In 1994, Les Chow converted his parents' former 10-acre plot of land into a horse boarding facility. Though Chow was originally in the grocery industry, he said he saw potential in the land and combined his appreciation for nature and horses to create a business.

The inspiration

Over time, Chow said he, along with help from friends and neighbors, converted the original plot of land into a 15-acre full horse boarding facility.

“You find your niche in life. ... I've always liked horses, but never got to own one [so] I made a business out of it,” Chow said.

Today, Aldine Westfield Stables provides boarding services to offer people a space to keep and ride their horses with daily care.

What they offer

With four barns and 51 stalls total, Aldine Westfield Stables offers 14 144-square-foot stalls with mesh gates as well as 37 288-square-foot stalls for larger horses.

Stall amenities include rubber mat floors, automatic drinking waters and fly spray systems to control flies.

“We built a concrete waterfall with a float valve on it so when the horse drinks the water, it fills back up and the concrete water pump will keep the water cooler to encourage horses to drink more water, especially during the summertime,” Chow said.

Other amenities at the stables include hay in pasture, daily stall cleaning, daily turnout into grass pastures, twice daily feeding, use of a 20,000-square-foot covered arena with lights for night riding, and use of a 8,100-square-foot outdoor arena with lights.

To ensure a safe and healthy environment, Chow enforces a system where all new horses are required to quarantine for two weeks prior to joining regular boarding activities.

In addition, all horses are required to demonstrate a negative Coggins test along with records showing no traces of rabies, strangles, VEWT, flu or rhino, and West Nile virus before having full access to the facility.

What’s special about it?

Chow said Aldine Westfield Stables also offers access to trails for horse riders including the Bush Airport Trails and Pundt Park Trails.

Located near the horse stable, the Bush Airport Trails offers a 25-mile trail where horse riders can enjoy the view of airplanes taking off and landing. For those looking for a longer trail, Pundt Park Trails offers 35 miles of trails for walking, jogging, biking, and horseback riding. The trail is exclusively for those activities and forbids motorcycles and ATV’s, Chow said.