Curtis and Phyllis Collins purchased and built Timber Hill Stables (later named Furnace Brook Farm) in 1989 for their daughter Christine to run her Morgan training business. Timber Hill was a modern equine facility housing 15 stalls, an insect system, wash rack, outdoor arena and large turnouts. Christine ran a full lesson program as well as a successful Morgan training business with such champion Morgan horses as Syndicat Legaltender, Tedwin Timberlane and Van Lu Magnum Force. In 1994 Christine moved Timber Hill Stables to Kingston MA where she continues to operate today. Curt and Phyllis ran a boarding operation until their daughter Erin graduated from college in 1996 and began her own business teaching students and training Morgan dressage horses. It was then that Furnace Brook Farm was born.
Erin's focus at Furnace Brook is centered on the young rider and the Morgan dressage horse. A full lesson program, camp program and competition schedule are offered to clients. The lesson program serves the beginner rider as well as Erin's long time students who now compete locally, regionally and nationally. Furnace Brook Farm Horsemanship Camp is held throughout the summer and school vacations and is licensed through the State of Massachusetts as well as the Town of Marshfield. These camps educate the young rider in the care of the horse as well as an understanding of the horse as a whole. For the dressage enthusiast, lessons are offered through second level and clinics are held throughout the year with top Dressage riders and judges.
Within the Morgan world, Furnace Brook Farm has become a driving force in the development of the dressage division, in particular the Junior Rider division. Erin's students are setting the standard and consistently winning throughout the region. In 1996 Furnace Brook Farm had its first Morgan World Champion when Erin and Syndicat Legaltender were crowned the Training Level World Champions at the Morgan Grand National. Following in her instructor's footsteps, Alyssa Fletcher, a student of Erin's since she was 8, earned the title of 2004 Reserve World Champion Training Level Junior Rider at the Morgan Grand National. In 2005 fellow riders Erin
Stanton and Kathryn Murphy both captured World titles in dressage and Furnace Brook Farm instructor Kristi Haines earned a Reserve World title in 2006. 2008 proved to be a record year for Furnace Brook Farm with long time student Kara Norton winning a World Championship title along with the coveted AMHA Dressage Gold Medal. Fellow barn mate, Catherine O'Neil, captured the Reserve AMHA Gold Medal while instructor Kristi Haines was crowned the World Champion of her division.
With the expanding lesson program and camp program as well as clients purchasing horses, changes have been made over the years to the farm. The addition of stalls, the installation of a standard dressage arena and the recent purchase of the property next to the farm have continued to expand the facilities of Furnace Brook. The ongoing work to improve the facilities ensures the quality and safe environment that Furnace Brook is known for as well as its first-rate care for its horses.
Furnace Brook Farm has developed into a family oriented facility, which specializes in the young rider and the Morgan dressage horse. A full lesson program, camp program and a competitive string of Morgan dressage horses satisfy the diverse needs of its cliental. Whether your child is a beginner wanting lessons, you need a trusted camp program or you are ready to purchase your first Morgan, Furnace Brook can provide all that you need.