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Established in 1986

About Us

Amy Hanssen Training Center was established in 1986, although the history of this family-owned farm goes back much farther.

The History of Our Farm

The WNY farm was originally established in 1832 by Amy’s great-great grandfather, John Bowerman, who worked draft horses and cattle.

In the early 1950s the farm was sold to Les Bowerman, Amy’s grandfather. He established Colonial Ridge Stables and had one of the largest tack shops and riding stables in New York State. In addition, he bought and sold horses on a daily basis, never having less than 150 head.

Amy’s parents, Bob and Bonnie Hanssen, continued the horse business by buying the farm in the late 1960s. The tack shop and riding stable blossomed throughout the years. In the late 1970s they built a boarding barn and an indoor arena, one of the first in Western New York.

Outdoor arena with hunt course with barn in the background
Indoor arena with sand footing and jumps set
Our History

Our Facilities

Amy knew, after watching her parents run the farm and with her involvement with horses, that she wanted to be the next generation to continue the family business. In the late 1980s, Amy and her brother decided to split the farm, with her taking on the horses. Even though she was young, she had the knowledge, experience, and family training and support to successfully continue the business.

Meet Our Trainers

Amy Hanssen Training Center Today

Amy, Virginia and Jenna take pride in the training center, their training program for both horse and rider, and the atmosphere created at the farm. They are extremely proud of their accomplishments as well as the accomplishments of their customers and students. They work extra hard, pay attention to detail and are exceptionally professional and honest. Most important, each and every student and client are equally important to them.

We are Here for You

Contact Us

We encourage you to contact the Amy Hanssen Training Center to discuss your needs and talk about how we might enhance your riding experience. Please fill out the form and we will get back to you shortly!