GSMISTS is proud to partner with Karin's Horse Connection at Legacy Stables

The mission of Karin's Horse Connection and Legacy Stables is to share our passion for horses and enable anyone who seeks to experience the joy of the human-horse connection.  Owned and operated by Wendelin and Karin Schmidt, the facility is located on 28 beautiful acres just 15 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. We offer horse lovers a full range of equestrian activities in a safe, relaxing and family friendly environment. While we cater to new and inexperienced riders, we serve all ages, skill levels and disciplines.  Our highly qualified staff works with over 20 well-trained, gentle horses to provide a wide variety of riding programs, equestrian vaulting and therapeutic riding.

Check us out here! We are members of:

  • PATH International, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
  • AVA, American Vaulting Association,
  • USEF, United States Equestrian Federation,
  • 4H Youth Development Organization,
  • CHA, Certified Horsemanship Association,


Horse Back Riding for Girl Scout Troops

Girl Scouts will learn horse psychology, how to behave around a horse, safety, proper apparel, grooming, feeding, how to lead a horse, stable management and a riding lesson. We also have some in-saddle and out-of-saddle horse games included such as ‘horse soccer’ or a jumping contest with our miniature pony, Peanut!

Levels: All

Time: 2 hours

Cost: Cost: $25 per participant. Troops more than 12 are $20 per participant

Additional details:  Troop leaders/parents will be required to sign a waiver for any person participating. Junior Girl Scouts will satisfy their requirements for the Junior Horseback Riding badge – leaders are responsible for badge purchase.

Scheduling: Please contact Karin for details or scheduling at (616) 570 - 1106 or

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