I’ve been horse crazy since the age of seven, but like most New York City dwellers owning a horse has always been out of the question. I’ve taken lessons quite regularly throughout my life, gone on the occasional hunt or hunter pace, done the horse camp thing…becoming a working student was the next logical step, and it turns out that C Square Farm was the best place I could have ended up.

Courtney and Neal are sensitive to each student’s needs—my love of painting was put to use painting jumps, and when I needed a break Neal drove me to the train station so I could go to Philadelphia. Riding two and three and four times a day, lessons with Courtney, cross country schooling, watching Courtney ride, soaking up Eventing knowledge from Neal, riding in my first Horse Trials—I could FEEL my skills improving.

As a groom at Stuart Horse Trials (awesome!) I felt I was part of the determined, supportive, sun-burned, sometimes extremely frantic C-Square team—it was an excellent introduction to the world of eventing. Courtney’s enthusiasm for her sport and love for her horses was the best example of good horsemanship possible. I had a marvelous time.

- Kiri

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