Gardnertown Farm has been owned and operated by the Dencker family since 1979. We have a fun and family-friendly atmosphere at the barn. We have been hosting USEF shows for close to thirty years as well as clinics, polo games, IEA shows and local chapter finals. Whether you are looking to learn to ride or play polo, board your horse, join IEA or USPA, show locally or travel to competitions across the northeast, we have what you are looking for!


Bill Dencker

a native of Huntington Station,NY has owned and operated Gardnertown Farm since 1979. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where he played Division I Lacrosse. After graduation, Bill was the operator of Bear Mountain Inn in Harriman NY. In 1979, Bill bought Gardnertown Farm with no prior horse experience having no intention of keeping the property as a horse farm, until circumstances changed and he self taught himself the horse business. In 1991 Bill was approached about Arena Polo and created the indoor polo club Gardnertown Polo which is the oldest running Arena Polo club in the Northeast. Bill along with the students created Vassar Polo team from 2001 to 2012 which competed in the USPA Intercollegiate program. Bill along with Dan Scott (former student) have been coaching USPA interscholastic middle school and high school teams (Boys and Girls) since 2009 with the Boys qualifying for the national finals in 2017.

Tricia Dencker

a native of Newburgh, starting working at Gardnertown Farm in 1990 after meeting Bill. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and has a teaching degree from SUNY New Paltz. Bill and Tricia were married in 1993 and have 4 children who all participate in the family business. Tricia does the behind the scenes work of the business as well as runs the horse shows.

Our Trainers

Susie Bagnato

joined the Gardnertown family in the Spring of 2013, after 20 years of owning and operating her own business. Susie began riding in Michigan at the age of 11. She has ridden and trained in numerous places due to her family’s service in the military. Susie rode with Phyliss Farland as a junior in Warrenton, VA, while there she competed in the junior hunters and Big Eq. Qualifying for the Washington International Horse Show was among her many accomplishments. While in Michigan she turned professional and opened Cherry Ridge Farm. In 2003, she returned to the east coast where she partnered in the opening of a new equine facility. With her two daughters becoming active members of the hunter/jumper industry, she decided to focus on their riding careers. In the spring of 2013, she joined us as a trainer at Gardnertown Farms. Shortly after arriving, she started the Gardnertown IEA (head coach) in 2013. In the 2016-17 season, our team tripled in size and the middle school team qualified for regionals! Also one upper school member qualified for zone and national finals. In addition to the IEA team, we also have an active group of juniors and amateurs that participate in shows from the local to national level. Most recently, we have qualified multiple ponies for Pony Finals, juniors for National PHA Finals, top 10 final standings of HITS Hunter Prix 2013, as well as Zone Finals.

Bill Barr

is a graduate of Fordham University, he has had a lifelong involvement with horses; having competed and coached IHSA teams. As a rider he rode to an IHSA national championship and competed for the Cacchione Cup. He was Assistant Director of Riding at Pace University and the University of Findlay. As an IHSA coach he trained one of his riders capture a Cacchione Cup win.

Mr. Barr brings expertise from several years of training in Europe. While there he qualified and was Chef D’equipe for the Greek National Team at the Junior European Championship. He trained the winner of a Gold Medal at the Balkan Games as well as the Panhellenic Championships.

From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Barr oversaw the building of Winley Farm in Millbrook, NY, an extraordinary 175- acre equestrian facility, and trained over 50 horses there.

Mr. Barr qualified more than 10 riders for the USEF and ASPCA Maclay Championships. As well as qualified horses for the most prestigious shows in the United States including: Devon, Harrisburg, Washington, the National Horse Show and USEF Pony Finals.

Most notably, he trained Amsterdam in the Regular Conformation Hunter and James Bond in the Regular Working Hunter.

He produced Quidam M to the Grand Prix Level with the help of riders Peter Leone (Olympic Silver Medalist) and Geoffrey Welles.

Anne Krusinsky rode Leon 94, for Mr. Barr, to many top placings in the High Preliminary and Puissance classes in Syracuse.

Mr. Barr has a passion for ponies and has imported and trained quite a few including Pocket Rocket, Snapdragon, Colbeach Sonata and Savanar.

Since the early 2000’s he has trained many juniors and amateurs competing successfully in all three rings.