Chagrin Falls, Ohio—September 1, 2017—Linda Joseph, owner of Chagrin Valley Farms (CVF) announced today that she has sold her Chagrin Valley Farms to the Schneider Family, owners of Schneider Saddlery in Bainbridge Township, Ohio.
“Over the last few years I have had inquiries about selling CVF, but for various reasons none of them came to fruition. When I was approached by the Schneiders, the opportunity fit perfectly; they shared a vision that I had when I created CVF and wanted an equestrian center that offered a full range of riding and competition for beginners just getting into the sport through elite equestrians. After years in the horse business as a retailer, they wanted to help continue to support and build the Northeast Ohio horse industry,” said Joseph. “I would never want to see the Farm turn into a development and that is always a concern when horse properties change hands.”
Built by Joseph in 1982, Chagrin Valley Farms is located on 85 acres and includes 75,000-square-feet under roof with 200 horse stalls and two indoor rings, in addition to four outdoor rings, pastures, and trails. Chagrin Valley Farms has been instrumental in developing new riders and building the local equine industry through its riding lessons for children and adults of all abilities and a full summer camp program for ages 4 to 16.
A popular horse show destination for regional Schooling and Academy horse shows for up-and-coming horses and riders, CVF is well known outside Northeast Ohio as well. They have hosted top level A horse shows, attracting competitors from around the country, as well as Dressage shows. In the 1990’s they hosted the Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show and Cleveland Grand Prix.
Positive Impact on Community and Local Equestrian Industry
“Purchasing Chagrin Valley Farms is an opportunity to give back to the Chagrin Valley where we work and live,” said Eric Schneider, President of Schneider Saddlery, a third generation-run operation consisting of equestrian retail, wholesale, and e-commerce. “For the past 60 years Schneider Saddlery has been focused on selling and developing equestrian products, and we view this new equestrian campus as a way to make riding both accessible and more affordable to people in the community. A natural outgrowth of increasing community involvement in horseback riding will be that other area businesses such as veterinarians, farriers, tack shops, farms, and trainers will grow too.”
“New riders are critical to the future of the horse industry in Northeast Ohio where we have experienced a decrease in horse shows and equestrian activities in recent years. Initially, we’ll invest in the renovation of existing facilities and continue the horse show schedule, riding lessons and camp programs. Linda Joseph and her team will continue working with us through the transition and beyond, as we plan to explore further expansion of the facility as an equestrian campus,” Schneider added.
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