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Equestrian Campgrounds are a Growing Niche

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Tucked away in Jamestown, Tennessee, campers start the morning early at barns and round pens. True West Campground Stables and Mercantile offer equestrian riders with campground amenities specific to the needs of horses. Running a successful equestrian campground comes with unique risks. Leavitt Recreation & Hospitality Insurance (LRHI) focuses on liability insurance for equestrian campgrounds, a growing outdoor hospitality industry.

Kim Ayers, a LRHI insurance agent, provides commercial insurance to RV parks, campgrounds, agritourism farms, equestrian facilities and events, and summer camps nationwide. Her home territory of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas see her on the road and trail along with her clients. She understands the equestrian industry and the importance of bringing the joys of camping and horses together. Many homeowners and standard farm policies exclude commercial equine activities. Care, custody and control coverage, trainer’s liability, horse show, and special events coverage are important to consider when engaging in an equine based business.

“Working with an insurance agent who truly understands the needs of equestrian enthusiasts is essential to our success,” said Donna Martin, owner of True West Campground Stables and Mercantile. “Unlike the traditional campground with swimming pools and playgrounds, equestrian campgrounds have amenities such as barns, highlines, corrals, horse wash stations, and round pens. The avid equestrian will travel to different states, camp with their horses, and enjoy the outdoors by riding the local equestrian trails.”

True West Campground Stables and Mercantile received the “2016 Small Park of the Year” award from the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) and know how to provide Horsepitality™.

LRHI supports Open Trail, a web resource for equestrian campers. “Open Trail being in the middle of all things Equestrian,” said J.R. Hull, founder of Open Trail. “When I launched Equestrian Campgrounds on Open Trail it was with the intent to promote “Recreational Riding” with “Ride with Open Trail” as the branding for these campgrounds.” Visit for more information. Hull and Ayers are looking forward to working together to grow Open Trail and adequately support the industry.

LRHI was named Leavitt Group’s “Agency of the Year” in 2016 and is a leader in RV park and campground insurance, as well as being the Dude Ranch Association of America’s preferred insurance provider.  LRHI is part of Leavitt Group, one of the largest privately-held insurance brokerages in the nation providing clients with greater insurance market access and a wide range of value-added services and resources. Clients receive employee benefits solutions, property and casualty insurance, risk management, and other services. Clients also benefit from the consultative approach to employee benefits and risk management found within the culture of each office. LRHI has local, on-the-ground agency owners.

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