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Plan to revive Rodney Farms

Scottsville, N.Y. Rodney Farms in Scottsville was once a gem in the world of horse racing.

Its rise made headlines.

So too did its fall.

The farm is now outlined by a weathered fence that leads to tattered buildings.

Its hard to see it like this, said Nikki Kosciolek, who started working on the farm when she was 7. Everybody wanted it to work out, but unfortunately this is how it ended.

It was a messy ending that involved seized horses and bankruptcy.

During a July Fourth picnic this year, Peter Nowak, a vice principal in Rush-Henrietta, overheard Kosciolek talking about horses.

The conversation that followed led to a partnership between Nowak, Kosciolek, Pete Noll, John Dinardo, and Mickey Holliday.

The group approached the current owner of Rodney Farms and pitched a plan to revamp the equestrian center.

The grand plan is to restore it to what it once was, Nowak, who calls himself an opportunist, said.

Nowak says the centers new name will be Victory Farms.

He says the current owner is currently renovating some buildings, while Nowaks group has promised to bring the equipment necessary to start boarding horses again.

The big project of tearing the big boarding facility down and rebuilding, though, does not have a funding source yet.

This is a kind of riches to rags story and were hoping to spin it in the other direction, Nowak said.

Adam Chodak, 13WHAM-TV
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