What better way is there to savor the crisp, fresh autumn air than by trotting through a pasture on horseback? Now imagine being able to do this every single day from the convenient location of your own backyard, or a neighboring top-notch horse facility. These gorgeous, equestrian-friendly homes throughout the state of Connecticut present all horse enthusiasts with the ideal setting to saddle up and leave a hoof-printed, leaf-fallen trail (and any worries) behind.
Falls Creek Farm—Sterling, CT
Avid horseback riders are sure to be inspired by the amenities and overall atmosphere of this 345-acre estate. Serving as various sportsman clubs and farms throughout the years, this Connecticut property, which sits near the Rhode Island state border, and neighbors the Pachaug State Forest on three sides, boasts various land features including level ground, slopes, wooded areas and ponds. Its equestrian opportunities are truly sensational, with chances to explore hundreds of horse riding trails, utilize its world-class equestrian facility and simply enjoy the all-encompassing natural splendor of the property. Specific horse features include the main stable, which is a 15,855 square-foot building that contains 17 heated indoor stalls, 12 additional outdoor stalls that are used seasonally, a 60-foot interior round pen arena and more. But it doesn’t end there! An indoor arena boasting 18,000 square feet of space and approximately 100 stalls, completes the incredible professional horse property. A lounge/ restaurant, bleachers, an announcer’s booth as well as a concession area, are just a few of the amazing amenities that comprise this impressive space. Falls Creek Farm even serves as host to Quarter Horse shows, as well as its own independently run shows, drawing in thousands of skilled equestrians and horse aficionados each year.
165 Pole Hill Road—Bethany, CT
Resting peacefully on three striking acres of the Bethany countryside, this property has a new barn complete with six stalls, as well as an adjacent paddock and grazing area. The town of Bethany is recognized as home to many commercial stables and equestrian properties such as this. 165 Pole Hill Road has previously been described as a “pastoral paradise” by New Haven Magazine, and rightfully so. All aspects of the residence have been thoughtfully completed and designed over the years, making for an exquisite lifestyle of luxury meets the timeless qualities associated with living on a farm.
854 North Wilton Road—New Canaan, CT
A rare opportunity awaits all who stumble upon this historic New Canaan country estate, which features barns and corrals currently used to house therapeutic donkeys. The antique Colonial residence, originally constructed in 1870, combines history, style and sophisticated amenities for an outstanding equestrian property. In addition to stables, on its over four acres of pastoral land one will also find an equestrian ring that’s calling every horse lover’s name.
50 Burroughs Road—Easton, CT
This spacious five-bedroom Colonial rests on over four beautiful acres of land in the town of Easton, CT. The residence undoubtedly encourages individuals to venture outside, with inviting French doors that lead directly out to an expansive deck overlooking gardens, a koi pond, and of course, a horse barn and riding rings. The barn contains three stalls, three turn-out paddocks, a hay barn and tool shed, while the home’s sand riding arena is lighted, presenting the perfect opportunity to practice riding long into the evening. Multiple riding trails are also nearby, adding to this quaint, yet fully equipped equestrian property.
Although not present directly on the property, 471 Hulls Farm Road offers an equestrian paradise opportunely located right next door. The extraordinary custom home in Southport, CT displays a
seamless blend of luxurious indoor and outdoor amenities and features, with two private acres comprised of stonewalls, fields and a pristine country setting that coincides with a horse-friendly
environment. Boasting a similar New England bucolic landscape, 34 Sunset Hill Road is also within walking distance of quality equestrian opportunities. The residence resides around the corner from Huntington State Park, an over 600-acre, horse-permitting sanctuary in Redding, CT, and is only a quarter mile from the Sunset Hill Equestrian Farm, where horse boarding is available. 1 Ulbrick Lane, situated in The Hunt Club area of Westport, CT, is yet another home located near a prime horse facility. The Hunt Club features 34 acres of open space with an abundance of ideal amenities for the avid horseback rider.