by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Tyler McElhaney

At Dapple Grey Farm in Rancho Santa Fe, children and adults not only learn riding skills, but also how to care for horses and provide for their daily needs. “We are a very hands-on barn; I want my students to be educated in all aspects of horse care, management and riding,” stated Jenny O’Curran, the trainer of the facility. Dapple Grey Farm offers horseback riding lessons to children starting at age six and adults of all ages. In fact, according to O’Curran, one of her students is 74 years young.
Grey Farm is a full-service training facility that includes a main jumping arena, two riding arenas, and a 25-stall barn with several grooming areas. O’Curran offers lessons for riders of all abilities, from beginners to those competing in horse shows on the Greater San Diego Hunter Jumper Association and “AA”-rated circuits. O’Curran describes the environment at Dapple Grey Farm as safe and positive, with a great deal of value placed on developing happy horses and happy riders. And while O’Curran’s students have had many successes in the competition arena, she is most proud of the people they have become because of riding. [pullquote align=”right”]” We are a very hands-on barn; I want my students to be educated in all aspects of horse care, management and riding.”
~ Jenny O’CurranDapple [/pullquote]“My students have learned respect, responsibility, teamwork, compassion and unconditional love. They have felt the thrill of victory and [experienced] that sometimes life isn’t fair. And they have learned all of this with dignity and grace,” declared O’Curran.


DSC07414In addition to riding lessons, Dapple Grey Farm also provides training for young horses and horses that are exhibiting problem behaviors. “I grew up in horse family and my parents taught me to be a well-rounded horsewoman. Over the years, I have developed my skills working with and riding sensitive horses and fixing behavior issues. Along the way, I have learned how to effectively communicate with my students and clients so they can reach their goals and be the best they can be,” related O’Curran.
During the summer months, Dapple Grey Farm holds small, individualized camps that focus on providing a solid foundation and introduction to horseback riding. O’Curran encourages horse enthusiasts to visit to learn more about the summer camp program, as well as about riding lessons and training programs that are offered throughout the year.


At A Glance

DSC07528Name of Business: Dapple Grey Farm
Trainer: Jenny O’Curran
Years in Position: 6
Year of Establishment: We moved our barn to Rancho Santa Fe in August 2012
Address: 5827 Winland Hills Drive, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091
Email contact:
Phone: 760-871-5945
Description: Dapple Grey Farm offers training and lessons for all levels of riders from first-time beginners to riders who compete at Greater San Diego Hunter Jumper Association shows and “AA”-rated shows. We specialize in working with children, juniors and amateurs in a safe and positive environment.