About Legacy Equestrian Centre

Formerly known as Ashwood Stables, Legacy Equestrian Centre is located at 166 George Whynot Road on the outskirts of New Germany, just off Highway # 10.

Legacy Equestrian Centre has a large wooden indoor arena, for inclement weather, a 100’x 200’ fenced outdoor arena for those glorious sunny days, a 60’ round ring, a spring fed lake and a herd of school horses just waiting for you.

Legacy is a small scale family run riding school that offers group and private riding lessons, either on your own horse or using our school horses. Trail rides are incorporated into our lesson plan and we go out as much as possible when the weather cooperates. We are now offering trail rides to those who have previous riding experience.

  • Aerial view of the riding schoolMiles of fabulous trails available in the Christmas Tree Capital of Nova Scotia.
  • Legacy Equestrian Centre is a member of the N.S.E.F. and Equine Canada.
  • Riding Instructor Julia Chapman is a British Horse Society qualified instructor.
  • Horse boarding available year round.
  • Local trailering available.
  • School horses and ponies are available for full or half lease
  • Occasional horses and ponies for sale.


About the Owners - Julia Chapman and Mike Snyder

Julia riding with her brother as a childJulia Chapman has been horse “crazy” forever. She first started riding at the age of five at the Maple Ridge Riding Centre in British Columbia, Canada. By the time she was a teenage she owned an Appendix Quarter Horse named Jody Hep whom she showed extensively in the BC area.

Julia Horse JumpingUpon graduation from High School, Julia took her love of horses to England where she trained as a working student at Moat House in Kent. This school’s claim to fame was that Princess Anne rode there when she was at a school. Rumour has it she also broke her arm while riding the cross country course. While at Moat House Julia obtained her Pony Club “A” and BHSAI.

On her return home she continued her riding, teaching and competing. After two years home she moved back to England to broaden her equestrian experiences and qualifications. This time Julia went to Crabbet Park in Sussex, England where she worked as a riding instructor. She trained for and obtained her BHSII.

She returned home where she joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. 

Julia as an RCMP officerDuring her service in the RCMP, Julia trained in Conflict Resolution and was accepted into the Court Mediation Program. She continued with her academic education by attending Simon Fraser University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree of General Studies, specializing in Leadership Development. After gaining her degree, Julia expanded her mediation training by taking the Family Mediation Program.

Julia and Michael Snider - owners of Legacy Equestrian CentreAfter twenty six years in the RCMP, Julia retired and went to work with “street kids” in Whalley, BC. She provided mediation services, reuniting kids with their families. In 2006 she bought a small stable in New Germany, Nova Scotia, Canada where she started the Legacy Equestrian Centre.

Michael Snyder, born in New Germany, NS, worked at Michelin for over thirty years. Meeting Julia soon after her arrival, they became good friends and his love oxen and draft horses cemented their relationship and they decide to marry in 2009. Along with gaining Michael as a husband, Julia has gained three brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law all of whom help out at the Centre when needed. In 2009, Julia’s parents John and Audrey moved from BC to live with Julia and Mike. John is often seen paddling his canoe around the lake or chatting with the clients.

Legacy Equestrian Centre from the air fall of 2009
Legacy Equestrian Centre from the air fall of 2009