Where champions get their start

How it all began...

In 1997 Michelle Casale bought a piece of property with falling down buildings, overgrown land and the crazy idea of making it into a horse farm.  She had rescued two Saddlebred horses from a recycling yard in Staten Island and needed a home for them.  Michelle recycled used fence posts and old fencing from two farms and luckily met someone who had gutted a barn and gave her the components for four stalls. After countless trips of hauling literally tons of scrap metal and trash and spending days on end walking behind a field and brush mower, she hired a farmer with a post pounder to help pound the recycled posts and then learned how to stretch the diamond mesh fencing with the help of a few good friends.  During this time, she freelanced as a groom/navigator for all types of driving venues from coaching to combined drivving to pleasure shows.  With each day of work and any extra braiding money from the shows, Michelle would then head to the lumber yard to buy more material for fixing up the buildings or creating a new stall.  Inch by inch the farm became safe enough in 1999 that she and the horses moved to the farm and a lost dog joined the crew.  Luckily a few people put their faith in Michelle  and entrusted their horses to her to be started.  Burgundy Hollow Farm, Inc was born in 2000 and  through word of mouth more than 90 horse got their start in the following years. In 2004, Michelle bought the neighboring property of 52 acres and 100 year old farmstead and estate.  To be able to improve that property, Michelle rented the original house and barns to a trainer and moved into the attic of the new, old stone house while renovating that house and barn.

 In 2007, Michelle decided to share the property with others since she was the only one utilizing the incredible training hills and pretty views.  Michelle attended a building seminar and learned how to build a xc course up to USEA standards and safety. Michelle, with her own two hands, and the assistance of her parents and friends, built a dressage ring, stadium jumps, and three xc courses to host Burgundy Hollow's first schooling horse trials.  Burgundy Hollow Horse Trials was born and in 20008 hosted its first USEA recognized horse trials.

Today, Burgundy Hollow Horse Trials has become the place "Where Champion Get Their Start".  We proudly host three schooling horse trials each year.  Our goal is to provide a fun and welcoming environment for horse and rider to have a wonderful outing. We offer every rider an opportunity to ride his or her horse in whichever phase of a horse trial and whichever level for each phase that the horse and rider are most comfortable.  Michelle is the sole committee of one hosting these events.  She builds the jumps, creates new courses, and does all the office work prior to the events.  Her young children are becoming her "helpers" and husband Thomas is the wonderful support system. On the days of the events, the farm comes to life and a wonderful group of volunteers, 



Burgundy Hollow

Michelle &Thomas Casale... and Family 

Michelle Casale is the owner of Burgundy Hollow Farm, Inc and Burgundy Hollow Horse Trials. Together with the support of her husband Thomas and their young children, Michelle manages the two farm properties which include 82 acres, two houses and multiple barns and outbuildings. Each year we host 3 schooling Burgundy Hollow Horse Trials/Mix & Match and welcome riders to come join us for a fun day.  Our goal is to provide a welcoming, safe place for each horse and rider to have a a great experience.  We allow riders to choose which phases of the event they would like to ride and which level for each phase in order to afford the horse and rider the opportunity to compete in each phase at the level they are most confident and comfortable.  We are truly appreciative of the many volunteers who help make our events happen and run smoothly. We appreciate our sponsors who provide gifts and prizes for our riders. We welcome new and friendly faces to join us for our events whether you are competing, volunteering or spectating.