From Our Editors
Fifty miles outside the modern bustle of Manhattan, New York Dressage maintains the rustic heritage of horseback riding. Built in the late 1800s, a renovated barn houses mares and stallions as they wait to prance in the outdoor ring and indoor arena carpeted with beach-sand footing. Riders of all ages learn from experienced instructors how to handle the gentle mounts without the need for training hooves, mastering everything from basic horsemanship to trotting, cantering, and galloping. Amid shaded trees and open fields, the farm's idyllic setting betrays its fierce penchant for showmanship—along with hosting dressage shows, the farm owns horses that have appeared on TV shows such as The Sopranos and Law and Order.