New Skidmore Horse Show site approved by planning board
September 28, 2016
Following its public hearing last night, the Town of Stillwater Planning Board approved a site plan and special-use permit for a property at 28 Brickhouse Road. The property was a gift to Skidmore College from the estate of the late Robert R. Rosenheim and is valued at $1 million. The 103-acre farm will be used as the new location for the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show, beginning in June 2017, the 20th anniversary of the event.
The horse show is the college's largest annual fundraiser, and all proceeds go toward student scholarships.
"We are extremely excited about all the opportunities for improvements that this gift from Mr. Rosenheim makes possible," said Adele Einhorn, executive director of the horse show. "This will allow us to build on the success of this very popular event by expanding the program and making this new facility more user-friendly for our participants. We are also grateful to the town of Stillwater for their collaboration with us to move this project forward."
Einhorn said the moment is bittersweet in that it ends a 19-year partnership with NYRA and Yaddo, where the horse show was previously held. "We truly enjoyed the friendship and support of these two community leaders," she said, "but this expansion and new facility will better meet the needs of our participants."
The new facility will add both competition and schooling (practice) rings, increasing the number from five arenas to eight. In addition, it will provide enlarged spaces for horses, turnout, vendors and public viewing.
The LA Group is the landscape architect on the project, bringing equestrian industry expert Allen Rheinheimer’s design to fruition. Improvements to the site will begin this fall, said Einhorn, who added, "We have a lot of work to do and are looking forward to getting started."
The Rosenheim property was previously the owner's standardbred training track. New York City native Rosenheim was for many years an advertising executive and later owned a media brokerage. His love of horses and success in racing led him to build the standardbred facility. He passed away in 2015.