How it all began
In 1976, John and Alice Bourgoin purchased land on Four Winds Rd., built a 4-stall barn and established Arbrook Farm. Alice's grandfather, Chester Brooks, owned an estate in Cleveland, OH named "Arbrook" and was also the owner of a summer property in Ripton, VT, called "Beaverbrook". In honor of her grandfather, John and Alice selected "Arbrook Farm" as the name for their own barn here in North Ferrisburgh, VT and gave John's Advanced horse the name "Beaverbrook".
Today's facilities include:
a 10-stall barn, various paddocks, 20 x 60 meter outdoor dressage ring, a 70 x 200ft outdoor jump ring, a brand new 80 x 160ft indoor arena, a heated tack room and indoor wash stall with hot and cold water as well as numerous cross-country schooling jumps located around the jump ring. Additional cross-country schooling, including a water complex, is available at Susan Merle-Smith's High Wind Farm, less than 5 miles away.
Alice and John, with Mel
Attached to the original 4-stall structure was a run-in-shed where the three lesson ponies, Sara, Freckles and Blackie lived. Many a child in the neighborhood learned to ride on one of the Arbrook Farm ponies.
A few years later, John started a breeding program and the original barn was expanded to 8 stalls in order to accommodate John's TB stallion and broodmares. Over the years, John's focus changed from breeding to eventing - both as a competitor and a trainer. Two more stalls were added bringing the total to ten, the current size of the barn and now 20 years later, construction is under way for an indoor arena. We've come a long way.
Rachel and Sara
Construction of the indoor