Biggie is a bigger Gypsy Drum horse, originally imported from Ireland. He is now in our lesson program and is perfect for the adult beginner. His ground manners are lovely and he is very comfortable.
We are very lucky to be able to use Blaze, a 14HH Haflinger that belongs to a generous client. He is super safe, and the kids make good progress on him because of that.
Crystal Beatty was born into riding horses. She began official lessons at the age of 8 at an eventing barn and gravitated to the hunter/jumper discipline.
Learning the valuable lessons of horsemanship from the ground up, Crystal worked as a groom for John Ducharme at Stoney Hill, as well as at Betsy Roth’s Thoroughbred breeding farm. She has also ridden imported warmbloods for Bud Thoman of Almaden farms.
Crystal has made a living buying horses off of the track, retraining and then selling them. She also has experience in starting horses and ponies under saddle.
Crystal has shown on the A circuit under the instruction of Kerry Urqheart, Susan Crenshaw, and Penny Whaler. She has spent time in San Diego learning from American Grand Prix association rookie of the year Heather Fogarty. She has studied with George Morris, Greg Best, John French, Joe Fargis, and Linda Allen, among others. Crystal is passionate about what she does. Nothing is more rewarding for her than seeing her students go from feeling fear to winning champion ribbons.
Duchess is a very sweet pony who has perfect manners. She is good on trail and she teaches kids to jump their very first jumps.
Here she is playing a Pony Club game called Stepping Stones.
Evie is a Connemara pony who has been in our lesson program for many years. She went to her first show in April 2009 and she and her rider won the Equitation Championship in their division. She is a very sweet pony and she tries her hardest to do what her rider wants. She continues to take kids to their first show and so far has always won them a ribbon!
Juliet runs the English lesson program. She is a certified instructor with the British Horse Society. In her youth she was an active member of the Irish Pony Club and she attained her B rating. In 2010 she earned the United States Dressage Federation Gold Medal on her FEI dressage horse Escorial. Previously she had earned her Bronze medal on Solut and the Silver medal with scores from both Solut and Escorial.
Juliet has been teaching riding for 18 years. She specializes in beginning riders, both kids and adults. Everyone learns how to take care of their horse or pony and how to ride in the arena, on the trail and over fences. She is First Aid/CPR certified.
Sugarloaf Farm is named for the Sugarloaf Mountain in Ireland on which Juliet first learned to ride.
Polo is a very handsome 16.3 Westphalian warmblood. He was purchased in April 2012 with the taller teenagers and adults in mind. He is fun, jumps nicely and is comfortable. His riders have a great time with him.
She is a chestnut Oldenburg mare with some good dressage training in her. We have just bought her and so far she has been well behaved and willing to please her riders.