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Equine Center expanding

John Lowe / The New Concord Leader Published: April 11, 2010 12:01 AM
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NEW CONCORD -- A visit to Reality Farms Equine Center, south of the village, might almost leave some with the illusion they have stumbled onto a Kentucky horse farm.

The way the equine center is expanding, the resemblance can only grow stronger.

Before the end of the month a second building, a multi-purpose facility, will open to complement the current barn -- a barn that looks more like chalet than a stable.

But a stable it is: 18 spacious stalls kept close to immaculate with daily cleanings.

Even from a distance, one gets the impression that Reality Farms Equine Center is a classy facility.

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For owners Rich Pennington and Julie Urdak, horses are a passion.

"We have had horses all of our lives," Pennington said.

On the 65 acres at 57097 Fritter Road, they operate both the equine center and a miniature horse breeding operation.

For the couple, the farm provide them the opportunity combine their passion for horses with the chance to provide a variety of horse-related services to the community.

In fact, Reality Farms serves the world. Some of the miniature horses have been sold to horse enthusiasts as far away as Europe.

"We're the only USDA-approved export center in Ohio," Pennington said.

The 22,000 square foot multi-purpose building, which will open on April 20, will house an additional 12 stalls and a 14,400 square foot, indoor arena as well as a lounge area.

In addition to boarding services, Reality Farms Equine Center offers the services of trainer Robin Killiany.

Urdak and Pennington have reached out to youthful horse owners and riders.

The owners have planned to bring in 4-H groups for training clinics. The clinics will be for both standard size and miniature horses.

Boarded horses are exercised daily. And owners may ride their horses around the 65-acre farm which has a trail about a mile long that meanders along the perimeter of the farm.

In addition to the boarding and training services, Reality Farms raises quality miniature horses.

"We own more than 70 AMHA registered miniature horses," Pennington said. "We raise them for show and for sale. We have two world champion stallions.

And we have sold our miniature horses all over the United States and have even exported them to Europe."

The farm has 13 paddocks through which the horses are rotated.

Pennington said he and Urdak are pleased to be expanding the facilities. He credited the contractor -- R&S Builders, Baltic -- with doing superb work.

"Robert Miller is excellent," Pennington said. "They're doing a great job for us."

For more information about Reality Farms Equine Center, call 826-4530. Or visit the Web sites www.realityfarms equinecenter.com or, simply, www.realityfarms.com (for information about the miniature horses).

jlowe@daily-jeff.com


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