By Alicia Dziak
Tucked into the hills along a beautiful country road just outside of Arcade, you’ll arrive at a long driveway lined with tall trees that leads you to Rosebud Stables. As far as first impressions go, this one is amazing, and Rosebud is the epitome of what you’d expect from a top-notch equestrian facility.
“Our wonderful facility allows us to teach in a relaxed, clean, comfortable and safe atmosphere,” said Charlene Aronson, owner of Rosebud Stables.
The property boasts a 16,000-square-foot concrete equestrian center and a 10,000-square-foot coverall riding arena that gives riders a comfortable, year-round riding experience. The rest of the property features ponds, bridle paths and wooded trails.
“We offer year-round riding lessons for beginners through advanced, ages 4 and up. We teach a centered, balanced riding position that is used throughout the many riding disciplines,” Aronson explained.
Prepaid lesson packages are available, as well as single lessons for those who want to try a lesson before they commit.
Not only does Rosebud excel in horseback riding lessons, but it also offers a unique summer camp experience, for both daytime and overnight guests.
According to their website, Rosebud’s “horseback riding camps welcome boys and girls (7-17) to explore the World of Horses. Beginner horseback riders as well as more advanced riders explore and discover new ways to communicate and interact with their horse partner. Centered balanced horseback riding is taught in a positive non-competitive atmosphere. Campers who have their own horses are welcome to bring them, though only a few stalls are available each session. Children who don’t own a horse need not worry at our horseback riding camps; we have a full string of wonderful horses and ponies to ride and love.”
New for 2014 — two health professionals will be on staff, riders will have access to new trails, cross-country jumps are available for advanced riders, and a new lodge game room is open, featuring games such as ping pong and foosball.
In addition to riding and horsemanship lessons, camp activities include arts and crafts, team games, swimming, paddle boating, fishing and stable management. Evening activities include campfires, polo ball, skits, a Chinese New Year’s Eve celebration, and horse Jeopardy. Extended week campers will have the opportunity to visit Holiday Valley’s Sky High and other local attractions.
With a one to three staff to camper ratio, guests are ensured a personal experience with lots of attention.
Although it’s hard to think about now, summer will be here eventually. With a limited number of campers allowed in each of Rosebud’s camp sessions, now’s the time to start planning how your kids are going to spend their time off. And if you have a horse lover in your family, Rosebud Stables is your place, offering endless fun and education that will make sure you don’t hear the words “I’m bored!”
In addition to lessons and camps, Rosebud can host your child’s next birthday party for a day guests will never forget. Kids enjoy a pony grooming lesson, supervised horseback riding time and access to the party room, and the package also includes a free lesson for the birthday child.
“Our philosophies and experience began over 20 years ago on a small family stable here in Cattaraugus County, and our expertise shows in everything we do,” Aronson said.
She points out that many of their horses were born on the premises, that they don’t lease or sell their horses, and that, ‘When they retire, they retire with us; after all, we are their family.’”
If you’re looking for a safe, clean and picturesque setting for enjoying horses, look no further than Rosebud Stables, just a short drive from Ellicottville.
“We are committed to offering the very best equestrian experience,” said Aronson. “Whether you are an experienced competitive rider, recreational rider, or a beginner rider who has only been able to dream about being on a horse — we have something for all ages.”
For more information, visit www.rosebudstables.com.