About the Author


Grappa Lane is named for my extraordinary horse Grappa, seven-time national champion and the embodiment of vitality and style. He has been with me twenty years, more than half my life. A dappled bay with cresty neck and bright eyes, he is a teacher and an old friend. He reminds me every day how I want to live: with gratitude, joy, curiosity, class, and a little mischief. As a show horse with a wild streak, he taught patience, diligence, and total presence. He inspires appreciation of beauty.

In this spirit, I write about conscious living, on the farm and beyond. My husband, Philip, and I are bringing new life to an old Connecticut farm, a fifty-acre fixer-upper with rolling fields, pond and stream, stone walls, fruit trees, an antique barn and farmhouse. Here you can follow our restoration projects and find recipes, book reviews, design inspiration, photography portfolios, travel writing, and of course, stories about horses—including the inimitable Grappa.

Please explore and enjoy!

With Grappa, age 30,
at our Ridgefield farm


Sarah Willeman is a rider, horse breeder and writer. She owns and operates Turnabout Farm, breeding and developing top-quality jumpers and western reining horses. She serves on the National Advisory Committee of the US Equestrian Team Foundation and on Horse Network’s Board of Advisors.

As a hunter-jumper, she was one of the most successful riders of her generation, winning multiple national equitation championships, Open Jumper Grands Prix, and the intercollegiate Individual National Championship. She received the National Horse Show’s Sportsmanship Award and was named US Equestrian Federation Junior Equestrian of the Year, Chronicle of the Horse Hunter Horseman of the Year, and Stanford University’s Club Sports Athlete of the Year.

Sarah holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from NYU, where she taught Creative Writing. She now offers editing services, working with clients one-on-one to develop their writing.

She lives in Ridgefield, CT, and New York City with her husband, Philip Richter, and their dogs, Luigi and Emmylou.