Gray Friesian Farm is located in Easton and Newtown, in Connecticut. We offer quality riding lessons, horse boarding in our airy 9-stall barn with 30 flex paddocks for full day turnout, a state-of-the-art Coverall Arena with plenty of daylight, 2 large outdoor rings and more! Check out our facilities page.
We host several world renowned dressage clinicians each year and participate in Schooling and Recognized Dressage Shows with our adults and youth riders from our farm. We also have relaxing trails on our property that allow for some cross training. We have an incredibly friendly and supportive community!
The Friesian horse breed originated in Friesland, a region in the Netherlands, and it is one of Europe's oldest breeds. Mainly used for carriage driving, dressage, high school and trail riding, you will soon appreciate the dependability, yet athletic ability of the Friesian horse.
Against common knowledge, Friesian horses are warmbloods. They are completely black and mainly recognized for their long mane and feathers, but also for their animated gaits. Friesian mares are desired to be from 14.3-15.3 hands (1.50m-1.60m). Geldings can range from 15.1-17+ hands (1.55m-1.80m). Click here to see all of our horses.
TESTIMONIAL FROM J.B., Easton, CT
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Gray Friesian Farm is a unique blend of friendly, caring and competent people. I think of Kirsten and her team in terms of:
H - Happy and honest: Everyone at the barn greets each other with a big smile and "hello." My two daughters and I always enjoy going to the barn even if we are not riding. Kirsten is also very honest. If there are times when you need her to ride your horse, give supplements or other care, you can be sure she will do what she says based on your agreement.
O - Organized and opportunities: The barn and grounds are always clean and neat. All the staff and boarders work together to keep things straightened out and put away. There are also so many opportunities to advance your skill. Because Kirsten has so many connections and is respected in the community, she gets top riders and judges to give clinics at the barn. It is wonderful to get new perspectives on what my horse and I need to work on to get better.
R - Respectful, reliable, responsible: Kirsten and her staff are respectful of everyone's needs and goals. If you just want to have fun - go for it. She will design the lesson to be fun. If you are getting ready for a show, she will help you break down your test into manageable parts so you can work on them by yourself as well as in the lesson. She is also amazingly reliable. I have never experienced a no-show at GFF. If Kirsten says she will doing something - she does it. This is true in terms of horse care. Kirsten has been invaluable in terms of taking care of my horse and pony. She knows so much about horses that I frequently just need to ask her if I have a concern and she will know the answer. I know that when I go on vacation or away that my horses will be well taken care of.
S - Safe: One of the things I missed at previous barns was the emphasis on safety. At GFF safety is one of the most important goals. I am confident that I wont be asked to do anything I cant handle. I am also comfortable leaving my children at GFF to ride. I know that they will be safe in the riding ring as well as in the barn. The barn is safe also in terms of our horses. They are kept in clean, safe paddocks and stalls. I never worry about their well-being.
E - Empathetic: Because Kirsten and her staff all ride they completely know where I am coming from. If it is a cold day, she knows that my hips might be a little more tight and can help me work through it. She also can tell if I am having a hard day and need a pick me up kind of ride. She is very in touch with my feelings and body language. We frequently joke about my lessons being the cheapest therapy around!
If you are looking for talented trainers, a beautiful facility and fun place to learn, GFF is the place to go!
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ALL BREEDS, ALL DISCIPLINES, ALL FUN!
FIE ANDERSON, our friend and clinican, is National Reserve Champion on her Stallion ROCAZINO in the Second Level Open Freestyle!! Watch out - you'll hear lots more about this team!! OLYMPICS?!?!?
NOVEMBER 11, 2013
SADDLE / SEAT CLINIC
With Saddle Fitter Karen Withstandley
-First Thermal Image of your saddle (where does your seat carry more weight) with Analysis and Saddle Adjustment
-Second Thermal Image of your saddle with Analysis
-Balimo Session to supple and access weak spots in your seat
To sign up, please email email@example.com
Fie Anderson Clinic
Fie will be back in January! Dates to follow, 2 afternoons. Sign up early - they fill up like hotcakes!
....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!