Born to the Saddle

Born to the Saddle

In 2010 a Greenwich homeowner made the decision to build the equestrian estate of her dreams; and Steeplechase Farm was born.

The owner began riding as a young girl in Westchester County and loved everything about horses. She worked tirelessly to buy her own horse, which she kept in a barn on Taconic Road, just down the street from where she would build this estate almost forty years later. Back then, one of her favorite things to do was ride the trails that winded through the woods of backcountry.

Eventually her career, marriage and children demanded every minute of her time, so she took a long break from the saddle. Then, twenty-five years later, she had the time and money to get back to what she loved. She began the search for the right property on which to build a beautiful home and professional-grade facilities for her horses.

It took several years for her to find thirteen acres off Taconic Road, close to the polo grounds. She then assembled a talented team of designers. Architect Paul Marchese of Greenwich designed the shingle-style house that’s sited at the center of the property to offer spectacular views of the gorgeous setting (the estate backs up to conservation land), gardens and eight paddocks. The house—constructed with green technology, including geothermal heating and cooling—was completed in 2012 and won a HOBI award for best custom home in the state. John Conte of Greenwich was the landscape architect.

King Construction in Pennsylvania developed a number of the equestrian features on the property, including the eight-stall barn and indoor ring, the only one of its kind in Greenwich. There’s also a riding trail that meanders through Steeplechase Farm. The owner went to great lengths to install show-grade features for the horses, right down to the Pinnacle riding surface for the indoor ring.

One of the estate’s best features is its low profile. The barn, indoor ring and equipment shed, for instance, are sited on the low end of the sloped property, so they are barely visible from the road. At the same time, the equestrian elements blend beautifully with the home and the landscape. The look is quite classic. The dream came true—the view from the back porch includes the pool, gardens and horses grazing in the paddocks as the sun dips below the horizon.

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Shingle-style home
15 rooms
5 bedrooms
7 full baths
2 partial baths
12.87 acres

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