Horse Farm in Vermont Showcases Dressage Training and Good Horsemanship
East Hill Farm in Plainfield, Vermont showcases the best dressage training and horsemanship around. Founded in 1976, East Hill Farm is one of the oldest and well regarded equestrian and training facilities in the New England area. Training and teaching begins at the grass roots level at East Hill Farm, beginning with a very active 4-H club, childrens and pony lessons beginning at age 8. Students of all ages learn the importance of good horsemanship at the beginning of their relationship with horses at East Hill Farm.
Ruth and Bo bought the farm from her parents and their partners several years ago and run the boarding facility with two full-time staff members and a group of working students. The clientele is primarily youngsters and adult amateurs with mounts that run the gamut from Appaloosas to Warmbloods. East Hill Farm provides a number of unique and wonderful services to the equestrian community in New England. Educational clinics, lessons, working student positions, young rider and JR. programs, adult amateur programs, quadrille riding, therapeutic and riding for the disabled, grooming and health care instruction, safety and handling lessons and super riding instruction are just a few of the services that East Hill Farm provides.
“It’s very much focused on dressage
, but we also teach jumping
,” Ruth details. “We pride ourselves on quality horsemanship. Everybody who comes here for lessons learns how to groom, tack up, clean tack – it’s good horsemanship that starts at the bottom because that’s where the sport begins.”
The Staff at East Hill Farm is part of the teams success. Meghan Maurice and Melissa MacLaren are full-time barn managers. Meghan also teaches and Melissa is Ruth’s assistant. Caitlin Janus is also a full time staff member. All three women are in their 20s and have been riding since they were eight years old. “All the kids that grew up riding here want to start working right out of high school, but my requirement is that they have to go away to college and graduate,” Ruth says. “They have to really make sure they know what they want to do.”
In her training program, Ruth creates a plan for each horse and rider. “The health and welfare, both physically and mentally, of my horses and riders, is very important,” Ruth notes. “I think it’s why I have clients who have been clients for more than a decade.” In fact, some of the boarders and students have been present with one horse or another at East Hill Farm since the opening of the farm, a testiment to the dedication of the wealfare and happiness of the horses and their owners.