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Youngstown Business of the Year - Lakeside Quarter Horses

by jpauly
Mon, Feb 26th 2018 03:00 pm

 Youngstown Business of the Year - Lakeside Quarter Horses

The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Lakeside Quarter Horses as the 2018 Youngstown Business of the Year.  The Youngstown Business & Professional Association assists the Chamber in providing a business honoree.  Lakeside Quarter Horses offers lessons to children through adults and offers activities that benefit the community.

Lakeside Quarter Horses was formed twenty years ago with one barn on the forty plus acres of land off of Lakeside Lane just outside the Village of Youngstown.  Owners Chris and Terri Diez first started their business by breeding horses as Terri always had a love for them.  The land was perfect for either apples or horse and Chris jokes that the horses won!    Breeding horses involves marketing and trading of them. Over the years they added an additional barn and grew their business by shifting from primarily breeding to offering lessons.

Lessons in English and Western styles as well as showmanship and horsemanship are taught year round to all levels in the indoor 60x90 arena and outdoor 90x160 arena (weather permitting).  There is also a 60ft outdoor round pen in addition to the two barns.  Most of the horses are owned by Chris and Terri and are used for lessons and riding.  The horses are well taken care of and loved by the students.  Many of the students enjoy coming during the week after school and on weekends to help with the feeding and grooming of the horses.  Some come right off the bus for the after school program twice a week.  Students are also eligible to come for the all day Saturday Work-To-Ride program at the barn.

Lakeside Quarter Horses participates in an average of two horse shows per month from May through September.  They participate in local AQHA shows and are involved in the 4H shows and programs, which gives their students other opportunities to learn about health, science, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment. 

Every year on the Saturday before Halloween, Chris and Terri host a Halloween Haunted Hayride event that is open to the public. The day includes games, pony rides, face and pumpkin painting, haunted hay rides, basket raffle and food for sale.  All proceeds collected are raised for the Miracle League, an organization that helps promote the health and well-being of people with disabilities. They provide opportunities for able-bodied people to learn about and interact with individuals with disabilities, and develop community awareness and support for the individual athlete with disabilities through organized sports leagues.  The event has grown each year with approximately 500 people coming through to participate.  Terri and Chris are always looking for volunteers to help as the event is a success due to the generous donations, local support and kindness of the volunteers.

You can also find Lakeside Quarter Horses every year at the annual Youngstown Business & Professional Association's "Here Comes Summer" Street dance held in June in the Village of Youngstown.  Pony rides are offered to attendees for a small fee, which benefits the students 4H activities, with students and parents assisting in bringing the joy of riding to the community. 

Lakeside Quarter Horses is a place where everyone is welcomed.  The kids love coming to the barn as Chris and Terri have created a family like atmosphere with a positive environment for the youth.  They enjoy having their business in Youngstown as the community is truly one that is focused on family and kids.  Word of mouth and positive experiences is how most know of the stables locally.  For information on lessons, stop by Lakeside Quarter Horses at 420 Lakeside Lane in Youngstown, find them on Facebook or call (716) 523-2512.

The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce along with the Youngstown Business & Professional Association proudly congratulates Lakeside Quarter Horses as the 2018 Youngstown Business of the Year.

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