Home-Port Stables
2526 Campbell Rd.
Keswick, VA. 22947
434.987.0510
                 Home-Port Stables
     2526 Campbell Rd.
    Keswick, VA. 22947
            434.987.0510

Home-Port Stables in conveniently located minutes from Zions Cross Roads, Spring Creek and Keswick Hunt Club.

We offer Horsemanship Camps, School Board approved after school program, English Riding Lessons. We specialize in Dressage, Hunter/Jumper & Equitation, 3-Day Eventing, Foxhunting, Trail Riding and Cowboy Dressage. Our riding program is highly effective because we focus on having fun while learning classic horsemanship. We don't teach short-cuts and we don't train horses with artificial "devices". We use the Hungarian Riding School philosophy which emphasizes connection and strong foundation in both horse and rider. 

The facility boasts a 100 x 200 outdoor arena stone dust footing for all weather use. We have lovely trails with cross country jumps, ditches, banks and a multiple water crossing jumps. Our 10-stall barn is currently under construction. We attend 3-Day events, hunter and jumper shows, jumper derbies and Foxhunting. We also enjoy trail riding and social time with horse friends.

Our summer camps are creative, charming, informative and fun for children of all ages and abilities. We emphasize foundation, horsemanship, responsibility and etiquette.Our wonderful horses can accommodate riders of all sizes and abilities.

For more information please contact
Nicole Black - 434.987.0510

                                      About Us:


Home-Port Stables has facilities in Brinnon, Washington and Keswick, Va. It is a family run program. Eleanor and Nicole Black are the primary instructors. Eleanor "Elly" was a rider at Port-a-Ferry farm in Batesville. Her mentor is the late Countess Judith Gyurky from Hungary. Countess Gyruky was affectionately known as, "Aunt Judith" to those close to her. Aunt Judith imported and bred Hungarian Clover Horses. She is famous for winning 1936 Olympic try-outs on her Clover mare Igezo but was denied an opportunity to compete because she was a woman. Shortly after Olympics war broke out in Europe and she escaped to the United States. The story of her escape is chronicled in her book, "The Mark of Clover". The book also describes the legendary Cloverhorses and many of their mythical tales. Elly had the opportunity to ride for Aunt Judith and learn her methods of teaching and training.


Nicole is Elly's youngest daughter who grew up riding at Port-A-Ferry. She never forgot its magic and charm. As such, she has written children's books called, Destiny and Friends that illuminate the special relationship between horses and people. Much of her inspiration came from the magic of Port-A-Ferry.


Today, Nicole is an accomplished rider and teacher. She has ridden with many international riding instructors including Capt. Mark Phillips, Jean Moyer, Todd Trewin and Dorothy Cromwell. Her lessons are animated and fun but technically accurate and physically demanding. She is often called a horse whisper because her unique ability to read a horse and solve their underlying problems. As a result, she is a well respected horse trainer and riding instructor. Sadly... Elly passed away December 17th 2018. We miss her dearly.