Focused on quality, consistency and excellence in equestrian endeavors.
A serious, committed professional dedicated to her dream business. Outstanding in devotion to her horses and clients.
Bringing "Dressage For Every Athlete" to life through a variety of services. Training-board, coaching, recovery from injury and more.
Contact us today to explore your individual needs and travel options.
Sapphire Sporthorses is owned and run by Lucy Courchaine, an American dressage professional with a diverse background in the equine industry. She is a Grand Prix dressage competitor and USDF Gold, Silver & Bronze medalist with a special interest in the well-rounded development of the equine athlete. Her business combines her years of 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 barn is filled with everything from FEI dressage show horses to jumpers recovering from injury to hunters enjoying a luxurious retirement. Her meticulous care and commitment to quality training for every horse makes her program well-suited for sport horses rehabbing from a variety of injuries. Lucy trains regularly with Betsy Steiner and Gary Rockwell. In addition to keeping full-time client horses, Lucy provides riding lessons on her own schoolmasters and teaches dressage concepts to riders of all disciplines throughout North Salem, NY. She is proud to represent a range of sponsors and affiliates.
Sapphire Sporthorses produces horses and clients at all levels of dressage, along with a focused effort on empowering women in the horse industry. Lucy leads a team of all-women riders, managers and grooms and is committed to offering educational opportunities to the next generation of horsewomen. As of November 2021, Lucy is also a first-time mom. She is committed to managing her professional career alongside motherhood, and has been featured on The Equestrian Podcast and Your Riding Success Podcast to speak on this topic to large audiences. She has also had an article published by Noelle Floyd about her experience while riding during pregnancy, which sparked other professionals to develop a support group for moms in our industry. She hopes to build more community support for equestrian moms.
Lucy is currently developing her own New Forest Pony mare to Grand Prix, raising her young Dutch gelding alongside new baby human, and training all types of horses and clients in the sport of dressage. She hopes to one day represent the US in international competition at the top levels of the sport.
Lucy was interviewed regarding the success of her working student program for the COTH article, "Do Working Student Programs Still Work?"
Lucy's perspective on riding while pregnant, from the POV of a professional horse trainer.
Bethany interviews Lucy on pregnancy, new motherhood and beyond.
Two episodes featuring Lucy and her program:
Lucy and two stallions from her program were photographed and included in Jim Dratfield's beautiful book featuring women with horses.
COTH article on Lucy's Quarantine Diaries, released during the original NY Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020.
Seasonal and product review-based blog posts written for Dapper Horse by Lucy Courchaine.
Download and utilize planner pages designed in collaboration between Lucy and Ronner prints.
Dressage training for horse and rider, beginner to Grand Prix. Full-service training packages available at different levels for specific needs.
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.
Email Lucy for details on packages and pricing.
We welcome and work closely with a deep network of respected veterinarians on treatment, rehabilitation and recovery plans for sport horses.
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!
"Dressage for Every Athlete": horses of all disciplines benefit from the strengthening and coordination that comes from a focus on dressage concepts.
Help your horse return from a physical break, a mental break, or simply push to the next level with focused training and a well-rounded program.