A new sport horse farm is opening today in Templeton, featuring 52 acres of breeding, training and selling services at 1799 Templeton Road.
Templeton Farms Equestrian is hosting an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. to showcase its 10 acres of irrigated pasture; a 24-stall, center-aisle barn; a 35,000-square-foot covered riding arena; an oval horse-exercising area; and a mile-long perimeter trail.
“The strong equestrian and agricultural heritage of the county coupled with the continued growth of the area make it the ideal location,” owner Gina Bornino Miller of Paso Robles said in a statement.
Two additional trainers who will base their businesses at the farm will accompany Miller, a U.S. Dressage Federation gold medalist.
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They are dressage specialist Brian Hafner and trainer Lisa Ciesniewski.
The multimillion-dollar project began four years ago, and its final touches are wrapping up this month. Considered an ongoing project open to expansion, a pasture barn is slated for construction in the next six months, Miller said. The project’s specific cost was not disclosed.
Miller has five to six horses at the facility so far. They are on lockdown as a precaution during the nationwide equine herpes virus scare. No cases of the virus had been reported in San Luis Obispo County as of Thursday, the most recent data available through the state department of Food and Agriculture.
The Templeton farm’s horse population remains quarantined from leaving the barn to avoid the virus at statewide events.
Once the virus is no longer a threat, the facility has a county permit for up to 60 horses. The farm’s clients will also be able to board their training horses, horses slated for sale, as well as mothers and their colts and fillies.