Horses are a gift!

Did you know that horses are like dogs more than any other animal? Their are intelligent, highly trainable and empathetic. That is why they are used in different therapies and you’ll even see mini horses at hospitals cheering up patients! We want to bring the gift of horses to all so we created Nashville Equestrian Connection (NEC) at Badger Ridge Farm. NEC is our academy riding program designed for first time riders to experience riding and learn horsemanship skills. Visit our Lesson Page for more information and pricing. Read below more about the wonderful staff here at Badger Ridge Farm.

Badger Ridge Farm Staff

Alison Koenig-Owner

This is me, in 1986, on my naughty pony Buster. He wasn't my first naughty pony, the one before that used to run me towards any water source it could find to take me swimming. All these naughty ponies never deterred me from sticking with these amazing animals. Lucky for you, we don't have naughty lesson ponies. All our lesson horses and ponies are super sweet and as safe as can be.

Since 1986, I have had a long career in horses. I went to college at St Andrews University on a riding scholarship which were some of the best years of my life. For my horse career I've focused mainly in the AQHA industry showing and teaching hunters and equitation and the occasional western horse.

I love competing, but the love of horses is my favorite thing in life. I grew up living at the barn with all my best friends, horses and kids, and I wanted to create that same environment for others. At Badger Ridge Farm and NEC, we want to bring you the fun and love of horses while also providing excellent instruction and horsemanship skills. We'd love to meet you, come ride with us!

Grace Allison-Assistant

I’m Grace, I have been around horses my entire life but did not start taking lessons until I was 5. I started showing around 11. When I was in middle school I started riding on my barns IEA team where I learned to ride various types of horses. I did IEA through high school while simultaneously showing at hunter/jumper shows.

I started riding with Mrs. Alison pretty recently but I could not ask for a better opportunity. Here at Badger Ridge, I am constantly expanding my knowledge of the sport and caring for the horses. You will often see me on the farm feeding, turning out horses, and helping with lessons. I am always available to lend a helping hand!

Anna Kate-Working Student

I’m Anna Kate, I started taking lessons when I was 6, started jumping at the age of 7 and started showing right when I turned 12.

I didn’t start riding with Mrs. Alison until 2017 but since, I have learned so many important lessons that I can use in and out of the barn. While I love the hunters, Mrs. Alison introduced me to AQHA and since my first lesson with her, I have been hooked.

2021 was the first year I was showing more seriously and at the end of the season, we won a lot of awards and top placings. But that doesn’t count the early morning pep talks in the warm up pen, the friendships, the late night dinners after shows, or all the memories made. Horses are a blessing and I love sharing my love of horses with Mrs. Alison, Badger Ridge, and all the people there.

Ready to ride? If you’ve made it this far you are serious about finding a special place to start riding. Come ride with us and experience a caring and professional riding program.