Riding Instruction at Little Brook Farm.
Diane Spoto has been teaching
in Columbia County for more
than 30 years. Diane is an "A"
pony clubber and has had
extensive training in dressage
and eventing. She is the head
instructor at LBF and provides
students with an excellent
foundation in their riding and
horsemanship skills.
Summer Brennan grew up at
Little Brook Farm and graduated
from Cazenovia College with a
degree in Equine Business
Management.  Summer
competes in dressage and
eventing and is responsible for
the training and retraining of
horses at Little Brook Farm.
Summer also teaches riding and
assists with the educational and
therapeutic riding programs held
at the Farm.     
Qualified Instructors
Little Brook Farm offers individualized
instruction for riders of all levels as well as a
variety of disciplines. Students first learn to
master a balanced seat and good
horsemanship before focusing on
disciplines of their interest (whether that be
for competition or pleasure).

What makes us unique.

Little Brook Farm provides an emotionally
and physically safe learning environment for
students.

knowledge that the horses they  ride in their
lessons have a safe home for the rest of their
lives. None of our horses, or students, are
Students that come to LBF have the ever
pushed beyond their capabilities. It is our
philosophy that people ride for their own
enjoyment, and thus, the safety and
happiness of our horses and students is key
to their success.

Suitable Horses

Having safe, suitable horses is critical to
running a good lesson program. Because
we know our horses, and keep them for the
duration of their lives, we are able to match
students with horses of appropriate levels.

All the horses used in our lesson programs
were either rescued from neglectful and/or
abusive situations, or donated because their
owners could no longer keep them. Our
horses are our working partners, and are
treated with the respect and dignity they
deserve. None of our horses are ever sold,
so visitors will see the same faces year after
year.  
Disciplines Offered
  • Dressage
  • Hunt seat
  • Combined training
  • Pleasure
  • Vaulting
  • Therapeutic Riding
Brook Farm and founder of BITS
(Balanced Innovative Teaching
Strategies), Inc.- a 501 (C) 3
nonprofit she established in
1986. In addition to her lifetime of
experience riding, training,
teaching and caring for horses,
Lynn Cross is the owner of Little
Cross majored in education in
college. After spending a great
deal of time in the classroom,
Cross realized how the horses
were an excellent teaching tool
and motivator for students. To
date, BITS has worked with over
80 schools, agencies and
organizations, providing services
to over 2000 students annually.