GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo Equestrian practice and competition facility Leg-Up Stables was named 2018 Farm of the Year by the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce, announced on Friday, Feb. 2.
Geneseo equestrian head coach, and owner of Leg-Up Stables, Kim Sanford was thrilled by the announcement, "It's an exciting time for us. It's an exciting honor for the equine industry, to be recognized like this."
The Farm of the Year recipient is considered based on its level of community activity and involvement, having a proactive stance toward agriculture, land stewardship, good business practices and integrity and being an advocate for agribusiness in the county. Sanford will be honored at the 21st Annual Farmer Neighbor Evening on Friday, March 23.
The Geneseo Athletic Department added equestrian as an intercollegiate sport in 2004, partnering with Sanford and Leg-Up Stables as a practice and competition facility. Since then, the program and the farm have grown together.
"Without the college's support, I wouldn't have been able to maintain the farm as well as I have," said Sanford. "The relationship between Leg-Up Stables and SUNY Geneseo has helped to develop this farm and its influence on the community."
The Geneseo equestrian team has had great success in recent years, including the 2016-17 season when they placed third at IHSA Regionals and sent a pair of riders to IHSA Zones.
"The student-athletes have helped to build the farm and develop the horses," said Sanford. "Their presence benefits the farm in every way."
The Knights return to action on Saturday, Feb. 24 when they travel to Cazenovia and Sunday, Feb. 25 at St. Lawrence for a two-show weekend.