View Full Version : Area II riders: please recommend good trainers who have sale horses
Oct. 30, 2009, 11:28 PM
I'm planning a shopping trip back east to find quality event horses. Seems like the majority are concentrated in Virginia, of course. I would love to hear of any trainers people might recommend who are good at brining along horses and/or specialize in sales. I know all the big name riders, but would love to hear of anyone who might not be nationally recognized. Any tips? Shopping is great fun, but a lot of work!:D
Oct. 31, 2009, 12:11 AM
Oct. 31, 2009, 12:12 AM
Check the area II website classifieds.
Oct. 31, 2009, 12:34 AM
I've ridden with Steuart Pittman (http://www.dodonfarm.com/), Valerie Vizcarrondo (http://www.blueclovereventing.com/), Sharon White (http://www.lastfrontierfarm.com/home.html), and Nina Holm (http://www.glenwoodfarmeventing.com/).
All fabulous and most have sale horses.
A friend has a few of her horses in training with Ryan Wood (http://www.woodstockeventing.com/) and says he's great.
Oct. 31, 2009, 12:42 AM
excellent trainer........ excellent stock of horses
Oct. 31, 2009, 12:57 AM
Courtney Cooper http://www.csquarefarm.com/
Jenn Simmons http://lococheefarm.com/
Glenda Player http://playlandequestriancenter.com/
Katie Wherley http://www.rocksolid-training.com/ [she has more than just what's on her site]
Laura VanderVliet http://www.lauravandervlieteventing.com/
Kelley Williams http://abitbetterfarm.com/
Steuart Pittman http://www.dodonfarm.com/
Oct. 31, 2009, 11:31 AM
Thanks for the responses so far! Now I have a lot of eye candy to look through.
Oct. 31, 2009, 05:00 PM
Allison Springer (www.allisonspringer.com) has a bunch of nice sale horses right now. Sharon White almost always has a few as well. Further north, Boyd Martin usually has fancy ones. A lot may depend on what kind of thing you're looking for.
Oct. 31, 2009, 06:11 PM
And please don't forget to look at the thoroughbreds at MidAtlantic Horse Rescue http://www.midatlantichorserescue.org/Adopt_me.htm Canter MidAtlantichttp://canterusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=37&Itemid=56 and Canter PA http://canterusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=40&Itemid=59 .
Steuart Pittman recently showcased OTTBs and included horses from both organizations.
Oct. 31, 2009, 07:31 PM
Bonnie Mosser (http://bonniemosser.com) has a very nice selection currently for sale in Gordonsville, VA.
Nov. 1, 2009, 04:24 AM
Samantha Allan has some very good quality horses. http://www.allansporthorses.com/
Leighton Farm offers good prospects for eventing. www.LeightonFarm.com
Nov. 1, 2009, 12:58 PM
Doug Payne (http://www.dpequestrian.com/forsale) has a number of nice horses for sale as well - also a little further north (NJ).
Nov. 1, 2009, 01:58 PM
another vote for Courtney Cooper and also Doug Payne. Would also add Sally Lofting (firstname.lastname@example.org), tho I believe she will be away for the next couple of weeks so her email may be best contact.
Nov. 1, 2009, 02:23 PM
Also Sally http://www.sallycousins.com/.
And us (www.watermark-farm.net);)
Nov. 1, 2009, 02:30 PM
Nov. 1, 2009, 04:52 PM
Christan has a few really nice ones right now. Her website is www.trainoreventing.com. If you don't know she's the young woman who took Theodore O'Connor up to advanced. She was also long-listed for the 2000 Olympics when she was 18.
Nov. 1, 2009, 05:22 PM
im glad someone posted this question I was wondering the same thing!!
I reallllllly like csquarefarm.com. Courtney seems to have some nice horses and I am sure she has some that are not even up on the website now.
Nov. 1, 2009, 06:21 PM
Sean and Kendra McQuillan: http://www.kilfinnanstables.com/
Michelle Hoey and Dustin Craig (mostly somewhat greener): http://www.westwindequine.com/aboutus.htm
Steph Butts: http://www.waredaca.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=139:sale-horses&catid=52:steph-butts&Itemid=157
Lisa Reid: http://www.reidtowin.com/matchmaking.html
Susie Beale: www.cairnomountstables.com
Nov. 1, 2009, 08:04 PM
Caroline Atherholt Dowd has some nice horses for sale right now.. Just spent the weekend with her @VAHT. I know she has a Prelim packer for sale and a couple of training level packers. Contact her at www.carolinedowd.com Would buy from her in an instant!
Nov. 1, 2009, 08:07 PM
Diane Crump is also a really good reference for horses for sale in Virginia:
Nov. 1, 2009, 08:15 PM
Sharon is a GREAT trainer and has a good selection of horses for sale.
caevent - I'm assuming you're in Cali, I just moved from Area 2 to California and there are several quality horses for sale down here in So. Cal. Just walking around Galway I heard of several who were definately qualilty prospects.
Nov. 1, 2009, 10:15 PM
Boyd Martin has a few nice horses on his website too:
Nov. 1, 2009, 10:26 PM
I would like to second the vote for Ryan Wood. www.woodstockeventing.com He really seems to have his finger on the pulse of the Unionville/SEPA eventing sales market. He is also a very laid back and friendly person. Not pushy at all. He has been having great success with younger horses (owners certainly keep sending them to him!) but also has plenty of UL experience so he knows what to look for.
I know that you wanted recommendations for lesser-known people, but I would just mention that Ryan is Boyd Martin's best friend from AUS and works as one of Phillip Dutton's full time riders. Ryan is in the loop regarding all of the sale horses at both farms and has brought buyers in to both farms in the past. I would suggest you spend an afternoon sitting on horses at True Prospect and at Boyd and Siva's (www.boydandsilvamartin.com) if you have the time. Both barns have all levels of horses for sale (some young ones in for training/sale, working students looking to move on from their training/prelim packers) and you might be surprised to find something that suits you perfectly. Even if you don't, it is pretty fun and exciting to spend an afternoon at TPF!
Just my two cents! Have a blast and good luck in your search!
Nov. 1, 2009, 11:46 PM
The Tursam's (www.summithillfarm.com), Adam Gamble (www.abbeymoorfarm.com), and Karen Mahaffey (www.erinleafarm.com) are also good in NC. Karen knows a lot of people, and would at least be able to recommend something if she doesn't have anything.
Nov. 2, 2009, 09:35 AM
I second Dustin and Michelle Craig of WestWind Farms... they are fantastic. Have a bunch of quality horses for sale, with varying levels of experience. Very honest sellers. I would definitely take a look at their barn!
The website is not up to date, so email or call them for a more current list of sales horses.
Nov. 2, 2009, 10:32 AM
Amanda Miller with Miller Eventing (http://millereventing.com/) in Clayton, NC. Very friendly and helpful.
Nov. 2, 2009, 06:49 PM
Beth Perkins- near Tryon NC.
Nov. 2, 2009, 10:28 PM
Jane Sleeper and Mary Hazzard each have some nice horses also
Nov. 2, 2009, 10:52 PM
For a bit off the beaten path, Dickcy Gibson has horses for sale and usually knows of others that might fit the bill. She's in Myersville, Md, not far from some of the others mentioned. Go to Dickcy.com. She has some listed but will have others not listed.
I'm sure you already know of Phyllis Dawson, windchase.com. Always has a nice selection.
And check out Katie Willis at topnotcheventing.com.
Kate Chadderton, not sure of her url, but you can google, is another, in Damascus, Md, to check out.