Oakwood Equine Management runs the stable at Ledyard Farm. Oakwood is owned and operated by Ferial and Marc Johnson. The Johnsons offer a wonderful combination of teaching and training riding and driving horses.

About the Johnsons

Ferial grew up in Sussex, England, where she was surrounded by horses from a young age. Her mother was the local Pony Club District Commissioner, and Ferial participated in Pony Club activities including mounted games, show jumping, dressage, and eventing. She also fox hunted with such famous packs as the Eridge and Mid-Surrey farmers drags and the Coakham bloodhounds (renowned for jumping rather intimidating hedges!).

Irishman DeLosque at Morven

Irishman DeLosque at Millbrook

A small horse named Master Buster gave Ferial her introduction to the Classic Three Day event and took her to the Advanced level.

Ferial also tried steeplechase and point-to-point racing, where she had some success on Late Harvester. Ferialís cousin, Jimmy Frost, won the Grand National in 1989 and twice won the Breederís Cup Steeplechase on Morley Street.

Since coming to New England, Ferial has brought along many young event horses through the levels and helped young and adult riders attain their goals.
Irishman DeLosque at Morven

Marc driving Falsterau and Apache at the World Championships 1993
with Chip Cheston navigating

Marc focuses on carriage driving, including competing, teaching, and marathon course design at all levels. Marc trained and competed in Europe with a four-in-hand of horses owned by Dierdre Pirie. In 1993, Marc represented the USA at the World Pair Driving Championships.
Since then Marc has designed many driving courses including the one at Black Prong Equestrian Centre in Florida, the winter home of Maureen and Alan Aulson. Marc has navigated at FEI events in Europe and here in the USA. Currently he is a selector for the 2006 USA FourĖin-Hand Team, Northeast Director for the American Driving Society, and an ADS combined driving Technical Delegate.
Marc and Ferial with Falsterau and Apache at Fairhill

Ferial, her mother, and son Carl hunting with Myopia Hunt Club

Allyson on Little Rascal
Stable Services

Ferial is assisted in teaching and running the barn by Allyson Siopes. Lauren Morse, another student of Ferialís, also assists in the barn.

Oakwood offers boarding, teaching, and horse care services. Lessons are available for boarded horses and truck-ins.

Board $TBA
Full training $TBA
Private lessons $60
Semi-private lessons $40
Group cross-country lessons $40 (plus suggested donation)
Coaching at competitions for regular students
Clipping, mane and tail pulling by appointment

Driving lesson fees $60

Lauren on


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