Horsin' around

New York-based couple open
public horse stables in Oldham County

By Konnie McCollum
Contributing Writer

(January 2007) – There is one place known throughout the world as true horse country – Kentucky. That’s exactly what Nick and Nadine Brown of Manhattan, N.Y., thought when they decided to purchase land for a public riding stable.

Nadine & Nick Brown

Photos by Konnie McCollum

Nadine and Nick Brown pose with
farm manager Sarah Tluczek at the new
York Stables in Oldham County. The
stable will offer a fun, family
atmosphere, the owners say.

The Browns have recently opened York Stables and Equestrian Center, located at 5001 Tobacco Rd. Their center is in the heart of L’Esprit, a picturesque section of Oldham County with beautiful rolling hills and horse farms.
York Stables’ hours of business are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The center will accommodate special business requests by appointment.
Although the Browns are in the first phase of a major refurbishing effort at York Stables, the center is open for business. The center offers a full range of equestrian services, including lessons in Hunt Seat, riding arenas, a variety of training programs for horses and riders, and boarding. At this point, it has 19 boarders, with room for 50. It has a large, indoor heated and lighted riding arena for winter use.
Nick, 41, is a partner at the corporate tax law firm of Sidley, Austin LLP, while Nadine, 29, is in the legal department at the New York Mercantile Exchange. Both have always had a passion for horses and decided they would pursue their dreams of owning a horse farm.
Nick is a Louisville, Ky., native who earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky before relocating to New York. “We thought about setting up a riding center in New York, but Kentucky is the real horse farm country,” he said.
Nadine, a New Jersey native, has fallen in love with the Bluegrass State and said she feels “right at home” when she is here.
The Browns searched throughout Kentucky looking for the ideal site within an 1 1/2 hours radius of Louisville. They finally found what they were looking for in Oldham County and ended up buying the 83 acres that now house York Stables.
In mid-January, the center will have its grand opening reception for a rider-guest lounge. The lounge will feature a full-range kitchen, a card and lounge room with HDTV, a larger lounge room with HDTV and a reading room. There will be VCR and DVD players that riders can use for training purposes.
“We want riders to relax and enjoy the lounge both before and after they ride,” said Nadine. The lounge will also be a welcoming place for parents to relax and hang out while children are taking lessons, or for guests of boarders and riders to relax and wait.
There are several outdoor arenas planned at the center, including lighted ones for night riding. Eventually, the 198x66-feet outdoor arena will become an indoor arena with a retractable roof.
Currently, York Stables offers full boarder services, which include the horse being fed twice a day, turned out and brought in and its stall cleaned. The center can facilitate special turnout needs at no extra charge. Boarders also have access to the exclusive 26 miles of bridle paths in L’Esprit.
Riding lessons are offered for ages 6 and up and for all levels. The stable houses school horses for lessons and supplies all equipment for beginners. “Just come in wearing solid shoes with heels and long pants, “said York Stables Manager Sarah Tluczek, who will live on-site and take care of daily operations.
Tluczek brings to York Stables more than 10 years of experience in professional horse care, including buying, training, riding lessons, breeding, imports and stable management. She said that as the facility grows, so will the riding programs, and eventually the center will be on the show circuit. “We plan to have the best facility in the area for boarding, hunt seat, dressage, and other training and riding programs,” she said.
“Our facility will be the preeminent horse center but affordable for everyone who loves horses,” said Nick.

• For more information about York Stables and Equestrian Center, call (502) 222-4440.

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