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Brightside Farm - Equestrian Center
The following material on a Charlestown Equestrian Center was provided by the Charlestown Farm Committee.
Supporting neighbors dedicated to open space
Encouraging equestrian recreation goes hand in glove with the effort to try to hold on to the rural character of Charlestown Township. We have all but lost the full time farms that raised dairy cattle, beef cattle, and crops. The horse farms are the last buffers between open farmland and suburbia. Having a "riding center", "Horse Park", "generic show ground", call it what you will, in this township is a smart move, because it can encourage horse owners to share in the township and attract buyers of horse farms to have a look at our township as opposed to the Radnor Hunt Club area or Unionville. That means that there would be pockets of open space that the township doesnÕt have to steward itself with each property that is bought as a horse farm. It could be characterized as "Passive Conservation.
The options for use on the Brightside Farm are endless. With minimal start up money some riding rings and field mowing could put the place up for business. Horse shows are always looking for options for show grounds, Riding Clinics and lecture seminars could be held. Pickering Pony Club, a local chapter of an International organization headquartered in England, is looking for a home base and would love to quarter here. A Charlestown resident runs the SPCA Horse show at the Radnor Pony Club. Why not here instead? Therapeutic Riding programs are also in great abundance now and they need facilities. Improvements on the property could be made as money comes in, and the property use never has to be anything more than what we want it to be.
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