CEC offers over 3 miles of on-property trails which are open and available for year-round trail-riding. The paths are well groomed and sign-posted and meander through woods, fields, and alongside the Skunkamaug River which marks the lower boundary of the property. The terrain is varied and inviting, and the various routes offer scenic views of the beautiful farm. CEC is home to a large variety of birds and wildlife, and most rides will provide a few sightings. There are several places where you can take your horse into the river, and there is also a stream on the property, so CEC is a great place for getting your horse accustomed to water.

Athene offers Introduction to Trail-Riding lessons, as well as advanced sessions, and accompanied trail-riding. There is so much more to riding than arena work, and CEC offers the perfect environment for enjoying the beauties of nature with a horse!


CEC has a well-designed cross-country course with obstacles appropriate for Beginner/Elementary through Novice/Training level horses and riders. There are close on 20 jumps in the main field as well as others on the trails (see Trails). Main-field jumps include a hogsback, a roll-top, several coops, and log jumps, as well as artificial water and a table. There are also beginner-level cavalettis and low logs so even the most inexperienced can get a feel for negotiating obstacles outside of the arena. Many CEC lessons (flat and O/F) are taught in the cross-country field as that riders and horses can experience being outside.

Athene offers Introduction to Cross-Country lessons as well as more advanced sessions. She is available for cross-country clinics and group lessons and is happy to work with riders and horses on particular challenges.

Contact Athene by e-mail at, or by phone at 860-942-3942

 Trails and Cross Country at CEC

Contact: Athene von Hirschberg

860.942.3942 (Athene); 860.742.1900 (Barn) 

220 Talcott Hill Rd.Coventry, CT, 06238