Goodbye, Cottonwood Farm; Hello, Autumn Lane
Photo: The former Cottonwood Farms of Big Rock is now open under new ownership. Autumn Lane Equestrian has full barns and individual stalls available for boarding. The equestrian facility was recently purchased and renovated by Joe Ludwig and his daughter Gianina. Courtesy Photo
by Keith Beebe
HINCKLEY/BIG ROCK—Gianina Ludwig has lived in Hinckley and Big Rock her entire life, and at a very young age was raised around horses. So it made perfect sense when her father, Joe, purchased Cottonwood Farm in Big Rock on Oct. 1, 2011, and then immediately leased the 21-acre property to his daughter as a way to “fulfill her lifelong equine dream by transforming the property into a high-end boarding facility at an affordable price.”
Gianina reopened the farm a month later under a new name: Autumn Lane Equestrian Center.
The farm, located on Dauberman Road, was reintroduced as a horse boarding facility rather than a breeding ground, and featured one other very noticeable facelift.
“(We’ve added) an indoor riding arena, heated club room, bathrooms, bridle path, outdoor arenas and much more,” Gianina said.
The changes made to the former Cottonwood Farm weren’t purely cosmetic, either, according to Gianina.
“We have recently introduced winter layups for race horses to our previous boarding packages, stall boarding and pasture boarding,” she said.
Gianina also recently opened a tack store on the property, and offers feed sales as well. She said the fact that the equestrian center was a former breeding facility makes it a fantastic property for a boarding facility, thanks to its very large double-sized stalls, 42 pastures, solid wood fencing, open layout, and top-quality amenities throughout the facility.
An Autumn Lane Equestrian Center press release states that the Pasture Board Plus is the highlight of Gianina’s facility, offering an affordable pasture board with the luxury of using the entire facility. The Pasture Board Plus program includes “indoor shelter, use of the indoor and lighted outdoor riding arenas, use of the bridle path, wash bays, tack rooms and, of course, the clubhouse.”
Entire barns are also available for lease, including the likes of a 36-stall barn with 8,640 square feet, and a 40-stall barn with 10,368 square feet.
The facility also features over 21,000 linear feet of wood board fencing with 42 private pastures and a bridle path. Simply put, you name it, this place probably has it. And given her deep connection to horses, it’s only fitting that Gianina live on the Autumn Lane premesis, as well. She does so to ensure she oversees everything that goes on around the farm.
“(Autumn Lane is) a must-see to believe,” Gianina said.