The farm itself is cozy and charming, and, to me, just the right size for very personal attention. Kris is an excellent instructor and does a terrific job of assessing strengths and weaknesses of both horse and rider, with a very intense awareness of how the horse is doing, both physically and emotionally. My riding skills have definitely grown under her instruction, but, even more important, so has my confidence and appreciation of the sport. As a wise person once said “death is easy, dressage is hard.”. That may be, but working with Kris makes it really fun.
To a mainlander it may seem somewhat inconvenient to take the island ferry each time you go to ride. To me, it’s a pleasant part of my day in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It’s part of what makes Hippophile Farm so unique.
So I’m more than happy to enthusiastically recommend Kris and her farm to anyone wanting to improve their riding skills or take up the sport. I’ve had experience with 5 different training barns during my short riding career; there are none I’ve liked better than Hippophile Farm. Check it out!