​​​Sonnenhof Equestrian Center has been highly successfully in business for over ten years under the name of Gray Friesian Farm.

As we continued to move towards a variety of breeds and included cross training, Eventing and Jumping to our disciplines, our core belief is still Dressage based on German Classical Principles.  


Find out here, what the Germans do right!

1) Dressage as the core building block for horse and rider for all riding disciplines:

"Jumping is nothing other than Dressage over obstacles"

2) Daily, consistently applied Horsemanship

​2) "Artgerechte Haltung" (Species appropriate horse keeping): Roaming in a herd

3) Believe in EDCUATION and EVOLUTION:

Our Trainers believe in continuing education, and all are students themselves. We work with   European trained David Collins, FEI Rider Heather Mason, both USDF and USEF Medalists, and we are very lucky to be part of the "Old Masters Seminar Series" through our close work with Avalon Farm in North Salem, NY. 


Sonnenhof Equestrian Center is working closely with:

www.jannikegraydressage.com

www.avalondressage.com

www.centerlinestables.com

Riding Lessons in Easton, CT: Lesson Academy, Boarding, Training & Leases

OUR PHILOSOPHY

The balanced seat, which is the basis of Dressage is the foundation for Horse and Rider of every discipline. Riding Lessons in Easton


Young horses will build balance and strength through dressage, then move on to poles, cross rails, jumps and XC jumps.

Novice riders will build balance and strength through dressage, then move on to poles, cross rails, jumps and XC jumps if they desire. 


Notice the similarities between young horse and novice riders?

As both move on in their development, jumping and dressage are NOT exclusive to one another - they need each other!

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We use dressage exercises, Hangbahn Training (Hill Work),  poles, cavalletti, trot jumps, free jumping or jumping gymnastics to develop rhythm, precision and coordination.


Many Top German riders, like Ingrid Klimke and Franke Sloothaak, base their entire training on dressage and jumping gymnastic. They show the higher jumps mainly during events, and believe: “small jumps – great results”, but they train 'athletic circuits', just as we do!

Dressage training including small jumps and cavalleti will help the young horse to develop trust and feel for their body and fine tune balance and contact for the rider. ​ Every horse and rider should know lateral work, and every horse and rider should  be able jump a log. 


It has been proven that Dressage builds hind end muscle in the horse. For the rider, Dressage builds confidence and balance. Balance is necessary for fine and effective riding.  ​


Our horses are encouraged to experiment with their bodies during the work. Finding new muscles requires us trainers to be resourceful to find ways to encourage the horse using them, and then to strengthen them. We realize that not everyone has the 'perfect' horse, but we can help bring him to his fullest potential!



Here is a great read supporting our mission:

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Our 

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SHOW SCHEDULE 4/27/19
 
Intro A

9:00 Emerson  Lindner Tinkerbelle
9:06 Izzy Fabrizio Carson
9:12 Elliott Johnson Tinkerbelle
Intro B

9:18 Izzy Fabrizio Carson
9:24 Elliott Johnson Tinkerbelle
9:30 Sharon  Thompson Jorrit
9:36 Hannah-Sophia Grant Piper
Intro C

9:45 Sharon  Thompson Jorrit
9:52 Hannah-Sophia Grant Piper
Training 1

10:00 Alison Lindner Danse with Stars
10:06 Julie Anderson Shaila
10:12 Helen  Murphy Solvent
10:18 Lyla DellaPorta Curioso
Training 2

10:25 Helen  Murphy Solvent
10:32 Lyla  DellaPorta Curioso
10:39 Kimberly Nemchek Chili
10:46 Jillian Nielsen Cappuccino
11:00 - 11:30 RING CHANGE & BREAK (Ellie testing) --->
Training 3

11:30 Kimberly Nemchek Chili
11:38 BethAnne Voight-Jause Danse with Stars
11:46 Jillian Nielsen Cappuccino
First 1

11:54 Kimberly Anker Seven
12:04 BethAnne Voight-Jause Danse with Stars
12:12 Charlotte Nagle Life in the fast Lane
12:20 Cortney Connolly London Aire
12:28 Charlotte Nagle Life in the fast Lane
12:36 Emily Agosti Shaila
First 2

12:44 Kimberly Anker Seven
12:52 Charlotte Nagel Life in the Fast Lane
1:00 Cortney Connolly London Aire
1:08 Emily  Agosti Shaila

2019 CLINIC DATES:


Every First and Third Monday afternoon:

JANNIKE GRAY, USDF Bronze, Silver, Gold 

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February 23, 2019

ERIN O'NEIL

USDF Bronze, Silver 

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March 17, 2019

SARA VANECECK

Young Horse Handler,

Groundwork expert

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March 30, 2019

DILARA DRUKKER

USDF Bronze, Silver

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April 27, 2019

SEC SCHOOLING SHOW

(Scores count towards CDA Awards)

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April 27, 2019

SEC Equestrian Achievement Badge Testing

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May 12, 2019, 12-3 p.m. ($40)

Introductory Horsemanship Clinic

KIRSTEN GRAY &

IZZY FABRIZIO

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June 10, 2019

Jumping Clinic

FRANCESCA MAZELLA

Maclay Final &  USEF Hunter Seat Final Winner 

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Kids Camp:

7/22-26, 8/5-9, 8/12-16

More info in Programs

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September 9-13

ADULT CAMP

Focus RIDER FITNESS

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September 28, 2019

SEC SCHOOLING SHOW

(Scores count towards CDA Awards)

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ALL CLINICS CAN BE USED FOR EAB REQUIREMETS!


Downloadable Links: 

SHOW ENTRY FORM (CDA)

SEC EAB SIGN-UP FORM

CLINIC SIGN-UP FORM


KIDS CAMP SIGN-UP FORM


ADULT RIDER CAMP SIGN-UP FORM

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Please inquire about 

event prices!