In 2005 I "retired" from the corporate life and began my next full-time life owning and running a horse show barn in Friendsville, TN. Our lives have many chapters and I've decided to begin a new one. Effective August 31, 2014 Icon sends a fond farewell to the responsibility of boarding horses and a warm Welcome to Le Renard, LLC and Chloe Desjarlais. After more than 10 years of my running a show barn with as many as 50 horses at a time, I'm ready to retire from this adventure and hand over the reins to Randii to take care of my own horses under the Icon name.
-RhondaLe Renard is committed to the training of and caring for the competitive horse and rider, specializing in hunter/jumper and equitation. Our experienced trainer, Chloe, conducts individual and group lessons for intermediate to advanced riders. Our goal is to further horse activities in East Tennessee through riding lessons, training and education.
Icon Sporthorses is a private, full service facility nestled on nearly 70 acres in a quiet town located at the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains and is convenient to Knoxville, Maryville, and Lenoir City, Tennessee. Icon's original 46-stall Morton Barn and indoor arena (90x200) were built in 2000 and a 210x160 outdoor arena was added in the spring of 2006.
In early 2008, 9 new stalls and 3 grooming bays were added; in November of 2008 Icon completed a top-to-bottom renovation of the indoor arena, outdoor arena, hotwalker and lounging area with new footing to ensure the health and wellbeing of the horses who call Icon home. The footing was also used at the Kentucky Horse Park for the 2010 World Equestrian Games...giving Icon a distict advantage to other footing offered in the area. For more information on this footing please choose "Facility".."Arenas & Footing".
There was no stopping in 2009/2010 with 10 additional stalls and 2 grooming bays added to bring the total stall count to 56. The hot-walker has been relocated to its own building along with 4 additional quarantine stalls.
The 47,000 sq. ft. barn boasts a client lounge with full kitchen; 8 grooming bays; 2 indoor wash bays and 2 outdoor wash bays; a saddle room which is heated and cooled for the protection of the leather tack; a trunk room with lockable storage cubbies for riders' daily items; a hot walker; and 2 apartments occupied by UT students who conduct nightly checks on the horses and facility.