The facility formerly known as Pleasant Valley Ranch in New Ringgold, Pennsylvania is officially under new ownership and management after the sale completed January 3. The newly named Open Gate Ranch is tucked into the beautiful hills of Schuylkill County, located between Routes 443 and 895. The new owners are very happy to own the farm, which sits on a piece of property which has been in their family for years.
Jim Birdsall, one of the new owners, is the man who built the facility nearly thirty years ago. Then called Open Gate Equestrian Center, it was the most state of the art boarding facility in Schuylkill County for many years. Circumstances led Birdsall to sell the property in 2003, but now that he and his wife, under the business Schiavone Realty, Inc., again are in possession of that part of his family farm, they have every intention of bringing the facility back as one of the best equestrian centers in Schuylkill County. We can expect to see not only repairs to the property itself in the months to come, but some additional amenities.
The barn is already in full function under the independent business Stemmler Equine. Run by Jessica Stemmler, standard equine services such as boarding, training, and lessons are all available. Stemmler has worked and taught at over half a dozen facilities since graduating college with equine degrees in 2010, including the old Pleasant Valley. She offers a broad background that enables her to help nearly any horse and rider regardless of breed or discipline. And you just have to ask her clients about how she takes care of their horses…they always feel quite confident leaving their best equine friend in her care.
A second independent business is soon to be underway at Open Gate Ranch as well. Bobby Keller, a former trail guide at Pleasant Valley, is already assembling a high-quality string of trail horses in order to do commercial rides. Known for a charming personality that makes even beginner riders feel confident on the trail, he hopes to be fully operational in the coming months.
Area equestrians can also look forward to the shows and camps that will continue through the summer months. Details will be made available as the new Open Gate team gets organized with this new operation. Already a trial run of camp was a huge success, as December 29-30 Stemmler Equine ran a Winter Camp with eleven participants.
For more information on the new Open Gate Ranch, please visit Stemmler Equine’s website or Facebook page. You may contact Stemmler at 570-691-6368 or Keller at 570-527-6196.
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