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regalace
Jan. 7, 2010, 07:22 PM
I've decided this year to make a resolution I can actually keep--I want to start back up with lessons after too many years of just puttering around the pasture. I'm not really a re-rider, but I've gone from my college days of working student riding lots of horses, jumping regularly, etc. to adult reality--little time, even less money, and life getting in the way. My horse is boarded in Vass, but it's a private farm owned by a hunter rider, and I'm so not in the loop. I know there are a lot of great trainers in the Southern Pines area, but some personal recommendations would help a lot. I'm mostly looking for:
1) someone willing to work with a cowardly rider! Lately it's all I can do to jump crossrails; it's so frustrating!
2) a trainer who does longe lessons
3) one who is okay with once-a-month lessons and "homework" for the in-between
4) school horses would be nice but not crucial

Suggestions, recommendations?

shea'smom
Jan. 7, 2010, 07:47 PM
Denny Emerson is in Southern Pines. Very good with cowards, ask me how I know. :)

piaffequeen
Jan. 8, 2010, 12:06 AM
Would you be willing to work with a dressage trainer? Lynn Doki out of Walhalla Farm is fantastic-she has helped me tremendously overcome cantering fears with my horse. She is very laid back and is willing to work with anyone or any breed of horse-will give you a great foundation with your riding and she travels to farms for lessons. If you can trailer in-she is in Aberdeen with a huge covered arena! I do 2x a month lessons with her but have on occasion done the 1x a month also.

Her phone number is 910-603-2865 or email is piafferider@aol.com

Where are you in Vass? My guy is @ Fleet of Foot Farm on 690!:cool:

Coppers mom
Jan. 8, 2010, 12:23 AM
Anita Quinn is in Fuquay: http://www.sunrisesporthorses.com/index.html

Christan Trainor is in Southern Pines: http://www.trainoreventing.com/

The O'Briens are in Vass: http://www.obrieneventing.com/

Karen Mahaffey is in Sanford, which is pretty close: http://www.erinleafarm.com/

Mel Wyatt is really good at building your confidence back up: http://www.foxtrack.net/

Charlie or Mike Plumb may work (but probably not Mike), just make sure you tell them explicitly that you are a pansy. They're nicer that way, haha

gchildean
Jan. 8, 2010, 08:27 AM
Anita Quinn is in Fuquay: http://www.sunrisesporthorses.com/index.html

Christan Trainor is in Southern Pines: http://www.trainoreventing.com/

The O'Briens are in Vass: http://www.obrieneventing.com/

Erin Mahaffey is in Sanford, which is pretty close: http://www.erinleafarm.com/

Mel Wyatt is really good at building your confidence back up: http://www.foxtrack.net/

Charlie or Mike Plumb may work (but probably not Mike), just make sure you tell them explicitly that you are a pansy. They're nicer that way, haha

Karen Mahaffey not Erin :)

wildlifer
Jan. 8, 2010, 09:53 AM
David O'Brien is awesome, we jump with him, he is very kind and patient, really brings out the best in you and your horse.

Coppers mom
Jan. 8, 2010, 11:42 AM
Karen Mahaffey not Erin :)

Oh God what was I thinking? :lol: I must have been thinking Erin Lea or something.

lucky bunny
Jan. 8, 2010, 11:50 AM
I can't say enough good things about Christan. She is knowledgeable and patient with both horses and humans. She has been utterly fantastic with bringing along my 5 year old.

I was in a similar situation as you when I found Christan 7 years ago. I felt like I needed improvement and confidence. I had been riding a rehab project who was too much for me and she helped us break things down into manageable progress.

She is also located in Vass/SP. http://www.trainoreventing.com

KarenC
Jan. 8, 2010, 01:30 PM
I'm neither an eventer nor a NC native, but I would also put in a plug for Christan Trainor. I took my wild child Arab endurance mare down with me when I visited my buddy eventer_mi last winter and took 4 lessons with Christan to try and get the mare over some arena difficulties. It was one of the most productive training experiences I've had. She was absolutely one of the most correct teachers and also demonstrated a lot of patience with me and my little go-go-go Arab mare. I am still using things I learned with her. Heck, if she can help me, she can help anybody!

JER
Jan. 8, 2010, 04:20 PM
Andrea St. Hilaire-Glenn at Glenbaer Farm (http://www.glenbaer.com/) in Carthage.

The farm is a nice, low-key environment. No barn drama or other weirdnesses. Andrea (who posts here as Glenbaer) is an excellent, patient instructor who teaches good basics and knows how to make steady, realistic progress with horses and students.

