View Full Version : New to the Wheeling, Wva area. Anyone else here?
Jul. 1, 2012, 06:16 PM
I'm a newb to the Wheeling West Virginia area and I am hoping to find some Cothers out here in the hills. We are wannabe eventers but hopefully, next season we won't be saying that anymore. ;)
I'm hoping to connect with some other BNTs and maybe some trainers in the area, although in these hills, I don't think there are many as Craigslist has produced no one for me. I kinda feel like that Pink Floyd song: is there anybody out there?
Anyways, I am going to check with the USEA and see what they can tell me but in the mean time, if there is anyone in my area please say hi. I feel so alone out here!
Jul. 1, 2012, 09:31 PM
I was born there and raised in Cameron! Hope you find some eventing people!
Jul. 2, 2012, 11:10 AM
I am about an hour from Wheeling (the barn is about 1.5)in Pittsburgh ... not close enough for regular interaction, but if you have questions about local events and what not I might be able to help!
Jul. 2, 2012, 12:15 PM
I'm about 1/2 hr away in Washington, PA but my parents live just across the river from you in Ohio.
I don't think we actually have what anyone would call "BIG" name trainers. Anne Kaufmann is there in wheeling somewhere... I've never ridden with her so cannot speak one way or another. Joan and Rebecca Simmons are north of P-burgh so perhaps 1.5 hrs from you. And StoneGate farm is in OH about 1/2 to an hr from you. Sadly... that's about it.
Jul. 2, 2012, 04:17 PM
Yay! Im so excited! Woohoo :winkgrin:
Now where can I go shopping? I need to get some stuff and i have no clue where to go. I don't mind driving to a good store, shopping online for the boys is okay but I'm odd shaped :rolleyes: so I must try on everything in the store before I buy :D
Do you have Anne Kaufman's number, SeeUAtX?
Jul. 2, 2012, 09:28 PM
No luck on the number. I think she has a website though. Farms name is Pegasus something if that helps at all. Bet bet is to check out WesternPA eventing (area8 website tends to be more Western OH and KY geared than out our way). If you have kids that Pony Club, Brush Run is a good club centered in the Washington PA area. Bethany College just outside Wheeling had a PC for a little while but I think it is defunct now.
For people stuff shopping, there is actually a fun little shopping center at the Highlands aka Cabella Dr. (just off I-79). Cabella's is a cool store that DH and I wandered in for a few hours one day. Also has Kohls and JCPenney amongst others. Unfortunately my parents have found they need to make a longer trip to Pittsburgh or Robinson (shopping district near the Pittsburgh Airport) for greater selection.
I don't even know if there is a tack store near Wheeling. There's one in McMurray,PA (near Washington) but it's small and has limited hours. I buy a lot from Smartpak and Schneiders.
Jul. 9, 2012, 04:45 PM
I'm in Pittsburgh, PA as well and would also be thrilled to find some (even somewhat) local eventers!! It's a fairly small eventing community and it's easy to feel isolated.
For unrecognized events check out minitrialseries.org These are a great experience and typically run intro(x-rails) through training. Stone Gate Farm has a few dates coming up.
The English Horn in McMurray would be a reasonable drive, but as said previously, limited selection and hours. Online shopping seems to be the best bet.
You can find plenty of non-horse-related shopping in Washington, PA.
Jul. 9, 2012, 05:20 PM
Laura Vello is in Hickory, PA which is near Canonsburg....about an hour from Wheeling, I think. She's got an advanced horse and several youngsters...and a lovely facility.
Jul. 10, 2012, 12:25 PM
I love the English Horn. My family is in McMurray and I will be there next month...will have to pop in!
Jul. 10, 2012, 02:54 PM
Those of you in the area, where do you school cross country?
Jul. 10, 2012, 06:27 PM
While I don't live there anymore, I'm from Wheeling. No, there isn't any tack shopping, and finding a trainer is a PITA!
Anne Kauffman developed a reputation for being harsh, but the person I know that rides for her says she's softened up a bit. She's very brisk to talk to, which I like. Her website is: http://www.pegasusfarmwv.com/ My friend loves her to death.
The only lessons I took in Wheeling were with Terry Mardell, who comes into McCormick Stables once a month. He's pricey and dressage oriented, but AMAZING. Love him!