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A 20,744-square-foot riding arena is the centerpiece of Lakeside Stables.

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Amish builders constructed the arena building in one week. The rest of the project took almost a year.

MOORESVILLE – A former dump for construction material near The Point has been transformed into a 15-acre equestrian facility.

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Lakeside Stables facilities include 12 stalls, a tack room, kitchen, breakroom and grooming area.

Jochen and Bianca Wittgraefe of Mooresville decided to create Lakeside Stables on Chuckwood Road, just east of Brawley School Road, because they wanted a place closer to home for their daughter, Emma, to ride and take lessons.

The Wittgraefes had been driving to Lenux Stables in Huntersville for Emma’s lessons. That relationship will continue. Lenux owners Brooke and Quintus Vanderspuy will manage Lakeside Stables in Mooresville.

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A covered, 9,500-square-foot outdoor riding arena still provides protection from the elements.

“With two Lake Norman locations, we are better able to serve more children in the community,” said Brooke Vanderspuy.

Both couples say they believe children especially benefit from being on and around horses because they spend less time on social media, and they learn compassion and develop a sense of responsibility.

Amish builders constructed Lakeside Stables’ riding arena in a week. The rest of the project took almost a year to complete

After laying more than 250 telephone-pole-sized wood pieces to stabilize the ground, the Wittgraefes hired Amish craftsmen from Hamptonville and other tradesmen to construct the center, which includes an 9,500-square-foot outdoor riding arena, a fully enclosed 20,744-square-foot indoor riding arena, 12 stalls, a tack room, kitchen, breakroom and grooming area.

Lakeside Stables will offer riding lessons ranging from beginner to advanced, and will host camps beginning later this year.

Want to go?

Lakeside Stables, at 117 Chuckwood Road, will host a grand opening Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can meet the horses, tour the barn and watch riding exhibitions. The first 50 guests will get a Lakeside Stables “swag” bag. For more information, call 980-444-6112 or visit


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