Grey Dawn Farm is a small family owned business, which offers horses for sale, lessons on GDF horses, lessons on your own horse at GDF, lessons off the property or at shows, pasture board, regular board, training board or training board for the purpose of sale. Vanessa and her mother Cindy own the business together and offer more than 25 years of experience in horse care and management. The discipline of choice at GDF is dressage. 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-acre farm in Warwick, NY is well maintained with a happy and tranquil atmosphere. The facility includes large fenced pastures, a 170ft x 70ft indoor with a stone dust base and German Geo Textile footing mixed with granite sand, a 100ft x 230ft fenced outdoor with stone dust base and sand footing (both arenas are groomed daily). There are trails around the property through groomed fields and woods, a nine stall 1800ds barn with wash stall, two tack rooms and a shedrow with seven 12'x 12' double Dutch door stalls next to the indoor arena. GDF also has 3 large run-in sheds surrounded by large fenced fields for pasture board horses. For more details take the video farm tour above, or stop by for a visit.
Vanessa drives down to Mr Poulin for another training session during the month of April with Amelie not having made it to Florida this winter season. It was fantastic to get out of the cold and also great to receive super charged training sessions - fitting everything into such a short period of time.
Vanessa and Cindy imported two geldings from Germany. Dux is a 5 year old, 17h, dark bay Westphalian gelding by Diamond Hit out of Finja by Florestan. He has a super temperament with outstanding, up-hill gaits. He already has easy single flying changes in both directions, effortless counter canter, lovely lengthened gaits and showing a facility with lateral movements. Domingo is a 6 year old, 16h, black Oldenburg gelding by Damon Hill out of Diana by Davignon I. He too has an excellent temperament with an easy flying change in both directions. He is very athletic and elastic, shows great talent for extension and collection and has a super hind end.
Vanessa, Cindy, Helena and Lucy spent another winter season with Elizabeth Campbell in Tampa, Florida. Vanessa brought two horses, Amelie and Leonesse with the aim to train and compete both. At the Tampa Show, March 3rd and 4th both mares did exceedingly well. Leonesse was Champion at Third level for the two day show with her 70.7%. Amelie had two solid scores at 2nd level test one: 68% & 69.7% winning both her classes. At the Heidelberg Cup in Orlando on March 31 & April 1st, both mares did well once again. Amelie won again as did Leonesse, competing this time at 4th level. Elizabeth's great help as eyes on the ground both at home and at the shows was immensely appreciated. Cindy, Helena and Lucy flew home while Vanessa stayed with the mares a couple more weeks, finishing her stay at Michael Poulin's barn in De Leon Springs, Florida. It was lovely to see the successful family run business in action, everyone working very hard in a friendly and down to earth atmosphere. There were a lot of Grand Prix horses in training, which had been made by Mr and Mrs Poulin. Many horses are sent there for retraining and trouble shooting. It was an immensely productive stay. However, Vanessa was very happy to head back up north to be reunited with her family.
Bred by GDF, Besame will embark on a career in eventing with her new owner and we wish them the best of luck. Her dam, Sherpa Charm, was a steeple chaser, and all her siblings were upper level event horses.
Carpendale is exceptionally talented in both Dressage and Jumping. He will now be developed as a dressage horse by his new owners, who referred to him as "a horse of a lifetime".