Bayridge Show Stables
~ About Us ~
Bayridge was opened in 2000 when we relocated from Connecticut to New York. The name comes from Holly's favorite horse "Without A Doubt". Bluff, as he was known, was a beautiful bay thoroughbred gelding that had competed through the regular working hunter divisions and passed away in 2002.
Holly was born and raised on Martha's Vineyard Island in Massachusetts and started riding at the age of three. During the majority of her childhood she took her weekly lesson and had ponies in the back yard. Growing up on an island changes a lot about the availability of trainers, barns and shows. At 10 her parents realized that horses were her passion and took her to the best farm they could find. At that time they leased her first pony a medium named Moey who was not the easiest to ride. Within 6 months she went from cross rails to the large pony hunter ring and onto Farnley Sun Twist. By 12 she had outgrown ponies and got her first children's hunter Temperance a 15.3 hand black mare who was an ex race horse and a barn favorite. On Temperance Holly made herself known on the local circuit in the hunters and equitation winning severeal year end awards and qualifying for local medal finals. Both horse and rider were featured in a book about Martha's Vineyard in the 1980's.
Temperance only lasted one show season as Holly quickly moved into the big equitation ranks and needed a solid 3'6" horse. Then came Satisfaction Guaranteed, a big 17.1 hand swedish warmblood gelding who was well known on the local circuit in New England. But by age 15 the bills of a horse show child were too much for her family and Holly had to rely on catch rides given to her from anywhere she could get them which made showing limited.
Holly spent most of her high school years watching, reading and listening to learn what she knows today. There were no big fancy trainers or easy horses. Most of the time it was bringing along track horses for her trainer(s) and schooling the clients horses which gave her the practice. At 19, upon becoming an amateur Holly moved to Rhode Island where she was riding for several trainers again. At 20, in 1993, Holly won the Rhode Island Adult Medal Finals on a horse she had ridden one time beforehand named "Houdini". She then went on to win the adult amateur 18-35 class at the New England Finals and finished 5th overall in the 18-35 Amateur New England Finals. This gave Holly the confidence she needed to pursue her own business. Riding competitively in the amateur ranks was not an option with the finances.
In 1996 Holly moved to Connecticut and opened Capital Hill Stables - her first farm. Capital Hill was quickly a success. By 1997 Holly had several horses competing and qualified for indoors in the professional divisions. All of her students were finishing at the top of their divisions and finals. In 1998, in came the ponies. Her first season as a pony trainer produced several year end awards and a top ten finish at USEF Pony Finals.
In 2000, Holly moved to New York with her family and children and began Bayridge. The main focus of Bayridge is to run a large scale sale and training business. Although there are still clients Holly's main focus is training and sales.
In 2003 the breeding started with the first foals arriving in 2004 and the creation of the "Bayridge" line of show ponies. The breeding program at Bayridge has been kept on the small side so that it does not overrun the training and sales business, with mares typically being bred every other year. Holly hopes to one day have an entire farm dedicated to her breeding operation and eventually her own stallions at stud.
About Holly Stanley
Rightfully Mine - 1997
Instrumental - 2007