Sapphire Sporthorses is owned and run by Lucy Courchaine, an American dressage professional with a diverse background in the equine industry. She is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist with a special interest in the well-rounded development of the equine athlete. Her business combines experience in managing high performance dressage horses and riding for top equine sports medicine veterinarians. Lucy believes strongly that correct dressage training can provide countless benefits to horses and riders of all disciplines. Her clients include FEI dressage show horses, event riders, and any rider who wants to understand better horsemanship. In addition to keeping full-time client horses at Foxy Meadow Farm, Lucy teaches throughout North Salem, NY and at select clinics throughout the year.
Teach your horse advanced dressage, improve your flatwork between the jumps, or simply build a better equine athlete through consistent exercise programs and cross-training.
Learn how to count the tempi changes, form a proper 20-meter circle, or just how to make the best use of your ride from start to finish. Get help or prep at shows - everything from better braiding to nailing that halt at X!
Situated in the heart of Westchester horse country on Baxter Road - North Salem, NY
Indoor arena with mirrors, outdoor arena with views. Rolling hills, grass riding field, trails that connect to Baxter Preserve, and more.
Impeccably kept grounds and beautiful barn designs. All amenities necessary for providing top-class horse care and training.
Our head trainer is Lucy Courchaine, a USDF bronze and silver medalist who is actively working on scores towards gold. Our barn atmosphere is very focused on professionalism and continued education; this is a great opportunity to learn barn management skills, be exposed to top sport horse veterinary medicine, and work with lovely horses and clients. Our focus is “Dressage for Every Athlete” - applying classical dressage riding to everything from Grand Prix dressage show horses to jumpers recovering from injury to hunters building better fitness to young horses preparing for the future. We are located on a gorgeous private farm in North Salem, NY. We travel to horse shows throughout the summer and will host high performance dressage clinics beginning this year.
Unique Bonus! In addition to time in the barn and with horses, interested students can learn a few things not always taught in school: how to save for your retirement (as someone in the horse industry), how to get a mortgage, how to file your taxes, and how to get a small business off the ground!