Photo Courtesy of Ann Leary
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.
~Sharon Ralls Lemon
Equestrians love the beautiful countryside in Litchfield County, the trails in Steep Rock Preserve and the world-class centers for instruction and horse shows. Here we highlight two stunning properties with every amenity for horse and rider as well as two of the area centers.
This magnificent equestrian property in Washington, CT has every amenity for horse and rider to enjoy country life. There is a 8, 800+/- sq. ft main house with 7 bedrooms and 6 full/ 3-1/2 baths. The chef's kitchen opens to a family room and breakfast nook which look out to the pool. Multiple outbuildings include: barn-style pool house/game room with baths and changing rooms, guest house, studio with several offices and 16 stall horse barn with large paddock areas. All this is set behind stone walls and mature landscaping on 20+/- acres directly adjacent to steep rock land trust. You can ride horses directly from the property along the Shepaug river and through thousands of acres of conserved land.
A charming red rustic barn beautifully situated on an open field among the paddocks.
Plenty of room for grazing and turn out.
The Steep Rock Preserve offers many miles of trails that are perfect for hacking out with your horse. Here is our friend Kisten Feldman, founder of Steep Rock Honey, who we featured in an earlier blog post. There are many easy access points where you can park your horse trailer and venture out with friends.
There are some wonderful opportunities for instruction in the area with top trainers. Here is clinic at the Washington Equestrian Center with renowned professional Frank Madden. This facility has a spacious indoor for winter exercise.
Another area riding center, White Bridge Farm, has exceptional instructors like Katja Eilers who is a successful dressage competitor and trainer. This equestrian center is based in Litchfield, CT.
Close to this trainig center is an another superb esquestrian estate in Goshen, CT. There is 100+/- acres with a 7 stall heated Morton barn, outdoor rings and open spaces to ride your horse. The home is in immaculate condition with a gourmet kitchen, breakfast nook and a main floor master suite. The family room opens to the enclosed pool area and looks over acres of open fields and a large pond.
The Heated Barn is in a lovely setting surrounded by trees.
Spacious Areas around the stable make a relaxing environment for horse and rider.