful, buckskin American Saddlebred. As life sometimes does, it dealt him the bad hand. You both took up the responsibility and did everything you could and provided him a chance with surgery and all the medical care he needed. It was hard to let him go but it was the right thing to do for him. A few months after his death you offered us another choice on your horses. Every time I visited your place there was a little filly who would come visit me at the fence. She would leave her pasture mates to come say Hi to me. Well that was an easy decision to make. I wanted Foxy. So to make her transition home easy for her you even let us borrow your Mare for 6 months to keep her company until Marybeth could find her first horse. That was super nice of you both to trust us with one of your horses at our home. Not only have you done these things but you have gone to the extent of helping and giving us advice over the phone if we had any issue that we had no experience with. You have helped us both so much and we appreciate each and every day we get with our horses.

Thanks again
Brian K. Bohner
Reply Deanna Miller
9:10 PM on August 14, 2009 
Hi Mary!

Thanks for taking such good care of G. G. for us! GG was boarded with Mary for the whole year of 2008 and first of 2009. Mary bred her with her beautiful stallion Hot Rod and we got a gorgeous palomino colt!! We are very thankful for the good care you gave our GG girl and for hauling her to Ohio for us.
Reply Marybeth
10:28 PM on August 13, 2009 
Hi Mary & Keith
I just wanted to stop in and tell you how much I have appreciated all your help. You have taught me so much and brought me closer to horses then I ever thought possible. From the moment of my first ride I knew I had a ton to learn. Especially on gaited horses. All it took was that glide ride that Breeze gives and I was hooked. The thrill is beyond words once you feel it. I may still be timid in certain situations but I will get there. You helped me with trying Stoney out and gave me your opinion that I value. I'm glad I have stuck it out with him. He is such a good horse.
I know Brian is super happy with Foxy. She is such a smart and loving horse. Always in our pockets when we come to the barn. She knows that white bags aren't scarey. She learned that watermelons come in them. :tongue: So don't be shocked if she thinks there is a treat in those white bags. This fall or winter we will be bringing her over for her 30 days of basic training. Thank you for becoming such good friends with us. We would be lost without your help.
Reply Kerry
1:09 AM on August 7, 2009 
Hi Mary,
Thanks so much for taking our horse in to train. Wow - what a difference this has made!!! Sure appreciate the time you spent with us too - the horse wasn't the only one who needed some help. This is something we have been looking for for YEARS and can't thank you enough for ALL you have done!! High recommendations for horse training and riding lessons - money well spent. We're close, so plan to stay in touch for a long time. Good luck at the State Fair this year!
Best Regards,