Whiteface Club, Equine Center to offer sleigh rides

LAKE PLACID - Horse-drawn sleigh rides are available beginning Friday, Dec. 26 and throughout the winter in Lake Placid through a joint venture by the Whiteface Club and Resort and the Ausable Equine Center.

"This is the opportunity for family and friends to go dashing through the snow this winter season with the beautiful backdrop of Whiteface Mountain. It won't be a one-horse open sleigh, but I can guarantee a fun and memorable experience for the whole family," said Travis deValinger, managing partner of the Ausable Equine Center.

Rides will be offered on a 12-passenger sleigh, pulled by a team of horses. The sleigh features drop-down wheels and a covered top, to ensure comfort for all riders in various weather conditions. 30-minute rides will be available throughout this winter at the Whiteface Club Resort on a scenic, lantern lit trail.

Headquartered in Keeseville, the Ausable Equine Center was approached by the Whiteface Club and Resort and tasked to provide unforgettable, horse drawn experiences to the visitors who come to Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain for their winter travels.

"We are absolutely thrilled with the opportunity to work with Travis and his organization in making this unique experience available for all to enjoy," said Mark Sperling, general manager of the Club remarked. "The Whiteface Club and Resort offers an unmatched venue for sleigh rides complete with Adirondack lean-tos, kerosene lit lanterns, bon-fires and a cozy Adirondack Pub for people to warm their insides as well as their outsides before and after the sleigh ride."

The Ausable Equine Center was able to purchase the equipment necessary to provide these rides through the assistance of the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation.

"The mission of AEDC is to promote small businesses by local entrepreneurs and this loan hits that right on the mark," said Nicole Wright, AEDC senior lending officer. "It is very exciting for us to have the means available to support this type of venture. We were very impressed with the way they were able to capture their drive and passion and incorporate it into a sound business model. That is exactly what we look for when working with small businesses."

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