Vicky Williams-Gedney started riding horses when she was about three years old. She had the opportunity to ride a variety of different horses and attend high end horse camps over the summers in addition to regular riding lessons and leasings.
At 15, Vicky trained under Rick Caldwell, who was short listed for the 1980 Olympic 3-day squad. During this time, she competed on the first-ever Carriage Stone IEA team and drill team. She went on to expand her dressage experience under Susan Blue of Lanes End Farm.
Vicky first opened up her own boarding and sales facility in Orange, CT and named it Lionel Ridge Stable, after her first horse. There she cared for and managed 17-23 horses including boarding, training and sales horses.
In 2015, Vicky moved her business to Sweetwater Farm in Clinton, where she leased half the facility and managed the other half on behalf of the owner. There she managed the horse shows, kept staff organized, taught lessons and sold horses.
In 2017 she took the opportunity to manage Westbrook Hunt Club under the guidance of Jane Dow- Burt. There she learned how to organize and co- manage higher end horse shows including multi day USEF A shows, a larger staff, high end show horses, a tack shop along with riding and teaching.
At WHC Vicky met her now business partner Sue Fappiano, and together they decided to open up their own facility, now known as Claddagh Ridge Equestrian Center. The Center’s focus would be to provide top notch care for horses and clients while creating a professional yet family friendly atmosphere.
Sue and Vicky recently purchased Sweetwater Farm in Clinton, CT and are rebuilding and remodeling the entire property to create a premiere horse show facility for not just Connecticut but all of New England. They look forward to keeping the public updated on the progress of this property and seeing you at their first horse shows in 2020.