Lessons. Summer Camps. Training.
Home-Port Stables has facilities in Brinnon, Washington and Keswick, Va. It is a family run program. Eleanor and Nicole Black are the primary instructors. Eleanor "Elly" was a rider at Port-a-Ferry farm in Batesville. Her mentor is the late Countess Judith Gyurky from Hungary. Countess Gyruky was affectionately known as, "Aunt Judith" to those close to her. Aunt Judith imported and bred Hungarian Clover Horses. She is famous for winning 1936 Olympic try-outs on her Clover mare Igezo but was denied an opportunity to compete because she was a woman. Shortly after Olympics war broke out in Europe and she escaped to the United States. The story of her escape is chronicled in her book, "The Mark of Clover". The book also describes the legendary Cloverhorses and many of their mythical tales. Elly had the opportunity to ride for Aunt Judith and learn her methods of teaching and training.
Nicole is Elly's youngest daughter who grew up riding at Port-A-Ferry. She never forgot its magic and charm. As such, she has written children's books called, Destiny and Friends that illuminate the special relationship between horses and people. Much of her inspiration came from the magic of Port-A-Ferry.
Today, Nicole is an accomplished rider and teacher. She has ridden with many international riding instructors including Capt. Mark Phillips, Jean Moyer, Todd Trewin and Dorothy Cromwell. Her lessons are animated and fun but technically accurate and physically demanding. She is often called a horse whisper because her unique ability to read a horse and solve their underlying problems. As a result, she is a well respected horse trainer and riding instructor.
The farm is located on Campbell Rd. just minutes from Zions Cross Roads, Spring Creek, Palmyra, Troy and Keswick. Our riding program is like no other because we focus on having fun while learning classic horsemanship. We don't teach short-cuts and we don't train horses with artificial "devices". We use the Hungarian Riding School philosophy which emphasizes connection and strong foundation in both horse and rider.
The facility includes a 200 x 300 outdoor arena with sand and rubber footing. 10 Stall barn. Wash rack with hot water, wooded trails with creek crossings and cross country jumps. We attend horse shows, three-day events and dressage shows. Starting summer 2017 we are hosting Barnyard Cinema. We place a 20 ft movie screen in outdoor arena and show classic horse movies. There is more information on the page link. Feel free to contact us about attending Barnyard Cinema for groups, clubs or special events.
Follow the links and feel free to contact us with questions, ideas, or just to say hello. If you are familiar with Aunt Judith, Port-A-Ferry, Clover horses and want to catch up we love hearing from you. Please feel free to call or email.