Premiere Equestrian Facility
Back Bay Farm is private and spacious equestrian facility adjacent to the newly acquired green belt, sagamore hill. We are just minutes away from Crane’s Beach and Bradley Palmer State Forest and a short drive from downtown Ipswich.
year-round hunter equitation show barn and riding school
Robin Petersen and her husband Peter Townsend started BBF in 1994. It is located in the charming, coastal town of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Back Bay Farm is a Massachusetts Licensed Stable with Massachusetts Licensed Instructors.
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Meet The Team
Owner + Head Trainer
Robin Petersen, owner and head trainer at Back Bay Farm, has been riding and competing since she was just ten years old. Robin’s specialty is in Hunters and Equitation and she is a USHJA certified trainer. She has over 40 years of experience teaching, training, and riding. Robin attended the Palock Vale Riding School in England where she received her license from the British Horse Society. Since opening Back Bay Farm in 1994, Robin and BBF have become an integral part of the North Shore horse showing community.
Robin’s unparalleled work ethic and attention to detail radiates through her accomplished students and healthy, happy horses. She instills great horsemanship in her show and riding school clients alike, placing importance on not just blue ribbons but also care and respect for their horses. She has instructed winning combinations of horse and rider at shows such as Zone 1 Finals, MHC Finals, and NEHC Finals. Annually, she has clients who qualify for Year-End Awards for NSHA, MHC, NEHC, and USEF. Several of her students have qualified and been invited to prestigious finals such as National Children’s Medals, Ariat National Adult Medal, USEF Finals, and the ASPCA Maclay Championships.
Professional Rider + Instructor
Tammy is originally from Orange County, California and has been training horses for 40+ years. She started her own business, Talyn Equestrian, almost a decade ago. She most enjoys starting green horses and watching them grow and succeed at home and in the show ring. Before quarantine, Tammy was head trainer for the Northeastern equestrian team. When teaching, her focus is mainly on helping riders with the technical aspect of riding, putting emphasis on finding the rider’s rhythm with their horse. Tammy’s years of experience and straight forward approach make her a very valuable member of the team.
Kira started riding at 5 and has ridden and worked with horses nonstop since then. She recently graduated from UConn with a major in Animal Science and a Pre-vet concentration. She rode on both the IHSA Hunt Seat Team and the dressage team at school and then continued to work at the barn past graduation though the Summer of 2020 on a team caring for over 80 horses! She has worked everywhere from a dairy barn to private dressage facilities and veterinary hospitals. Kira joins us with a love of horses and a dedication to give them the best care possible.
Jessen Edlund has probably held every job that has ever existed at BBF. She has managed BBF, she has run our Summer Camp program, she is our head groom and is also currently our media director and helping with beginner lessons. Jessen came to BBF when she was six and rode in the riding school. She got her first horse Quinaro at thirteen and competed through Medal Maclay level before leaving for Colby College. After college she has split her time between BBF and working at Essex Equine. She will leave for Vet school next Fall. She will be an awesome vet and be terribly missed here at BBF.
Sara Hackett is Back Bay Farm’s Road Manager. She thoroughly enjoys caring for and knowing all the BBF horses so well, solving on-the-road stall configuration puzzles, and being there to cheer on the BBF team at every show.
Sara started riding at age 10 and was quickly consumed into the horse world, owning her first horse by age 14. She cared for her two horses at her home until she was 21 years old, which included everything from grooming and riding to medical and nutritional health. Sara then went to Johnson & Wales University and earned her degree in Equine Business Management.
Sara came to Back Bay Farm after working as a groom in Wellington, Florida for a private barn, also home to Lisa Wilcox and her Olympic mounts. Her experience in Florida taught her that grooms truly are essential to each barn and each horse. But it also reinforced that caring for horses makes her a part-time therapist, jump-builder, mechanic, vet, nutritionist, tool expert, personal assistant, true companion, and, last but not least, rider!
Farm Amenities Include:
- 25 stall barn with a heated tack room and restroom
- 11 beautiful grass and sand paddocks for daily turn out
- 60 by 150 indoor ring with sand footing
- Large outdoor ring with sand footing
- Arena footing is maintained daily.
- Our arenas are in close proximity to the barn.
- Indoor/Outdoor Wash Stalls
- Clean Storage for Blankets and off-season items
- On-Site laundry facilities
- Robin Petersen and Peter Townsend live on the property