Rio Vista Farm & Tack Shop

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  • 13013 Fallwell Ln

    Del Valle, TX 78617

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  • 512-247-2303

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Wow... I have been taking lessons as a beginner adult rider for one year at Rio Vista and my experience has been completely the opposite of the last reviewer. All of the trainers (Hailey, Natalie and Amy) have always been respectful,

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Wow... I have been taking lessons as a beginner adult rider for one year at Rio Vista and my experience has been completely the opposite of the last reviewer. All of the trainers (Hailey, Natalie and Amy) have always been respectful,

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Horrible barn, bad trainer for beginner students. She was a clock watcher. Would talk to other parents during my lesson time. On her iphone, I felt cheated. The owner is dishonest and unprofessional too.\r
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Horrible barn, bad trainer for beginner students. She was a clock watcher. Would talk to other parents during my lesson time. On her iphone, I felt cheated. The owner is dishonest and unprofessional too.\r
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i cannot say enough positive things about Rio Vista and Susan and Bill (the owners). I started riding at Rio Vista about 3 years or so ago after being very disapointed with an unprofessional and dishonest trainer at a different barn. One of the great things about Rio Vista is that Susan and Bill are exquisite riders and can take you to any level that you advance to.

I began showing at 'A rated' shows at my previous barn but I must say that going to shows with Rio Vista involved so much less stress and helped with my show nerves. I sold my show horse with Susan and she was very professional as always (this may sound minor but when you get in to the horse show business you will learn that a trainer needing money can easily cheat you out of your money by lying about what the buyers are paying,etc ).

Rio Vista has a strong reputation amongst barns not only in the area but also across the country.

The convenience of having an on-site tackshop cannot be overlooked! Also for parents the Rio Vista van/shuttle can save you hours!

If you drive further down the driveway Rio Vista has a breeding farm with extremely large pastures. Rio Vista has anything and everything horse lovers are looking for.

Whether you are looking for a place to start riding, changing barns because of dissatisfaction or a move I am confident that you will love Rio Vista as much as I do.

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i cannot say enough positive things about Rio Vista and Susan and Bill (the owners). I started riding at Rio Vista about 3 years or so ago after being very disapointed with an unprofessional and dishonest trainer at a different barn. One of the great things about Rio Vista is that Susan and Bill are exquisite riders and can take you to any level that you advance to.

I began showing at 'A rated' shows at my previous barn but I must say that going to shows with Rio Vista involved so much less stress and helped with my show nerves. I sold my show horse with Susan and she was very professional as always (this may sound minor but when you get in to the horse show business you will learn that a trainer needing money can easily cheat you out of your money by lying about what the buyers are paying,etc ).

Rio Vista has a strong reputation amongst barns not only in the area but also across the country.

The convenience of having an on-site tackshop cannot be overlooked! Also for parents the Rio Vista van/shuttle can save you hours!

If you drive further down the driveway Rio Vista has a breeding farm with extremely large pastures. Rio Vista has anything and everything horse lovers are looking for.

Whether you are looking for a place to start riding, changing barns because of dissatisfaction or a move I am confident that you will love Rio Vista as much as I do.

Pros: professional trainers, lovely facility, well established

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Rio Vista is bar none the best barn in the Austin area. All 10 turn out pastures have lush grass, the arenas are well taken care of, well lighted and 24 hours after heavy rain are ridable. I ride in the lesson program and I love all the horses, they are well taken care of and are grouped in small numbers and kept in large lush pastures. Every horse gets personal care even if the owner is unable to do so, the horses are all incredibly well taken care of. Everyone is so professional and even the summer camp is really fun. There is always something fun to do, and the counselors are so nice and patient with everyone, from new to experienced riders. The monthly newsletter is very helpful in keeping me up with whats what and who's who. I LOVE THIS BARN!!

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Rio Vista is bar none the best barn in the Austin area. All 10 turn out pastures have lush grass, the arenas are well taken care of, well lighted and 24 hours after heavy rain are ridable. I ride in the lesson program and I love all the horses, they are well taken care of and are grouped in small numbers and kept in large lush pastures. Every horse gets personal care even if the owner is unable to do so, the horses are all incredibly well taken care of. Everyone is so professional and even the summer camp is really fun. There is always something fun to do, and the counselors are so nice and patient with everyone, from new to experienced riders. The monthly newsletter is very helpful in keeping me up with whats what and who's who. I LOVE THIS BARN!!

Pros: 500+ acres, everything is perfect!

Cons: NONE!

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My daughter has shown in the Texas Schooling Show Assoc. and at Cen-Tex. Whenever Rio Vista is hosting the shows, we make sure to travel to Austin to attend. The facilities are beautiful--three outdoor jumping arenas, lovely landscape, large oak trees, paved pathways for people, good footing in the arenas. The stalls and wash racks are always clean, and the people are wonderful! It's been my experience that not all "horse barn" people are polite or even honest, but the owners here are both--based on my experience and what I've heard from others. I overpaid for a show once without realizing it, and someone at Rio Vista caught my mistake after the show was over and I had left town. I received a refund in the mail!
At the Rio Vista hosted shows, you can expect things to be organized and to run efficiently with the utmost concern for the safety of the horses and riders. I've seen shows at other places where the class continues while a riderless horse careens around the arena, but you won't see that at Rio Vista---everything is conducted with safety and common sense. The paddock masters are helpful and courteous and patient with new horse show moms. Even when the unexpected happens (like when my dogs accidentally locked me out of my car) you can expect the McMorrises to help---Mr. McM. had "pop-a-lock" already programmed into his cell phone and had them there for us in time for my daughter to retrieve her show jacket and boots and ride in her classes! And if you need any tack or accessories for a show or for any time, their tack shop is fabulous--filled with the necessities and with fun girly things too! The only thing I would like to see that isn't usually available is stalls for out-of-town horses for the shows. If we lived in Austin, my daughter and her horses would want to be at Rio Vista!

