Hidden Acres

Hidden Acres Equestrian


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  Hidden Acres Photo From the moment you enter our facility we are confident that you will enjoy the Hidden Acres ambiance. 

Hidden Acres Farm offers 20 manicured acres, a large 150 x 300 arena, round pen, and several paddocks for turn-out. Our center is surrounded by a half mile track in a luscious park like setting, and we also have miles of scenic trails that can be enjoyed. 

The natural setting is designed to enhance the well being of horse and rider. We offer riding lessons and boarding in a pristine natural environment.

Riding lessons can be taken on your own horse or on one of our schoolmasters. We have programs tailored to young riders and adult amateur's. We emphasize learning in a relaxed and fun environment.

We offer full boarding as well as self-care boarding. Our 23 stall barn is airy and inviting and we are fully committed to each individual horse's well being.

Our commitment is to make your equestrian experience the most pleasurable part of your day.
Our friendly staff and family-like natural setting contribute to our ability to offer you an unparalleled equestrian adventure. So come ride, train and enjoy...

The Tale of Hidden Acres Equestrian Center
1950-1986
As a young girl my sister and I always dreamed of having our own horse. Our mother and father had both loved horses and had two horses that gave them much enjoyment. My Mom and Dad belonged to a local riding club and their weekends and free time were spent enjoying the sport. After my older sister was born, my Mom decided to sell her two horses, since she didn't have the time anymore like she had in the past. She kept her saddle and bridle and of course all of the wonderful memories. As young girls my sister and I would pretend we had a horse by sitting on the saddle. We would ride our bikes to farms where the horses were in the pasture and stare and dream that someday we would have our own. We would visit the county fair every year and be in awe of the kids who had their own and sit and wait, hoping someone would offer us a leg up and a chance to actually ride. We would beg our parents to please buy us our own, but the answer always came back "When you can afford your own, and are willing to make the sacrifice in time to properly care for one, then you can have your own horse." So as time went on and my sister and I both settled in Rochester, NY after attending college there, my sister called one day. She had just gotten a great job at IBM, I was still in college and she asked if I wanted to take lessons with her. She said it would be her treat. I was thrilled and of course jumped at the opportunity. We started taking lessons at a local stable once a week. The first day we arrived our horses were tacked up, we hopped on, went into a class with six other students. We had NO clue what we were doing, and by the end of the class the instructor had us trotting over small jumps. I was petrified! I had my share of falls, some quite scary when I think back on it, but never was I taught any of the basics. We switched barns and went to another stable in the area after a while and finally we found an instructor who could sense our apprehension and was willing to work with us on some of the most basic aspects of riding. Starting right in the barn by taking and grooming your own horse. We learned so much from Susan and as time went on our fear began to rescind. Then one day I said to my sister, "why don't we buy our own horse, maybe even a baby. This way we can develop even more skills and really develop a bond. I'm still a little afraid and I think this will make all of the difference in the world." My sister thought I was crazy, because you can't ride a horse until they are three. So she bought a 4 year old quarter horse named Dee and I bought a 7 month old Arabian named Shalimar. We needed a place to board and that is where we found the farm. It was called Landview Stable. They allowed self-care which was a must for us, but unfortunately the primary boarders were race horse trainers. We didn't have too many people to learn from. My sister announces to me shortly after she bought Dee that she was expecting twins. So now it was up to me to take care of both horses, along with training Dee. I read all sorts of books, attended clinics, joined horse clubs and became friends with other horse enthusiasts. I then bought our third horse an Arabian Stallion and here is where my show career began. The farm became my second home not only for me but also my sister and our mom and dad. In 1986 my sister purchased the farm and it was then that Hidden Acre's was established and converted from a race horse facility to a family equestrian center. 

Our children (5 between the two of us) have grown up knowing the farm as their second home. They spent much of their childhood around the horse show world both locally and nationally. They have enjoyed evening picnics, countless trail rides, haunted hay rides, and evenings around the campfires. Some of our boarders have been with us so long they have seen our children grow up to become the fine young women and men that they are. 

