Gray Friesian Farm is located in beautiful Fairfield County in Easton, Connecticut.
Our mission is twofold:
We train each horse and rider to the best of their given ability, realizing that horses are horses and humans are humans:
Our responsibility towards our horses and their well-being, emotionally and physically, drives us to help them where they need help, but let them be horses first and foremost. We allow them out on grass in a large herd in the warmer months, and they stay out 24/7 if they like it. Many of our horses do not even like to be in a stall. Go figure.....
Our responsibility towards our clients manifests itself by giving them the cleanest, safest and most knowledgeable environment we can. As we realize that not everyone can afford the 'perfect' horse, we help them find the best match and develop both to the best of rider's and horse's potential. We try to develop thinking and feeling riders, who are technically sound, and realize problem solving through exercises, not drills. We pride ourselves with riding the "non-so-perfectly-put-together horse" well, and not the other way around.
Our community is tight-knit and friendly. There are many things we do differently, probably originating in the European, more pragmatic background of owner Kirsten Gray, who grew up in Germany.
1) We don't have grooms. We will help you groom and get your horse tacked up until you are proficient doing this yourself. While it is part of your lesson, we believe that this time is also part of the bond, and should not be omitted.
2) Our boarders have many choices: stall board, run-in shed or complete outdoor board. Blanketing or not.....our boarders don't pay for services and facilities they don't use.
3) Full Day Turnout. Horses like to be outside because it's they natural habitat. A stall is not. Being outside keeps them sound, happy and emotionally balanced. To anyone asking why our horses are so happy and emotionally balanced I have one word: "TURNOUT". As much as possible, and as much as desired. That's why they go out between 7 and 9 a.m. and come in around 4 or 5 p.m. depending on season. Most of our horses are out 24/7 because they like it.
4) ...And most important: we are a judgement-free zone, which has miraculously eliminated any drama from the farm. We are all in this for the same reason: we love horses and want the best for them and want to have the best possible time with them. Therefore, we can put all other differences aside and support each other. Yes, it's that simple.
Please stop by, visit and become part of our farm. We hope you will love it as much as we do.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
As of July 1, 2016 Gray Friesian Farm is evolving to
SONNENHOF EQUESTRIAN CENTER!
Please LIKE our new Facebook Site (Sonnenhof Equestrian Center) and take a peek at our brand new website at www.sonnenhofequestriancenter.com!
ALL BREEDS, ALL DISCIPLINES, ALL FUN!
2016 SUMMER CAMP:
Register HERE or go to Additional Programs
and Kids Programs
Please inquire! Dates will be set by interest.
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