Larkin’ Hill is a boarding and training facility located in Columbia and Rensselaer counties, about 20 miles southeast of Albany, New York.
We offer training in Dressage and Eventing for riders with their own horses. We also host several schooling shows and clinics during the year, as well as two USEA Recognized Horse Trials. Situated at the northern edge of the Old Chatham Hunt Country, we also support the activities of the Old Chatham Pony Club with lessons and use of the facility for its members.
Encompassing nearly 100 acres, the Larkin Hill facility includes 12 stalls in the main barn and an additional 5 stalls in the Bunker Hill Farm barn located on adjoining property. Our 188’ x’ 72’ indoor arena and 235’ x 300’ outdoor arena - both with exceptional footing - provide excellent areas for training, while our cross-country course offers obstacles ranging from Introductory Level (2’) up to Training Level (3’3”), including water, ditches and banks.
We take great pride in our reputation for excellent horse care, ample turn out, and a friendly, supportive atmosphere. While we usually are full, we sometimes have stall openings available. Please feel free to contact Margie at (518) 441-2176 for more information.
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Margaret L. Hutchison
Margaret Hutchison established Larkin’ Hill as a boarding and training facility for dressage and eventing in 1995. As a highly respected riding instructor, trainer and competitor for more than 30 years, Margie has competed in eventing since the early 1980’s. She is a United States Eventing Association Level II Certified Instructor and is a U.S. Equestrian Federation Recorded "r" Judge for eventing. Margie also serves on the board of directors of the Eastern New York Dressage and Combined Training Association (ENYDCTA). She is a former co-chair of Area I (New York/New England region) of the United States Eventing Association. Margie has organized several USEA-recognized horse trials in upstate New York, currently organizing her own recognized horse trials at Larkin' Hill.
Margie began riding as a child in North Salem, New York, where she came up through ranks in the equitation division, training with such luminaries as Victor Hugo-Vidal and Ronnie Mutch. She earned a U.S. Pony Club “B” level rating, and, at 17, she placed fifth in the ASPCA Maclay Finals at the National Horse Show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
After graduating from Skidmore College, Margie began her professional career as a riding instructor and horse trainer in Old Chatham, New York. She became involved in breeding, training and showing Morgan horses in various disciplines. She won numerous national and regional championships, including the inaugural “Versatility Challenge of the Breeds” championship at the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show in St. Louis, Missouri, with her Morgan homebred, Mancunian Dauphin. Margie also has foxhunted for many years, earning her colors as a member of the Old Chatham Hunt Club, and served as member of the former Taconic Hunt Club staff.
Margie has trained regularly with international event rider, Marcia Kulak, and with Eric Horgan, a former member of the Irish Olympic Three-Day Event Team and a renowned clinician, coach and official.
Throughout her long career with horses, Margie has introduced countless students of all ages to the joys of riding in the Hudson Valley and the many opportunities it offers in dressage, eventing, foxhunting, horse shows, hunter pacing and trail riding. A number of Margie’s students have competed successfully at dressage and eventing competitions.