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Welcome to

FADEAWAY FARM

Fadeaway Farm, located in Sarver, PA is the premier equine boarding facility in Western PA, specializing in Dressage, Eventing, and training students with skill levels from the beginner to the serious competitor. Our facility offers state-of-the-art amenities and a team of experienced professionals to ensure the best care for your horse.

 

Come visit us and see why Fadeaway Farm is the top choice for equestrians in the area.

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Get to know...
Amanda & Chris Ruane

Amanda 'Bee' Ruane
Owner & Trainer, Fadeaway Farm

Amanda's equestrian passion began to be realized in middle school. Through involvement in 4-H, her English riding developed, and she set her sights on pursuing a future in the equestrian field. While attending Lake Erie College, she competed on the IHSA team in hunter jumper and the IDA team in dressage.

 

Following graduation from Lake Erie College with a major in Equine Studies, I began my short career as a vet tech while simultaneously putting in a year of effort with my family to reconfigure a property in Sarver PA into what is now Fadeaway Farm.  2005 was a very busy year. Today, at Fadeaway Farm, I look to create an environment where both horse and rider can elevate their performance. Working with horses for over 20 years, I have found passion in restarting off-the-track thoroughbreds to help them find a second career in which they can thrive.  

I first participated in the Retired Racehorse Project in 2017 and had two client horses entered. This competition format grants a limited number of months training period to work with a horse coming off the track. We competed in Field Hunter and Eventing. Both entered horses that I trained, and rode finished in the top three in their respective divisions out of nearly 100 horses in each division. I love the Retired Racehorse Project because I can showcase what can be done with ex-racehorses. With proper training, the horses are given new life and purpose. 

The main disciplines I train in are Eventing and Dressage, and I utilize groundwork or horsemanship to make well-rounded horses that are very amateur friendly. I’ve trained my own horse from fresh off the track to the Preliminary level of Eventing and have obtained both my USDF Bronze and USDF Silver medal in Dressage.

My husband, Chris, and I live at our farm in Sarver where we run Fadeaway Farm’s boarding facility. I stay busy with plenty of horse training and teaching lessons at our facility as well as traveling to teach off site at other facilities. In our spare time we love camping, kayaking, going to concerts and visiting and trying new craft breweries. 

Chris' introduction to the horse world began in 2006 when he met Amanda. 'We had a lot in common as I grew up on a large 104-acre farm in Greene County Pennsylvania.' We raised cows and pigs, and I learned early in my life the meaning of hard work. 'Learn Everything You Can' was my childhood mantra, and that advice still serves me well to this day.  My mother, grandfather, and uncle played a huge role in teaching me how to be as self-sufficient and well-rounded as possible.  It takes a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and a willingness to learn new things when owning and maintaining a farm.

Many of these skills I have been able to utilize at Fadeaway Farm.  Building the cross country jumps for The Fairway has been a labor of love but also an exciting project. Woodworking has been a hobby that has turned into a passion.

Teamwork makes the dream work, and having a hard-working, passionate partner makes this farming passion all the better.  We strive to make sure our facilities are in straight order, and our services are top-notch.  I am looking forward to the next phase of Fadeaway Farm at The Fairway. 

 

In my free time, I am a drummer for the band, High Fidelity and Strung Over, and also have a recording studio which I record sessions for local Pittsburgh bands as well as out of state musicians. I also continue my woodwork projects, by not only building horse jumps, but also creating beautiful custom-made cutting boards and wine racks.

Chris Ruane
Owner, Fadeaway Farm

Austin
Barn cat

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