Meet Our Trainers

Lee and Armani

Lee Dillon

Lee is the owner of CEC. She has been training horses professionally for over 25 years. She has championships in multiple arenas including hunter/jumper, saddle seat, driving, and cross country. She has also been fox hunting first flight for 5 years. She even has 2 horse of the year multi-championships with Corinthian’s Carder and Corinthian’s Eagle! If that isn’t enough, Lee also is a farrier and a trauma 1 ER front-line active health care worker. Needless to say, this woman can do it all!

Lessons with Lee Dillon

1 hour Private Lesson: $85

30 Minute Private Lesson: $70

Semi-Private Lesson $75

Group Lesson: $65

Working Students

Angela Koulikov

Angela is CEC’s working student. Angela has been an animal lover since she was little. Her love and passion for horses was there ever since she could walk and talk. Angela started seriously acting upon her love of horses 5 years ago when she started volunteering at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center. She has been with CEC for the last 3 years and since starting has received many championships including Reserve Champion in the low hunter division with the Hudson Valley Horse Show Series and saddle seat Reserve and Champion at Sussex County Fair Horse Show.

Angela is currently working on achieving her Bachelors in Equine Studies at Centenary University where she is continuing to gain all of the knowledge and experience that she can in the equine industry. She is working hard to graduate early! She is absolutely dedicated and her passion really shows in her work with the young students here at CEC.

Luci and Dora

Luci Vanella

Luci is one of CEC’s “barn rats”. She is currently in high school and is planning to study equine science in college. Ever since she was little, Luci has been very interested in horses. She began her riding journey when she was just 4 years old and has been part of the CEC family for 3 years. In just that short amount of time, her riding has improved immensely! She loves to hunter-pace and trail ride whenever the opportunity presents.

She is continuing to progress her equine career by teaching some of our younger students. Luci’s patience and love for the sport make her a perfect addition to our CEC staff.

Kelli and Dancer

Kelli Coughlin

Kelli is another one of CEC’s working students. She is currently in high school and is planning on going to college to one day become an equine surgeon. She has a huge love for all animals since she was a very young age. She always dreamed of working with horses and the opportunity finally presented itself when she was just 11 years old.

It all started with a pony ride and she was hooked! Since then, horses have been a huge part of Kelli’s life. She is the newest member of the CEC family and is already a hot commodity with our young clients. They just have a blast in her lessons. Kelli will continue to express her love for horses and the sport by doing as many hunter paces, trail rides, and anything else she can do as often as possible! She is exactly what CEC needs. We are very happy to have her on our team.

Maya and Grace

Maya Neil

Maya is another one of CEC’s “barn rats.” She has been an animal lover since she could walk and talk. She even had her own animal bakery on Etsy! After high school graduation her goal is to study veterinary medicine in college. Maya has been riding since she was six years old and has been with the CEC crew the last three years. Her favorite horse here at CEC is Grace who she loves eventing with!

Maya’s determination and passion for the horses and learning makes her a great asset as a working student here at CEC.

Lessons with Working Students

1 hour Private Lesson: $60

30 Minute Private Lesson: $45

Semi-Private Lesson $50

Group Lesson: $40

Ken Okken (USEF Show Judge for Hunters, Jumpers & Equitation) $100.00 for a 1-hour private lesson

Please text or call Lee Dillon, Owner of CEC to schedule a lesson appointment ‭+1 (973) 617-7744

CEC AFTER SCHOOL HORSEBACK PROGRAM – SADDLE CLUB 

Daily Riding Lesson
Horsemanship Lessons
Homework time, and encouragement

🦄 Saddle Club is for students (a.k.a. horse-crazy kids) and includes:
Excellent outdoor exercise
Responsibility
Discipline
Make new friends and work as a team
Learn compassion for another creature
All in a safe and supervised environment

Daily Schedule:

Program Runs 3:45pm to 6:45pm
Snack, then an activity such as

Hiking,
Grooming & tacking,
Riding
Horsemanship,
Homework help
Crafts & movies,
Pick up time is 6:45 – 7:00 pm at CEC

As children progress, we can also offer mounted lessons in the ring and horsemanship lessons in the barn.  As we are firm believers that kids learn by doing, we give “hands-on” experience with the horses.  After school riders learn to groom and tack their mounts, along with the basics of horse care and proper barn safety.  We love our after school riders because they are always full of energy and fun! The Saddle Club offers it all for a very competitive price.

Call, text or email today and learn about how to get your child enrolled! Saddle Club Members also receive a discount on riding lessons!
You may register for certain weeks or the whole semester!

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