Everyone knows the best horse show is the Hampton Classic Horse Show, hand downs, but what about the best equestrian facilities to patronize year round on the East End? Here are the top 10 horse farms and stables to visit in the Hamptons.
Bright Side Farm (1235 Deerfield Road, Water Mill; 631-726-0791, brightsidefarm.com) is a riding, training and boarding facility Matt and Annette Lauer created. Bright Side has 40 acres of fields, rings and paddocks and plus an indoor riding arena and temperature controlled tack rooms.
Campbell Stables (West Pond Drive Bridgehampton; 631-726-0802, campbellstables.com) with head trainer Bobby Ginsberg, offers lessons for equestrians from beginners through advanced. The newly constructed facility includes an 18-stall barn, a 15,000-square-foot indoor riding arena with an observation room, and an outdoor arena.
Stony Hill Stables (268 Town Lane, Amagansett; 631-267-3203, stonyhillstables.com) is a 10-acre facility founded by Liz Hotchkiss more than five decades ago, and now her daughter Wick Hotchkiss carries on the family business. Training both horses and riders, specialities include hunter, jumper, equitation and dressage. Boarding is also available.
GHF Hamptons (849 Hayground Road, Bridgehampton; 516-903-5036, ghfhamptons.com) is located on a 115-acre farm with two indoor rings, three sand rings, and vast grass rings where head trainer Erin Stewart and her team train beginners to advanced riders. GHF offers a summer pony camp and year round boarding services.
Topping Riding Club (58 Daniels Lane, Sagaponack; 631-537-0948, toppingridingclub.net) has an all-weather outdoor arena, grass rings, hunt field and outdoor arena, all on 25 acres. A tack room also allows for viewing, and two barns have a total of 21 stall.
Rose Hill Farm (2035 Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton; 631-537-1919, rosehillny.com) is a full-service horse boarding and riding facility with horseback riding lessons and pony camp.
Sea-Air Incorporated (52 Meadow Court, Bridgehampton; 631-375-7085) is found on Applewild Farm. At the hunter/jumper show facility, head trainer Laura Bowery offers training from novice to international.
Wölffer Estate Stables (41 Narrow Lane East, Sagaponack; 631-537-2879, wolfferestatestables.com) boasts 80 stalls, 39 paddocks, four rings, walker and grand prix field on 120 acres with year-round boarding service and summertime pony camp. Experienced trainers work with both horses and riders.
Deep Hollow Ranch (1929 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk; 631-668-2744, deephollowranch.com) is the oldest working ranch in the U.S. offering horse boarding, trail rides, pony camp and pony parties.
Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue (864 Lumber Lane, Bridgehampton; 631-537-7335, amaryllisfarm.com) is a 501(c)(3) horse rescue organization founded in 2005. Then in 2009 Amaryllis added a sanctuary for senior horses with nowhere else to go. Amaryllis has helped nearly 200 animals: horses, ponies and mules and a donkey.