Northern Star Equestrian Centre is nestled in the rolling hills of north-west Oxford County on the edge of the community of Lakeside, just 15 minutes south of Stratford. Our bright and airy indoor riding arena is 70' by 120' with a corner viewing stand and an 8 stall barn attached. This is in addition to a 7 stall, western monitor style barn. Radiating out from the barns are a 140' by 260' outdoor sand arena, a 60' round pen, seven grass paddocks and a 10 acre pasture with woods and trails beyond.
Geoff & Patti Wallace
Patti recently retired as Children’s Librarian for Middlesex County Library. In addition to editing local history books, Patti now manages the bookkeeping for the farm. Geoff retired from teaching in 2013 and now devotes himself to running the farm...when he’s not off adventuring on his Harley.
Geoff has been riding and competing in western speed events for 20 years. Through the winter he competes weekly at local cattle sorting events.
When Geoff and Patti moved to the property in 2004, it was a much different place than it is today. They installed all of the fencing, constructed 5 run-in sheds in each of the new paddocks and enclosed the natural sand outdoor arena. In 2012, Geoff, his brother Tim, and Tim’s crew completed construction of the indoor arena. This allowed lessons to run year-round!
Anna is the instructor, coach, and trainer at Northern Star. She has been riding for 20 years and competing for 15. She started out competing in club shows with the Thames Valley Riders when she was 14 years old. Many years of practice at those shows prepared her for her start in the Ram Rodeo circuit in 2007. She has competed in that circuit every summer since, participating in shows throughout Ontario and into Quebec and qualifying as a finalist from 2009 - 2015. Anna has also competed in rodeo shows in the US and on the ORA circuit where she was a finalist in 2014 and 2016.
Anna attended Ontario Agriculture College, out of the University of Guelph, at the Kemptville campus from 2009 - 2010 where she completed the Horse Industry Technician program. In 2012 she finished her training with the Canadian Horseshoeing School. She also has her Level 2 certification in Parelli training from 2007.
Since 2006, Anna has been teaching classes at Northern Star. She now has students successfully competing in club shows and rodeos. Last season, one of her students was the junior poles champion in the Ram Rodeo circuit and this coming season, she has a student who will be competing at the IPRA Canadian Finals in St. Tite.