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Ridgefield Equestrain Center: Riding in Ridgefield for Over 73 Years

Third generation farm helps young and old develop a love of riding.

Photo Credit: Ridgefield Equestrain Center
Photo Credit: Ridgefield Equestrain Center
Business: Ridgefield Equestrian Center Inc.
Address: 258 North St., Ridgefield

Third generation stable-owners Wendy and Lonnie Pola tell Ridgefield Patch readers about their local business, started almost three-quarters of a century ago.

Why Ridgefield?
Our location was chosen over 73 years ago by my grandparents, Irving and Ethel Conklin. They purchased a gentleman’s farm that was built at the turn of the century and consisted of over 200 acres with a mansion, a gatehouse and several farm buildings.

What do you do?
We offer boarding and training for show horses as well as a complete lesson program for children and adults. In addition we offer a wonderful summer horsemanship camp beginning in July.

What are you most proud of about your business?
We are very proud of our excellent reputation of developing young riders and adults into accomplished equestrians! We are also proud of continuing our family heritage at the same location since 1941 sharing the love of horses and the equestrian sport!

What's something people would find surprising about your business or profession?
Horses require round-the-clock supervision to ensure their health and safety. They are an amazing animal — they are intelligent, gentle, athletic and very versatile. It's not surprising that horses are a labor of love!

How are you involved in the community?
We happily donate services such as lesson packages or Summer Camp tuition to many of the local charities as auction or silent auction items.

This article is part of Patch's series highlighting local businesses in our community. Learn more about the series, and if you're a small business, fill out the form to be included, by checking out this link.

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