Gerry Bateman first came to the New River Gorge in 1987 to go whitewater rafting. After the rafting trip he wanted to go horseback riding. Little did he know at the time that he was destined to be the first paying guest of the first outfitter into the New River Gorge on an overnight trip. After that first trip Gerry fell in love with the New River Gorge and horseback outfitting .Now after 25 years of professional horseback outfitting, Gerry Bateman and Equestrian Adventures have become the best that West Virginia and the Eastern United States has to offer in the horseback industry .Over the 25 years Gerryhas developed special training techniques that make his horses some of the safest and most gentle that you will ever meet .Because of this we can take children as young as 6 years old on their first horseback ride into the wilderness of West Virginia. Gerry personally hand picks his guides for their people skills and teaches them his special way of working with their guests and with the horses .All of the guides at Equestrian Adventures are certified in first aid and CPR. Gerry is a National Ski Patrol member. Gerry is an instructor of the ski patrol advanced emergency medical program called Outdoor Emergency Care. Gerry also teaches the same medical skills to many of the professional river guides in West Virginia. Gerry is an instructor of the ski patrol Wilderness Search and Rescue and also an instructor for emergency toboggan handling. Gerry is an instructor of CPR and basic first aid for the American Red Cross and also the American Heart Association. Many Boy Scouts of America have received their horsemanship merit badges under Gerry’s tutorage. So for the safest and best horseback experience in West Virginia and the Eastern United States , come ride with Gerry and his staff at Equestrian Adventures.