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"Joining the Essex Equestrian Community is the best decisions that I have ever made. When I started riding with Chrissy 6 years ago, I was coming off a 30 year hiatus from riding. Chrissy along with her barn staff and boarders where (and are) so kind and encouraging I knew that I had found a very special place.
My riding goals started with wanting to walk and trot around safely and go for an occasional hack. Through Chrissy’s gentle and thoughtful approach to teaching, I have surpassed all my expectations by taking up eventing.
At Essex Equestrian Center there is a fun and wonderfully supportive group of boarders who enjoy eventing as well as showing. Chrissy attends many of these events to provide trailering as well as coaching support. All of our off property excursions i.e shows, events, schoolings are learning opportunities with lots of collegiality and we always have a blast.
Over the past few years I have purchased two horses. Never do I have to worry about their well being at Essex Equestrian Center. Chrissy and her barn staff take top notch care of all aspects of horse care; precise feeding and supplement administration as well as providing feeding recommendations, proper and timely mediation and bandaging if necessary, immaculate conditions of the barn, rings, and turnout paddocks and safety precautions abound throughout the facility.
Chrissy trailers a group of horses to Ocala, Florida for a month or two during the winter. My horses love to go and I trust Chrissy to take the best possible care of them. I also know they will come back to West Newbury in top notch training form.
Chrissy is a exemplary horse trainer. She has a knack for knowing what a horse needs to move to the next level and how to get the horse there. I can’t say enough about the friendly, upbeat, positive atmosphere at Essex Equestrian Center. Chrissy’s thoughtfulness and love for all things horses sets the tone, which makes Essex Equestrian Center a very special barn as evidenced by the number of loyal clients that have remained with Chrissy for years."
Emily P. Marsh
"Essex Equestrian Center (EEC)managed by Chrissy Gilbertson is located at Indian Meadow Farm in West Newbury, MA. EEC offers superior training, quality care and instruction. It is surrounded by beautiful open fields which are accessible to Green Belt trails.
My entire family has ridden and boarded our 2 horses with EEC since 2006! At that time, my family was very new to horseback riding and horsemanship. We have progressed from raw beginner riders to competitive riders earning top ribbons in some of the regions rated shows such as Valinor, GMHA and King Oak. Chrissy is able to develop an instruction program that meets the needs of rider and horse. Her goal is for each rider to strive for perfection in preparation to meet the next challenge. Safety is always a high priority.
We enjoy the friendly atmosphere and camaraderie at our barn. I would highly recommend EEC to anyone who is looking for a beautiful home and the best care for their horse. You can’t beat the peace of mind!!"
The Barth Family
"We were fortunate to be referred to Chrissy Gilbertson 16 years ago when we purchased our first horse, Chaz.Chrissy has helped us accomplish more than we could have ever imagined. We never dreamed of being more than spectators at USEF AA Rated Jumper Shows. With her encouragement, patience, and consistent training we landed not only in the shows, but in the ribbons!The barn is modern, maintained beautifully by a great knowledgeable staff, and has all the amenities. Our horses couldn't ask for more!Our Essex Equestrian "team" of all ages is likely to be found cheering and supporting each other, at events.We unequivocally trust Chrissy with our family, our horses. She's a refreshing example of a person who does what she says she'll do."
Chris and Susan McQuade
"I have both boarded and trained with Chrissy Gilbertson since 2001, when I imported a young horse from Europe. Despite riding, I have always lived in the city, and an ongoing concern—with the two horses that I had owned earlier—was managing care, and worrying about the animals—from a distance. I now have a 45-mile drive each way to board/ train with Chrissy and find that concern for my horse’s well being has all but evaporated. She is professional and diligent in her overseeing the care of all her horses, I know that he is monitored and cared for in a manner that would be impossible for me to maintain. He is shiny, healthy and happy—due to the quality of care he receives from Chrissy and her staff.
My horse is schooled weekly by Chrissy: the result of that is excellence—and a winning show record—in every discipline we have set him to. He is the product of her consistent training, a wonderful horse, and for that I am grateful.
I continue to train with Chrissy myself, and admire her patience with me, as I struggle with the sport, particularly as I age. We have made much progress over the years and I regret that I did not have a trainer of her caliber when I was younger, as I can see for myself the results of her schooling both young horses and young people. Spectacular!
I would recommend Chrissy without reservation: she is the real deal—rider, trainer, coach and manager. I am pleased to be in her barn."
I took my first ever horseback riding lesson with Chrissy 9 years ago as a present for my seventh birthday and have been taking lessons with her ever since. She has been an excellent teacher and my love for horses as well as my knowledge has grown immensely under her instruction.
Chrissy is an encouraging trainer and an absolutely beautiful rider. I learn not only in lessons but in watching her ride and train horses in the barn.
She runs an organized barn and all of the horses including mine, are impeccably cared for. I trust Chrissy and her staff to take the best possible care of my horse.
Also, Chrissy's barn fosters an incredibly encouraging environment. Everyone is very supportive and it is a safe place to struggle and grow as a rider. I have made great friends at EEC.
Chrissy's vast knowledge has given me the freedom to try many different disciplines and go to a wide range of shows, making me a more diverse rider. Chrissy has taught me so much and her genuine caring for both her horses and students are apparent in her teaching and training methods.
"I love boarding my horses at Essex Equestrian Center. I own three horses. Chrissy Gilbertson and her staff take excellent care of them. The horses are turned out all day and stay in very spacious clean stalls at night. The facility at IMF is just beautiful. Not only do we have access to open fields and trails for riding with beautiful views of the countryside, but also on the property are large indoor and outdoor areans with excellent footing.
Chrissy has helped me significantly in training my horses for jumping and dressage. I own an unruly Arab whom I had only dreamed of taking to a dressage show. I am now feeling confident that I could actually go. Chrissy has also helped me finish my first recognized USEA event.
The staff and boarders at EEC are extremely friendly and kind. I enjoy their company."