Our state-of-the-art equestrian facility, built in 2016, is located on 40 acres of serene open land across from the McHenry County Conservation District’s Glacial Park and is in the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge corridor. In 2013, Main Stay was the first nonprofit agency to place its land in a conservation easement with the Land Conservancy of McHenry County to ensure that the land would be protected in perpetuity.
The 37,000 sq. foot facility offers flexible meeting space that can accommodate intimate groups or space for up to 100 and includes a/v capabilities, a kitchen area, and a temperature controlled indoor arena.
Meet Our Team
As a premier accredited PATH Intl center, all adaptive riding sessions are taught by a certified PATH Intl instructor. Many of our instructors are also licensed teachers, or occupational / physical / speech therapists. A large base of more than 100 weekly volunteers allows Main Stay to offer quality services with a small core of full and part-time employees.
Of course, our work wouldn’t be possible without our therapeutic riding horses and other therapy animals. They are truly the heart and soul of Main Stay.
Main Stay is celebrating 35 years of changing lives through its animal and equine assisted learning programs! As you’ll see from the enclosed 2021 Impact Report, we’ve come a long way, baby! Main Stay has grown into a robust community resource that provides services to so many different individuals and organizations in so many different ways.
CYN Counseling Center
Independence Health & Therapy
Johnsburg School District 12
Kenosha Health Department
Lake County Health Department
McHenry 22nd Judicial Circuit of Special Projects
McHenry School Districts 15 + 156
NAMI McHenry County
Northern Illinois Recovery Center
Pioneer Center for Human Services
Refuge for Women
Richmond Burton School District 157
Youth and Family Center of McHenry County
Woodstock School District 200