There’s a happy ending to a story NEWS 3 first told weeks ago. A Bluffton horse stable and riding center, forced from the land they rented, has a new home in Hilton Head. This comes after a generous viewer saw the story and offered up their stable on Jonesville Road, Sandy Creek Stables.
Gini Quade and her husband and three children run Above Standard Equestrian. They lived and operated their business on Pepper Hall property, owned by Robert Graves. Quade tells NEWS 3 Graves would not extend their lease, so they had nowhere to go before Tim Wright, owner of Sandy Creek Stables, gave them a call.
“We were actually on our way to church that night when the program aired, or when the story aired, and I picked up the phone call and it was, I was just flooded with relief to know that there was an option out there for us that we hadn’t heard about before,” Quade says.
She says the family is humbled, and thankful for the gracious offers they received from WSAV viewers.
“We received tons of calls and Facebook offers for people to help take our animals, people to foster the animals for a while, land in Hampton and Ridgeland and Pooler, and all different areas, so it’s just the community was amazing in the way they really wanted to step out and help us,” she says.
The therapy riding program that also rented the Pepper Hall property, was allowed to stay on until November 20. Then, Heroes On Horseback will move to an Old Town Bluffton location temporarily. They are still in talks with Beaufort County, hoping for a public park, an Okatie Park, where they can operate for good.