Award-winning dressage competitor Linda Montgomery has spent most of her life around horses.
“I saw a policeman on horseback when I was 3 years old,” said Linda Montgomery. “And I was addicted.”
Immersing himself in the art of dressage in his early twenties, Montgomery’s growing passion culminated in competing at state championships.
“Dressage is a form of English riding,” she said. “I rode as an adult amateur and took part in the San Diego circuit every month, the most competitive dressage circuit in the country. “
As his passion for horseback riding grew, so did the need for additional space. In 1997, Montgomery and her husband, Nield, purchased a 2-acre equestrian property, 8825 W. The Madre Way in northwest Las Vegas.
“We had equestrian property where South Point is today,” said Nield Montgomery. “And we needed something bigger because we were adding to Linda’s horse collection.”
The couple purchased the property with the intention of transforming the existing acreage and stringing facilities into an Olympic-sized dressage arena and equipment for their horses.
“The property was built for a man who had two sons who rode competitively,” said Nield Montgomery.
Linda Montgomery worked with dressage expert Gerhard Politz to design the 20m by 60m arena.
“It’s a great setup for someone who wants to be in high performance dressage,” said Linda Montgomery. “It’s perfectly suited to that.”
The couple began the renovation by removing the existing cattle chutes, pens and associated facilities. Subsequently, the floor was reworked and covered with premium materials to build the specific sole required for dressage.
“The (dressage) movements are very demanding on a horse’s joints and ligaments,” said Nield Montgomery. “And unless you get on the right foot, you risk serious injury or long-term destruction of the horse’s ability to compete.”
A leveling company leveled the entire surface of the arena, then compacted and sealed the ground to protect it from rocks and moisture. Once sealed, the topsoil, mixed with Nike tennis shoes, was deposited on the base.
“The way a horse moves is so different on a really good basis,” said Linda Montgomery. “They actually take Nike tennis shoes and grind them up. The mix comes in huge 6ft x 6ft pallet containers. As it mixes with dirt, it’s like stepping on a pillow.
Linda Montgomery surrounded the 160 foot arena with 6 foot by 6 foot commercial grade mirrors.
“You develop movements that require their shoulders, back and hips to be in specific areas,” Linda Montgomery said of training a horse in dressage. “So with the mirrors you can see exactly what position they’re in. It’s a really great training aid. “
For added safety, a welded pipe ramp has been installed around the perimeter of the arena as well as a commercial-grade mercury vapor lighting system.
The couple installed a Eurowalker, a four-panel system designed to provide exercise or rehabilitation to horses.
“Think of it as a treadmill for horses,” Nield Montgomery said. “It has a variable speed motor and can be set on a timer to do a certain number of revs.”
Over the years, Linda Montgomery has owned 12 horses, but she prefers the German Warmbloods. The couple currently owns four of the prestigious breed; Donner Bay, Inselman, Stepmaster and Desi. She bought the four horses blind from breeders in Germany and had them flown in crates in the United States.
German warmbloods are traditionally taller, so Linda Montgomery designed and built a 2,000 square foot barn specifically to accommodate the larger ladder. She arranged the space to accommodate seven horses with expansive stalls, voluminous ceiling space and air conditioning.
“The existing barn on the property was more geared towards western type horses, which are generally smaller,” said Linda Montgomery. “My big guys weren’t that comfortable.
A manager’s desk in the center of the barn displays a large collection of ribbons displaying her success as a horse rider.
“I didn’t lose much,” said Linda Montgomery with a laugh. “I was quite competitive. I had a few years in the championship and I’m proud of it.
In front of the new barn, a grassed berm has been added to provide space for spectators. Over the years, Linda Montgomery has hosted several events at the arena, including monthly clinics with experts including Master Rider / Dressage Coach Steffen Peters and Conrad Schumacher, one of the world’s greatest dressage coaches. .
The couple kept the existing small barn for storage. According to Nield Montgomery, the entire exterior renovation project took over three months and cost between $ 150,000 and $ 200,000.
Along with its incredible equestrian facilities, the personalized 7,630 square foot estate is designed for luxurious and easy living. Comprising eight bedrooms including a private master suite, separate staff quarters and eight bathrooms, the home features custom cherry wood paneling, coffered ceilings, and a custom five-level chandelier.
“The size of the rooms is an important feature,” said Linda Montgomery. “It’s a comfortable house.
A spacious and functional floor plan runs from the grand foyer to the formal living room featuring 33 foot ceilings to the formal raised dining area. It further boasts of an executive desk with cherry wood furniture and bay window seat and a basement game room with kitchen.
Her 1,000 square foot guesthouse has two bedrooms, one bathroom, full kitchen, laundry room, and an attached two-car garage.
“The guesthouse is fully equipped so that a family can live in comfort,” said Nield Montgomery. “And to serve as the necessary support on the property.”
The main level kitchen is equipped with professional stainless steel appliances, large counters, custom cabinets, a central prep island and plenty of storage. A row of windows offer views of the lush exterior and equestrian facilities.
“I will miss the sight of the horse kitchen,” said Linda Montgomery. “Every morning they get up and wait for the light to come on. I swear they hear the coffee maker turn on.
The perimeter of seating along a large counter, breakfast nook and large spacious room makes entertaining easy.
Curved wood-trimmed doors provide access from the kitchen to the exterior similar to that of a resort. The lush space includes a voluminous swimming pool with slide and waterfall, a spa, and a covered entertainment area with an outdoor kitchen.
During their 24 years of home life, the couple have hosted parties and other non-equestrian events, including a Christian men’s event and a wedding.
“It is a wonderful home for entertaining and for living,” said Linda Montgomery. “There are many ways to get in and out of rooms so that people can move around easily. “
Their five children and nine grandchildren have grown up and the couple are ready for a new chapter. They said they had decided it was time to move to a single story house.
The exquisite equestrian estate is listed for $ 1.895 million through Nebi Adhanom of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Nevada Properties.
Selling the property was difficult, but the couple found a house near the farm where Donner Bay and Inselman will be relocated. His young horses, Desi and Stepmaster, will be transferred to a California facility and will continue to compete in dressage.
“This house is an equestrian way of life,” said Linda Montgomery. “It’s a dream for me.”
Equestrian properties in Las Vegas represent 4.9% of properties available for sale in Southern Nevada.
“We have more equestrian zoning in southern Nevada than people realize,” said Forrest Barbee, broker for BHHS, Nevada Properties. “There are currently 166 zoned horse properties available out of 3,380 listings. “
According to Barbee, 251 single-family homes of 1 acre or more have sold this year with an average of 61 days on the market.
“It’s really good,” said Barbee. “The average number of days on the market for all homes over $ 1 million sold this year was 59 days.”