Registration Open for Colin’s Dream 5K Run/Walk

Registration is now open for the 2018 Colin’s Dream 5K Run/Walk taking place on April 14 here at Equestrian Lakes. This family-friendly, timed race event is designed for both experienced runners and casual walkers, with a course that covers a portion of Kentucky’s premier equestrian community.

There will also be music, balloon animals and bounce houses, so make plans to stay and enjoy to festivities after the race or while waiting to cheer your runner across the finish line!

Colin’s Dream is an organization devoted to raising awareness and funding for the scientific advancement of treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

If you can’t attend, but would like to learn more about Colin’s story or make a donation to Colin’s Dream, please visit the website and click Donate Now.

Equestrian Lakes to host Colin’s Dream 5K Run/Walk

Equestrian Lakes is proud to host our first 5K Run/Walk for Colin’s Dream, an organization devoted to raising awareness and funding for the scientific advancement of treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The 2018 Run/Walk for a Cure will be Saturday, April 14th at 9:00 a.m. This family-friendly, timed race event is designed for both experienced runners and casual walkers, with a course that covers a portion of Kentucky’s premiere equestrian community.

There will also be music, balloon animals and bounce houses, so make plans to stay and enjoy to festivities after the race or while waiting to cheer your runner across the finish line!

Stay tuned for more details and event registration. And if you can’t attend, but would like to learn more about Colin’s story or make a donation to Colin’s Dream, please visit the website and click Donate Now.

New construction home at Equestrian Lakes Lot 16

New Construction Home Scheduled for Completion in Spring 2018

Ready for buyer’s personal touch!

This home on Lot 16 is scheduled to be complete and ready for its new owner this spring.

This new construction 3,556 square foot home is a Craftsman/Traditional Country with walkout basement located on Lot 16 (6.78 acres), and offers privacy and direct access to over 8 miles of riding/hiking/biking trails. It’s also centrally-located within the 934-acre community and close to community amenities, pool, arenas and playground.

It has an open floor plan with options for a growing family or couple. Master bedroom, laundry, office, powder room and covered rear deck with outdoor cooking area are located on main entry level, with two spacious bedrooms with walk-in closets, full bath, family room, and ample closets for storage are in the basement level. The second level features a 364 square foot bonus room. There is also a basement garage with over 600 square feet of storage, workshop or additional living.

Other features include custom cabinets, hardwood floors throughout the main living area, Pella windows and doors, gas fireplace, vaulted ceiling in great room, and tray ceilings in the master, dining room and office.There is still time for buyers to pick colors and add personal touches.

If you or someone you know is looking to be part of Kentucky’s premiere equestrian community, this new construction home may be the one of their dreams!

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Lester Buckley Clinic at Equestrian Lakes

An equestrian liberty clinic, presented by Lester Buckley and emceed by Charlie Metzger, was held this past holiday season at Equestrian Lakes in Finchville, KY.

Mr. Buckley, now part of the Equestrian Lakes community, is a former head horse trainer for the King Ranch in Texas and the Parker Ranch of Hawaii. He spent over a decade studying with German riding masters and is licensed as a Sport Horse Trainer by the German FN.

The focus of this clinic was on the insights of Christian principles in working, influencing and living with a better understanding of our horses.

The twelve principles that were covered, using various breeds of horses at liberty, were the importance of respect, understanding the nature of the horse, leadership, time, stewardship, foundation, limits, likemindedness, humility, meekness, trust and temperance.

These were not only demonstrated, but looked into more closely, in terms of what is required from both the equestrian and from the horse to have the best relationship.

A living manger scene was presented by Caroline Maddox with her miniature donkey and a miniature horse. After the clinic, people came by the living manger scene to receive their gifts to start the Christmas season.

Kim Wigginton presented creative Christian artwork during the noon lunch, catered by Elizabeth Rosenburg, along with beautiful music by Amy Kaufman. Elizabeth catered a delicious BBQ luncheon, including coleslaw, potato salad and dessert!

