View Full Version : Barn/Dressage training near Seattle Washington

Dec. 26, 2010, 07:33 PM
I'm considering moving out to Seattle next fall, and am trying to decide if I will be taking my horse with me. I'm looking for a barn on the Eastside (we will probably be living in Kirkland or Bothell) that has a lot of turnout and really good care. Ideally, there would be a resident dressage trainer, as my horse and I are showing second level, but this is not necessary. Any help would be much appreciated, as I am going out for an interview next month. Thanks!

Dec. 26, 2010, 07:36 PM
There is no turnout, "good care" is subject to much interpretation and is very hit or miss. You'll need to look in Woodinville or near it to find what you want, I think, and it'll be expensive. I'm ecstatically happy at the barn I'm at, but turnout is very very limited, and it's expensive. It also took me close to a year and a half to find it. Good luck. Consider moving elsewhere :D

JackSprats Mom
Dec. 27, 2010, 04:49 PM
wow I would have to disagree with Candle!

I think you will be able to find good care with turnout and a good dressage trainer!

Just google the area and start to look around!

Danged Arab
Dec. 27, 2010, 06:07 PM
Here are a couple of resources to help you start the search:

I agree with JackSprats Mom. I lived in the area for 17 years, and there is a wide range of quality (including very high quality) in boarding, training, and instruction.

Best of luck! Hope everything works out well for you.

Dec. 27, 2010, 06:14 PM
Check out Lindsey Anderson- Her farm is about 40 miles from Seattle.


Dec. 27, 2010, 06:24 PM
Check out ap-dressage.com

She trains with Steffen Peters and has great clinicians come in as well.

Dec. 27, 2010, 07:20 PM
I think Honeylips means - http://ap-dressage.com/ .

Alyssa Pitts used to be in the Bay Area, but relocated back up to WA, which is where she was originally from. She is in the r judge program and has been hugely successful at bringing horses up the levels. Her students also do very well, and have set goals and obtained them (Medals, Championships, etc.).

Not only all of that, but she is a wonderful trainer, and a great person!

Dec. 27, 2010, 07:46 PM
I train with a trainer (an event trainer) in Redmond, she has a great dressage trainer at the barn! She's there just about every day and is an amazing trainer.
The barn is http://www.pcec-redmond.com/
and the dressage trainer is http://paigeruhldressage.com/
The barn is GREAT, well maintained, the horses are turned out every day in sand paddocks in the winter and either sand paddocks or grass in the summer.
Edited to say:
On Paige's website you can also see the other barns she's trains at, she's an amazing trainer!!

Dec. 27, 2010, 08:52 PM
yes- Fantastic has it right! I can't type today evidently.

Dec. 27, 2010, 10:28 PM
Sonja Vracko is in Woodenville, I believe. If nothing else, I'm sure she could give your recommendations. She's a very nice person.

Dec. 28, 2010, 11:20 AM
Thanks for all the responses, I really appreciate it!

Dec. 31, 2010, 09:54 PM
Jeremy Steinberg is in Kirkland at KGF Equestrian Center.
He's a terrific instructor (all levels) and is the USEF Dressage Young Riders Coach.
Jan Brinks is giving a clinic there in mid-January if you're in the neighborhood.

Jan. 1, 2011, 11:09 AM
I respect Jeremy and Shautel both very much.

This is the place I grew up in ( though not in this incarnation) the park is fabulous, my heart place.

I have watched Jeremy teach and was very impressed. He enjoys teaching which is a huge plus. I have known him since he was a early teen. Much talent and drive. Shautel I have watched in the show ring for years and have a very positive impression of her as well

Location is prime very close and in town. Around here drive times need to be considered very carefully when selecting places to live work and play.

This is about as centrally located as you could want.

Jan. 1, 2011, 01:20 PM
I ride with Allison Cino at the Back Forte in Enumclaw. Here (http://www.pyramidequestrian.com/) is Allison's website, and here (http://www.theback40.net/) is the Back Forte's.

I cannot say enough good things about Allison. I've been riding with her for years and my riding has progressed to places I never thought I would go! Allison also rides with Jeremy Steinberg (in fact we are headed out to Lakewood to audit one of his clinics today).