Tucked away on Northwestern Avenue just below Germantown Avenue–on the very edge of Philadelphia–is the 83 year old Northwestern Equestrian Facility. The stable’s annual “Haunted Horse Parade” took place there yesterday. Prizes were given out for scariest, funniest, and most creative horse costumes.
Since 1929, the stables have served the Philadelphia community, offering riding lessons, children’s programs and private boarding. Northwestern operates community partnerships with the Police Athletic League, the Boy Scouts, and with the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.
“Our main mission is to offer programs that benefit the community–it’s actually required as part of our Lease with the city,” said Northwestern’s executive director Marie Reilly. “Our aim is to make the stables open and accessible as a true community resource and to welcome kids and adults of all ages to get involved with equestrian activities. Some of these children have never even seen a horse in person.”
Northwestern is also home to the city’s official 4-H equestrian club, which started there in September, 2011.