View Full Version : Barns in Syracuse, NY

Apr. 4, 2012, 01:50 AM
I'm considering going to college at Syracuse University next fall and I was wondering if there are any good hunter/jumper barns in the area.

I visited Smoke Tree Farm, which is where Syracuse's IHSA team practices, but was unimpressed with the program. Apparently there are only 3 school horses, all of which are older and don't work/jump much. I'm not sure if I visited on an off day or if the program is really that weak.

I am just looking for any thoughts on Smoke Tree or any other barns relatively close to the SU campus.


Apr. 4, 2012, 02:04 AM
Since you're going to be a freshman (I assume?) and because of this won't have a car (again, I assume?) I'm ALSO going to assume you will be looking to stay in Syracuse? Clearly I'm full of assumptions today, hehe!

I only ask because I'm pretty involved in the horse scene outside the general area of Syracuse, not so much in it. Cazenovia is only 25-30 minutes from Syracuse and has a bustling horse community. I could give you the information of several places/trainers you may be interested in lessoning with. What is your riding experience/discipline?

Shoot me a PM if you'd like...I would love to discuss anything you may want to know!

Apr. 4, 2012, 02:18 AM

will pm you

Apr. 4, 2012, 11:15 AM
Ages ago I learned how to ride at Smoke Tree Farm. I was only 7 or 8 and they had a great program for teaching the basics! No idea about their program for more advanced riders though.

Apr. 4, 2012, 09:26 PM
I boarded my jumper mare at Smoketree and took lessons and showed with Denise while attending Syracuse College of Law, I just graduated in May and moved to Rochester (the only reason I'm not still there). I really can't say enough good things about Denise, her training, the care, and the people at the barn. I HIGHLY recommend it, especially if you have your own horse. Pm me if you want!

Apr. 6, 2012, 01:42 PM
There are quite a few places in the Skaneateles & Marcellus area, which isn't too far from Syracuse.