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Dragonfly Equestrian Center is a state-of-the-art horse farm home to 18 brand new stalls all with attached grass turn-outs and a 100 by 200 indoor arena with GGT footing, heated viewing room, and bathroom facilities. The farm offers tack closets and stall tack boxes, and in-door wash stalls.

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TRAINING & EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
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HORSEMANSHIP LESSONS
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BOARDING
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FULL BOARD
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EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Dragonfly Equestrian Welcomes Imanol Echeverria as New Head Trainer!

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Imanol Echeverria is a professional Show Jumper and Eventer. He was raised in Madrid, Spain and learned to ride in Dublin, Ireland. Imanol’s early training with top European riders allowed him to adopt a high standard for horsemanship both in and out of the saddle. Imanol has extensive international competition experience as a Show Jumper through the CSI 3* Grand Prix level. He was the assistant rider for Nation’s Cup and Olympic competitors Alfredo Fernandez-Duran, Jacobo and Patricio Maldonado, and Jean Marc Nicolas. A large part of his career was dedicated to starting and competing young horses for owners in Spain and France. He has also worked at sport horse breeding facilities in Europe, and ran a business importing horses from Belgium to Spain.  

 

Imanol began competing in the sport of Eventing when he moved to the United States in 2012. He maintains a robust competition and coaching schedule from April to November at USEA, USDF and USHJA rated shows in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, and also brings students to local schooling shows. Imanol has spent the last few winters in Aiken, South Carolina to extend his training and competition season. 

 

A certified riding instructor through the Royal Spanish Equestrian Federation, Imanol has over 20 years of experience teaching beginner through advanced students of all ages.  He is also a PATH International Advanced level therapeutic riding instructor and an Associate Evaluator for instructors in training. Imanol has taught United States Pony Club clinics and has helped to prepare members for their Pony Club Ratings. He enjoys working with his students in a fun yet challenging lesson environment to bring out the best in their horses to meet training and competition goals.

 

Imanol is fluent in both English and Spanish, and holds citizenship from the United States, Spain and Mexico. He lived and worked in Europe and the United Kingdom for over 30 years before moving to Connecticut, where he has lived with his wife, Susan Ballek, for the past 10 years.  When he’s not at the barn, Imanol loves to ski, hike and be near the water with his dogs.

Meet the Team

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Deb Valenti

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Sharon Miller

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Susan Ballek

Barn Manager 

susanballek@gmail.com