2017-07-13 / Business

Freshly remodeled Richfield Farm has activities for everyone


Paul DeRoche, owner of Richfield Farm, is proud to offer equestrians and equines a new facility providing boarding, riding lessons and horse training. DeRoche and his partner, Sean O’Bryan (not pictured), hope to be able to bring the fun and pleasure of riding to people that wouldn’t otherwise have access. 
Photo by Alex Petrie Paul DeRoche, owner of Richfield Farm, is proud to offer equestrians and equines a new facility providing boarding, riding lessons and horse training. DeRoche and his partner, Sean O’Bryan (not pictured), hope to be able to bring the fun and pleasure of riding to people that wouldn’t otherwise have access. Photo by Alex Petrie RICHFIELD TWP. – Nestled in the countryside of Genesee County is Richfield Farm, a sprawling 30 acres of meadows and grasslands, which has recently been renovated to make room for their new boarders – horses. Owner Paul DeRoche and his business partner, Sean O’Bryan, intend to cater to not only horses, but their equestrian owners, offering boarding, horse training and riding lessons.

“I come up here a couple times every week,” said DeRoche, who lives in Commerce Township. “I’ve always wanted to own a farm, and Sean, who’s also a lawyer, has owned a horse farm called Celtic Ridge for a long time, which is strictly for his enjoyment. He owns probably 25 or 30 horses. Which is why I reached out to him and asked what he thought about opening this place. I financed (the project), but it’s because of him that all of this came to be.”

“We envisioned creating an equestrian facility for people in this area and surrounding communities,” said O’Bryan. “A lot of folks who live in town just don’t have the facilities or the funds required of owning a horse, and we think this is a perfect way to give those people that want it the opportunity to ride a horse or to be able to experience all the fun and pleasure associated with horses.”

The farm, which has been newly remodeled inside and out, adding ten brand new stalls, with a secured locker area for riders to stow their belongings and saddles. Also new is the farm’s heated observation room, which is attached to a 60’ x 120’ indoor arena available for rent, as well as many new outdoor paddocks, each of which are equipped with water and electricity. And for equestrians that like to keep an eye on their horses, the facility boasts 22 security cameras to ensure the safety and quality care of the equines. All boarders have full use of the arena, a 60-foot round pen and wash rack. Boarders also have access to the observation room’s amenities, including a restroom, washer and dryer.

Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome at Richfield Farm, and lessons are offered in group or private settings and can be conducted at the facility or from the convenience of your own backyard. The farm also offers horse training and conditioning programs for your consideration. Their on-site CHAcertified trainer, Kelli Brandt, specializes in barrel racing, pole bending, play day events, beginner to advanced western disciplines, as well as youth and beginner English.

For more information, please visit www.richfieldhorsefarm.com or contact them at 810-412-5685.

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