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Shepard Stable is family-owned and operated and is located SW of Brookston, IN, just 20 minutes from the Purdue University campus. Since we opened in 2007 we have strived to offer the best in horse care and personal service. Both Shep and Libby have a life time of experience with horses.
Our facility includes two lighted outdoor arenas, a 90' X 100' horse barn with open and airy stalls, tack and feed storage, on site sales, free trailer storage, and riding lessons taught by experienced adult instructors. Visit our Barn Tour page for a virtual tour or our Riding Lessons page to learn more about our instructors. Questions? Please call!
Libby Marks-Shepard Co-Owner
Libby was raised across the street from the North Manchester Saddle Club and 1/2 a mile from the Schutz Brothers Saddle Shop. The horse bug had bitten her as a toddler so the location couldn't have been worse for a horseless horse crazy girl. After years of begging she was allowed to select a horse from a herd at the neighbors. She selected the only pinto, a two year old unbroken stud colt. He was gelded and received 30 days of training and they then spent many joyous years wandering the roads and fields of Wabash and Kosciusko Counties before college sidelined her horse life.
After her daughters were in Middle School she could no longer suppress the calling and once again purchased a two year old untrained Paint horse, this time a rescued mare. Libby and Phoebe now spend as many hours as possible pleasure and trail riding and participate in the occasional show "just for fun". Libby also ran barrels and poles on her Quarter Horse mare, Pops Tee Jay, before Tee Jay retired at the age of 29.
Libby is a retired pharmacist and a PATH Intl certified riding instructor. She is the director of Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center which is located at Shepard Stable.
Shep retired in January 2014 from the Purdue University Police Department after more than 30 years of service as a police officer. He enjoys running barrels and poles on his Quarter Horse mares, Libby (the horse!) and Bubbles. He also spends many hours riding the trails of Indiana each summer.
Shep grew up in the horse industry. His mother owned a racing and show stable outside of Ft Wayne. He jockeyed for three years around the Midwest, including riding on dirt tracks and larger tracks, like Keeneland. After he got too tall to race he trained horses to break from the gate as well as exercising them before and after school.
As a child Shep participated in 4-H, showing halter, western pleasure, and gaming.
His focus is now providing expert care for the horse at our stable and helping riders and boarders with any problems they may be having.
Shepard Stable offers the following services and more. Please call us for information.
Pasture Plus Boarding
Beginner and Intermediate Riding Lessons
Tack and Feed sales
Ground Work Lessons
Confidence Building for Timid Riders
Trail Riding Lessons
Girl Scout Badge Workshops
Layovers for Travelers
A Laid Back Family Atmosphere
Short Term Boarding for College Students