About Different Drummer Farm
Different Drummer Farm was purchased in 1979 with the intent of starting a resident camp and top shelf training facility for serious hunt seat riders in an atmosphere that was also lovely for raising children and young horses.
The picturesque New England farm is situated on 15 acres with a 15 stall barn, 2 outdoor riding rings and numerous paddocks and pastures.
39 years later, this small farm is still thriving and many of its original riders are still present, and others have returned with their children to ride. DDF is an anomaly in that it is the only competitive barn around that operates without an indoor arena. Lessons are in place April through November and the philosophy is that the horses and riders can take a mental and physical break, along with a financial break during the winter months. It affords students time to explore other winter sports while maintaining sound horses for a longer period of time. It's a system that has brought us success for many years. Training does take place at other indoor rings for students who prefer not to take a break.
Everything about DDF is creative, from our summer pony camps and parties, to the intensives, lessons, and horse shows that are run. Understanding and practicing good horsemanship is an integral part of our program. Students learn to be more than just riders, but educated horsemen and horsewomen as well. While serious riders are our specialty, children are what the farm is all about! New this season is the addition of a Horsemanship series and an art lover series. More creative childrens events will be on the way...
Jodi Fortier is the owner and director of DDF. Jodi began riding at age 12 and had a very diverse background in everything from western reining, riding and driving saddlebreds and morgan park horses, dressage, polo, eventing, fox hunting, along with being a serious pony clubber and top 4-H finalist in quiz bowl and judging. A graduate of Meredith Manor School of Horsemanship in Waverly, West Virginia, Jodi went on to be a live-in working student at Saddle River with Hank and Marion Hulick. Several trainers and years of competition on the "A" circuit with young hunters, along with degrees in Horsemanship, Riding Master, and Camp Management, gave Jodi the background to be successful at her own farm. Five years as a veterinarian's assistant also gave a practical background for animal management.
Currently, Jodi sits on the board for the New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association and has published several Hunter/Jumper related features for the Northeast Equine Journal.
Wintertime finds Jodi directing a ski program and coaching racers, along with being a competitive ski racer herself. Seventeen years of classical ballet adds to the whole balance of teaching beautiful and graceful riders!
Jodi purchased the farm at age 21 with husband, Phil and raised three wonderful children. A ski racer, a dancer, and finally an equestrian.