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Hampton Island Preserve opens equestrian center
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Equestrian center (L-R): Bill Cole Jr., founding partner; Bill Foley, architect; Ronald S. Leventhal, developer and managing member; David Nowicki, equestrian director. - photo by Photo by Emily Peterson / Coastal Courier
Hampton Island Preserve celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently for its new equestrian center. The center, designed by Atlanta based architect Bill Foley, consists of 12 stalls. Each stall in the $2.2 million 6,612 square foot facility is 12x12 feet and has ceiling fans and automatic water dispensers for the horses. The horses that live in the stalls are trained for several different equine disciplines including jumping, dressage, and hunters.
David Nowicki, Hampton Island Preserve’s Equestrian Director, was very excited about the center and all the people that were in attendance for the opening.
“I’m so happy everyone came here to enjoy this,” said Nowicki.
The project to build the equestrian center began three years ago. Nowicki has been involved with equines since 1964 and has more than four decades of experience with horses.
“This has been a long, very fun piece for us to work on,”  Foley said.
There will be a Phase II of the center that will open near Ricefields, the Davis Love III-designed championship golf course opening in Spring 2008. The second stable will have 24 stalls and will also have Olympic quality courses for jumpers and a multi-purpose show ring.
Equestrian Suzanne Dansby-Phelps recently joined Hampton Island Preserve. She will be assisting in the dressage area for the horses. Currently Dansby-Phelps is on the short list for the U.S. Equestrian Team.
Developer and Managing Member Ronald S. Leventhal said he is very pleased with the new equestrian center and believes it brings something very special to Hampton Island Preserve.
“I believe this is nicer than   a lot of people’s homes,”  Leventhal said.
Hampton Island Preserve consists of 4,000 acres of islands. There are 450 memberships available and 372 of these include home sites. Memberships are $150,000 initially with a $10,000 annual fee. Home sites range anywhere from $650,000 to $3.8 million. Amenities include two spas, an organic farm, a seaplane, and guest homes. For more information about Hampton Island Preserve call (912) 880-8888 or visit
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