Nestled on the property of Kirby Hill Farm, one of the hidden gems of Pawling can be found at Revolution Equestrian. The facility caters to the needs of horses and riders of any age and skill level. As the business prepares to celebrate its third year of operation, staff members are continuing to spread their knowledge and love of horses to the community.
Under the direction of owner and head trainer Melissa Hogan, Revolution Equestrian is a stable and training facility that incorporates virtually any need that the equestrian community may require. Situated on nearly 300 acres on Quaker Hill, the site includes two 200 ft. x 100 ft. performance rings, providing indoor and outdoor arenas. The grounds also boast19 grass paddocks, numerous walking trails, and a polo field.
The stable facilities currently house 50 horses, all of which receive around-the-clock care and supervision from the staff and trainers. “I have a great staff here,” says Hogan. “You really can’t do this by yourself; you have to have good support.” Amenities for the animals include rubber-matted stalls with yoked outdoor windows, and hay chutes located above for clean and convenient dispensing. The stable also has two heated wash stalls, and three heated and air conditioned tack rooms. The feed room is also climate controlled, and the facility employs an automated organic fly control system.
In addition to the stables, Revolution Equestrian specializes in a wide array of training. Horseback riding lessons are offered for both individuals and groups. Training is available in western riding, dressage, jumping, and grooming. Head trainer Melissa Hogan is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University with a degree in Equestrian Training and Riding; she specializes in breaking and training problem horses. “I’ve been riding horses my entire life, and I know the proper way to handle young and difficult horses,” she says. Revolution Equestrian also hosts specialty clinics, including several presented by renowned horse trainer Kenny Harlow. Last summer, Revolution offered a three-session summer camp to encourage youth involvement.
Revolution Equestrian offers a beautiful, sprawling environment suitable for parties and weddings. An indoor clubhouse can be rented for lunches and dinners; the property also features a fire pit that can be used for special events.
With her work at Revolution Equestrian, Melissa Hogan spreads not only her expertise and knowledge of all things equestrian, but also a lifelong passion. “I ride every day, and I still own the very first horse that I ever had!” she says. The idea behind the business is to provide a safe and enjoyable experience to everyone, from novice horseback riders to the most experienced owners. Some patrons who ride infrequently may simply rent time on a horse, while owners can stable their animals knowing they will receive the utmost care year round. Hogan also hopes to foster a love of horses and equestrian sports in younger generations. “Anyone can come up here for lessons,” she explains. “It’s something that’s really good for kids, because it is very much a sport. It teaches responsibility, and the environment in the barn is like a team.” For more information about Melissa Hogan and her full service equestrian facility, visit RevolutionEquestrian.com online.