We are grateful for the full house of people both Friday and Saturday and look forward to the next gathering!

More information about Buckley Ranch and Sport Horses can be found here.

Snow covered lot at Equestrian Lakes

Why you should purchase a lot during the winter months

Many people suspend their home search during the cold months, waiting for the spring thaw before selecting a home site. The truth is, there are some clear advantages in researching, visiting and purchasing a lot in the winter.

The weather inside isn’t frightful.

90% of home site or lot shoppers do the bulk of their research online, so weather is not an issue. Before information was so readily available on the internet, it was uncomfortable or even difficult to research land and lots, especially during the cold winter months.

Today, online tools can help a buyer to narrow their choices before braving the weather for a site visit.

Seeing a site in the winter gives a different perspective.

Even if you’ve researched a lot online, there is no substitute for an in-person site visit, even during the winter. In fact, it’s the ideal time to see the lot from a different perspective and to get answers to some less common questions, like road maintenance.

Visiting at this time of year also gives you a fuller picture of how your home site looks during the winter. With fewer leaves on the trees, you have a less obstructed view of the site and may have a better plan for where to position your home.

If you’d like to see our lots in all four seasons, check out our gallery!

Fewer homes are listed during the winter.

Many homeowners will wait until spring to list their home for sale, so there are fewer houses on the market during the winter.

Land and lots, however, are always available, and there may even be less competition for the home site of your dreams during these traditionally slower months.

New year, new start.

With the continued growth of the housing market, especially for newly-built homes, now is the time to get a jump on the 2018 building season. Plan now when builders and architects are more available. And early scheduling means you can start building as soon as weather permits, instead of just beginning your site visits.

The winter months can lessen our motivation to be outdoors, but it is also the perfect time to research a home site, see things from a new perspective and get a jump on where to build your new home.

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The pavilion at Equestrian Lakes

Ask the Developer – Part 5

Question: Can residents reserve the pavilion for private events?

Answer: The community pavilion and pool are is available for resident events and private parties for no additional charge. In all cases, you must reserve your date with the business office to ensure that the day of your party is not already booked with another event.

At that point, we will send an email to the residents and post an event calendar in the pavilion kitchen listing all scheduled events that have been reserved.

Equestrian Lakes does not provide catering or event coordination; each resident is responsible for securing catering and decorations. Temporary decorations are allowed, and residents are able to change some arrangements of the pavilion furniture to fit the needs of their event. The kitchen is available, as well, for your scheduled private event.

Of course, the resident who reserves the space will need to return it to its original arrangement when their event is over, and remove all temporary decorations and trash, keeping it clean and enjoyable for all our community.

Fishing at Equestrian Lakes

Ask the Developer – Part 4

Question: Are the lakes at Equestrian Lakes stocked and can I fish there?

Answer: The four lakes on our property are abundantly stocked with all types of fish for anglers to test their skills. The lakes are maintained year-round and have easy access for bank fishing. Boats are not allowed on the lakes at this time.

Fishing is open to all residents and their guests, but is not permitted for non-residents (of course, all who fish must have a valid fishing license). We believe in preserving our amenities for our residents to enjoy–it’s one of the perks of our community’s lifestyle!

Equestrian Lakes equestrian amenities

Ask the Developer – Part 3

Question: Do I have to own a horse to build here?

Answer: Whether you own a horse or just appreciate looking at them, you’re welcome here. Despite the name, Equestrian Lakes is not just for horse owners, although we offer exceptional amenities for all disciplines of riders, including covered and outdoor arenas.

Many of our residents take advantage of our limited restrictions for outbuildings and have constructed beautiful barns on their property. Our large lots allow for plenty of pasture room and run-in sheds, too.

