Sturtevant, WI (PressExposure) December 02, 2009 -- The freshly fallen snow lies white in the woods. A sleigh silently glides by, drawn by a matched pair of tan Halflinger horses with light manes and tails. Is this just a romantic picture or historic image? No, it is happening almost daily through the winter at the Apple Holler family farm, an apple orchard, restaurant, bakery and entertainment venue just west of I-94 in Racine County.
Dave Flannery, owner and CEO of Apple Holler for the past 21 years, creates continuity with the history of the land by using horses for sleigh rides and wagon rides through his orchard and woods. This is one of the few places in the Milwaukee/Chicago area that offers horse-drawn sleigh rides to the public. He has been using Halflinger horses since 2000, and he now has a herd of nine horses, which he uses in teams to pull the sleigh.
"As soon as we get the first snows of winter," Flannery says, "our horse-drawn sleigh ride experiences become quite popular. Guests just love the idea of riding in a sleigh drawn by a team of horses. This unique experience brings families and friends together and gets them outdoors in the cold months to participate in the magic of the season"
Apple Holler offers 30-minute sleigh ride experiences that follow a trail through 70 acres of scenic orchard and woods. The sleigh rides are given whenever there is an adequate depth of snow. The historic sleigh seats up to 10 people. A horse-drawn wagon ride is offered as an alternative when snow cover is sparse. All rides include hot spiced apple cider or hot chocolate, served in the restaurant after the ride.