At Ray of Light Farm, it's not all about
the ride. Along with riding instruction, we concentrate on promoting
a genuine understanding of animals and how to care for them.
This is accomplished through building a strong foundation in
the skills of both horse and rider, preparing riders for success
in whatever discipline they choose to pursue.
Offer Instruction in...
- Lunge line
- Western & English
- Youth and Adult
- Special Needs
- Group and Private Instruction
Driving Instruction -
coming soon, stay tuned for details!
Please call 860-873-1895 for lesson times and
Our B.I.T. Program
our Basics in Training program, students are given the opportunity
to gain hands-on experience using groundwork exercises like round-penning,
lunging and long-reining in order to acquire or improve skills necessary
to work effectively with horses. Our approach uses positive reinforcement
and communication in the language of the horse to build the foundations
necessary for both human and equine to advance to other pursuits.
The course builds the necessary skills and understanding
in a series of 8-week sections, with each section meeting one day
per week. Each section ends with a written and practical evaluation
to assess the students' strengths and identify areas requiring improvement.
Students who fulfill the requirements for all sections will be awarded
a certificate of completion.
To ensure that each student has an opportunity to
receive individualized attention and time to work with a horse at
every meeting, enrollment space is limited and advanced reservations
We believe this is important work, as building a foundation
for your horse's education sets the stage for a confident and reliable
horse. A horse should look forward to his work and be able to trust
the people that work with him. In this course, you will learn guidelines
for a training program and how to tailor it to each horse. Skills
will be taught to better enable you to communicate with your horse
in a language he understands.
Section A: A Good Beginning--Introducing
Yourself and the Horse to a Common Language. In this section,
the emphasis is on learning the language of the horse in the
round pen, but additional topics include: understanding the
basic nature of equines, good-manners handling, basic grooming,
using an obstacle course at liberty, and trailer loading
Section B: Improving the Skills of Horse and
Handler. In this section, skills are further developed in
the round pen and using obstacles, and students are given
an introduction to proper lunging technique.
Section C: Ride Preparation,
Step 1. In this section, we begin to use the skills developed
in previous sections prepare a green horse to take the first
steps toward accepting a rider as we progress to an introduction
to long reining. Skills are further developed and refined
in the round pen, at liberty with obstacles, and lunging.
Section D: Ride Preparation, Step 2. As green
horses continue to make progress toward going under saddle,
all previous skills are developed and refined, with an emphasis
on intermediate lunging and long-lining skills.
Section E: Ready to
Ride: Introducing Weight to the Horse. In this culminating
section, we continue to refine all skills learned in previous
sections, practice and perfect long-lining, and make the exciting
move of introducing weight to the horse.
We have received enthusiastic response from BIT participants
like Jennifer, who writes:
certainly have to extend my gratitude to each and every one of
you for helping me along in learning about horses and about myself….It
has been a wonderful year of awareness and learning for me. Dakota
has helped me to move to a level that I didn’t even know
existed within myself!" ~Jennifer G.
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Meet Our Instructors
Sue started her equine studies at a horse day camp
in Guilford, CT, when she was only 6. By the time she was 8, she
was showing Hunter Equitation, and continued showing in the New
England circuit for the next 10 years. She continued studying
and working with horses, and earned a BA in Horsemastership from
Lake Erie College, and became a certified instructor from the
Morven Park International Equestrian Institute. She spent many
years teaching, training, and competing in Combined Training (Dressage,
Cross-Country, and Stadium Jumping), and those pursuits took her
around the country and around the world. Now, Sue has returned
to CT, and brings her extensive experience and level of excellence
to Ray of Light Farm, where she is both Head Instructor and primary
trainer to all the Ray of Light horses.
Sally began her teaching career in Westchester
County, NY. She received her teaching degree through Pace
University Equine Studies Program. She taught for several
years at Pace U, then eight years at Fox Hill Farms in Pleasantville,
NY. She also traveled throughout Northern Westchester teaching,
training, and exercising at numerous barns and private homes.
Sally moved to CT in 1994 and started teaching at her home
on rescued mare. An increase in students brought two more
horses home to teach on. For the winter months, she made arrangements
with the previous owners at the Stables at East Haddam to
bring her students to the indoor arena. This led to teaching
at the farm and started her relationship with the new owners
of Ray of Light Farm.
Sally thanks her teaching success to the numerous
kind, patient and dependable school horses she has been blessed
to work with over the years. Without them, she would not be
in the ring today.
Sanna grew up with horses in Finland, where she
began riding at the age of eight. She has been involved in Harness
Racing and Dressage, but finds an especial affinity for Arabian
horses, and is involved in their breeding, training, and showing.
Sanna has been in the United States since 2001, and
joined the Ray of Light family in 2010. She has been a key asset to the farm since
then, and her responsibilities have continuously increased through the years. Her
current roles at the farm include: barn manager, assistant trainer and instructor.
She is always busy, ensuring that chores are being done, animals are cared for and
things are running smoothly.
Sanna also works with the Premarin foals, with the goal of developing
a good foundation for each of the babies so when they go to their forever homes,
they'll be ready for anything.
One of Sanna's many gifts is her keen photographic
eye. Many of the images on this website and shared through our
Facebook page were captured by Sanna. Like us on
Facebook to see
Please call 860-873-1895 for lesson times and
Also, don't forget that
Pony Rides for small
children are offered from 11:00 – 2:00 every Thursday through
Saturday for $10. No advance registration is required.
Tack Store is located on-site and offers tack,
gear, a full line of riding apparel, toys and gifts for animal
lovers. Hours: 10:00 – 5:00 daily except Wednesdays.