Best of all, residents get to enjoy the peaceful sights of horses all around the development! And all amenities – the equestrian facilities, riding, hiking and biking trails, the pool and pavilion, and the fishing lakes–are available to all residents.

homes with a lake view at Equestrian Lakes Horse Community

Ask the Developer – Lot Financing

Question: Does the development offer lot financing? Or do you have a bank that will finance the lot?
Answer: Both. We offer 24-month developer in-house financing for lot purchases only–a great option for buyers building in the short term. This allows them to secure their lot, design the home, and find a builder.
Not all banks are willing to loan on acreage only, they prefer to have a home. But we’ve teamed up with Citizens Union Bank in Shelbyville. They offer lot financing, construction loans, and a mortgage loan as well.
Country home in an equestrian community

5 Things to Know When Building a Home in the Country

Many people have a dream of finding a perfect piece of land and building a home in the country – or even in an equestrian community – but may be overwhelmed with the number of steps and level of detail involved in making it happen.

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In the mean time, here are five things to consider to get you started:

Location, location, location

This one seems obvious, but it’s the most critical step in making a new life in a new home or equestrian community. Do you prefer a wooded lot or lake frontage or neither? Do you envision watching the sunset from your deck or having a clear elevated view of the lake? Our homesites allow enough space to position your home the way you envision it, with fewer restrictions than you would find in a development with smaller lots.

Beyond the vision for your homesite, make sure there amenities that match your lifestyle, such as access to a high-speed fiber network, county-maintained roads, access to highways.  Do you questions about the process for purchasing a lot?

Many families are choosing the 934-acre country lifestyle Equestrian Lakes has to offer, with its rolling hills, expansive home sites, fishing, hiking, biking, and, of course, horses.

A sense of community

Where you build a home is about more than just who your neighbors are, it’s the amenities that are available and common areas that make a neighborhood feel like a community. Choose a community where there places to go and relax, to meet up with friends and neighbors, or to just enjoy the calming country lifestyle.

We are proud to offer our residents a place to enjoy the country, but also provide ways for neighbors to connect: at the pool, on the trail, at the playground, or at the equestrian facility. We recognize that families make a community.

Shop around for builders…

You may have clear ideas about the home you plan to build, but you need a qualified and trusted builder to develop the actual plans and make your home a reality. Your builder will understand local laws and regulations, how to apply for necessary permits, and how best to interface with the community developer. There are lots of resources for builders in any area (in Louisville, start with the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville) with samples of the homes they build and references from previous clients. Take the time to research and meet with builders until you find one who shares your vision.

Here are a few builders affiliated with Equestrian Lakes:

…and Shop for Financing

Purchasing a lot before building a home can seem daunting, but keep in mind that there are financing options available.  Finding a lender with experience with lot loans and new construction is critical to learning which option is best for you. Not all banks are willing to loan on acreage only; they prefer to have a home. We’ve teamed up with Citizens Union Bank in Shelbyville. They offer lot financing, construction loans, and a mortgage loan, as well.

We understand all these needs and we offer in-house financing for homesite purchases for 24 months, giving you time to design your home and secure a builder.

Understand the timeline

Once you’ve found the perfect homesite in a great community, have selected a builder and have approved financing, the vision can become reality. Discuss the project timeline with your builder and developer to understand the order of operations and the overall time to completion. They can direct you when the time is right to select materials, interior finishes and fixtures.

Building a home is an exciting adventure–don’t be intimidated! Research, visit home sites, meet builders and tour homes for ideas. Then jump in and make it happen by contacting us. We look forward to hearing from you!

house in progress of being built at Equestrian Lakes Horse Community

Ask the Developer – Part 1

Question: How do you buy a homesite for new construction? How about if I don’t have a builder or building plans?

Answer: Keep in mind that the most desirable lots sell the quickest, so my recommendation is to locate and purchase the lot that best speaks to your vision for your home. At Equestrian Lakes, you are not required to begin construction until you are ready. This allows you to take time to settle on a budget, design your home, and research and select a builder.