About Us

Back Bay Farm is a year round hunter equitation show barn and riding school.

Robin Petersen and her husband Peter Townsend started BBF in 1994.  It is located in the charming, coastal town of Ipswich, Massachusetts.  Back Bay Farm is a Massachusetts Licensed Stable with Massachusetts Licensed Instructors.

Robin Petersen

Show Barn
Robin Petersen

Robin Petersen, owner and head trainer at Back Bay Farm, has been riding and competing since she was just ten years old. Robin’s specialty is in Hunters and Equitation and she is a USHJA certified trainer.  She has over 40 years of experience teaching, training, and riding. Robin attended the Palock Vale Riding School in England where she received her license from the British Horse Society.  Since opening Back Bay Farm in 1994, Robin and BBF have become an integral part of the North Shore horse showing community.

Robin’s unparalleled work ethic and attention to detail radiates through her accomplished students and healthy, happy horses.  She instills great horsemanship in her show and riding school clients alike, placing importance on not just blue ribbons but also care and respect for their horses. She has instructed winning combinations of horse and rider at shows such as Zone 1 Finals, MHC Finals, and NEHC Finals.  Annually, she has clients who qualify for Year End Awards for NSHA, MHC, NEHC, and USEF.   Several of her students have qualified and been invited to prestigious finals such as National Children’s Medals, Ariat National Adult Medal, USEF Finals, and the ASPCA Maclay Championships.

Sara Hackett

Sara Hackett doing what she loves!

Sara Hackett is Back Bay Farm’s Road Manager. She thoroughly enjoys caring for and knowing all the BBF horses so well, solving on-the-road stall configuration puzzles, and being there to cheer on the BBF team at every show.

Sara started riding at age 10 and was quickly consumed into the horse world, owning her first horse by age 14. She cared for her two horses at her home until she was 21 years old, which included everything from grooming and riding to medical and nutritional health. Sara then went to Johnson & Wales University and earned her degree in Equine Business Management.

Sara came to Back Bay Farm after working as a groom in Wellington, Florida for a private barn, also home to Lisa Wilcox and her Olympic mounts. Her experience in Florida taught her that grooms truly are essential to each barn and each horse. But it also reinforced that caring for horses makes her a part-time therapist, jump-builder, mechanic, vet, nutritionist, tool expert, personal assistant, true companion, and, last but not least, rider!