Welcome to Corner Stone Farm

 Equestrian Centre

where horses are our passion.

Ride, Learn, Succeed and Enjoy... that is our Goal.

 Corner Stone Farm Equestrian Centre is a english-discipline equestrian facility located just a few minutes north of the beautiful town of Kingston.

 We offer horse enthusiasts year-round Riding Lessons for all ages and stages with insured and experienced Coaches. 

We  also offer  Therapeutic Riding ( KARAT ) please indicate this need in your email to Cathy 

We endeavour to fulfill our mission statement with honesty, integrity, compassion and accountability.  We empower our riders with and without disabilities. 

Please contact Cathy for a booking. Email : Corner_stone_farm@hotmail.com

We are following all COVID precautions and are not open to general visitors.  NO drop in visitors      You may be asked to wear MASKS  when near others

To Book  Contact Cathy to reserve a spot on the waiting list. Lessons book usually 3 weeks in advance. Please contact Cathy for a booking a lesson in the future.

Meet the owners:

Cathy Colwell (McAllister), a riding instructor certified by the British Horse Society. August 14 1987.

Cathy’s intuitive nature with horses is a great asset to her philosophy that correct schooling on the flat is the foundation to success. Cathy’s varied experiences in the horse world have led her to adopt an adaptable attitude, adjusting her methods and teaching style to each individual horse or rider.

She is a knowledgeable and sensitive professional who has been a full-time trainer/instructor for over 37 years. She has had experience with horses for over 55 years.   Originally from Kingston, Cathy has always loved animals and horses. 

Cathy attended Queen's University to study English, Drama  and Psychology, but the passion of her life has always been horses.

A Meeting with Pegotty Henriques (author of Balanced Riding and many other books) became a turning point in Cathy’s career. She was drawn to the insightful, caring way that teaching can help all riders to discover harmony while training in a classical style without harshness or brutality. Peggotty showed her that riding dressage is something everyone can do well and enjoy.

Following Pegotty’s advice, Cathy went to England to take an intensive program to obtain her teaching certificate. Riding at UrchinwoodManor.co.uk, lessons with Lizzel Winter (Elizabeth Belshaw) , taking various clinics including with Baron Blixen Finecke and others who teach there, helped Cathy to further develop her teaching style and knowledge base.

Cathy continues to take clinics and expand her knowledge and skills. Over the years, she has coached students and trained horses of many different types and is experienced in dealing with almost any equestrian-related situation.  She has repeatedly produced some of the area's best horse/rider combinations.

Her students range from short stirrup pony Champions  to riders who have gone on to being successful,  Professional Eventer's and Dressage riders themselves.

 This was Cathy's qualifying ride to go to the Ontario Championships. He was a bit of a devil horse but Cathy got him going and successfully showing. He is still with his loving owner and she is eventing him herself now.  He  was 9 yr old when Cathy was competing him.                           WINCHESTER competing in England     Cathy  jumping Winchester, in a horse trials 

Teaching, now, for 37 years, Cathy has opened the wonderful world of horses to many kids and adults.   Today some of them are training horses and showing for living.  Some are teaching, and others bring their kids to learn how to ride, love and enjoy the company of Cathy and her horses.

"Thanks Cath, Lendon Gray was our guest speaker yesterday at the banquet and she spoke about how important it is to have a good foundation - both your horse and yourself. She said, 'There aren't many people out there any more who teach people properly at the beginning of their riding careers, but those people are worth their weight in gold. You don't have to be an Olympic level instructor to make a difference.' I thought, TOO TRUE. I'm so glad that I had a great instructor when I started - YOU. You're one of those people who lay the foundation work properly when you teach, and I'm so grateful that I had that sort of start. I know I've said it before, but if it hadn't been for you taking a chance on me, allowing me to work for lessons, I wouldn't be anywhere. 

When I enter at 'A' I do so with all the confidence and skill you instilled in me. I wish you knew what a tactful and talented rider you are too, sometimes I don't think you realize!!     I've worked for Olympians and World Cup riders, but I learned my most important lessons from you, Cathy. It's a bigger gift than I think you'll ever know. 
  None of this or anything I do in the future would be possible without you.
Thank you SO much. HUGE hugs 
All my love,   Kimberley Beldam-Saylor

"Corner Stone Farm is a great place to ride! The atmosphere is laid-back and fun, the horses are well-cared for and well-adjusted, and there’s real camaraderie amongst the riders. The instruction is tailored to what YOU want to get from your riding. Cathy is at the heart of all of these good qualities. She is a thoughtful, innovative and patient instructor. She cares about her horses and her students, and it shows!"  -- Christine  Adams

Joe McAllister, Cathy's husband and partner for 30 years. He is from a farming background.   He is an experienced and certified plumber.  He has a gentle touch with the horses and a great eye for soundness.  He is also a gifted welder, the resident expert for lawn care and anything BBQ.
The staff at Corner Stone Farm are hand picked, friendly and work as a team putting  the horses' first. 
We are located at:
 2891 Kings Highway 15, Kingston, Ont. K7L 4V3

Link to Our farm facebook page 

 Cathy Colwell - McAllister   Text: 613 547 3735

Email : Corner_stone_farm@hotmail.com



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