Some of my best memories come from this amazing barn. I had the privilege of attending Manito's summer camp program when I was younger, which led to lessons and an apprenticeship. I would recommend this barn to anyone who has a passion for horsemanship or the desire to learn. Manito taught me so much more than what I learned in my lessons. I gained confidence, respect for myself and others, work ethic and many more skills that helped me be successful in my adult life today. More than 15 years have gone by and to this day I have yet to find an environment that is as positive and rewarding as Manito Equestrian Center.
I have 2 small children now and cannot wait until they are ready to go to their first day of camp this coming summer. It is impossible to ignore some of the negative comments that are listed below. I found it extremely disheartening to read some of the more unwarranted personal attacks on the barn owner. As a parent I know I would want to know the truth about any establishment that my children might attend and would need to be comfortable with the owner and staff.
I can tell you from personal experience that Lisa Schadt is one of the most genuine, caring and hard working individuals that I have ever met. I have seen first hand her personally take care of not only her horses but also her students. She ensures that all horses are fed, groomed, up to date on vet care and that their overall well being is seen to. Lisa always made herself available to me or my parents if we had a simple question or concern about lessons, scheduling or anything else for that matter. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to learn so much from her, she was and is a great mentor.
She cannot be there 100% of the time as she simultaneously runs a business, this much is true. but on countless occasions she was both the first to arrive and last to leave, I can say that confidently because I was often the second to arrive and second to last to leave :) I recall requesting that my mother just let me sleep there.
I hope my comments are helpful to anyone who is on the fence about Manito, Lisa or any of the staff. I assure you that you will not be disappointed.