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New York Equestrian Center in West Hempstead

One of the horses being boarded in the

One of the horses being boarded in the new stalls at the New York Equestrian Center in West Hempstead. (July 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

A $1 million revamping of the only privately-owned horse ranch in Hempstead Town is transforming a rundown relic into a state-of-the-art, year-round, indoor riding arena. Lakewood Stables, now the New York Equestrian Center, one of West Hempstead's oldest landmarks, faced foreclosure in 2011. Now it houses a 30,000-square-foot enclosed riding arena, 53 new stalls, a 7,000-square-foot mezzanine with 99 seats, and 40 on-site parking spots.

New York Equestrian Center founder Alex Jacobson stands
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

New York Equestrian Center founder Alex Jacobson stands in front of the renovated facility in West Hempstead. (July 18, 2012)

Megan Devine, 20, of Rockville Centre rides Soho
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Megan Devine, 20, of Rockville Centre rides Soho at the New York Equestrian Center in West Hempstead. (July 18, 2012)

New York Equestrian Center founder Alex Jacobson visits
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

New York Equestrian Center founder Alex Jacobson visits one of the residents of the stables at the renovated New York Equestrian Center in West Hempstead. (July 18, 2012)

One of the horses being boarded in the
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

One of the horses being boarded in the new stalls at the New York Equestrian Center in West Hempstead. (July 18, 2012)

New York Equestrian Center founder Alex Jacobson takes
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

New York Equestrian Center founder Alex Jacobson takes a break at ringside in West Hempstead. (July 18, 2012)

Megan Devine, 20, of Rockville Centre prepares Soho
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Megan Devine, 20, of Rockville Centre prepares Soho for riding at the New York Equestrian Center in West Hempstead. (July 18, 2012)

Megan Devine, 20, of Rockville Centre, puts Soho
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Megan Devine, 20, of Rockville Centre, puts Soho through his paces in the indoor arena at the New York Equestrian Center in West Hempstead, where riders can now practice indoors out of the rain. (July 18, 2012)

Megan Devine, 20, of Rockville Centre, enjoys a
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Megan Devine, 20, of Rockville Centre, enjoys a ride on Soho in the indoor arena at the New York Equestrian Center in West Hempstead. (July 18, 2012)

Megan Devine of Rockville Centre, 20, takes a
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Megan Devine of Rockville Centre, 20, takes a ride on Soho inside the New York Equestrian Center in West Hempstead. (July 18, 2012)

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