Smoke Rise Farms Closes After 55 Years of Operations

The Smoke Rise Barn is closing after 55 years.

Camille Balo.

The Smoke Rise Barn is closing after 55 years.

Smoke Rise Farms, on Sep. 18, released an announcement that after 55 years of continuous operation, they will be closing as of Nov. 1. The closing was shocking to many; however, the harsh winters and lack of an indoor riding ring made riding in the winter months nearly impossible, preventing the farm from attracting and maintaining borders to offset the large operational costs of running a farm with more than 20 horses. 

Smoke Rise Farms, according to the Smoke Rise Riding Club website, is an “independently funded, non-profit, sub-club in the Smoke Rise Community open to anyone interested in stabling horses, taking lessons, competing in equestrian events, or riding for pleasure.” Having taught both young and old (clientele ages range from three to 70), the farm was a haven for nature, horses, and friendships that spanned generations.

Now more than 20 horses from the Smoke Rise Barn will have to be relocated. Photo: Camille Balo.

While the barn will be closing as of Nov. 1, residents and non-residents alike can still attend the last Smoke Rise Horse Show, free of admission, on Oct. 14. As this is the last horse show, the Grand Champion standings will be announced, and prizes will be awarded to the Grand Champion and the Reserve Grand Champion horses and riders. Bake sales and food trucks are always present, as well as a great and comfortable atmosphere to appreciate these beautiful creatures known as horses.