Country Haven's facilities include approximately 16 acres of Kentucky Blue Grass pastures with a stream and heated Nelson waterers, an 8 stall barn, a 16' x 44' pasture shed, a cross country course & hacking area through woods and fields, a measured galloping path and a 150' x 250' sand ring (with filter fabric and a compacted stone dust base) which has great footing for the hunter/stadium jumps and the dressage arena.
The cross country course is available for schooling with either your own instructor or with Earlen.
Country Haven, an equestrian training facility in Woodstown, NJ, is owned and operated by Don and Earlen Haven. It is a bit unique in that it has 23 acres yet a very limited number of horses, allowing lots of turnout and special attention for each horse.
Earlen is a USEF licensed judge in dressage and eventing and also held judging licenses in hunter, hunter equitation and jumper for 40+ years. She has always successfully crossed those disciplines herself and with many students and horses.
She teaches all of the disciplines with dressage basics which she feels are important in learning to communicate effectively with your horse, even if you're just pleasure riding. Her goal is to make riding as simple as possible to understand and enjoyable for both horse and rider.
She has had the opportunity to ride with many top instructors in the various disciplines and felt that they all taught the same principles. Bert deNemethy, the Olympic Jumper Team Coach asked Earlen to try out for the US Jumping Team, even though at the time, he had only worked with Earlen on the flat. Correct flat work is the basis for correct jumping.
Earlen offers lessons & clinics in dressage, eventing, hunter, jumper and balanced seat riding. She does allow students to ride one of her "schooled" horses for lessons, although most take on their own horses. She also trains horses and teaches clinics (both mounted and unmounted). She even has some education minded students that are trail riders who just want to learn to communicate better with their horses for a more pleasurable ride.
Country Haven is offering training/board for a limited number of education minded owners and an "Elite Care Package" for Retirement Horses. All horses at the farm have LOTS OF TURNOUT on large pastures and/or individual paddocks. If you are looking for extra special care for your retired horse or a boarding situation based on training and education , call Earlen for more detailed information & references. All boarders must train with us.
All levels of horses & riders are welcome…for schooling, lessons, (private, semi-private or group) clinics and fun days. Feel free to call for more information or to be put on the contact list. Earlen is always happy to meet with prospective students to discuss their goals and customize a program to meet the needs of both horse & rider. You are welcome to visit the farm.