Wednesday, November 03, 2010

An Equestrian's Paradise - Full Article

Wednesday, Nov. 03, 2010

Animal lover finds her 'nirvana' at Lynnwood Center

Allison Osman

Connie Jarzmik, 58, of Ballantyne has found a community of fellow riders and friends at the Lynnwood Equestrian Center just over the border in Fort Mill.

The barn boards 35 horses, and the 21 owners mainly are women age 30 to 65. Jarzmik rides with this group of women both locally and internationally.

The riders take their horses on the nearly two hours worth of trails on the center's property, and they have access to an additional 500 acres.

The riders also take day trips to the mountains, beaches and parks, including Boone, Blowing Rock, Asheville in North Carolina and Myrtle Beach, Springs Park and King Creek in South Carolina. Two years ago, 10 of the riders traveled to Barcelona to ride Spain's Andalusian horses.

"We rode 25 miles a day for six days," said Jarzmik. "We made camp for the horses and we stayed at little bed and breakfasts and a variety of places overnight...."

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