Tribute To Helen and Jerry Harrington
1986-1999

Helen & Ethel returning from a trail ride. I guess I can blame and thank my Mom for what I have gotten myself into, since it was her love of horses that passed on to my sister and I. The great thing about this is that we all got to share the enjoyment together. My sister and I were working full-time, but everyday we would get out of work and head over to the farm. There waiting for us would be our Mom and Dad, 5 kids in tow, dinner on the grill, and the picnic table ready for our evening feast after Georgia and I finished our ride. 

Both her and our Dad would occasionally go on a trail ride with us. Mom always accompanied us to our horse shows, providing whatever we needed, grooming, tacking, mucking stalls, or baby sitting. For the shows we ran at the farm, she ran the concession stand and served up her famous hot sauce. 
All of our show attire was sewn by our mother including elaborate Arabian Costumes for the Costume Class that we showed in. Our show curtains, embroidered farm attire, anything that could be made she could do it. Dad had his own garden planted there and we always had plenty of fresh vegetables that we would can for the rest of the year. 

Our parents saw our dream come true but they also taught us a life long lesson by not giving in to us at a young age when we so desperately wanted our own horse. They were so right that this is something that comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility and expense. They were there with us from the very beginning, seeing us learn on our own, from our very first horses to our national champion horses that we now have. 

Yes, I almost forgot to mention that our show career started at some local non rated shows to competing at the U.S. Nationals. We are very fortunate to have several top ten titles, and a reserve national champion title. Fortunately our parents were around to see those achievements. Our Mom passed away in March of 1999 and our Dad died in November of 2003. There is not a day that goes by that we don't think of them and when we are riding and the sun shines on our face or the wind whisks through our hair we know it's them saying "there's our girls, living their dream". 

1986-2004
After my sister purchased the farm in 1986 we got very active with the farm. First it needed a major overhaul. All of the stalls were rebuilt, old rickety fencing was replaced with beautiful white vinyl fences, the grounds were groomed and maintained, and additional paddocks for turn out were built. We put on many shows for several years and became one of the favorite places for local horse show enthusiasts. Our children got active into 4H and we had our own club established. Our show careers took the next level when we started showing at the A rated Arabian shows and in 1994 our four horses were expanded to six with the addition of two new Arabian mares. We then began competing at the regional and national levels both in the US and Canada. In 1998 we added another Arabian Gelding to our family and that year we took home some more National Top Ten Championships. One of our Mares was bread to a three time National Champion Stallion and we now had a new filly. While we did add four new horses to our family during this time we also lost our two first horses. It was a very sad time for all of us. After our Mom passed away we took a breather from showing. While it was exciting to have made it to those levels, my sister and I still got the majority of our pleasure out of pure recreational riding. Whether it was hooking up the trailer and heading out to one of the parks, riding in the arena with other boarders, or just hanging out cleaning tack or mucking stalls, it was back to the basics, the beginning, the fond memories of our home away from home. We could have the worst day at work, or other stressful things going on, but if we retreated to our little haven all troubles seem to disappear.

2004-Present
In 2004 my husband and I purchased the farm. My sister purchased a home in Florida so she was spending more time in Florida in the winter and her summer cottage in the Islands. We wanted the farm to remain in the family and Jeff and I were always thinking of what our someday retirement plan might be. So we expanded our focus and began to apply our expertise to establishing a lesson program for recreational riding. We hope soon include a therapeutic riding for the handicapped in conjunction with Special Olympics as well as start a breeding program with our Arabian mares. I also will be working closely with the girl scouts to develop a program for the riding badge and I'm considering starting up some shows and clinics again. So, 2007 brought this family full circle, back to being a family farm with a few extras. 

We invite you to stop by to tour our facility and to further discuss our lesson program. For an appointment please call 585-352-8444 or use our Contact Form.

Ethel Kerr

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