California Riding Magazine • November, 2008

New Haven Farm
Randy Durand's hunter/jumper training barn
moves to Middle Ranch.

by Kathleen Burke Jensen

Randy Durand has been developing top quality horses and riders since 1982 at his New Haven Farm hunter/jumper center. His business recently moved to Middle Ranch in Lake View Terrace.
New Haven Farm is renewing its dedication to the local and regional show circuit, while maintaining a firm commitment to clients with national goals. Acknowledging that not all riders can or want to compete at that level, Randy looks forward to also helping those who can fulfill their riding goals closer to home.

Randy insists on keeping New Haven’s equine head count to not more than 25 horses, which usually includes a few sales prospects. His students compete in every division, from entry-level ponies up through the higher jumper divisions.

Some new people have joined Randy’s staff: Jennifer Eisle and Jennifer Cocuzzo, who recently moved from Wellington, FL., as assistant trainer at NFH, Inc. Randy also welcomes Bulmaro Hernandez as barn manager and Juan Padilla. Rounding out his team is Laura Guiterrez, his assistant trainer for the last three years. “Laura schools everything from the ponies to the jumpers and prepares the hunters,” says Randy.

Varied and Loyal Clients

Randy is pleased to report that his longtime clients, sisters Emma and Grace Gerber, were super stars at the recent competition at San Diego’s Showpark. Emma got great prizes in the Small Junior Hunters on Goodwill and in the Large Junior Hunters on Celano. She also earned Third place in the Junior Hunter Classic on Celano. Grace was amazing in the Large Pony Hunters and took home some very good ribbons.

Caroline Lurie and her horse Jackson had an outstanding run at Showpark. They got top ribbons in the Children’s Hunters and earned Champion in the Low Children’s Hunters. Caroline will be making her debut in the Modified Hunter Division at the L.A. International Jumping Festival.

Randy recently added several new clients to his business: Elizabeth Brentano, Samantha Magowan, Julia Hakim, Rebecca Berman, Cynthia Wynn, Shari Dodd with her horse Maximillion, Bliss Knight and her beautiful horses and Jessica Van Middle and her horse, Luxor.

A New Home for New Haven Farm

Because large ranches are few and far between in Los Angeles, many people think Middle Ranch is far away. In reality it is only two minutes from the 210 Freeway and close to many major cities in the Los Angeles area.

The Main Ranch, where Randy has his barn, is largely dedicated to those interested in training and showing their horses. This facility has only box stalls. Most of the stalls measure 12’ x 14’, with a few larger stalls measuring 14’ x 18’. Every stall has a Dutch door that opens so that the horses may look outside. The barns are made of concrete block, heavy timber trusses, and clay tile roofing. This combination of materials, along with a few strategically placed dormers, helps keep the horses more comfortable in the warmer months.

The Ranch provides individual tack lockers, cross-ties, hot walkers, wash racks, turnouts and a jump chute. Also available are eight lighted riding arenas including two dressage arenas, a covered arena with 100 feet of continual mirrors, and a grass field which may be ridden on for practice prior to “away shows.”

For more information on New Haven Farm, call 818-686-8577 or visit