(I sent Andrea two fillies (3 and 4) last year for training. Both are now very confident, calm, versatile horses -- and they'll be starting their eventing careers with Andrea this year. :))

EquiTerra
Jan. 8, 2010, 04:51 PM
Another vote for Christan Trainor. She's out of the country until the beginning of February but she's still reachable by email. She's fantastic to work with.

snoopy
Jan. 8, 2010, 05:35 PM
Andrea St. Hilaire-Glenn at Glenbaer Farm (http://www.glenbaer.com/) in Carthage.

The farm is a nice, low-key environment. No barn drama or other weirdnesses. Andrea (who posts here as Glenbaer) is an excellent, patient instructor who teaches good basics and knows how to make steady, realistic progress with horses and students.

(I sent Andrea two fillies (3 and 4) last year for training. Both are now very confident, calm, versatile horses -- and they'll be starting their eventing careers with Andrea this year. :))



Absolutely second this recommendation!!!!

Andrea is patient, likeable, and has no hidden agenda. Her programme...with both horses and riders....is taylored to suit each individual without undue pressure placed on either.

I trust her completely with the well being of both horse and rider.

You cannot go wrong with her.

InVA
Jan. 8, 2010, 08:13 PM
Will Faudree. Great trainer. Keeps it simple and fun! 910-603-8298

regalace
Jan. 9, 2010, 02:54 PM
Thanks for all the great recommendations! I will definitely be giving some of these places a call or email.

Shea'smom, I have heard amazing things about Denny but am a little intimidated by such a famous rider! (I know, it's ridiculous.) I've ridden at Tamarack Hill once for an X-C school and it is a gorgeous farm.

Piaffequeen--I must drive right by your barn to get to mine! I live in Fayetteville but ride at a very tiny private facility in Vass, just near the intersection of 690 and Rt. 1. I love it there, the owner's wonderful, and she's really been kicking my butt to get out for some lessons. I do a lot of dressage and I'll probably check out the instructor you suggest.

Anyone else ridden with Will Faudree? I've heard good things about his riding style but I'm slightly leery of riding with someone younger than myself.

Also, anyone ridden with Nanci Lindroth? I see her name on the NCDCTA trainer list and I think I have seen her ride, but again, don't know anything about her training style.

Thanks again for the excellent first-hand accounts! I can't wait to start up lessons again!

TxEventer81
Jan. 9, 2010, 03:16 PM
I just did a series of lessons with him. Absolutely wonderful!!! Some of the most fun and informative lessons I've had!!! He listened to my objectives and questions then gave great answers and analogies that really allowed the information to sink in. I will definitely ride with him again! :)

UNCeventer
Jan. 9, 2010, 04:46 PM
Hey-

Try Nanci Lindroth. She is great and works well for people with many different goals. She travels around the area and also welcomes people to her farm. Great with people who haven't competed in years! http://www.windfallfarm.com/

Marc Donovan, Bobby Stevenson, Bobby Costello are all fabulous too.

I can give you some of their numbers if you need it. PM me.

eventer_mi
Jan. 10, 2010, 10:05 AM
Shea'smom, I have heard amazing things about Denny but am a little intimidated by such a famous rider! (I know, it's ridiculous.) I've ridden at Tamarack Hill once for an X-C school and it is a gorgeous farm.

Anyone else ridden with Will Faudree? I've heard good things about his riding style but I'm slightly leery of riding with someone younger than myself.

Also, anyone ridden with Nanci Lindroth? I see her name on the NCDCTA trainer list and I think I have seen her ride, but again, don't know anything about her training style.

Thanks again for the excellent first-hand accounts! I can't wait to start up lessons again!

Heavens, don't be intimidated by Denny. He's an absolute sweetheart and a fantastic, entertaining teacher. Call him or email and set up a lesson. Plus, if you're military (or married to military), Denny offers a fabulous discount for lessons.

Nanci Lindroth is excellent as well. She's also a dressage judge, so wonderful on the flat. She's another extremely nice person. I'd call her instead of emailing.

If you are leery about taking lessons from someone younger than you, then that rules out half of Southern Pines, girl! :D Don't worry about age. Experience and teaching style is what counts.

If it's still an issue for you, then I also recommend David O'Brien, along with some of the others that have been mentioned. Super nice guy. Bobby Costello is almost impossible to get a hold of unless you know someone or he knows you - I've tried and have played phone tag with him many, many times a few years ago. I hear great things about him, though.