About
Forward Farm LLC
Forward Farm LLC was established in 2002 as De Equus Stable.  Owners Ginger Schinktgen and Chris Bellin purchased Forward Farm LLC in 2011 and made the farm their home.

Renovations were started to prepare the farm for horses.  ​The barn was remodeled and stalls were built, along with fencing and electric to our indoor arena. In 2012 the horses were ready to move to FarwardFarm LLC!

We have been constantly improving and expanding since then, and Forward Farm has many amenities that include a beautiful stable, tack room lounge, and both indoor and outdoor arenas.  The next project will be to insulate the indoor arena.

Forward Farm operates year round in most weather conditions, offering the benifits of horses to all ages and abilities of people.  We hope to teach you about horses whether you would like to ride or drive or participate in our equine assisted activities!

Our Lesson horses are second to none!  Offering all levels of horses from the most gentle to the show type to challenge a more advanced rider or driver. Forward Farm LLC teaches saddleseat, huntseat and western riding. 

Ginger is certified with the Proffesional Association of Therapeutic  Horsemanship International since 2000.  Forward Farm LLC specializes in teaching special needs individuals and has done so with great pride!
At Forward Farm we pride ourselves in the care of our horses.  Having happy horses is our goal.  Horses are just like people having jobs they like and dislike.  We try to find a job for our horses that make them happy because that makes us happy! 

We specialize in American Saddlebred horses and Hackney ponies. However, our lesson horses consist of many different breeds from Quarter horses to Halflingers.  We will match a horse to your level of riding!

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." - Winston Churchill
The Team
  1. Ginger Schinktgen
    Ginger Schinktgen
    Ginger is the owner/trainer/instructor at FF. She graduated from Marian University with a degree in communication. In 1999 she made horses her business and became a professional horse trainer. Ginger trains horses and riders who have been successful on a national and world level.
  2. Lisa Simonis
    Lisa Simonis
    Lisa is the assistant trainer/instructor at FF. .She has been involved with horses since 2005. Lisa is a graduate of UWGB with a degree in business. Lisa has competed at a world level on her favorite breed the American Saddlebred.
  3. Tulip
    Tulip
    Tulip is the head Pug of the farm. She is head of security and alarms us in case of danger. Tulip likes to chase cats and make sure everybody knows she is in charge. Pugs rule!!!
  4. Meeko
    Meeko
    Meeko is our super dog. You will find him chewing on Betty's chicken wing or carrying his dish in his mouth. He likes to burn circles in the morning and take naps in the afternoon. Meeko loves to greet new people and find a spot on a warm lap.
  5. Olivia Oinker
    Olivia Oinker
    Olive is our resident Pot Belly Pig! She will greet you with a grunt and a nudge of her snout. Olive is the vacuum cleaner and hopes you bring her a treat! She likes belly rubs and mud puddles.
  6. Flower the Goat
    Flower the Goat
    Flower is our head destructor. Hide your receipts and check books because they just might be her next meal. She likes to roam the farm, eat weeds and is always looking for a friend. She is broke to drive and pulls a goat cart!!!
  7. Mabel/Vi
    Mabel/Vi
    Mabel and Vi are a mother daughter donkey team. They protect the farm from predators. The Donkeys love to roam free on the farm and eat. The kids learn to groom and lead the donkeys. Donkeys have more fun!