Co-Owner/ Manager / Trainer: Vicky Williams-Gedney

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.

Owner: Susan Fappiano

Like many young girls, Sue has always loved horses. She started riding regularly at age 12 on a sweet appendix horse named Mo (Little Czar). Over time they grew into a great team and Sue added a horse for jumping, Natural Wonder (Natchez).

After stepping away from riding for a while, Sue returned for lessons and reignited her love of riding and horses. It was at this time, she met her future business partner Vicky Williams-Gedney and purchased her horse Murphy (Lord of the Dance).

“The culmination of my simple dream of owning my own horse has blossomed into this incredible labor of love”, says Sue about the Claddagh Ridge Equestrian Center.  She is proud that here,” the horse always comes first, and the sport second”. “All the horses in our care are treated as if they’re our own”.

Barn Supervisor / Asst. Trainer and Groom: Lizzie Kilcullen

Lizzie Kilcullen worked with the CREC team while in high school and now returns following her recent graduation from Centenary University, where she studied equine business management.

Lizzie grew up in Fairfield County and has been riding and working around horses most of her life. Through her work at Centenary’s equestrian center, she gained experience in both teaching/ assisting peers and working in a large, fast paced facility with over 100 horses.

She volunteered and worked at numerous events such as: Longines, Masters of New York; Special Olympics New Jersey, USET Talent Search Finals East; and ANRC National Equitation Championships. As an active member of Centenary’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team she groomed at the Metropolitan Equitation Invitational, College Preparatory Invitational Horse Shows, regular season IHSA shows and post season IHSA events. During summers, Lizzie taught riding instruction at Camp Greystone to girls beginner through advanced and really enjoys sharing her knowledge!