WELCOME to BERRYFIELD DRESSAGE
Our private 30-acre farm is nestled in the woods of Lincoln, MA with direct access to the Lincoln trail system. Berryfield has a long history as a horse farm. It was originally built in 1996 by Roberta and George Berry and served as the home for Friends For Tomorrow, run by Diane Lesneski. It has now been reimaged to a professional dressage facility with spacious paddocks, a heated indoor arena, and a full-size outdoor dressage arena.
Betsy Dangel, Owner & Athlete
Betsy’s lifelong dream has always been to gaze out her window at a lush landscape of flowers and trees and watch her horses grazing peacefully in the fields. In August 2021, she and her husband Gary Mitchell made Berryfield Farm their home and began the task of turning her dream into a reality. As an amateur-owner dressage rider, Betsy is an avid enthusiast of the sport. Her vision for Berryfield Farm continues to evolve as she supports her love of all things equestrian.
In addition to the farm, Betsy is president of Investment Properties Ltd. and Gary owns the landmark Cambridge restaurant, the S & S. Together, they parent Betsy’s son, Alex, whose 26-year-old pony, T, lives in comfortable retirement on the farm. The family also includes Tatsu, their spirited flat-coated retriever, who enjoys nothing more than racing across the fields in pursuit of a ball.
Callie O'Connell, Trainer & Athlete
Callie is a 2021 graduate of MassArt, where she earned her BFA in fashion design. Her senior thesis titled “Pas de Deux” was inspired by her love of dressage and ballet. Photos of Callie's designs are proudly displayed in the Berryfield indoor arena.
Callie began riding at age 5 and has been a passionate student of dressage since she was 8 years old. She is a bronze, silver, and gold USDF medalist and USDF Certified Instructor. Prior to joining Berryfield, Callie was a working student and assistant trainer at Bear Spot Farm from 2015-2021.
Callie’s goal with every horse is to build a relationship based on trust, allowing each horse to develop at a pace that matches both their physical and mental readiness.
This season, Callie will be competing in the U25 Grand Prix. In her spare time, she will be creating new equestrian designs and fashion with a possible preview during her first jog this season!
2012 NEDA Region 8 Champion, Dressage Seat Equitation 79%
2014 NAJYRC Region 8 Junior Team
2016 First Level JR/YR Regional Champion with five-year-old Furst Story
2017 NAJYRC Region 8 qualified for Young Riders Team
One of four US riders chosen by the Dressage Foundation to attend Aachen, as part of the 2018 Dressage International Dream Program
2018 3rd Level Regional Champion on Furst Story
2019 69.8% average, ranked 3rd in the country for Jr/Yr at PSG through USDF. Region 8 Young Rider and Jr/Yr PSG Champion on Weltgang
2019 I-1 Jr/Yr Champion on Beirholm’s Ebony
Diane Lesneski, Barn & Property Manager
Berryfield Farm has been home to Diane Lesneski (formerly Auger) and her family for more than 27 years. She fosters an environment of nurturing and professional attention to all that is involved in managing both dressage horses and this cherished property.
In 1994, Diane founded Friends For Tomorrow, a therapeutic riding program for children with disabilities. After partnering with Roberta and George Berry in 1996, Berryfield Farm became home to this amazing program. Diane, her staff, and her wonderful horses had an incredible impact on countless children and their families.
Diane’s greatest joys in life are her children, now grown and building their own dreams, her dog Kodi and her Icelandic horse Thor, a treasured equine partner from Friends For Tomorrow.
Abbi Lambrecht, Groom
As a professional Groom, Abbi cares for every horse like it was her own. Her attention to detail assures that our horses are happy and comfortable. Abbi’s professionalism, keen eye, reliability, and horsemanship skills fill a vital role on our team.
Abbi grew up in Weston, MA, and began riding at the age of eight. Prior to joining Berryfield Dressage, she worked as a groom and barn manager. Abbi made a splash in the dressage show ring by competing with her mule, Bootsie, at training level. Abbi is working towards her USDF bronze medal with her pony, Princess Prada. Wherever Abbi goes, her devoted dog, Chase, is by her side. Abbi’s positivity, drive, and flexibility stem from a lifetime surrounded by animals and five siblings.
The recent steps forward with the FEI and International Grooms Association (IGA) have been welcome news to Abbi, cementing the vital role grooms play in competition success.
Rafa, Barn Associate
Rafa has a unique relationship with each horse, while maintaining a perfectly groomed barn. Rafa takes great pride in his work and enjoys the peaceful environment.
Betsy and Gary's dog, Tatsu, always brings a smile to your face. He is a super social love bug who welcomes all guests.