Fergus

About Us

Fulfilling a life-time dream of owning and operating an event facility, Lori and Jeff purchased the farm in June 2003 and named it "Brae Fearann", which is Gaelic for "hillside farm." This name was chosen in honour of the Scottish history of Harvey Station, where the farm is located. Originally a thriving Jersey dairy farm, Brae Fearann has been converted into a competition facility.

Both Lori and Jeff work full-time away from the farm, so it is a real challenge to juggle work, riding, building the facility, haying, and competing. We realize that you have to be either really crazy or really passionate about horses to live this lifestyle . . . we are probably a little of both!

Jeff is an excellent jump builder and Lori enjoys designing different courses for each event. Most evenings in the spring, summer and fall you will Jeff on the ride on mower or tractor and Lori on a horse or teaching.

Besides housing horses Dez, Sam and wee Fergus, Lori and Jeff enjoy sharing the farm with their dogs, Ella and Spirit, cats Callie and Clifford, and a hen house full of busy layers. And, there is always the memories of pets who once shared the farm with us.

Ella Spirit

We have dedicated our Cross Country water complex to Webber, our chocolate lab, whom we lost to old age in May 2008. "Web" loved to swim and his warm spirit is always with us. In the fall 2010, we lost little Bradford and in 2012 we lost Lester, the cat who loved long walks in the back fields. We miss them all very much!

Webber Bradford


Coach's Bio

Photo of Lori

Lori moved to Toronto in the early 80's and discovered the world of Eventing under her coach at the time, Joni Peters. Lori found Eventing to be the ultimate challenge for both horse and rider and began a long love affair with the sport. Lori has competed in Florida, Virginia, Ontario, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and in Germany where she trained and worked as a rider for over a year (accompanied by her horse, Fred).

Before the long format collapsed in Canada, Lori competed at the CCI* level. Lucky Devil (aka Fred) and Lori enjoyed prelim level competition for several years until retiring him on the farm at the age of 21.

Dezperado was her next mount and together their highlight was having spent 3 winters training with coach Karen O?Connor in Florida and Virginia, placing in the ribbons at Florida Horse Park several times and winning at Surefire Horse Trial in Virginia. It was an honour when Karen O?Connor asked Lori to join their support team at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 - Memories that will last a lifetime! Presently Lori shows Dez at third level dressage while she brings along her new mount, Fergus, a lovely Hanoverian gelding (Freestyle x Espri). She currently trains with elite dressage trainer, Emily Hill (Uphill Dressage, ON).

Lori has been a coach for many years, and is also a cross country course designer. She spends most evenings from April until November out on the xc courses, coaching, galloping the fields, jumping the jumps or taking a leisurely hack while dreaming about where another new fence can be put.

Harvey Station

Harvey was originally settled in 1838 when approximately 160 people set sail from Berwick, Scotland carrying all the aspirations and dreams of a new life in New Brunswick. After enduring the hardships of the long voyage by sea they learned their land grants in the Parish of Stanley were no longer available. Their plight fell on the sympathetic ear of the Lieutenant Governor of the time, Sir John Harvey who offered each settler 50 acres along the new road from Fredericton to St. Andrews. According to historical accounts, the new community they developed would be known as Harvey Settlement, in honor of the Lieutenant Governor. The rolling fields and pastures that became the working farms of the day still remain and stand as a monument to the perseverance and spirit of those early Scottish settlers. Brae Fearann was one of the original settled farms in Harvey Station. Although the original log house no longer remains, our house dates back to 1910.