Equestrian Excellence for All
Undoubtedly one of the most distinguished equestrian facilities in the East End (and possibly the East Coast), Wölffer Estate Stables prides itself in providing a tranquil haven for both horses and riders. Located in Sagaponack, the stables pre-date the equally renowned Wölffer Estate Vineyards, with which it shares a scenic 175-acre parcel of land.
When the late Christian Wölffer acquired 14 acres of potato farms in 1979, all that stood on the property was a farmhouse and a few barns. Soon after, he built a six-stall horse barn so that his daughters could learn to ride. Today the facility boasts more than 80 stalls, 39 individual paddocks, four state- of-the-art riding rings, an Olympic-size dressage ring, and a Grand Prix field with natural and traditional jumps.
According to Stables Manager Kerry Maloy, “Wölffer Estate Stables is unquestionably a beautiful space. Where else can you ride your horse out into a vineyard, or train in the largest indoor riding ring on the East Coast? The family history of these grounds paired with the care and attention every client gets makes it such a special place to ride, learn and grow in the equestrian world.”
Up until several years ago, Wölffer was mainly known for training Grand Prix- quality show jumping horses that were capable of competing in world-class venues. The facility focused on promising young horses and adult riders with considerable show jumping skills, with the goal of serious competition for both. These days, under the stewardship of Christian’s children Andrea, Marc, Georgina and Joey, the stables welcomes riders of all ability levels with their own equestrian goals. “There are always plenty of options at Wölffer,” says Maloy, who suggests contacting the barn directly for details. “We offer training lessons for all ages year-round.”
The staff at Wölffer is utterly committed to the well-being of its horses. From the natural obstacles of the Grand Prix field to the functionally laid-out barns and courtyard, it is all designed with the horses in mind. The barn’s trainers, experienced competitors all, have a passion for what they do, as well as the knowledge and talents to train riders and horses at any level.
The facility’s many assets include access to miles of natural trails, as well as a large indoor riding ring that can accommodate up to eight students and features an elevated viewing room. There are several well-equipped outdoor riding rings, each featuring rubber mulch-padded floors and a variety of natural and traditional jumps. A covered hot walker is available for exercising horses during inclement weather.
One of the more popular offerings at Wölffer is the annual Pony Camp for kids. The program not only teaches children to ride, but introduces them to horsemanship and showmanship, skills that will serve them well in general.
For the past few years, Wölffer has sponsored the Center for Therapeutic Riding of the East End (CTREE), a nonprofit whose mission is to provide therapeutic riding lessons and equine-assisted activities to children and
young adults with cognitive, physical or emotional disabilities. “It is such a great organization and we are proud to have it at Wölffer Estate,” says Maloy. “The work they are doing is life-changing and it is the least we can do to provide the tranquil and safe space that their riders need.”
Whatever your equestrian goals and needs, Wölffer provides rst-class facilities and service in a beautiful setting that’s virtually unparalleled.
(41 Narrow Lane East, Sagaponack. 631.537.2879)