Our focus is to help the equine public reach their goals. As you are all aware of the stages of school education, there are proper steps and stages in learning to ride. The first step is to identify what it is you want specifically to work on, and to focus on exercises to help you accomplish your goals, step by step. Remember, you are only as limited as your thoughts allow. Share your goals with our instructors, and they will help you focus. They will teach you how to correctly practice the exercises that will help you accomplish your goals. Kent's Stables' priority is to enhance our customers' awareness of their abilities, they perhaps set too many obstacles in their way, and we try to help them climb over those obstacles. I have a favorite saying, "God created obstacles to strengthen our character, and to see how well we get over those obstacles with the most positive focus".

Our Specialties are:

  • Top Education in horsemanship
  • Goal Setting
  • Goal Accomplishment
  • Motivational Skills
  • Power of Positive Thinking
  • Self-discipline
  • Responsibility

I think we all agree on the importance of education, and in the equine world all the qualities listed above will certainly help individuals in their everyday life. Our equine end of the rainbow is horsemanship education, which is a line of communication striving for excellence, focus and motivation to learn those skills. As we strive for our goals we prevent unintentional interference with your mount and in the long run a happy horse and rider working in harmony and unison.

Facilities Include:

  • Heated indoor arena 66 X 140
  • Lighted outdoor stadium arena 140 X 175
  • Outdoor dressage area
  • Cross country jump course
  • Farrier Lisa Kent (Specializing in the treatment and prevention of lameness)

Offers:

  • Breeding TB & Warm Bloods
  • Boarding
  • Training
  • Trailering
  • Summer Recreation Programs
  • Sale Horses
  • Nutritional Mapping (see testimonials)
  • Winter Training in West Palm Beach, Florida - Enjoy the atmosphere and educational clinics with Olympians and daily training with Lisa.
  • Instructor Lisa Kent has trained with:
    Anne Kursinski
    Kathy Connelly
    Mark Philips
    Lucinda Green
    David/Karen Lende O'Connor
    Ann Guptill
    Robert Dover

Trained in 1994-1996 with Bruce Davidson

Picture of West Palm Beach facility:

Florida

Specializing In:

  • Dressage
  • Jumping
  • Eventing
  • Massage (Equine Sports Therapy)
  • Western Riding
  • Pleasure Riding
  • Training people to train
  • Fun & Event Camps in July

We also would like to note that Lisa Kent is the former "1988 Miss Maine America".

Lisa Kent won the 1997 Advanced Horse Trails at Morven Park, Spring and Fall:
1997 Bit of Britain Series Winner Olympic Hopeful

Lisa Kent completed the world cup qualifier in North Carolina - 2006.

Price List

4 Week Package Plan:
Lessons with helping instructors:
45 minutes to 1 hour
-Semi-private $45.00 = $180.00
-Private $55.00 = $220.00
($5.00 more per lesson if you pay by the lesson)

Lessons with Lisa Kent
45 minutes to 1 hour
4 Week Package Plan:
-Semi-private $55.00 = $220.00
-Private $65.00 = $260.00
($5.00 more per lesson if you pay by the lesson)

Lease $200.00 Month Minimum of 2 lessons
Trail $35.00 for a 45 minute to 1 hour ride (by appointment)
ALL WELCOME
Board $800.00 for stall
          $400.00 Lean-to
Grain per individual horse averages $20.00 to $50.00 per month.
Vet, Farrier, and Wormer are additional expenses.

All who lease or board are required to take a minimum of 2 Lessons per month.
For information please call: (561) 801-3450 or use our contact form.

What we offer you

  • Complete training for your horse and rider from beginner to advanced.
  • Top quality horsemanship education
  • Goal Setting
  • Motivational Skills
  • Responsibility
  • Positive Thinking
  • Focus & Concentration
  • Self Discipline
  • Friendly Atmosphere
  • Lessons & Training
  • Sale Horses

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Kent’s Stables
Gorham, Maine

Any competitive eventer knows how important it is to be adaptable. When you talk to Lisa Kent, owner of Kent’s Stables in Gorham, Maine, you get a real sense of how being open to possibilities can mean the difference between sitting on the sidelines or riding at he top level of the sport.

Lisa was bitten by the "horse bug" when she began riding her neighbors’ horses. Realizing that she wanted more than backyard horsemanship, she began eventing in high school. Once she convinced her parents to help her buy a trailer, her serious competitive career was launched. But it wasn’t until she was in college in Boston that she realized that horses were her true passion (she found herself driving back to Maine to compete whenever she could). It was then that she decided to come home and finisher her education with a business degree that would help her start a horse business.

She began Kent’s Stables in 1981, and she says it took six or seven years for the business to take hold. Now, the 32-acre farm is home to about 35 horses, only 11 of which are boarders. The horses enjoy a “natural environment” – virtually all of them live outdoors year round with sheds to protect them from the elements.

