“Special thanks to Stephanie Swites and Irish Manor Stables for your professional representation of the imported Irish gelding, Ted [Gortfadda By Design], purchased by our client and placed in our program. Ted is handsome, talented and kind—a credit to his breed and to your services. We look forward to many years with him and will continue checking your website for others like him.”- Carla Hawkinson | Affiliate Broker, Blackberry Farm Real Estate, LLC, Equestrian Program
“As an adult getting back into riding after 15+ years was pretty intimidating. But IMS and Steph took away my insecurities and catered lessons to my skill level. She has lesson horses for every level of rider and focuses not only on your riding but also on horse management. Steph lets me ask all kinds of questions to increase my horsemanship and is committed to helping me achieve my goals. And it’s not just about lessons! IMS offers all kinds of events and activities to create a warm and supportive community from gymkhana to barn shows, Christmas parties, Ladies nights, trail rides and more. There is truly something for every level of rider here. There is no other barn I would recommend and certainly no other trainer. Thank you IMS for getting me hooked on riding again!!”
“Irish Manor Stables is a great place to ride. I came back to riding after many years out of the saddle and needed to work on strength and confidence. The Irish Manor team has helped me so much with both. They emphasize learning, safety, and fun! The school horses are wonderful, and the team can easily work with all levels, from the once a week lesson rider to the more serious eventer. I’m so glad to have found this barn!”
“I’ve had nothing but positive experiences at Irish Manor! The barn is always clean and well-kept and the phenomenal organization eliminates unnecessary frustration and stress that often occur preparing for riding lessons. All of the lesson tack is clearly labeled with each horse’s name and each lesson horse has his/her own bucket of grooming tools. The organization at Irish Manor further extends to the time management of lessons – lessons start on time and I always get a full lesson followed by time to care for my horse without feeling rushed. The atmosphere here is very welcoming for both children and adult riders with many group events offered to get to know other riders (group trail rides, gymkhana games, holiday parties, etc…). But the major highlight of Irish Manor is the quality of lessons that Stephanie teaches. She helps you learn more than just how to stay on the horse, she teaches you how to actually ride; Stephanie has helped me start to find the delicate connection between horse and rider, the give and take that you need to have a conversation with your horse, and the physical cues that help achieve this. Stephanie asks about my riding goals and helps create a plan to achieve these during my lessons – I’ve never had a trainer that cares so much about helping me achieve my specific goals, teaching quality riding techniques, and enforcing the best possible treatment of the horses. In addition to riding skills, Irish Manor emphasizes caring for your horse even when you are not in the saddle. You will groom and tack up your horse before each lesson and untack, care for your horse, and clean your tack after each lesson. Stephanie also offers horse management lessons in place of (or in addition to) mounted lessons, particularly when the weather does not permit a mounted lesson. If you are looking to ride (at ANY level) or learn your way around horses, I would 100% recommend Irish Manor!”
“As a horse crazy kid, I rode Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation as a junior. After taking a seventeen year break to raise a family, I really wanted to get back to riding. I knew that finding a barn and a trainer that I would be comfortable with would be a daunting task that would probably involve changing barns and trainers several times. I couldn’t have been more wrong! From my initial meeting with Steph, she was nothing but welcoming and positive. I had some serious issues with my nerves returning to riding. Through Steph’s expert tutelage and patience those issues have now disappeared. Thanks to Steph, I have exceeded my initial expectations and have now greatly raised my own riding goals. Coming to the barn is always something I look forward to. Steph and her staff have made the transition back into riding a fantastic experience. The horses are wonderful for all levels of riding and the barn atmosphere is as friendly as it is knowledgeable. I feel extremely fortunate that I stumbled upon Steph and Irish Manor Stables.”
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