Bedford Loves Horses and Bedford Riding Trails (BRLA)

Equine Therapy and Rescue
Bedford’s equine focus is not limited to trail riding and showing. It also includes horse rescue and therapy.

Access Equestrian. is an adaptive- therapeutic riding program that provides a
variety of quality individualized programs for children and adults with disabilities and other life challenges.  They are also a licensed United State Pony Club Riding Center, welcoming individuals of all ages and abilities to participate. www.accessequestrian.org

Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship empowers individuals with a broad range of special needs by providing the highest quality equine
assisted activities and therapies in an inclusive and welcoming
environment.  www.endeavorth.org

13 Hands Equine Rescue specializes in the rescue and rehabilitation of unwanted, abused and slaughter-bound horses.  www.13handsequine.org

All three organizations heavily rely on volunteers and are 501c3 organizations.

Horses are a part of Bedford’s DNA
For generations, horses have been a defining part of Bedford’s landscape. Residents have enjoyed the pastoral pleasure of horses grazing on miles of its picturesque land. As the sign on the village’s Bedford Green commemorates, this green is “part of a common laid out March 1681 for cattle, horses and swine.”

The Bedford Trail System and Bedford Riding Trails (BRLA)
For more than 100 years, local residents have been devoted to maintaining an equestrian lifestyle.  Back in 1916, a group of local horsemen and large property owners established a network of trails that allowed Bedford fox hunters to ride cross country to their meets.

Bedford Riding Lanes Association offers a unique opportunity for its members to enjoy horseback riding, hiking, running, walking, dog-walking and snowshoeing along more than 100 linear miles of private interconnected trails. The trail system connects through pastures, farms, woods, back yards and dirt roads offering its members some of the most unique and beautiful trails throughout the greater Katonah, Bedford and Pound Ridge area.

The BRLA maintains and develops the historic system of trails and dirt roads and works to develop the interest of the community in the preservation of the Town’s rural character.

For information about events, programs and membership, visit  www.bedfordridinglanes.org/

Sunnyfield Farm
One of the first things you may see upon entering Bedford is Sunnyfield Farm, 230 acres of rolling pastures with yellow stables and grazing horses.  Sunnyfield houses several barns for lessons and competitive training.  It is also a leading thoroughbred breeding farm.  Sunnyfield foals have gone on to run in the Kentucky Derby, and in the spring of 2017 welcomed two foals sired by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

 

Backyard Barns: A Bedford Tradition
The existence of the beautifully maintained riding lanes encouraged Bedford property owners to build backyard barns.  Dotted along the BRLA trail system, many of our equine enthusiasts keep their horses ‘at home,’ ride the trails, form gatherings for meet-up riding dates, join in BRLA hunter paces, and even participate in competitive events.

Bedford’s Lesson/Competition Barns
An equine enthusiast living in Bedford can enjoy almost any discipline of riding. The local barns include hunter-jumper, dressage, eventing, simple board, indoor rings, Grand Prix courses and open fields.  Trainers include former Olympians and those specializing in child and adult beginners.  Bedford competition/lesson barns have it all.

When it comes to things equine, Bedford has it! 
The perfect place for an equine enthusiast to live out their dreams. Additional information available at the Bedford Loves Horses 

 

In the spring, Mrs. Joanne Nielsen, the farm’s owner, welcomes local residents onto the farm to greet the latest group of foals.

Each spring and fall, Bedford’s John Jay Homestead welcomes a hunter pace and country picnic.

A favorite Bedford trail crosses the Beaver Dam River.

Endeavor Invitational in Bedford (by SEL photography).

Bedford frequently hosts dressage clinics that are open to all.

Equine Therapy and Rescue
Bedford’s equine focus is not limited to trail riding and showing. It also includes horse rescue and therapy.

Access Equestrian. is an adaptive- therapeutic riding program that provides a
variety of quality individualized programs for children and adults with disabilities and other life challenges.  They are also a licensed United State Pony Club Riding Center, welcoming individuals of all ages and abilities to participate. (www.accessequestrian.org)

Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship empowers individuals with a broad range of special needs by providing the highest quality equine
assisted activities and therapies in an inclusive and welcoming
environment.  (www.endeavorth.org).

13 Hands Equine Rescue specializes in the rescue and rehabilitation of unwanted, abused and slaughter-bound horses.  (www.13handsequine.org)  

All three organizations heavily rely on volunteers and are 501 © 3 organizations.

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