Did you know that you don’t have to live in Virginia to give your child horseback riding lessons, send them to riding camp or even compete? There is a horse farm conveniently located right here in Cortlandt. Chicory Meadow Farm is a family owned and operated English riding stable just off rte. 9 in Cortlandt. This 25-stalled barn is a peaceful and professionally operated facility with boarding lessons offering a beautiful setting which includes an extra-large indoor arena, large matted stalls, daily turnout, wash-rack and experienced care. They not only private board horses but have several school-horses that are used in their lessons and camp programs
The owner and main instructor for the students is Christine Varella, who grew up in Cortlandt and was part of the Garrison U.S. Pony Club. She and her husband have a daughter who is thirteen and is an avid rider herself. They offer lessons from beginner to advance for all ages from 6 years and up.
Chicory is one of the few barns in the area that still provides a hands-on approach for lessons. Students handle, groom and tack-up their horses once they’ve reached a certain level in their riding. As Christine points out this is an important aspect of horsemanship and is not as common as it used to be.
Chicory Meadow has newly created their own IEA Team (Inter-scholastic Equestrian Association), that includes students from 6th through 12th grades. This is an economical way to compete in horse shows without having to own a horse. Riders come from all over the county to take lessons.
This July, Chicory Meadow will be in business for 14 years!
To find out more about lessons and there programs visit http://www.chicorymeadowfarm.com
Written by: Laurie Weisz (Suburban Guides)