About Us

your hosts

Good friends and fellow horsewomen, Emilie and JoAnne of Petersburg, purchased the former Stables on Horse Farm Road in 2019. Their lifelong love of horses is the perfect match for this state-of-the-art facility where they can realize their dreams of providing consistent care and attention to horses, building long-term relationships with their owners, and providing a full service equestrian experience for the community.

a bright future

Bright Star is home to a few dozen horses and hosts a non-profit equine assisted therapy program at the farm. Bright Star looks forward to expanding our services to bring quality horse shows and exciting equine activities to central Illinois. 

Who's Who

Guests and clients will see some friendly faces when they come to Bright Star. Erika (along with her husband Mark) is our on-site property manager and is herself a long-time horse owner, rider, instructor and enthusiast. Will Dean is our horse trainer and instructor, as well as Executive Director of Sanctuary Hill, the equine assisted therapy program at the farm.