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Sea Horse Stables

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Owner, Trainer Kristen Abbatiello-Neff:

A lifelong equestrian and accomplished "A" circuit rider, Kristen has made a name for herself and trained in all disciplines of competition: pony club, hunters, jumpers, equitation, and dressage. Kristen was educated by renowned professionals: Robert Hoskins, Patrick Rice, Leslie Burr Howard and Timmy Kees. As a Junior Kristen competeted at the Medal, Maclay, and USET finals, Devon, The National Horse Show, Junior Hunter Finals and has earned her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals for winning 20 USET classes.  While still in college Kristen co-founded and coached the Fairfield University Equestrian Team, and was a member of the United States IIEA Nations Cup team in Berne, Switzerland, Budapest, Hungry and at the World Championships in Ankum, Germany. Kristen created the modern Horsemanship Curriculum for the historic New Canaan Mounted Troop and in 2002 received the America's Promise Award for being a Role Model for Youth in Equestrian Sports. She has received the FW-PHA's Trainer of the Year Award for training the Best Equitation Rider, Best Hunter Rider and Best Medal Rider.  Kristen is experienced in educating green horses and equine rehabilation.  Full resume and references available upon request.


Stable and Operations Manager:

Kelly Lowry. Kelly has loved horses ever since she can recall and made an effort to be around them as much as she could growing up. More than riding horses, Kelly was drawn to taking care of them. After several years of serving as the Equine Operations Manager at Agriventures Agway, she decided to follow her passions further by working hands on with the horses. Kelly has dedicated herself to our horses and riders at Sea Horse Stables serving as our Stable and Operations Manager since August 2011. Kelly studied Graphic Design and Social Work at Central Connecticut State University and Western Connecticut State University. She is always happy to help answer questions, lend a hand, and is our walking reference diary for nutrition and horse health. Her attention to detail, amazing work ethic and genuine love of horses makes Kelly an outstanding stable manager.


Assistant Trainer:

Barbara Tarpey.  Barb has been a long term part of the Sea Horse Team, helping keep our horses and riders in top condition for more than 5 years. Barb started riding at the age of 10, She has more than 25 years of riding and showing experience in equitation and hunter divisions. Barb graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY where she competed for 4 years as an Open level rider on their Equestrian Team. She served as both Captain and President her junior and senior years. Barb is also educated and trained in "centered riding" techniques. She is a local Sandy Hook resident and spends her spare time raising her two daughters and owns a custom animal portrait business.


Part Time Professional:

In addition to our full time Staff, Sea Horse Stables, employ an insured part time professional who assists or current staff at home and at shows. 

Professional Grooming Staff:

Gustavo and Edwin provide a combined 20 years of professional experience in medical care and specialized grooming services. They are brothers and part of our extended Sea Horse Stable family. Gustavo and Edwin are patient and accomplished horseman who are extremely dedicated to providing the best quality care, stable maintenance, lunge and ground training to our horses.


Working Student:

Payton Beerbower.  Payton is a high school student and the senior working student at Sea Horse Stables.  In addition to caring for her own 3 horses Payton assists the Sea Horse staff with daily operations, exercising horses, schooling and showing horses and attending to the horses and clients special needs.   Payton is insured, an extremely versitle rider and a highly responsible horsewoman.

We also maintain a Junior working student on staff to assist with exercise riding and daily horse and stable care.