In September of 2016, our team completed construction on Lexie Christian’s Amish-built barn and equestrian center, Elmwood Acres, in Mansfield, MA. The Quarry View team traveled from Lancaster, PA, to Mansfield to construct the event facility over a three-month period, coming home only on the weekends.
Lexie contacted Quarry View after attending an equestrian expo, and she decided to go with us because we were the only builders to return her call. Over the three months we spent working on the facility, we built an incredible relationship with Lexie, and she even offered to let us stay on the property in an authentic log home instead of renting a hotel. Throughout the build, Lexie managed several parts of the project herself, including the land clearing, site excavation, paddocks, and staining the siding! The entire project was a collaborative effort between Quarry View and Lexie.
Elmwood Acres sits on a 19-acre property and includes a spacious two-story horse barn with 16 stalls and a riding arena. A balcony provides access to the windows, which provide excellent ventilation. A 20-foot covered breezeway connects the 7,000–square foot barn to the 15,000–square foot riding arena. The facility also has a tack room and a grooming area for the horses. The horse barn design includes stout beams and joists, tongue-and-groove planks, and siding crafted from locally sourced white pine.
Elmwood Acres has seen incredible success and growth since its opening. An on-site trainer provides lessons for riders and manages the center. As for the future, Lexie and her team are already making plans to board horses for community members during the winter. They’re also working toward expanding Elmwood Acres’ offerings with additional paddocks, clinics, and other equine-related events.