New Era for Swan Lake Stables

2017 will mark a new era for the Swan Lake Horse Shows in Littlestown, Pennsylvania. New management will be guiding this popular show facility into a modern era of showing horses in an effort to regain once loyal exhibitors and recruit some new faces and horses.


Most people know of and depend on Lyn Nelson, her impressive secretarial skills, show office organization, and willingness to provide as much help to exhibitors as possible. She has been the preferred contact person over the years, but there is a phone number which will forward ALL messages to the management team of Steve McBride, Lyn Nelson, and Mary Bast. Lyn was also was instrumental in putting together this piece for exhibitors —>  <<— READ this.

Communications are encouraged through this line 717-359-5357 as well as recommended by email at

The horse shows at Swan Lake are well-known for offering all sorts of classes for riders, from lead line through Grand Prix, Hunter Derbies, hunter and jumper classics, Equitation, often running up to four show rings concurrently. Close attention will be paid to the scheduling and running of the show rings this year in an effort to avoid conflicts and ring delays.


Argento, Mary Claire Mediros showing at Swan Lake

Shows run through all seasons at Swan Lake, from schooling and regional through to National and Premiere rated shows. 240 permanent stalls, with an additional 400 or more tent stalls available in the summer, along with over 20 camper hookups, exhibitor functions, and even a lake to swim in.  The massive indoor ring is really one of the largest indoors in the Mid-Atlantic region.


Online entries are accepted (as well as strongly appreciated) on Horse Shows Online Again, email is the preferred line of communication for the management team if changes need to be made.

Swan Lake Stables remains a family run operation, Dr. and Mrs. Bast started the facility for horses around 1999 and built the property up from scratch for their daughter Mary, who showed great interest in horses at an early age. Soon after the family started running horse shows. Now the facility can accommodate nearly 1,000 horses for the summer shows, and an average of 300 horses during the winter. Mary is a full time trainer, certified by the USHJA, and manages, breeds and trains up to 35 horses on the property.


Mary riding Midnight Vigil


Mary aboard Iggy Pop

The show rings are and will continue to be in top notch condition, the Grand Prix and Schooling rings have been expanded, and this year the focus will be esthetic improvements and customer service. You can bet the exhibitor parties are also going to see some massive improvements. Look for more engagement in social media as well. On all counts, the future is looking very bright at Swan Lake Stables.



Dr. and Mrs Bast, Mary Bast, Steve McBride, Lyn Nelson, Charles and Wylie. 


3 thoughts on “New Era for Swan Lake Stables

    • Why should I? I have yet to be affected by the rumors and it looks like you are going to hate me whether I make a retraction or not. I’m sorry you seem to be having a bad day though. Wish I could help. Xx


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