UPDATE: March 22, 2020:


Effective at 8:00 p.m. today, we are pausing all URC Lessons, Leasing and Practice Ride programs until Monday, April 6th.  


During this time:


  1. Only horse owners/boarder clients are permitted to visit the barn - we look forward to seeing everyone else very soon!

  2. Lease and Practice Rides credit will be extended

  3. Riders and families should not come to the barn :( if there is something you need from a locker or trunk, let us know.

  4. Anyone coming to URC for any reason accepts responsibility for their health safety before during & after visiting the barn.  

  5. All other terms and conditions expressed in the previous communication dated Friday, March 13th still apply.  

Thank you so much for your continued support, patience, and understanding. Let's beat this thing and get back to riding!

Stay in touch and be well - Sandy & Jessie




March 13, 2020:


Hello URC Families and Friends –

Like all of you, we are closely watching the developing situation with COVID-19, recommendations of the CDC and the Governor’s announcement yesterday afternoon concerning public gatherings and schools.  We are dealing with an unprecedented situation that is evolving daily, sometimes hourly.


Be advised anyone participating in our programs or visiting our facility is doing so at their own risk – we cannot guarantee avoidance of any socially transmitted illnesses, and the Coronavirus is not an exception.


This is CRITICAL – do not come to URC if you or anyone in your circle of family or friends are showing signs of any illness or have been exposed or possibly exposed to persons who are positive for COVID-19 or any cold or flu.  Even if you are experiencing seasonal allergies, please stay home for now since it is impossible for us or your fellow riders to know what’s an allergy and what’s an illness.  We will send anyone showing symptoms of illness home immediately. Thank you for cooperating and understanding.  We love you and want you well. 


** IMPORTANT**Do NOT drop off your children or come to this facility for ‘hanging out’ or any extended duration that does not involve a scheduled lesson or lease ride (which should encompass no more than two total hours).  As a reminder, no minor under the age of 13 is permitted to be on our property without a legal guardian present. (See our special note about school closing below)


We are making a couple adjustments to our lesson and show schedules.


Jumper Show: In an abundance of caution, we are going to postpone tonight’s jumper show, the new date is TBD. Considering the various elements of the show, our gathering and potluck celebration, we’ve decided it would be better to wait and hold this event in a couple more weeks when it can be relaxed and fun.


Lessons: On a positive note, we are continuing our lesson program until further notice. This is subject to change at any time – please check the website regularly over the next days and weeks as we will post continuous updates to our schedule. 


We’re doing our part for Cleanliness – it is a barn, but…  

  • We are going to be as vigilant as possible keeping our barn social areas as clean and sanitized.

  • Tack, grooming tools, racks and trunks are difficult to sanitize – we recommend that anyone touching these items wear gloves that can be disposed of or washed at your home. 

  • Hand washing cannot be overdone.  After any activity at our facility, wash your hands thoroughly, following the CDC guidelines.


Bring with You:

  • Gloves

  • Personal disinfectants

  • Paper goods for your personal needs  (We have supplies – just not sure how long they will last!)



Do Not Bring:

  • Food: We’d prefer if everyone eat at home, at least over the next two weeks.  Beverages and water bottles are ok.  We will continue to have our water fountain for your use but will temporarily close our lounge beverage area.

  • Additional Persons:  Only boarders, students and their parents/guardians should be coming to the barn for at minimum, the next two weeks.

  • Apprehension:  Listen, if this is too much for you and your family, we will determine credit or make-ups lessons on a case-by-case basis.  We are trying to keep some normalcy in our lives as long as we feel safe to do so but understand the appropriate degree of caution is very personal. You have to decide what is best for you and your family.


Special Note about School Closing:

With school closing for the next two weeks, if you are trying to figure out daycare, give us a call/email.  We may accept a very limited number of kids, 10 and older, at the farm on a daily basis.  We do operate as a summer camp and can potentially gear up to help our barn families in this crisis. This will not be free – we will charge a daily rate commensurate with our typical camp fees.  

Again, please contact us directly to discuss – the overall situation is changing moment to moment and we’re actively considering if we can provide an option for care. 


Thank you – be well!

Sandy & Jessica Henningsen

Henningsen Equine Ventures, LLC dba Urbana Riding Club

Phone: 301-789-8589

Email: urc@urbanaridingclub.com

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