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A brief history...

Pinecrest Farm is one of the longest-established equestrian facilities in the National Capital Region. The farm itself was started along with the earliest Rideau Valley settlement in the 1830s, and was operated for over a century as a dairy, orchard and mixed farming operation - mainly by the Chester and Jakes families. In the early 1970s the Douglas family (Helen, Jean and Col Duncan Douglas) turned it into an equestrian facility. The indoor riding arena was built in the mid-1970s. In 1989, Michelle Williams and Rick Anderson purchased Pinecrest, and since then have added new paddocks, groomed riding trails, more horses and more coaching. A major expansion in 2000 added 14 more big, airy box stalls, a heated locker room for members, indoor wash stall, heated viewing lounge, clinic room, and arena heating.