Kirsten Gray on Teimir HB with Laura Graves
at Avalon Farm, North Salem, NY
Izzy started riding at Sonnenhof Equestrian Center just 3 short years ago, and has become such an integral part of our farm family. Izzy is running our Youth Academy, helping with barn chores and learning all aspects of our farm. Izzy is part of our Show Team, having started her journey in the Recognized Show Circuit in 2020. She leases Whiskey Girl and Carson here at the farm. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this committed girl!
Kirsten Gray, Susan Freeman Ploss, Jannike Gray, Jettke Gray, Jo Maloney, Beth Anne Voight-Jause
Kirsten Gray with Klaus Balkenhol (r)
and Frank Henning,
Old Masters Series at Avalon Farm, North Salem, NY
Beth Anne Voight-Jause,
Beth Anne has been riding horses for over 20 years. Starting as a little girl jumping and eventing, but Beth Anne realized that dressage was the discipline she was most passionate about and has since focused her showing and riding on that. She worked at Cricket Hill Farm in Ancramdale, NY for many summers while in school, and rode with them at the Youth Dressage Festival. At Cricket Hill, Beth Anne worked around the farm, exercised horses, and taught children's camps and lessons focusing on developing horsemanship and horse knowledge as well as riding skills.
A graduate of Fairfield University and Boston College, Beth Anne currently works in Residential Life at Sacred Heart University, and has been riding at Sonnenhof Equestrian Center with Kirsten Gray since she began at Sacred Heart 6 years ago. She is excited to begin teaching again and help riders achieve their goals, create a dynamic and harmonious partnership with their horse, and never lose sight of the joy of riding.
Jettke & Piper playing in the snow! (2010) and riding PSG gelding Figaro in 2016
Jettke Gray, Junior Instructor
Jettke is a 18 year old all around athlete! Jettke started the Ithaca PT Program and D3 Lacrosse career in August 2019! She has an incredibly outgoing, friendly personality that you won't miss! Jettke is riding different horses at the farm, mainly big Friesian Hidde. Jettke strongly believes in her roots: Vaulting (Gymnastics on the horse), which has taught her confidence and balance when she started at about 4 years old. She now helps out on on the farm when she home from college.
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Jannike & Teimir HB
Jannike Gray, Trainer & Instructor
Jannike is a 26 year old who inherited the horse lover gene from her mother! From the age of four Jannike has been hooked on horses. Despite her young age, Jannike has accomplished big goals in this sport: she has successfully competed at the FEI Junior levels and received her USDF Bronze Medal in 2011, her USDF Silver Medal in 2015 and her USDF Gold Medal in 2017. Jannike is Head Trainer at Avalon Farm in North Salem, NY and also teaching and training in part out of Sonnenhof Equestrian Center.
More information at www.jannikegraydressage.com
Kirsten Gray, Owner & Head Trainer
Kirsten is the backbone to this program and you will see her out and about everyday at the farm. She was born and raised near Hamburg/Germany and came to the States in 1992. Her experience with horses reaches back to her cousin Bernd breeding Hanoverians and putting her on a horse as a 5 year old - from there, it was no turning back....
Kirsten has successfully imported a variety of horses, holds her German FN Bronze Driving Certification, German Trainer Certification for the Disabled, USDF Bronze and Silver medals and the ASFA Pilates Certification. She also organized many clinics with top German and local trainers.
Kirsten has competed her Friesian gelding, Jannus, at third level and is bringing up more horses every year. She is currentle showing her Andalusian mare Ravenna at 3rd Level, and Jannike Gray's Lusitano stallion Teimir at Inter 1. In 2017 she won the First Level East Coast Pony Cup on Anke Ott's 'Legolas', whom she worked with for only 16 months.
Being interested in the 'less-than-perfect' horse, she believes strongly that Dressage is FOR the horse, and that we learn from and about each of them.
Since 2012 Kirsten trained with David Collins and lately rode in clinics with Laura Graves, Heather Mason, Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel and Frank Henning, Mastermind of the "Old Masters" Clinic Series. Among others, she has trained with Sabine Schut-Kerry in 2006/2007, Lendon Gray and Fie Studnitz Andersen.
Aside from her German FN Bronze Driving Certification and her German Trainer Certification for the Disabled, Kirsten holds her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals and strongly believes in education on and off the horse in order to give her students the best lesson experience and knowledge possible.