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St. Regis Falls stable holding grand opening today for indoor riding area

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ST. REGIS FALLS - A bonfire, $2 pony rides and a cookout.

Sand Hill Stables is preparing to celebrate the grand opening of its new indoor equestrian facility and stables today.

Tiffany Buschbascher, who owns the business along with boyfriend Donald Genaway, said the festivities will begin at 3 p.m. She said there will be a jumping derby and a jackpot barrel race.

“We’re going to do some games,” Ms. Buschbascher said.

She noted that while admission is free, there is a cost associated with food and beverages.

Sand Hill Stables, located on the Trim Road in St. Regis Falls, has been around since 2009, according to Ms. Buschabascher. She said that before the indoor facility was built, the season for riding lessons would stop in November and start up again in in March, if the weather cooperated. She added that because of this she was losing around $5,000 in income.

“The indoor, we started planning for it about a year ago,” Ms. Buschbascher said, adding that she started using it a few months ago.

The building came with a $200,000 price tag and measures 100 feet by 200 feet.

Though the building is ready for use, Ms. Buschbascher said that when it’s complete it will have 14 attached stables; four are finished. When they are completed, the stalls will be used for boarding horses. In the past, she also said there will be a feeding area and a place to store riding equipment. This, in total, accounts for around 25 feet square feet.

Since the time it was founded, Ms. Buschbascher said she has taught people ages 2 through 60 how to ride a horse.

For the warmer weather, students use Sand Hill’s outdoor riding area, complete with barrels, cones, jumps and poles for riders of different levels of skill. There’s also a 60-foot round pen with sand and footing.

Another 100 acres of land is used for trail riding.

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