Legacy Equestrian Center Opens In Scottsdale, AZ – Open House Saturday, March 9!
Show Horse Demonstrations, Saddle Seat Riding Exhibitions, Barn Tours, and Meet-and-Greet with World Champion Equestrians
Brielle and Rich Schwartz, of Scottsdale, AZ and Simpsonville, KY, announce the opening of the Legacy Equestrian Center: Scottsdale's premiere riding academy, specializing in the discipline of Saddle Seat riding. On Saturday, March 9, from noon to 3 PM, the Schwartzes will open the doors to their world-class professional horse training facility, so that visitors can step inside, smell the hay, and peek in the stalls at their extraordinary collection of American Saddlebred, Arabian, and Friesian horses.
This “open barn” celebration is open to the public, and visitors are encouraged to explore the property and learn about their wonderful horses and the extraordinary benefits of horseback riding. Folks can watch up-close exhibitions of the magnificent show horses, see riding demonstrations by world-class competitors, mingle with the owners and renowned trainers who staff the equestrian center, and enjoy refreshments. Horse enthusiasts of all levels of interest and experience are invited to take part in the educational, fun, and social festivities.
The Schwartzes acquired Battaglia Farm, located at 30307 N 144th Street, in January 2013, from legendary Arabian trainer Bob Battaglia. Bob continues to base his operation on the property and will be working with the Legacy Equestrian Center in a director/instructor capacity. The farm features a beautiful landscape of rolling desert, a peaceful fountain and water pool, and provides the ideal foreground for a stunning mountain sunset.
There is something for everyone at Legacy Equestrian Center. With Bob Battaglia and renowned instructor Kathy Abbott-Conflenti, who has trained riders from US World Cup teams, demonstrating riding and teaching, visitors will see the true beauty and versatility of the American Saddlebred and Arabian horses. While the riding may look effortless to the audience, any Saddle Seat rider will maintain that it requires serious mental and physical focus, as well as a personal bond with your horse.
The demonstrations will showcase Saddle Seat riding,a unique style of horseback riding that spotlights the high-trotting action and style of certain breeds. This particular equestrian discipline was influenced by early American history. Plantation owners needed strong horses they could ride comfortably for hours while surveying their land, but they wanted an attractive horse they could show off in town. These horses were selectively bred for their magnificent attributes, and when horse shows started in the early 1800s, American Saddlebreds were frequently judged the winners.
“Rich and I are so excited to announce the opening of Legacy to the Scottsdale area,” says Brielle Schwartz, co-owner of the Legacy Equestrian Center, World's Champion Equestrian, and lifelong American Saddlebred enthusiast. “Whether you have ridden your entire life or always dreamed of knowing more about horses and riding, join us March 9th to explore the Legacy Equestrian Center and the range of activities available to everyone! The sport of Saddle Seat riding is a sport for all ages, and it has greatly shaped my life and the lives of our children. I can see how going to the horse show might seem intimidating or overwhelming. We have a curriculum that provides a step-by-step strategy for riders to achieve whatever level of riding or competition they desire.”
During the open barn, people will be able to sign up for day camps, lessons, and clinics, which will feature world-renowned instructors and trainers from all over the United States. These trainers will work to enhance the skills of riders who are already competing, as well as those who are seeking knowledge about the animal or just picking up the sport. All enrolled students are eligible for annual college scholarships!
The grand opening takes place on March 9th, from noon to 3 PM, and is located at 30307 N 144th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85262. For more information, please visit www.LegacyEquestrian.com.
About The Legacy Equestrian Center
The Legacy Equestrian Center is co-owned by Brielle and Rich Schwartz, husband and wife, savvy business partners, passionate philanthropists, and lifelong fans of American Saddlebred horses. The Legacy Equestrian Center is home to Battaglia Farm, Marcos Stables, and the Legacy Equestrian Academy, which offers training and lesson programs for riders of all skills levels,.
Brielle and Rich purchased renowned trainer Bob Battaglia’s world-class facility, which was formerly known as Battaglia Farms. They own an additional location in Kentucky, which is primarily a private facility for breeding and showing stellar American Saddlebred and Fresian horses. They have seven children between the two of them: Boston, Whitley, Carter, Spencer, Chloe, Courtney, and Jacob, many of whom are actively involved with horseback riding. In addition, Brielle and Rich also run the Legacy Estate Planning Institute, which provides clients with estate planning education and support.