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Lakewood Stables Transformed Into Exquisite Equestrian Center [Video]

West Hempstead is now home to a state-of-the-art, year-round, indoor riding arena.

From dilapidated to dazzling, of the in West Hempstead is nearly complete.

Patch received an exclusive sneak peek Saturday of the Eagle Avenue facility, which now houses a state-of-the-art indoor riding arena and luxurious stalls for its horses.

"Within the next 30 to 45 days, this place will be complete," owner Alex Jacobson told Patch.

At this point, the new building, including the 30,000 square foot enclosed riding arena, is 100 percent done. Ten of the new, bigger and better stalls have been installed and are already being enjoyed by their four-legged tenants.

"We've designed this place for the horses," Jacobson said, as he described the "luxurious" stalls, which are 8 feet high and come in three sizes - 10 by 12, 12 by 12 and 12 by 12 with private paddocks."

The third option basically provides "the horse with its own patio behind its stall," he said.

The stalls also contain roughly two inches of padding on the floor to preserve the horses most important assets, their feet, anti-cribbing rails, fans and automatic water dispensers so the animals will always have fresh water. Inside, boarders will also find their own private tack boxes with locks.

The main aisle is now much bigger so two horses can safely pass through and the entire building is "pretty much fire-proof," Jacobson explained.

When the horse steps out of its stall it then continues to walk on cushioned rubber pavers to get to the indoor arena, where the floor is even kinder on its hooves. The arena floor is made up of a synthetic blend, which to Jacobson's knowledge, is the best surface available right now in the equestrian world. It's also dust-free, which is better for the horses' and riders' respiratory systems, and friendlier to residents who live closeby.

The 7,000 square foot mezzanine, which will seat 99, has also been installed.

"What's left to do is some electrical and plumbing [work], and the driveways and parking lots," Jacobson said, along with the installation of dozens of other pre-fab horse stalls.

Right now, the facility is only open for its summer campers and boarders wishing to reserve a stall. ("Only a few spaces are left ... the facility is 85 percent sold out," Jacobson added.)

Within the next couple of weeks, Jacobson expects to begin offering lessons once again and trail rides throughout later in the summer. He also plans to throw a big, grand opening celebration at the end of the summer and host its first horse show in late 2012.

Jacobson says since the indoor facility is energy-efficient and climate-controlled, he'll be able to host atleast six major events throughout the year, including horse shows, rodeos and perhaps, even a Medieval Times event. Riders can also enjoy the sport year-round.

"Rain days and snow days don't exist anymore," he added.

New services have also been added so now boarders can call-ahead to have their horses pre-tacked for them.

"We'll take care of all their riding needs ... All they'll need to do is ride," Jacobson said.

In the future, the facility will also house an eatery and eventually, a gym. 

Along with its new look and amenities, the stables also has a new name -- New York Equestrian Center.

"Lakewood Stables was something that opened seven years ago. It was a small stable, outdoors and quite frankly, dilapidated," said Jacobson, who had originally purchased the property in 2006 with the intent to demolish the stables and build condos on the land.

After learning of the community's love for the stables, its history and uniqueness -- it's the only one remaining on the South Shore of Nassau County -- he had a change of heart and decided to go into the equine business instead. He did eventually the unsafe and worn-down stables in April 2011, and erect condos after all, only these are exclusively for horses!

"Now, we are the New York Equestrian Center, because we're able to house all these major events," he said. "We're going to be a center for horses and for the public. It's a much bigger endeavor."

Scroll through the photos and click on the video above to get an exclusive look at the new equestrian center. Then, share your thoughts in the comments space below.

Tanya Watts July 10, 2012 at 06:29 PM
What a nice facility, too bad it is in such a bad neighborhood.
D. Flower July 10, 2012 at 09:58 PM
"if you build it they will come" many great things were built in not so great neighborhoods & were the catalyst for change. This beautiful new facility could be the pioneer to a better neighborhood in the future. Its easy to do something that everyone else does in a place that is accepted. Courage comes from those who think "outside the box". Congratulations NY Equestrian Center & kudos to Alex Jacobson for having the foresight and courage to do something different!! - Debi Flower
leapinglaughter July 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM
What's the board going to cost? Or even more importantly, are they going to staff it with legal workers, or with undocumented immigrants like too many of the other barns on LI?
Cay Fatima July 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM
What makes the neighborhood bad?
Alex July 11, 2012 at 12:14 AM
leapinglaughter: I am a rider at NYEC. I have been riding there for 4 years now. We never had any undocumented immigrants work here. All staff is professional. The staff is all legal workers and they know what they are doing. For info and price on board go to mynyec.com
WHRes July 11, 2012 at 04:17 PM
As a 20 year resident of this neighborhood I take offense at this comment! There are two distinct areas in West Hempstead referred to as Lakeview. The section off of Eagle Avenue to Exit 18 on the Southern State is a fairly quiet neighborhood comprised of small, older homes which were originally built as "lakeside" summer homes in the early 1930"s. The renovation of the stables is a long time in coming and greatly appreciated as it will bring a much-need revitalization to this area. The other section, also referred to as Lakeview, sits slightly south along Woodfield Road over the RR tracks towards Malverne/Rockville Centre. Unfortunately, whenever Lakeview is in the news for criminal activity it is usually concentrated in this area.
Timmy Godot July 11, 2012 at 08:05 PM
WHRES - even you are saying that section of Lakeview is a dump. The people who live there do not care about their homes, their environment or themselves.
WHRes July 11, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Actually Timmy, no I wasn't. The actions of a few do not speak for the rest.
Tina Ng July 11, 2012 at 09:58 PM
@whres Actually the actions of the few have destroyed the reputation of the area. People are not moving into Lakeview to gentrify the area.
WHRes July 12, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Isn't that exactly what Alex Jacobson is doing by turning what was once an eyesore into a newly renovated equestrian center? Hopefully some of the other businesses in the area will follow suit.
Theresa Jenulis July 15, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Thank you Mr. Jacobson for making the investment! I live in Malverne and have every intention to take up some lessons!
John Overland July 16, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Nice stable - too bad we couldnt have put it in a btter location. Its all downhill over there
Rachel July 16, 2012 at 07:32 PM
As someone who began riding at Lakeside at age 6 (22 years ago..), I am overjoyed at what this place has become! I'm anxious to stop in soon and be able to know that if it rains, I will not have to dodge several leaks! I have lived in a neighboring town my entire life and would like all those quick to judge to know that Lakeview, just as is true for virtually every town, has its mix of "good" and "bad" so to label it so distinctly one way or the other is ignorant. There are plenty of good, hard-working people in that town that do care for their homes and mow their lawns, so think before you post negative comments. Congratulations NYEC!!! I am so very proud of you all!
WHRes July 16, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Nicely put Rachel! Thank you from a "hard-working" homeowner who is proud to take care of my home and property and from all of my neighbors who do the same.
Brian Rosen DDS July 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I have been going there for many years as a small child and I had two birthday parties there for my children. It is a wonderful place to have in our area. I am looking forward to making a birthday party there for my grand daughter now. I am proud of our area and yes everyplace can be made better so everyone should work together and make our home a place to be proud of! I would not move to anyplace else on the island!!!
joanna brites July 20, 2012 at 04:11 AM
This person has no idea what she is talking about, the neighborhood is fine and the homes around the area are pretty pricey.

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