New equestrian center to open in Elburn

By on December 21, 2012

Promise Equestrian Center, located at 45W050 Beith Road in Maple Park, is a newly renovated facility featuring two large indoor arenas, over 100 stalls and a covered 3/4-mile race track. The center will open in March 2013. Courtesy Photo

by Mary Parrilli
ELBURN—Promise Equestrian Center, a new horse breeding, training, and boarding center in Elburn, is slated to be up and running by the end of March 2013.

The facility is a transformation of the old Hondo Ranch racehorse training facility, located on Beith Road between Meredith Road and Route 47.

According to barn manager Jennifer Velichkoff, the newly renovated center sits on 360 acres, with two large indoor arenas, over 100 stalls and a covered 3/4-mile racetrack. Velichkoff said a third indoor arena is currently under construction and will debut in the upcoming spring.

The center will offer horse training of all disciplines, as well as breeding and affordable, high-quality boarding.

“We wanted Promise to be a one-stop equestrian center and the largest in the area,” Velichkoff said.

Velichkoff was hired on as the barn manager for Promise Equestrian after boasting some impressive credentials. She has been riding, training, and caring for horses for the past 20 years, and carries degrees in animal/equine science and barn management. Velichkoff spent 15 of those 20 years as the owner and barn manager at Lowes Den Stables boarding, training and lesson stable in Sycamore.

In addition to her barn manager experience, Velichkoff is also the founder and president of the American Trail Horse Association, the owner of Northern Illinois Equine Breeding Service since 2002, and a certified equine AI technician.

She said she has been at Promise Equestrian every day for the past month working on restoring the property. She has invested a large portion of her time in the center, spending most of her time cleaning, painting and rebuilding, and trying to mold the vision held by her and the owners.

Ten years ago, the old Hondo Ranch racehorse training facility was foreclosed upon, and was bought up by investors with a vision for the future. The investors wanted a place with shows, clinics, trail rides and special events. They wanted to restore the property to its former glory. Now, they are able to move forward with their dream, and for the past month have been working non-stop to update and restore all the existing elements of the property.

“All of the buildings, including the barns and the race track, were there when the investors bought the property,” Velichkoff said. “Everything was built very strong and sturdy; it’s just a matter of updating and renovating everything to make it look modern and new.”

Although the center is currently open for boarding and trailering, the official grand opening is scheduled for the last weekend in March. Velichkoff plans on hosting some shows, including hunter jumper and western shows. Anyone interested in attending the center and receiving notification of future events is welcome to join the mailing list on the Promise Equestrian website, A coupon for December and January is also available on the website.

When asked about her expectations for Promise’s first year in business, Velichkoff offered a simple response.

“Busy,” she said.

Velichkoff said that affordable, high-quality boarding is hard to find, and that is what Promise is offering its customers. Personal service is Velichkoff’s goal, and she said that she offers one-on-one service for customers to interact with her.

For more information about Promise Equestrian Center, visit