Equine residents range from her 10-year-old Percheron/Thoroughbred stallion, Destiny, and several foals he had sired, through schoolmasters she has trained who are now teaching students, and her current advanced level horse, a mare called Bouvey who had been deemed unrideable by more then one professional.

Bouvey is not the first horse to lead Lisa down an unexpected path; Lisa credits her horses with teaching her to find the positive in what appears to be a negative situations. “People think that when something bad happens it’s the end of the world. I try to use those events as a way to find a new, better direction, to create a new point of view,” she explains.

A visit to the website, www.kentsstables.com, makes it clear that Kent’s Stables offers not only the opportunity to learn to ride, but to learn about one-self as a person. The farm has a supportive and welcoming environment for riders with a range of goals, from those who enjoy learning and improving their horsemanship skills to others who are rekindling a childhood love of horses. The farm offers riding activities ranging from dressage and jumping instruction to trail rides. There are a handful of serious eventing students, and Lisa clearly takes pleasure in bringing like-minded competitors along in her favorite discipline.

Laserbeam, an Andalusian/Thoroughbred/Paint Lisa has foaled, raised and trained ranked 4th as a novice in 2004 and is currently ranked #1 in the country along with her student Lauren Leavitt. Their success is a team effort consisting of alternative therapy, veterinary medicine, and good farrier.

Lisa encourages all of her students to explore and push their abilities, using horses to help them define and redefine their own limits, regardless of their ultimate riding goals. “Horses represent an opportunity to learn life lessons; that’s really their role for most of us,” explains Lisa.

To maintain her competitive edge, Lisa spends part of the winter in Wellington, Florida, to ride with Grand Prix show jumper Anne Kursinski, Kathy Connelly, Ann Guptil, Robert Dover and compete on the winter event circuit. She credits her regular working students and long-time student who help teach with making the annual southern migration possible.

Her own eventing education was gained under the tutelage of some of the biggest names in the sport. In the early ‘90s, Lisa was “sort of a working student” for two summers with Bruce Davidson, invaluable experience for an ambitions and talented rider without a lot of resources. After working for Davidson she began working with Karen and David O’Connor and Kim Severson and continues to clinic with them and Lucinda Green each summer.

It was with the O’Connors that Lisa made her first big “alternative” decision when it became clear that the horse she had planned to take to the top levels wasn’t going to make it. Like any good eventer she took the alternative route when things weren’t working the way she planned. In thinking about what she wanted in a horse, she realized that Spiderman, an “extra horse” that she was bringing along, was actually showing that special something.

It turned out that Spiderman was definitely the horse she was looking for, though at the time Lisa had no way of knowing all that she would learn from him; she just knew he seemed to have what she wanted in an international-level horse.

Together they competed at the upper levels quite successfully, including among other strong finishes, wins at Morven Parks’ spring and fall events (a first). It was at the 1997 Rolex CCI*** that Lisa’s journey down another alternative path – a holistic approach to horse health – really began.

A decision to retire during the cross-country phase at Rolex led her to educate herself about saddle fit. It had become clear to her that horses who weren’t totally comfortable couldn’t be competitive at the highest levels, a lesson that would shape her approach to horses in general.

Resolving the saddle fit issue, she continued campaigning Spiderman. In an effort to address a low level concern she had about his occasional lack of boldness. Lisa took a course in equine message therapy so she could do her own work to keep him comfortable.

Message therapy, another part of her holistic approach to horse care, continues to be a key part of her business. Lisa travels to various barns in New England doing equine message, and has added nutritional assessment, light therapy and work with essential oils. Lisa believes that her inclusion of alternative therapies has helped her to address both physical and mental issues that have a very real effect on a horse’s performance.

She was long-listed for the Olympics with Spiderman when she realized that symptoms he exhibited pointed to Equine Protozoal Myelitis (EPM). Searching for a more effective approach than she found in traditional western veterinary medicine, Lisa offered Spiderman as a test case at a seminar about equine and human nutritional points, and this began his road to recovery. It took about six months to get him back to work, and he’s now busy teaching the stable’s students to events.

Lisa expresses her appreciation of Spiderman, saying, “It’s so cool that this horse took me to a high level [in eventing] and then brought me down another path – that of alternative therapies. He’s been a phenomenal teacher, I’ve learned so much from him.”

It’s clear that Lisa’s knowledge and experience has allowed her to develop the potential in horses – like once-barren broodmare who now ha a foal by her side or to turn a horse like Bouvey around to the point where she’s showing international potential.

Lisa is happy to report that the therapies that are include din her holistic view of horse care are accepted more and more readily as a new generation of horseman realize that alternative approaches are producing results. Her number one goal is to always improve as a horseperson, but she admits that it certainly would be nice to earn a spot on an Olympic team, too. Maybe Bouvey is the horse who can get her there. If not, it’s clear that Lisa Kent will continue to learn from her equine partners and try to pass the knowledge along to enrich her student’s lives at Kent’s Stables.

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