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    Default Show Barns near Washington DC

    I am moving to DC this fall and may or may not have my horse with me (he's for sale) and am wondering what the boarding/training/show barns are nearby. I'd want a place to board him where I could ride him a few times a week, but have him on training board and continue to be marketed. I do the adult hunters/eq and would like to be at a barn that does both local and A shows. Any input would be great! Thanks.
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    I highly recommend Rolling Acres in Brookeville, MD. They are awesome!!! They do both local and rated shows.
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    Welcome to DC!

    Have you decided where you'll be living and how long (hours/minutes) you're willing to drive to get to the barn? I'm sure you know but the DC metro area is large and traffic is pretty bad. Will you be living in the District or in VA or MD? Would you prefer hunter or jumper? You mentioned training board... is there a budget you need to stay within?

    Chad Keenum has a sale barn out near Middleburg, VA; Ed Lane is in Leesburg, VA; Jenny Graham is in Sterling, VA; Katie Huber is in Great Falls, VA; Rolling Acres is in Brookeville, MD. I'm living in Arlington and have always gone out the Toll Road to ride but others say that MD is the way to go. I'm not showing these days so hopefully someone else can add a few more.



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    Ooh I would love some input too! I am going to be in DC also and am debating riding with American University's team or if I should branch out. It's going to be awful not having a car!



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    Reddemeade is in Silver Spring. I have heard good things about them.

    The DC area is real congested and traffic can be a nightmare on the beltway.

    I live 90 miles SE of Dc and it is nice. No show barns down here though...



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    Quote Originally Posted by theblondejumper View Post
    Ooh I would love some input too! I am going to be in DC also and am debating riding with American University's team or if I should branch out. It's going to be awful not having a car!
    I'm the Alumni Rep for IHSA Zone 4 Region 1 and see Jeff at the shows all the time. He seems like a great coach. Since you won't have a car I'd say definitely sign up to ride with the team! IHSA is a great experience (although some riders find they really dislike it) and it's a great way to meet friends and ride through college on a budget.



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    Quote Originally Posted by AppendixQHLover View Post
    Reddemeade is in Silver Spring. I have heard good things about them.

    The DC area is real congested and traffic can be a nightmare on the beltway.

    I live 90 miles SE of Dc and it is nice. No show barns down here though...
    Reddemeade is not the way to go if the OP wants a hunter/jumper show barn that does local and rated shows.

    As was already said, I would definitely look into both Chad Keenum (www.cksporthorses.com) and Rolling Acres. Also, might consider ESP Farm, though don't know how much space they have.



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    If you don't have a car, you're going to have a very hard time unless you can pay someone to drive you out or use a zipcar.

    As for the OP, there's TONS of options, it definitely depends on what your time/budget allow.



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    Quote Originally Posted by FarnleyGarnet View Post
    I'm the Alumni Rep for IHSA Zone 4 Region 1 and see Jeff at the shows all the time. He seems like a great coach. Since you won't have a car I'd say definitely sign up to ride with the team! IHSA is a great experience (although some riders find they really dislike it) and it's a great way to meet friends and ride through college on a budget.
    Thanks I appreciate it! I'm only going to be there for the fall semester through the Washington Semester program and really want to keep up the riding. I've gotten in touch with the AUET captain and she seemed great. I haven't shown IHSA through my home college mostly just tagged along to shows. The only thing I'm worried about is the cost upfront ($500) for lessons.



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    If you can, I'd try to get a space with ESP Farms and Rachel Kennedy.
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    go to www.Equery.com (I may have that slightly misspelled) and look through the boarding classified. You can also order a copy of the magazine. it's the best place to see what Maryland has to offer . . .

    It will all really depend on where you decide to live in the Metro Area . . .



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    You are going to need to determine your commute before you can determine a barn to ride with in DC. The traffic is TERRIBLE and it can easily take you 2 hours or longer to get to a barn each way, depending on where you live.

    Some show barns in the DC area are not good places for equitation training. Some are much better for contrating on the horse, not the rider. There are lots of good trainers to chose from:

    Ginny Edwards - Upperville, VA
    Rolling Acres - Brookeville, MD
    Ali Listrani - Brookeville, MD
    Rachel Kennedy - Brookeville, MD
    Kim Frey - Hume, VA (Great for jumpers)
    Miranda Scott - Meadowbrook (Rock Creek Park)

    The only place that is doable without a car Miranda Scott's place - she is in DC but there is no indoor and no turnout. I would caution going anyplace without an indoor in winter.

    Good luck. Get used to sitting in traffic ALOT.



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    Thanks for the replies everyone! Here are more details:

    -I will be living in Foggy Bottom with close access to rt 66.

    -I'd be willing to drive an hour from the city to the barn.

    -I'm paying training board in Mass, it's not cheap. What does training board at a show barn typically range from there?

    -A strong sales reputation for quality hunters & eq is important, as I'm not bringing the horse for myself to enjoy. I'd ride him and maybe show some, but the goal is still to get him sold above all. My trainers here have him going beautifully and he looks wonderful, so it's important that I'm going to a similar situation so he can continue to be marketed and presented similarly well.
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    The trick about 66 is that at some points in the day it becomes HOV only. If you are headed out to NoVA after work, you won't be able to do it on 66 (between DC and the beltway) unless you bring a buddy. That having been said, I will second or third the recommendation of Chad. He has sold horses for several of my friends and all say they would go back to him.



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    It's pretty easy from Foggy Bottom to go West out via Clara Barton Parkway from Georgetown, which turns into River Road to Potomac and Poolesville. This way you miss all the Beltway traffic. Ed Lane is a good A-show hunter trainer. Tartan Farms is the name, as I recall. There are probably others . . .



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    Ed Lane was extremely good to me when I was a junior. His farm is now in Lucketts, Virginia though, which may be a bit of a hike for the OP.



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    Ok I am just a dodo with the show barns near DC area.



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    Not Reddemeade, not Rock Creek Park.
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    Anyone have contacT info for Tartan farms?



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    Does anyone have contact info for Kim Frey and Ginny Edwards too please?



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