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.
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. As 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!
ALL BREEDS, ALL DISCIPLINES,
April 11 p.m. Jumping Workshop (Charlotte Nagle BHSPI)($80/person for 90 minute group clinic. Horse fee included, $20 additional for one of Charlotte's horses - two 15.2 hd. geldings available to rent.)
April 18 Groundwork & Problem Solving (Sara Vanececk)($85/person private 45 minute session. Horse fee included)
May 3 GFF Schooling show (Bobbie Carleton) ($50/test, Horse fee included)
July 11 Schooling Show / Fix-A-Test (Fie Andersen)($50/class. Horse fee included)
July 12 Clinic (Fie Andersen)
($110 for 45 minute instruction and 15 minute unguided warm-up. Horse fee included)
IN ORDER TO SIGN UP FOR THE CLINICS, PLEASE PRINT REGISTRATION FORM BELOW AND SUBMIT WITH PAYMENT. ONLY PAID SLOT IS A RESERVED SLOT. THANK YOU!
MONTHLY TRAIL RIDES
2015 will be the year to 'get out'.
We will offer 1-2 trail ride trips a month to approved rider/horse combinations. Larkin Park, Newtown trails / Boatramp, Fairfield Hills, Fairfield Beach (while open), Paine Open Space, North Salem Trails and Hunter Paces are just a few of our destinations. Please book trailer space now - we will post the schedule here soon!
2015 SPRING NEWSLETTER
We hope, this email finds you well. Hopefully you were avoid at least part of this icy, cold and snowy winter. All the GFF horses and people are well, and we are hoping to welcome you back to the farm soon!
Our spring schedule starts on April 1, with the last week of March being the phase-in week. If you want to come back after winter break, or if you are in our schedule and would like a different riding time: now is the time to make time slot requests!
For anyone recommending us to friends or family, who sign up for our lesson program, you will receive a sale size ‘HAPPY HORSE & RIDER’ Fly Spray – a $27 value (check our website for HH&R products)! We use this product on ourselves all the time – not just the horses. It smells and works great, and also appears to be a tick repellent.
Also in the planning are the clinic and show schedules. Please let us know if you would like to participate: I post news on fb as soon as they come out, and our website is always updated with events. On May 3, 2015 we will host our first 2015 GFF Schooling Show with Judge Bobbi Carleton. We also have a groundwork clinic planned in April with Sara Vanececk.
Back in 2015 by popular demand is our VAULTING program (we will offer one weekend class and potentially one evening class). This program has proven to playfully build confidence and balance with kids (and adults, actually!). Many riders who have vaulted come into our lesson program incredibly skilled and balanced.
Don’t forget about our TEAM “US” Workshop Series for small groups, families and companies to evaluate and build team spirit, communication skills (verbal & non-verbal), leadership, delegating and other valuable skills. Horses will aid, and you will evaluate – no one will ‘tell participants what to do”, but learning that if something does not work, try something different. This workshop is ideal for ‘non-horse participants’. It provides a fun day at the farm for your team or family!
Our kids program is based on developing technique and balance first! From here your child will be able to go into any discipline she chooses: Jumping, Hunters, Western or Dressage. GFF teaches all disciplines.
Our popular Summer Camp will be held in July/August this year. We will offer three consecutive sessions with 3- or 5-day options (before- and aftercare available). Sign up soon, because we only accept 10 kids per week. This is a low ratio, quality instruction, individualized camp, not a camp ‘mill’. Please find more info at "Additional Programs".
Going into spring we have several horses for half lease and at least one stall available for training board. Our adult lesson program helps riders to become ‘thinking’ riders by problem solving and learning solid technique. Our adult riders can decide to participate in Shows, Hunter Paces or ride out on trail, but we help them solve any problem, even confidence issues, successfully.
On the staffing side, please help me welcome Katie and Lemy as Working Students/Afternoon shift as well as Kim, who will work during the week from 3-5 p.m. We are very excited to have you ladies on board and look forward to an incredible 2015 season with this capable team!
We hope to see you soon, in t-shirt conditions – needless to say!
(use for any of our programs)
2015 SUMMER CAMP:
Register HERE or go to Additional Programs and Kids Programs
Please inquire! Dates will be set by interest.
GFF Bulletin Board
CLICK HERE to download the GFF brochure!
....on and off the property. You can ride from here to Huntingtown State Park, mainly trails.
Our new on-property trail system - including brand new cavaletti trail - is ready to be explored!
Maps available at the barn or to your phone.
PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT OFFER TRAIL RIDES TO THE PUBLIC - LESSON STUDENTS, LESSEES AND HORSE OWNERS, ONLY!