Talbot Run is a family owned and operated farm. Ann and Bob purchased the farm in 2004 and designed and built the “Upper Barn” with the attached riding arena. Ann and Bob are both retired educators employed by the Montgomery Count Public Schools – Ann taught middle school French for 34 years and Bob was a middle school counselor. Their vision was to create a happy and safe place where kids and adults could come to learn more about horses and riding. Their expertise in education and working with kids has helped them to create the unique program that is Talbot Run. Neither Ann nor Bob had horse experience as children but became connected to the equine world through their daughter Robin. What started as a “free” introductory lesson at Woodland Horse Center grew from riding lessons to Show Team to one horse to two horses to nine horses and a small backyard farm in Highland to Pony Club to a 147 acre boarding and lesson facility in Mount Airy.
Ann currently is the facility program manager and teaches introductory lessons, orchestrates birthday parties and coordinates the unmounted instructional program. The Petraseks live on site with their daughter Robin, their grand-daughter, Lilia, dogs Tyler, Harmony and Hera, the barn cats, and 55 horses. Please join us and enjoy the fun and learning that are a focus of our lives here on the farm!
Our facility includes a huge main barn with 40 stalls for privately owned horses and lesson horses. We also have two smaller barns, temporary stalls, and horses that live on full pasture. Our main barn is equipped with a wash stall, tack room, viewing room, and office. Our middle barn is primarily used by clients who board their horses, and the lower barn is reserved for our breeding program.
We have an extra large 220' x 80' indoor arena so riding doesn't have to stop because of bad weather. It has excellent footing and bright LED lighting. Our outdoor sand arena includes a full jump course and lights for evening use. We also have miles of trails through the woods adjacent to our property including ponds and streams, and a full cross-country course with various types of jumps.
Talbot Run has been selected as a Maryland Horse Industry Board Horse Discovery Center. We strive to provide the general public with a safe, friendly, and educational experience, particularly for those individuals who have never or rarely experienced horses personally. We offer educational programs and riding experiences for those looking to dip their toes into the horse world.
Talbot Run is one of only 3 Time To Ride Centers in Maryland which offers opportunities for kids 6-18 to learn about how to ride and take care of horses at a reduced rate.