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Local equestrian company finds new home on Hilton Head Island

Tim Quade pets Blueberry, one of his lesson horses, Nov. 9, 2015. Quade's family business, Above Standard Equestrian, recently moved from Bluffton's Pepper Hall to Hilton Head Island.
Tim Quade pets Blueberry, one of his lesson horses, Nov. 9, 2015. Quade's family business, Above Standard Equestrian, recently moved from Bluffton's Pepper Hall to Hilton Head Island. dearley@islandpacket.com

After a month of uncertainty, a family-run Bluffton equestrian company has galloped to a new home on Hilton Head Island.

Above Standard Equestrian was forced to leave its stables on Pepper Hall Plantation off U.S. 278 in October after the owner of the property decided he no longer wanted to lease it.

The Quade family, which owns the company and lived on the Pepper Hall property, was left scrambling to find accommodations for their animals and themselves.

"It looked pretty bleak there for a while," Gini Quade said Monday. "Not only were we losing the farm, but also the house where we lived there."

But the company, which offers riding lessons and camps, is back up and running at the Sandy Creek Stables off Jonesville Road.

"It's just beautiful," Quade said. "It's a great facility and the location is great, too."

The new site also has more horse stalls and a bigger barn, she said.

Quade said the owner of that property reached out to her after seeing coverage of her story in local media and offered the Quades the opportunity to relocated the family business.

Quade said the new location is more expensive than Pepper Hall, so she hasn't signed a long-term lease at Sandy Creek Stables.

"We are going to take it month by month and make sure it's financially viable," she said of the new location.

When the Quades left Pepper Hall, there was some concern they would have to part with some of the 10 horses they use for training.

That, thankfully, did not happen, Quade said.

"We were able to keep all (of the horses)," she said. "It's been a really stressful (time), but we just feel so lucky and blessed."

Gini Quade -- along with husband Tim, their three children and menagerie of family pets -- were also able to find a new home to rent near Old Town Bluffton.

Above Standard Equestrian leased the Pepper Hall stables for two years. Prior to 2013, the company operated out of the Huspah Plantation in Sheldon.

Robert Graves, who owns Pepper Hall Plantation, declined to comment Monday on the specific reasons why he decided not continue leasing the property.

"It just didn't work," he said.

But, Graves did say he is glad the Quades found a new home for their equestrian center.

"I hope they do well and wish them the very best," Graves said.

Follow reporter Lucas High on Twitter at twitter.com/IPBG_Lucas.

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