with VANESSA KRIKAVA, USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist

Grey Dawn Farm is a small family owned dressage training board business in Warwick, NY. Vanessa and her mother Cindy owned and ran the operation since 1995 and since Cindy’s untimely passing in 2016, Vanessa now runs the business with her partner and husband, Javier.  Vanessa is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist and has also competed successfully trough Intermediaire I & 2. She has produced & sold several FEI level dressage horses and also has an extensive eventing background having produced & sold more than 15 Training Level event horses and 5 Prelim Level horses. Vanessa has worked with many top professionals in dressage and eventing over a span of 25 years and is able to bring her knowledge to bear when training horses or teaching lessons.

Vanessa teaches with patience, positive reinforcement and with a light-hearted & easy-going manner. She gives the horse and rider confidence and enjoyment, allowing them to progress quickly with the many tools and “light bulb” moments she gives them. The emphasis at GDF is on quality not quantity.

The 52-acres of land on which the farm is located, is truly breathtaking, tranquil and restorative. The rolling hills of pasture and woodland are well maintained and are accessible by trails throughout. The facility includes large fenced pastures, a 160’ x 60’ insulated indoor riding arena with a stone dust base and German Geo Textile footing mixed with granite sand and rubber and a 100ft x 230ft fenced outdoor with stone dust base and sand footing (both arenas are groomed daily).  It also includes a newly renovated 1800ds banked barn with all the charm of the old and the state of the art function of the new. The barn features seven 12’ x 12’ stalls with rubber mats and European stall fronts.

The newly constructed grooming area is heated with 3 grooming bays and 2 wash stalls, a blanket room and climate controlled tack room. It is connected to both the stabling and the indoor riding area. Watch the action in the indoor arena from a climate controlled viewing room, with seating area, TV, kitchenette, equine library and bathroom. A shedrow attached to the indoor and overlooking the pasture turn out has 8 12’ x 12’ stalls with rubber mats. There is also a large run in shed with 10 acres of pasture on the other side of the property which houses retired horses, brood mares and youngsters.

For more details take the video Farm Tour below, or call 845-576-2450 or email info@greydawnfarm.com to arrange a visit!

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