GallopNYC is hosting a very special event this fall during the peak foliage season in beautiful Dutchess County. Please join us for the GallopNYC Barn Tour and BBQ, an exclusive and behind-the-scenes tour of some of the Millbrook and Amenia, NY area’s most breathtaking horse barns. We’ll have demonstrations, docent-led tours, and guest John Blackburn, architect specializing in barns, leading tours at Winley Farm, which is one of Blackburn Architects’ designs.
Roseview Farm sites right in the middle of Dutchess County’s prime horse country and is set amidst dramatic fields and meadows overlooking a running trout stream and beautiful lake. The Roseview barn complex provides a unique and intimate backdrop for the world class dressage and equine program offered by Roseview with a custom stable interior couples with an expansive riding arena, a unique viewing stand, formal gardens, a European style courtyard with fountain and beautifully rolling-meadow paddocks with dramatic views of large lake below and the Catskill Mountains beyond. The original 12 stall barn footprint was designed to include 8 large stalls, an elegant heated tack room, polished bathroom, wash stall with state-of-the art heat lamps, feed room and large hay loft incorporating rich woodwork, unique architectural salvage and period equestrian hardware.
Coole Park Farm is located in the center of Millbrook’s hunt country, with abundant trail riding and hacking for boarders and exclusive access to the adjacent cross country course. The barn sponsors horse shows, clinics, and is home to the Millbrook Horse Trials, and site of many fox hunt events sponsored by the Millbrook Hunt.
The farm offers full care board in a 16 stall state of the art barn. Facilities include an attached indoor riding arena, and multiple outdoor jumping and dressage arenas. The barn has a professional care and grooming staff for the horses, and training and lessons for horses and riders. It is a full service barn providing all aspects of horse and tack care. Independent trainers are welcome with the approval of management.
Wethersfield, located 10 miles northeast of Millbrook, was the country estate of Chauncey Devereux Stillman (1907-1989). Mr. Stillman, accomplished equestrian enthusiast, built Wethersfield Stables in 1937 to house riding horses for fox hunting and recreation. In 1960, Mr. Stillman took an interest in reviving the declining art of carriage driving and the Stables were expanded to accommodate Hackney horses, and a Carriage House.
Mr. Stillman worked closely with Colonel Paul Downing, a consultant for Colonial Williamsburg and founding editor of The Carriage Journal, in developing his carriage collection and acquiring all the appropriate appointments and harness. Over the years, 22 carriages were acquired and meticulously restored. All of the carriages in the collection date from 1850 to 1910. The collection features a Park Drag and George IV Phaeton by Brewster & Co., New York; a Roof Seat Break by A.S. Flandrau & Co., New York; and a Barouche by Barker & Co., London.
Wethersfield occupies 1,200 acres in Northeast Dutchess County and consists of Wethersfield Main House, Gardens, Carriage House, and Farm. The House and Gardens are situated at an elevation of 1,200 ft., the highest point in the region, which provides panoramic views of the Catskills to the west and the Berkshires to the north.
Winley Farm, designed by Blackburn Architects, is a private facility for hunter jumper training and breeding. Set in the rolling landscape typical to this region of New York, the farm is designed with wide overhangs and steep roofs, necessary to handle deep snow falls during cold winters. The program includes a 40-stall barn, enclosed arena, hotwalker, staff and guest apartments, tack rooms, veterinary facility, office, and wash/groom stalls. Plenty of cross ventilation allows the structure to keep cool and breezy in summer heat. Designer John Blackburn will lead tours and showcase design details.