Our Mission: Helping equine and rider teams reach their goals through excellent care, premier facilities and exceptional teachers with a good ole family atmosphere.
 
 

Our History:

Prairie Oaks Beginnings: Mike Forti retired from UPS management and has since been living his dream as a General Contractor. Now Mike, being Mike, is always looking for new projects to keep him working and playing with his "toys" aka tractors and power tools. Mike purchased the first 10 acres with the run down dairy barn in 2000 not knowing if it would turn back into a dairy barn, horse barn or into a landscaping company. Luckily the previous owners had put a new metal roof on the barn so even though it was run down it was bone dry. He just went to work repairing the damaged wood and adding new supports to fortify the building. We then finished the lower level and rehabbed the original stalls and added more to create a total of 15 stalls, a tack and feed room, a finished office upstairs and turned the original milk room into a club room. 
 
 
In the years we were working to get the dairy barn back on it's feet, Mike also purchased 6 more acres adjacent to the original 10. In 2005 he built an indoor arena with 17 additional stalls. Today we now have 32 stalls in the two different barns, a round pen, two outdoor arenas, one indoor arena and 10 grass turnout paddocks all with 4 rail wood fencing including one that has all-weather footing. Three of those paddocks have run in sheds.
 
As of August 2012, the Forti family is also in the hay business! We made the decision to ensure cost effectiveness, quality hay and consistancy for our horses. We grow all of our grass hay locally in Prairie Grove for the sole purpose to benefit our customers and extended family at Prairie Oaks Farm. We do not sell our hay to outside buyers.

To his daughter's delight (one of the few horse people in the family) the years of the families blood sweat and tears turned the barn into what it is today, a premier horse boarding facility.

 
BARN FIRE

 On July 21, 2017, our dairy barn was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. Krista and her husband Filip were in the arena barn when the lightning hit and were able to get all the horses out and to safety before the barn was fully involved with fire. There were only minor smoke inhallation injuries and all horses have made a 100% recovery. The Prairie Oaks Farm fire is one of the few fires where all horses and people survived.
 
 
"There is one thing quite clear, young man," he said, "your horses know who they can trust; it is one of the hardest things in the world to get horses out of a stable when there is either fire of flood. I don't know why they won't come out, but they won't - not one in twenty." 

 
-Taken from Black Beauty by Anna Sewell 


REBUILD
 
We will be rebuilding. Please stay tuned for the planning!
 
 


 

Northwest Herald's July 25th, 2017 Article

Northwest Herald's July 26th, 2017 Article

Photo Album: Prairie Grove Barn Destroyed ©AVucha 2017

Twitter photos from Captured News


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