Who We Are

Hi. Welcome to Coyote Creek.
My name is April.

My experience:
I have been riding horses for 38 years, showing & training 36 years, giving riding lessons for 26 years and boarding horses for 24 years..

Success Story:
Two girls I have given lessons to from beginner riders all the way through advanced riders and competition, have qualified, competed and placed nationally in barrel racing and pole bending.

Personal Achievements:
IL State Jr Barrel Racing Champion
- 2 years
IL State Top Ten Jr Pole Bending
IL State Top Ten Western Pleasure
36+ end of year High Point Awards
(Pleasure, Barrels, Poles & Kegs)
All Around Horse & Rider - 5 years
Ranch Sorting Money Winner
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Tack Shop Hours

These may be changing soon so check the answering machine. 217-844-2161.

Thursdays noon - 3 pm
Fridays 3 - 6 pm

Leave a message on the answering machine for an appointment and I will check messages once a day.

No drop ins unannounced please. Please respect my home & stables as a private residence during non business hours.

Guided Trail Ride Photos

What We Do

Coyote Creek Tack is the best tack & western store in Central Illinois. I have a complete line of horse tack & western wear. Established in 1995, the tack store has undergone many changes over the years. In 2002 a new larger store was built to accommodate growth and expansion into many new areas. With 100 new & used saddles in stock, Coyote Creek Tack & Western Wear has the best selection of saddles & western tack in Central Illinois. The western clothing selection includes: Wrangler, Twenty X, Cinch & Cruel Girl Jeans, Cowboy & Cowgirl Up, Cowgirl Tuff & Roper Apparel. Justin, Ariat, Double H, Dan Post, American West, Roper, Laredo & Smoky Mountain are in stock cowboy boots & work boots. Cowboy hats, belts, caps, wallets, Montana & Justin jewelry, and western home decorations, gifts & toys round out your shopping experience.

Coyote Creek Stables Inc, the best horseback riding facility in central Illinois, provides a wide variety of horse entertainment. Full, partial & overnight horse boarding is available. Horseback riding lessons, guided trail rides, horse day camps, girl scout and boy scout horse badges, field trips, community college non credit horse classes, ranch sorting practices & shows, Extreme Cowboy Races, obstacle course practice, barrel racing & pole bending practices & jackpots & fun horse shows are a great way to enjoy the outdoors.

Coyote Creek is located in east central Illinois, just ten minutes from I 57 & I 70, near Effingham & Mattoon IL. 

THE BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES BOARDED OVERNIGHT here just recently!  Oh, the dalmation mascott, Clyde also!  Lots of photos on facebook!

Latest News

Summer is a crazy busy time for us here at Coyote Creek.  Averaging 20 riding lesson students, 15+ boarders, multiple guided horseback trail rides, horse birthday parties, field trips and boy and girl scout events, as well as our ranch sorting and western store shoppers keeps us on our toes.

Ranch sorting practices are held 3-5 times a month and you can even schedule your own private sorting practice with friends (with ten+ riders, often times I can find enough others to fill any additional spots).  Jackpot sorting shows are held monthly.

Come ride in the indoor arena on your own horse! Enjoy no wind, no mud, use of barrels, poles, flags, obstacles and jumps. Call to rsvp. Only $10 per horse for the day! The outdoor arena is all sand on a slope so it is not muddy either!

After 20 years of working 60-80 hours a week March through December, growing two businesses, I am ready to slow down, so be looking for some changes here at Coyote Creek in the next year.

Check out the bottom of services page for show bills and the calendar above for event dates.

Riding lessons students at Coyote Creek enjoy not only arena lessons but also have the opportunity to ride in parades, trail rides, horse shows, obstacle courses, tracking the hot heels, sorting calves and the annual overnight campout and trail ride this summer.

Enjoy 10 miles of trails at Coyote Creek! Boarders can enjoy these trails daily. Don't have a horse? We offer guided trail rides on our wonderful, happy, well trained Quarter Horses, Paints & Arabians. From easy, relaxing beginner trails to more advanced, challenging narrow trails, with lots of creek crossings and hills, we have it all! Lots of trail riding photos to the left.

Schedule your birthday party or group event now at Coyote Creek with horseback riding, hayrides and wiener roasts. Packages starting at $3 per person.

Join Coyote Creek on facebook for hundreds of photos and updates! Click the f link below.

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