Public Horse Stables Proposed in Lorton

A group trying to establish horse facilities on county parkland recently showed drawings for a proposed stable for Laurel Hill Park www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/laurelhill/LHcdpsummary.htm in Lorton.

Fairfax4Horses www.fairfax4horses.org, a non-profit organization, said the Laurel Hill facility would provide riding lessons for individuals who do not own horses. In addition, group officials said in a news release, a permanent home would be provided for therapeutic riding and for equestrian programs geared toward at-risk youth.
Since 1970, 14 equestrian facilities in Fairfax County have closed, forcing residents to look for riding opportunities in other counties or to give up riding, according to the organization.The Great Falls Horse Center and Bay Ridge Stables, both of which have closed, together provided about 1,000 lessons a week.
A feasibility study conducted for the county Park Authority supported the concept of initially developing a riding lesson facility on county parkland, with additional facilities possible based upon the experience of the first one. In order to get the first one going, Fairfax4Horses has launched a fundraising effort in the private sector. Additional funding could be available from the county through park bonds, according to the news release.
For more information, call 703-757-6412 or visit www.fairfax4horses.org.

By Steve Fehr |  September 10, 2005; 7:01 AM ET  | Category:  Parks and Recreation
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