Our Trainers and Instructors

Dr. Benyei

Candace Benyei, Ph.D.

Dr. Candace Benyei has bred, raised and trained horses and riders for over 45 years. A Horse Whisperer before it became a popular subject in the literature, she has always used a round pen and spoken "horse" to her charges, including the Farm's foundation stallion Whimsy Brook Rye who was Top Ten in the nation and Horse of the Year in New England for three years running as a hunter. Out of her training in bodywork, Dr. Benyei developed the technique she calls "Aware Riding," a way of observing the movement of horse and rider and then teaching the rider to become aware of his or her own body as well as that of the horse.

Dr. Benyei studied classical ballet for 12 years, is a practicing homeopath, was a research biochemist, and holds Masters degrees in Family Therapy, School Psychology, Theology, and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. A life-time farmer, she has served on the Board of Directors of Fairfield County Farm Bureau for over 26 years, and as its President for six years. She served as a Director of Connecticut Farm Bureau from 2013-2015 and is currently an Alternate Director for Fairfield County. Dr. Benyei is the Farm's US Pony Club Center Administrator.

Rachel Draper, Assistant Instructor

Rachel Draper, Assistant Instructor

Rachel Draper comes to us from Preston, CT. She is a Dressage rider and graduate of the Post University Equine Program, where she was Captain of the Dressage Team. For the last year she has served as the Instructor and Barn Manager for the Equine Program at the Devereux Glenhome School in Washington, CT. Prior to that, Rachel was an Instructor/Counselor for Camp Jewell YMCA.

Rachel has experience with Centered Riding philosophy and training, as well as giving therapeutic riding instruction.