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Equestrian center development and management is not a new business venture for Tim and CJ Farmer, former owners of Valley Vista Equestrian Center in Hoschton, Georgia.

Click on this link to see Valley Vista Equestrian Center before it was torn down.

After 22 years of operation in Gwinnett County, the urban sprawl of Atlanta replaced the rural neighborhood of Valley Vista, making it impossible to expand the business. Early in 2004, a decision was made to sell Valley Vista and relocate a little further up the interstate into the northeast Georgia mountain area.

Grove River Ranch LLC, named after the river that runs through it, is located in the agricultural Hickory Flat community of Banks County, Georgia, and has restored the quiet, private and scenic serenity previously enjoyed in Gwinnett. By replacing the 31 acre facility with new and larger facilities on 153 acres, we are now able to offer a wider range of equestrian services, recreational and retreat opportunities, and better serve existing programs.


CJ (McMahan) Farmer has over thirty-five years experience with equine breeding, raising foals, training horses, showing several disciplines on a national
level, boarding horses, and instructing riders of all levels of ability. Resistance-free training and riding methods are taught. Although other disciplines can be taught, we specialize in hunt seat, western pleasure, and trail riding.

All employees and instructors must pass a background check, then screened and selected for their experience with horses and personal qualifications that meet standards required to provide the finest in equine care and management. Instructors at Grove River Ranch LLC have been trained to use natural horsemanship methods and proven safety techniques for riders of all levels of ability. Beginners are always welcome, as well as those who wish to escalate their existing skills to be successful horse show exhibitors and/or trail riders. Please visit our "Lessons & Camp" page for more information about our instructional programs.


CJ Farmer
345 Hickory Flat Drive
Gillsville, GA 30543
home/office 706-677-0072 or cell/text 770-540-8380