Local man revives plans for destination-riding club
by staff reports
December 23, 2012 12:28 AM | 3386 views | 3 3 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — The late Lautrell Anderson’s legacy and vision of a true destination-riding club will become a reality on Jan. 1 in Woodstock.

Scott Welker, Woodstock Riding Club operator and equine enthusiast, is bringing back Anderson’s ambitions and facility with big plans and major renovations already in the works.

Anderson was known for running the landmark Cedar Crest Farms, a club-like horse-boarding farm that serves lunch each Saturday on its grounds.

While age and other factors have caused the grounds to fall into times of disrepair, Welker said he saw the opportunity to restore the vision and add even more grandeur to this Woodstock destination.

“I am blessed and honored that Lautrell’s son, Dusty Free, has put his faith in me to restore the vision his mother had,” Welker said. “My plans are not only to restore that vision but to create a dreamscape for horse enthusiasts far and wide.”

Among the list of planned improvements, some of the most notable ones will be the fencing, which will be painted black to match the fencing across the street; both barns will be painted Charleston Green with white trim; all pathways will be graveled to reduce mud in times of wet weather; and a fenced cross-country course will be located where “Shady Acres” once was.

Welker, who is a third generation horseman with more than 30 years of experience, is also excited about the addition of the interior of the bottom barn, which will become two coal clubs, one for kids and one for adults which will include satellite television and WIFI services, and an outdoor grilling area.

“Folks will be able to relax and enjoy the history that surrounds them,” Welker said.

Welker plans to honor the celebration as a tribute to Anderson and will be accepting donations for the Alzheimer’s Foundation on her behalf.

Woodstock Riding Club is located at 747 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock. For more information contact the Woodstock riding club at (678) 653-1708 or email at info@woodstockrclub.com.
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LocalRider
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January 03, 2013
Definitely some creative interpretation of both Lautrell's current state, as well as her supposed vision. It will be interesting to see how many of these goals for the property will have actually come to pass in six months to a year. And what's a "coal club" anyway??
Horzelover
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December 28, 2012
I don't know where the facts for this article came from but who ever the author is needs to do some checking! First Lautrell Anderson is not dead and therefor should not be referred to as the late! 2nd I've been at the Cedar Crest location since the farm opened and never once was there a Saturday "brunch" served!!! ! 3rd Scott welker has never meet Lautrell and I take offence that he is talking like he is best friends with her. If he knew anything about her he wouldn't change the color of the barns. Lautrell's favorite color was powder blue and her dream was to live on a blue farm .... 4th I think it is strange to say the family is supportive of his "plans" when they are walking around the farm saying he is crazy to think he can make all the changes he wants to make!!!
Dan Foster
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December 07, 2013
On top of that, he just cheated MS Anderson out of a year's worth of lease money; her only income (besides social security).
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