The former Equistar Therapeutic Riding Center will move to the Niagara County Fairgrounds this year, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County announced Thursday.
Spokesman Marc Ducharme said Equistar folded last April because of financial problems. In June, Cooperative Extension acquired its horses and its real estate on Fuller Road in Newfane, and reopened the program, keeping the name. In the second half of 2018, about 45 physically and mentally challenged riders took part in roughly 100 classes.
"In the offseason, we've been looking for ways to make the program more viable long-term," Ducharme said.
At the Fairgrounds, Equistar riders will use two existing stables and indoor and outdoor equestrian arenas, built for the 4-H equine program. Ducharme said Cooperative Extension will improve the facilities as needed.