FORT ANN - In the rolling farm fields just outside Fort Ann is a newly built state of the art equestrian facility nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Appropriately named, Adirondack Foothills Equine recently welcomed a new barn manager and unveiled a lesson program.
Owner George Thomas will publicly welcome barn manager Jeff Vroman at the barn's open house scheduled for Oct. 9 - 10. Located at 116 County Route 17A in Comstock, the open house will feature demonstrations, wagon rides, mini lessons, tours, a gymkhana on Saturday at 6 p.m., a tack auction by JP North and a ranch sorting event Sunday at 1 p.m.
Everyone at Adirondack Foothills Equine is excited to welcome Vroman to the barn, according to Thomas.
"He brings experience in overall management in the daily care and health of boarder and lesson horses as well as business knowledge in the operations of running a successful facility," he said.
Vroman is a Warrensburg native and has returned home after spending time in North Carolina and Ohio.Before Adirondack Foothills, he ran Oxford Farms and River Hallow Farm, both in Ohio.
"I am very excited to be back home with my family and to work at a new equestrian facility," he said. "I hope I can work with the owners, instructors and trainers to develop a solid program."
The open house will also provide patrons with an opportunity to sign up for lessons with one of Adirondack Foothills' instructors or trainers.
English and western discipline lessons at beginner through advanced levels are offered on one of the horses in Adirondack Foothills' lesson herd or on private horses. Adults and children alike are welcome to sign up and learn to improve their riding no matter what level they will begin at. Sign up for two hour-long lessons at $30 apiece at the open house and receive one free. Contact Vroman at 538-0202 to set up a lesson or for mor information on lessons and training.
Aside from lessons and training, Adirondack Foothills Equine also offers boarding, trail riding, events and clinics on its 270 acres of land. The property boasts a 70 foot by 134 foot indoor riding arena as well as outdoor arenas and round pens.
"We hope that people from all over the North Country feel welcome to stop by the open house and take a look at what we have to offer," said Thomas.
For more information on Adirondack Foothills Equine or, call 642-3755 or visit www.adkfoothillsequin.com.