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nws-annual-appeal Northwestern Stables (NWS) brings together horse-lovers of all ages to expand their horsemanship and riding skills, educates and engages the community through equine-focused programming, and maintains and improves the historic Northwestern Equestrian Facility. 

Central to all our programs are our fourteen seasoned lesson horses. We love our horses because of their big hearts, but they also have big needs – for food, water, space, and care. Each year it takes tons of hay and straw, thousands of gallons of water, and an army of brooms, rakes, and wheelbarrows to keep our lesson horses clean, safe, and healthy.  It is a Herculean task which requires a 24/7 on-call staff and professionals, and scores of volunteers. 

I am thankful for our dedicated staff and volunteers who make our programs possible. And to you, our supporters, who continue to help make our big dreams come true. 

Yes, I would like to support Northwestern Stables! 

All gifts are tax-deductible and support NWS programs and our mission.

  • $55 delivers a bale of straw, providing two days of bedding for all the lesson horses. 
  • $110 covers an annual vet check and vaccines for one lesson horse. 
  • $325 sponsors a deserving child for one week of summer camp. 
  • $560 buys an entire delivery of grain, feeding all the lesson horses for a month. 
  • $730 pays for one farrier visit to trim and shoe all the lesson horses.
  • Other $ We appreciate any gift, large or small. 

Kristen Bowman Kavanagh 
President, Board of Directors Donations may be made through Paypal below or by mailing a check to: Northwestern Stables, Inc., 120 Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118




December 7, 9 am – 3 pm: Holiday Bazaar

December 15: IEA Show at Northwestern Stables

December 23: Last day of Fall 2 Session

December 26-28: IEA Winter Camp

December 30: Winter 1 Session begins


January 12: IEA Show at Northwestern Stables

February 22: Winter 1 Session ends

February 24 – April 18: Spring 1 Session

April 20 – June 13: Spring 2 Session

April 26: Wissahickon Day Parade

May 19: Fairmount Park Horse Show


June 15 – 19

June 22 – 26

June 29 – July 3

July 6 – July 10

July 20 – 24

July 27 – July 31

August 3 – 7

August 10 – 14

August 24 – 28: IEA CAMP