We provide a caring, family environment combined with the training, skills, preparation and the experience required to allow each rider to achieve their full potential.


Experience with multiple trainers, lessons from acclaimed riders, and advice/counsel from top veterinarians provide each rider with valuable perspectives.

Customized training and show programs for each rider’s personal capabilities and objectives.

Finding the right pony/horse and level of competition for each rider to ensure optimal advancement and safety.

Our “boutique”/individualized attention has proven more successful than training systems at larger barns; this is not a “one size fits all” program.

Teaching young riders to be competitive with themselves and always strive for their own personal best.



Originally from Bronxville, NY, Kristen Kissel Carollo’s first horse, Restless Magic, was a Thoroughbred from the racetrack in Saratoga Springs. At nineteen years old, Kristen was already running her family’s floral business with ten stores across Westchester when she inherited Restless from her mother. Although she had no prior horse experience, Kristen refused to sell the mare and found a home for Restless at Boulder Brook Stables in Scarsdale. There she met Jerry Carollo, a well-known trainer and professional rider who had originally founded Courtyard Farm in 1984.

Six years and seven hundred horse shows later, Kristen, Jerry, Restless, and their two sons, Nicky and Daniel, moved Courtyard Farm to their own property in Bedford Hills. In 2001, after losing Jerry tragically to a sudden illness, Kristen embarked upon her next milestone; the multimillion-dollar renovation of a condemned 31-acre horse facility in Bedford Hills. Today, Courtyard Farm is one of the few top-level riding facilities that has endured area’s the competitive market under Kristen’s exclusive ownership. Throughout the past nineteen years, she has brought along numerous riders from short stirrup to nationally-ranked horse shows up and down the East coast show circuit.

Elizabeth Carney graduated from the University of Findlay with a double BS in Equestrian Studies and Business Management. She has been a part of the Courtyard team as a barn manager and riding instructor since 2010. Elizabeth enjoys managing the various aspects of a show farm as well as teaching young riders horsemanship skills. Elizabeth has currently enjoyed working on developing the Courtyard IEA team, which has been a beneficial addition to Courtyard’s riding program. In her free time, she likes training her dogs in Obedience and Agility.

Missy Wright is from Somers, NY and started her career as a working student for various trainers in North Salem. In her career, Missy has lived and worked with all kinds of horses from WA to CA to VA to FL as a rider, groom, barn manager and trainer. Missy has been a riding instructor for over 30 years; she enjoys staying in touch with all her students, past and current, who have become veterinarians, doctors, horse trainers and all kinds of interesting people.



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(914) 244-4488

111 Bedford Center Road
Bedford Hills, NY 10507