Happenstance barn

About Us

- About Us -


We are a premier boarding and dressage training facility, in Elizabeth, Colorado with kind and supportive boarders, trainers and staff. We offer quality stall and pasture board in a bright, open & airy barn, plus riding lessons and dressage training all the way from beginner to FEI levels. Our trainers love working with all breeds. We do not discriminate with breeds, horse cost or riding levels at Happenstance. We have all breeds from thoroughbreds, ponies, warmbloods and Friesians!

Our beautiful facility features a well lit indoor arena, and we can boast having one of the few facilities in the area with a large enough indoor for a full size dressage court! There are viewing tables gathered by a coffee and refreshments station for your relaxation and enjoyment. Our stall area connects directly to the arena for your ease during the cold Colorados winters. The whole facility is light, bright and airy with large grooming stalls, a heated wash rack and boarder dedicated tack room. The stalls have heated Nelson waterers and a staff apartment, allowing us to hear and check on the horses 24/7. Headed outside you will find a beautiful outdoor arena with optional lighting (when needed). Plus a round pen for lunging and our special mini arena for young horses and kids riding lessons. We have large pastures for horses that live out, and shared and individual pens for daily turnout of our indoor horses. We are also so proud to offer a stunning hacking trail that winds all the way around this seventy acre property for you and your horse to enjoy when you want some down time.

Happenstance’s manager is Gemma Hanekom who brings empathy and professionalism to the daily running of the barn. Our resident dressage trainer is silver USDF medallist Sara Storch (Sara Storch Equestrian). Sara has grown an amazing business with her enthusiasm and joy for dressage and all horses and riders. She is assisted by trainers Angela Rothe (USDF Bronze Medalist & 2019 Best Horseback Riding Lessons in Denver by Lessons.com) & Nadine Lurz a hugely talented young rider. We are proud to have built a team of professionals who work so well together, and we are excited to share our team with the local riding community.

We very occasionally have spaces for new clients and horses. Please contact us to schedule a visit or to enquire about any of our services.

Sara Storch

Dressage Trainer

Angela Rothe

Dressage & Working Equitation Trainer

Nadine Lurz

Young Rider & Dressage Trainer

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