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As high gas prices continue to limit the distance Bronxites travel to their summer vacation destinations, a unique, outdoor adventure is only a short train ride away.

Twin Lakes Farm, a seven-acre English horseback riding facility that rests in the middle of the 160-acre Twin Lakes Park, is just two miles outside of Yonkers in Bronxville.

“It’s a day in the country just 20 minutes away,” Twin Lakes Farm’s owner Scott Tarter said about the facility he and his wife, Elizabeth, purchased four years ago.

Home to 54 horses and well equipped with both an indoor and two outdoor riding stables, Tarter said the park is the perfect one-day-getaway.

Located at 960B California Road, the farm offers both private and group lessons seven days a week to anyone over six years of age; a wonderful experience for individuals and families alike, Tarter said.

He fondly recalled an 80-year-old grandmother who makes annual summer trips to the facility to ride with her 10-year-old granddaughter.

While Tarter commented, “The grandma doesn’t jump as much any more,” he said the pair continues to thoroughly enjoy the riding oasis as a place to exercise their family tradition.

Also “Twice A Week,” a program where participants sign up for a month and get one hour of practice time, twice a week, is designed for junior riders who continually practice for competitions.

No matter what program riders choose, Tarter expressed the personal strengths horseback riding will surely bring its participants.

“It builds confidence, balance and definitely teaches you to focus,” he explained about the sport that’s largely based on the rider’s ability to concentrate while simultaneously maintaining control over the horse.

Furthermore, Tarter added that riding continuously challenges the athlete’s mental strength.

“While riding, all the other problems have to sit on the back burner,” he said, also commenting that unlike many other sports, horseback ridding isn’t seasonal. “It’s an indoor, outdoor sport and it’s a sport you can do all year round.”

For more information on Twin Lakes Farm’s ridding lessons, horse boarding and training or horse shows and sales, call (914) 961-2192 or visit www.twinlakesfarm.com.

Updated 5:29 pm, October 21, 2011
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