Phoenix Farm is the brainchild of Heather Bailey and John Strassburger, two lifelong horsemen who dreamed of establishing a training center in Northern California. Located in beautiful Sonoma Country, Calif., Phoenix Farms operates out of two facilties--our "home base" of the original Phoenix Farm, and beautiful, historic Chalk Hill Ranch, featuring hundred of acres of barns and turnout, indoor and outdoor rings, some of the best hacking in Northern California, and the dedication of experienced professionals. Our home base has limited space, but features large turnouts, hacking, a ten-stall barn, and an all-weather arena. Our price list page gives you various options at both facilitites.


Although we specialize in the sports of dressage and eventing, we believe every horse and rider should be given the opportunity to excel. Our bottom-to-top approach to training horses and riders addresses the physical, psychological and educational tools necessary to produce happy and confident horses and riders. Whether your dream is to compete or just enjoy your horse to the fullest, we at Phoenix Farm can tailor a program to meet your needs.



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In addition to the horses, we also breed Nigerian Dwarf Goats--these little guys are excellent pets and companions, superlative brush eaters, and also a great source of milk. We generally have kids born late spring every year, and they are generally ready to go home in mid- to late summer. Please visit
their page to meet them, and reserve your kid today. Starting in 2013 we also have Speckled Sussex chickens: organic free range eggs and a limited number of chicks will be available in spring 2013.

John and Heather’s 5 rules of training horses:

1. When in doubt, go forward.
2. Never react out of anger or frustration.
3. Always give the horse the chance to give you the right answer.
4. The right job exists for every horse; it’s your job to figure out what that job is. (And remember it may not always be the job you had in mind).
5. When in doubt, go forward. (Yes, this is important enough to list twice.)

Of course, the easiest way to understand our philosophy is to learn about the horses who have inspired it please visit the
Our Horses page to meet the real stars of the farm.