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Jun 07, 2019

Colts Neck’s New Equestrian Facility Coming to Storied Property

Copper Hill Colts Neck Horse Equestrian

Lauren Sgroi brings new life to horse property on County Road 537 in Colts Neck. Monmouth County residents have likely shared in watching the century-old equestrian property, situated across from Due Process Golf Club, transform over the last two years. This state-of-the-art facility will be the new home to Copper Hill Stables, a hunter/jumper barn with a focus on competition, and Happy Tails Therapeutic Riding, a program for individuals with special needs.

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Some of the changes to the 45-acre property include renovation of the 1910 farm house, construction of the custom-built 30 stall horse barn with attached indoor riding arena, addition of an outdoor arena, grand prix field and horse paddocks.

Copper Hill is currently taking on new boarders and riders interested in developing their skills in the horse show ring with head trainer Sgroi and assistant trainers Tess Davis and Alyssa Perez. Post-move, they plan to host horse shows and derbies of their own in the beautifully designed grand prix field, and the facility will be home base for the Ranney School club horse show team.

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As Colts Neck’s only therapeutic riding center, Happy Tails TR has shared a facility with Copper Hill since it was founded nearly 10 years ago. The Happy Tails program enriches the lives of individuals with special needs, teaching private mounted riding lessons, and unmounted horsemanship lessons to those with physical and cognitive impairments as well as psychological disturbances. Program Director and PATH Intl. Instructor Tara Moore has already expanded program offerings, which have recently included group trips with nonprofit Lunch Break of Red Bank, Monmouth County Vocational School and West Long Branch School. They will continue to share the main barn, while plans develop to construct a barn and indoor of their own on the property. The new property will give them plenty of room to offer an array group, vocational and co-op programs for children, teens, adults and seniors.

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Copper Hill and Happy Tails TR hope to make the official move in June. For more information about Copper Hill Stables, Happy Tails TR and their new facility, contact Tara Moore at 908-902-8876 or