View Full Version : Trainers in central CA?

Jun. 23, 2010, 09:58 PM
Just moved to central CA, and have been shopping around for a trainer for me and my horse.
Someone suggested Aniah Sweeny, anyone have any experience with her? (In PM please ;) )
Any other suggestions would be welcome too! We're not really looking for a BNT at this stage ;)

Carol O
Jun. 23, 2010, 10:16 PM
Are you near Fresno/Clovis?

Jun. 23, 2010, 10:33 PM
Close enough :)
A little south of Fresno. But I can trailer.

Canterbury Court
Jun. 24, 2010, 12:07 AM
What level are you riding, what are your ambitions (showing vs training, etc). I am in Sanger, CA (do not give lessons) but I may be able to give you some suggestions.

Jun. 25, 2010, 06:29 PM
Well I'm just starting in dressage really. My horse is trained western, but I would like to switch him to dressage. I may want to show later on, depending on how it goes. But yeah, for now it's pretty low level....

Carol O
Jun. 25, 2010, 06:46 PM
I used to live out there, in the Mariposa/Oakhurst area. There were a lot of shows and barns in the Fresno/Clovis area. Have you joined CDS? I would look check their newsletter for contacts.

Jun. 25, 2010, 07:12 PM
No I haven't joined anything yet. I probably won't be showing for a long time!

Even if I found contacts though, how would I know which ones are any good? I'm not sure what to look for...

Also we live in Visalia, so I would like to stay close to home. Although I could travel north a bit if there aren't any trainers out here?

Canterbury Court
Jun. 25, 2010, 11:46 PM
Try Beth Mutch in Strathmore. She comes from a Western background but has been doing eventing for years.

Jun. 26, 2010, 10:04 AM
Willy Arts is in Hanford. If you head to the coastal area, there are quite a few good trainers in Central CA, but that is a bit of a drive from Visalia. Craig Stanley is in Clovis. If you are driving a bit further north, Chelsey Sibley is in Sonora.

Jun. 27, 2010, 01:51 AM
Thanks for the replies :)

Yes I had looked into Willy Arts as someone had recommended him too, but I think that's way over my head for now! Maybe when I have a "real" dressage horse someday ;)
I will look into Craig and Beth, thanks for the suggestions!

Also, are there any trainers to stay away from?

(I googled one recommended trainer, but some pretty bad stuff came up, but of course not everything is online either....:sadsmile:)