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BCE IS INCREDIBLY LUCKY TO OPERATE OUT OF SUDLEY FARM
Put simply, it is unrivaled in the surrounding area. Working together, Valerie and Elizabeth Bonner have created a world class eventing training facility and are looking forward to the development of the partnership for years to come! Sudley Farm is located on 130 horse friendly acres in West River, MD and very convenient to Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Our Barn Manager and Head Groom Tyler Held (read about Tyler) lives on site at Sudley Farm. Tyler provides unparalleled care for our horses and keeps the facility running smoothly. It operates as a private farm, so please make arrangements with Valerie to come for a visit. Rest assured, each horse is cared for and attended to as though it is one of our own! The Blue Clover Eventing working students are trained to pay detailed attention on the day to day care of your horse, we take great pride in knowing that all of our horses are healthy and happy! This routine care happens on a very professional level and is included in the monthly cost. We assure you it is second to none. The working students are also able to meet all of your horse’s needs, from clipping to braiding to competition grooming. We like to look and act the part!
For all clients, the 12 stall stable includes everything for human and creature comfort. The accommodations include but are not limited to: large equipment areas, wash stalls, grooming areas, even outside patios for the ponies! Designed and built by King Constrcution, not a detail was overlooked and Sudley Farm can accommodate any and every equine personality and preference. The paddocks are complete with run in sheds and overhangs so horses can stay outside worry-free.
The arenas provide a lot of options, and give each horse and rider the opportunity to make the most out of each training session. The well lit indoor is the size of a regulation standard dressage arena. It boasts state of the art footing, mirrors lining nearly the entire riding area, and a large viewing area. The 125 x 240 outdoor is big enough to set up multiple jump courses let alone individual jumping exercises. The all weather footing makes for an incredible surface to train on year round. Both arenas easily accommodate ship in horses and lessons as well.
Clients don't have to ride in just arenas! There are numerous opportunities for trotting and hacking, either around the vast hay fields or through paths cutting throughout the property. Sudley Farm also boasts the best conditioning hill in the area—whether trotting or galloping the horses are guaranteed to get an incredible work out! BCE clients can also cross country school whenever weather is permitting on the cross country course at Sudley Farm - see below!
As lovely as Sudley Farm is, BCE does move south for the winter months of February and March. The climate and footing for these months allow Valerie to train outside and start the competition season much earlier than if BCE were to stay at Sudley Farm for the entire winter.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Valerie about any questions you may have or special circumstances including clinic opportunities!
CROSS COUNTRY COURSE
The cross country course construction began in the fall of 2013, with the construction of many portable fences replicating what horses will negotiate at recognized competitions from Beginner Novice through Training level. There is a highly versatile water jump, as well as ditches and banks to conquer the technical aspects of the sport as well. Additions to the course will be happening over the next few years so that it can accommodate even more levels and add more variety to the schooling experience.