508 South Britain Rd
Southbury, CT 06488
Barn Owners: Eamonn and Holly Gillespie
Eamonn adores and understands horses and treats them with respect, kindness and care. He firmly believes that if you treat horses with respect, they will return the favor tenfold. He has developed this philosophy through his experience in riding and caring for horses. He joined the Irish Army where he served at the Irish Equestrian School. He rode and vaulted and was chosen to groom for Gran Prix riders. He apprenticed at the Irish National Stud in Kildare, Ireland. Eamonn then came to the United States and worked at stables in Greenwich and Stamford while developing his own farrier service. As a farrier, Eamonn follows a holistic approach to meticulously evaluate and improve the balance, gaits and movement of the animal and design personalized shoeing based on each horse's individual needs, hoof health, breed and work disciplines. (Click here for Eamonn Gillespie Farrier Services).
Holly has been a horse lover and equine enthusiast her whole life. She has successfully competed in A and B rated shows in equitation and hunt seat and competed in eventing and dressage. She has also trained in Ireland, England and Portugal for dressage and cross country jumping. She has ridden with accomplished trainers including: Dorothy Wahl, Sue Cranley, Bruce Davidson, Max Gahwyler, Carrie Radtke and Holly Mason just to name a few. She has owned horses for 35 years and has been a part-time riding instructor for 30 years.
Eamonn and Holly are very excited to share their love for horses with other horse enthusiasts and to teach good horsemanship to equestrians of all ages!
Holly Gillespie -
Holly is an accomplished rider, skilled instructor, and has competed successfully.
She has trained intensively here in the US as well as in England and Ireland and Portugal. She has trained under numerous seasoned trainers in Hunters, Dressage and Eventing, She is an exceptional trainer and her students adore her. She builds life long relationships with her students. She has been training riders for 30 years and does it for the love of the sport. She is patient and understands how to build confidence in her riders she strongly believes that riding should be fun, is able to advance her students and that riding is good for the soul.