Friday, March 19, 2010

Aurora stables and trails provide a rural 'oasis' - Full Article

The Aurora Sentinel
Published: Friday, March 19, 2010

AURORA | With its spacious show barns and indoor and outdoor arenas, Linda Fischer's property can hold up to 130 horses.

Fischer said that her stables don't always reach that capacity, but she added that her barns are constantly full and that 10 foals have been born on her 12-acre property in the past year. Customers have come from as far away as Saudi Arabia to buy her Arabians, she said, and riders from all across the western United States have come to participate in a biannual endurance ride she hosts near the property.

And all of this takes place within plain view of the most urban parts of Aurora.

"I would just say that we have a good northern rural community," said Fischer, 60, who moved to Aurora from California in 1977. "I hate to see cities turn into pure cities. I think the more encroachment that happens in peoples' lives, the more they move out ... (But) I think the city of Aurora has been extremely progressive in that manner."

For 30 years, Fischer and her husband have operated Kenlyn Stables on a tract of land near South Airport Boulevard and East Sixth Avenue, a spot that’s now only a 10-minute drive from the nearest interstate highway. It’s a spot surrounded by a wide variety of developments - some of her closest neighbors include an Air Force base, tract housing and a golf course.

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