Saddle up at Forest Hills stable

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From the time she was a little girl, Lynne Holzhauser knew she was destined to work with horses.

“I’ve been here since I’m a baby,” the 59−year−old said inside her business, Lynne’s Riding School, a stable that has been in her family for nearly 65 years. “I’ve been here in the barn working with my parents. I don’t know too much else.”

The stable, at 80−33 70th Road in Forest Hills, is equipped with 12 horses and one pony for riding lessons and birthday parties.

Holzhauser got into the family business — which has been around since 1945 — at age 12, when it was known as Stanley’s Parkside Riding Academy. She took over in 1982, changing the name to Lynne’s Riding School.

“I was a trail guide. We always rode in the park,” she said, referring to nearby Forest Park.

She expanded the business by booking birthday parties, where children and even adults can ride around the indoor dirt track for an hour.

The business also takes riders outdoors to Forest Park year−round and has stalls available for horse owners needing space to store their horses.

Holzhauser takes a hands−on approach to running her business, arriving at 5 a.m. and ending her day at 6 p.m. She teaches riding classes, cleans the stalls, takes care of the horses and saddles up during slow times.

“You do whatever the horse needs. If the horse is sick, you need to know what’s wrong with them. If they have a change in routine, something’s brewing,” she said.

It is the customer satisfaction that makes running Lynne’s Riding School rewarding, Holzhauser said.

“That makes my day — if they’re just happy to be with the horses,” she said. “Just enjoying them makes my day.”

Private lessons run from $30 for 15 minutes to $70 for 60 minutes, with discounts if lessons are bought in a five−session package. A pony ride around the track costs $10 for three laps and birthday parties are $300. Gift certificates are also available.

Lynne’s Riding School can be reached at 718−261−7679 for more details.

Reach reporter Howard Koplowitz by e−mail at or by phone at 718−229−0300, Ext. 173.

Posted 6:40 pm, October 10, 2011
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Tracey-Ann Sajous from Manhattan, New York says:
My 11 year old daughter suffered an asthma attack on February 1st 2012 in her Catholic School located on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. The school nurse was unable to find her 504 form and asthma medication, which was given to them on the first week of the school year in September/October 2011. I was notified an hour later that my daughter was suffering an asthma attack and was told to bring extra asthma medication from home. When I arrived to the school, my daughter was grasping for air, grabbing her chest, hunch over in pain and tears rolling down her face with a cup of water she was holding in her left hand. The school nurse saw my daugther in distressed and failed to call 911. As per the nurse, she stated that my daughter was not in distressed and did not see the need to call 911. The school nurse also called me an irresponisible and negligent parent and blamed me for my daughter's medical condition. The school nurse also expose personal information of other student's medical conditions while I was administrating the medication to my daughter.
If you can help me in anyway with this matter, it would be greatly appreciated. I explored other venues such as contacting several lawyers, the Superintendents office, DA office, but no one would help me because my daughter attends a Catholic School. My daughter has endured a lot of pain and suffering and having nightmares and not able to sleep due to the realization that she almost died.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Feb. 15, 2012, 11:33 pm
Tracey-Ann Sajous from Manhattan, New York says:
Sorry, I can be reached at (917) 582-0702 and you can contact me via email at
Feb. 15, 2012, 11:35 pm
Tracey-Ann Sajous from Manhattan, New York says:
Sorry, I forgot to give you my contact information. I can be reached via email at or (917) 582-0702.

Thank you again for your time and cooperation.
Feb. 15, 2012, 11:36 pm

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