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My daughter has shown in the Texas Schooling Show Assoc. and at Cen-Tex. Whenever Rio Vista is hosting the shows, we make sure to travel to Austin to attend. The facilities are beautiful--three outdoor jumping arenas, lovely landscape, large oak trees, paved pathways for people, good footing in the arenas. The stalls and wash racks are always clean, and the people are wonderful! It's been my experience that not all "horse barn" people are polite or even honest, but the owners here are both--based on my experience and what I've heard from others. I overpaid for a show once without realizing it, and someone at Rio Vista caught my mistake after the show was over and I had left town. I received a refund in the mail!
At the Rio Vista hosted shows, you can expect things to be organized and to run efficiently with the utmost concern for the safety of the horses and riders. I've seen shows at other places where the class continues while a riderless horse careens around the arena, but you won't see that at Rio Vista---everything is conducted with safety and common sense. The paddock masters are helpful and courteous and patient with new horse show moms. Even when the unexpected happens (like when my dogs accidentally locked me out of my car) you can expect the McMorrises to help---Mr. McM. had "pop-a-lock" already programmed into his cell phone and had them there for us in time for my daughter to retrieve her show jacket and boots and ride in her classes! And if you need any tack or accessories for a show or for any time, their tack shop is fabulous--filled with the necessities and with fun girly things too! The only thing I would like to see that isn't usually available is stalls for out-of-town horses for the shows. If we lived in Austin, my daughter and her horses would want to be at Rio Vista!

Pros: facilities, expertise, horse-training, lessons, shows, arenas, appearance, cleanliness, efficiency, people,

Cons: paddocks but no stalls available for out of town show horses.

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Rio Vista Farm is so beautiful; my daughter became interested in horses again after a week of their summer camp. After the Switch Willo Farms summer camp I was left thinking there were no nice barns in Austin, (I just moved here from LA) though when a friend recommended Rio Vista I figured it was worth a try. I was very right, the barn its self is about 6 miles past the Austin Airport, but get this, they offer a VAN service which picks up and drops off in the Westlake area near Steinmart, and Michaels! At the end of the week, like most summer camps there is a show for the parents in which the kids perform what they have learned that week. My daughter who had only one other week of riding in which she learned nothing at all, had learned how to post and even jumped some little jumps called cross rails! Every child receives ribbons and a golden painted horseshoe award! The trainer is a lovely lady who obviously loves horses and kids, and shows shes probably got the patience of a Saint. Once you see this barn you will never want to go anywhere else. They grow their own hay, they sit on the Colorado River, and have all beautiful healthy horses, and even a few imported from Germany! The rings were big and somehow their sand doesnt create hardily any dust at all. I am so glad I found this barn; I highly suggest sending your children there to enjoy and encourage their love of horses.

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Rio Vista Farm is so beautiful; my daughter became interested in horses again after a week of their summer camp. After the Switch Willo Farms summer camp I was left thinking there were no nice barns in Austin, (I just moved here from LA) though when a friend recommended Rio Vista I figured it was worth a try. I was very right, the barn its self is about 6 miles past the Austin Airport, but get this, they offer a VAN service which picks up and drops off in the Westlake area near Steinmart, and Michaels! At the end of the week, like most summer camps there is a show for the parents in which the kids perform what they have learned that week. My daughter who had only one other week of riding in which she learned nothing at all, had learned how to post and even jumped some little jumps called cross rails! Every child receives ribbons and a golden painted horseshoe award! The trainer is a lovely lady who obviously loves horses and kids, and shows shes probably got the patience of a Saint. Once you see this barn you will never want to go anywhere else. They grow their own hay, they sit on the Colorado River, and have all beautiful healthy horses, and even a few imported from Germany! The rings were big and somehow their sand doesnt create hardily any dust at all. I am so glad I found this barn; I highly suggest sending your children there to enjoy and encourage their love of horses.

Pros: Beautiful barn, kind, friendly staff

Cons: price was almost unresonable, but the smile on your childs face makes it ok

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My daughter rode in the summer camp program, every day as we picked her up from the convenient Van pickup she would nonstop chatter about what she learned that day. Rio Vista hosts a week end show for the campers, awards and ribbons are given to everyone. Obviously this is a great program, not to mention the stunning scenery!!!

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My daughter rode in the summer camp program, every day as we picked her up from the convenient Van pickup she would nonstop chatter about what she learned that day. Rio Vista hosts a week end show for the campers, awards and ribbons are given to everyone. Obviously this is a great program, not to mention the stunning scenery!!!

Pros: good prices, van service, horses horses horses!

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this is basically the best barn in town for beginners and day camp. however it is very popular.

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this is basically the best barn in town for beginners and day camp. however it is very popular.

 

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