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YOU ARE INVITED
To the Dedication Ceremony and Installation of the Coral Gables Riding Academy & Show Ring Historical Marker
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
2320 Salzedo Street [site of the old Coral Gables Riding Academy Show Ring]
Join the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables and the City of Coral Gables in celebrating the unveiling of the Coral Gables Riding Academy & Show Ring historical marker on the 65th anniversary of its closing.
From 1930 to 1952, the Gazlay family managed the Coral Gables Riding Academy, bringing the beauty of horses and the excitement of horse shows to Coral Gables residents. The Academy played an important role in the local equestrian community. Some horses at the Academy were well known. Silver, a pure white Arabian stallion, famous as the mount of the Lone Ranger in the movies, was the star at local events and parades, during which he was shod in special rubber shoes, to provide for surer footing on pavement.
The Academy’s Sunday breakfast rides were a weekly social event during the 1930s and 1940s. The rides wound through the Gables’ trails. When the riders reached “open country” –now the Riviera section of Coral Gables—they ate breakfast under the trees.
The Coral Gables Riding Academy included an office, stable, and show ring. The original Gables location was on leased ground and moved outside Coral Gables in 1952.