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Welcome to Ship's Quarters Farm

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Ship’s Quarters Farm is a special place, and one can’t help but be reminded when looking out over the gently rolling fields and top quality facilities, that the farm is an important part of equestrian history.  Originally established by a retired naval captain and his wife, Ship's Quarters became a mecca for the 3-day eventing world during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Some of the best eventing riders in the world have ridden over its rolling terrain while competing in prestigious 3-day events held at the facility, including the screening trial for the 1976 Olympics.  In the early 1980s, when Dona Ruth scribed for a judge during a large dressage show held at the farm, she never imaged owning the beautiful property.  But today, Dona, her husband John, and son Jack live in the old stone farmhouse and run a thriving boarding and training facility on the historical property.

Ship’s Quarters Farm is situated on 85 acres in beautiful Carroll County Maryland, surrounded by agricultural lands and hunt country, and is convenient to Baltimore County and Pennsylvania.  While Dona herself has a passion for dressage, the farm is an idyllic haven for horse enthusiasts of all disciplines. Horses boarded or in training at Ship's Quarters are given exemplary care in an encouraging, stress-free environment. A USDF Bronze and Silver Medallist, Dona offers dressage lessons and training to boarders and to those who wish to trailer in with their horses.  Ship’s Quarter has the capacity to stable 24 horses, and facilities include board fenced pastures, a 66” X 132” dust-free indoor arena with lights and mirrors, two full size dressage rings, a large fenced jumping ring, and access to abundant cross country riding.

Dona and John Ruth strive to provide an atmosphere of learning and fun in an encouraging environment for you and your horse.  They want Ship’s Quarters to be an idyllic haven with a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere for the horse enthusiasts that they serve. Their hope is that the time you spend with your horse at Ship's Quarters will be the best part of your day!


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