We believe in inspiring and developing character in students through the natural world and the wisdom of the horse.
Christine is a third-generation horsewoman with a lifelong commitment to teaching students the psychology of the horse in a safe, positive environment. She has a Natural Resources Conservation degree to enhance her love of the natural world and she successfully competed on and advised the Empire State Quarter Horse Association for many years.
Christine strives to instill her students with responsibility and respect for the horse as they learn to ride and take care of the farm's inhabitants. She is passionate about building her students confidence to support personal development throughout their lifetime.
Our farm is located in beautiful Marion, NY, an easy half-hour drive from Rochester.
We sit on 26 acres of lush grassland and forest trails for enjoying nature both on and off the horse. We have an indoor and outdoor area, 60 foot round pen, and a beautiful community garden that produces food for the barn family.
The property has been in the family for 90 years, developing its "homemade" character. Much care goes into maintaining this property as a home, as well as a working horse farm.
Riding is a Year Round Sport
Complimenting our lesson program, students have the opportunity to participate in several day and week-long camps throughout the year.
We ride inside in inclement weather and encourage students to participate through the cold months. Horses need exercise and attention year round!
“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
― Albert Einstein
We offer private and group lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. As Christine emphasizes a holistic approach to working with horses, no two lessons are the same. She teaches horse husbandry both in the barn and in the saddle.
We offer a range of horses to meet each child's needs and strive to support students who are an excellent fit for our program. To help make sure we're a good match, all new students are required to take one $75 orientation lesson.
Our lessons are offered in weekly time-slots. We ask parents to choose a time slot that works for them and pay for the month ahead. Due to the nature of this work, lessons cancelled without 24 hours prior notice will be forfeited without refund. With proper notice, one lesson per month may be rescheduled or made-up at a later date.
On-Site Lesson Rates:
New Student Orientation: $75
Private Lesson: $65
Group Lesson: $50
“Christine VanGee is the absolute best of the best. Not only is she top notch and renowned in the equine community nationally, but she is a genuine and caring person who has become second family.
Chris embodies the most valuable characteristics that translate into all aspects of life including the value of a strong work ethic, patience, and determination.
The training I received under Chris’s guidance played an integral role in my life and I cannot thank her enough!”
Each Summer, we host week-long day camps for kids ages 6-14 who share a passion for horses, art & nature.
We strive to provide conditions for children to develop communication skills & self-confidence by offering individual support in small groups throughout the day.
Throughout the day, campers enjoy a mix of games and activities relating to concepts taught in horsemanship and ecology.
We look forward to seeing you at Camp 2022!
"My daughter has grown so much, not just in her horseback skills, but in her confidence and her ability to persevere through challenging tasks and follow multi-step directions.
She would be at the barn every day if she could!"