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Shepard Meadows was founded in 2004 and incorporated as a non-profit the following year. Led by Janis Clifton, the founding directors included Jacqui Brooks, David Desmarais, Anne Perreault, and Sherry Lockhart. For two years thereafter, dozens of volunteers worked to get the property ready for our riding program. Three parts of the property were targeted for this work:

  • the stable that would house the equine staff and provide hay storage,
  • the field to the north of the property which was to serve as a riding arena, and
  • the house located on the property which was to provide a caretaker’s apartment and office space.

Located on the top of Hill Street in Bristol, CT on the former Shepard Meadows Farm, we work on a 26-acre property that is free-leased to us by the Episcopal Church of Connecticut. The 1810 farm house and outbuildings provide us with a uniquely serene setting that ensures a positive environment for all who visit.

Since its inception, Shepard Meadows has provided its programs on a semester basis in spring, summer and fall. Additional winter unmounted horsemanship programs and a five-day summer equine experience have been added in recent years.  Our mission is to support the growth and well-being of all individuals, including those with special needs, and in doing so we have added veterans and youth development programs, as well as unmounted and mounted opportunities for all members of our community.

In the spring of 2021, Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. was renamed Shepard Meadows Equestrian Center, Inc. with a new logo – both of which reflected the growing and comprehensive services that the center provides.

Our facility continues to improve and expand – including an indoor arena for inclement weather. We are dedicated to providing recreational activities that are both fun and safe while committing to the professional standards of our accrediting organization, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International. We are a Premier Accredited Center and all of our instructional staff are certified as well.

We welcome your participation and hope to meet you and your family soon!