I will be moving from Europe to the US next Spring and was wondering if anyone could suggest some good barns and trainers. I would be looking for a trainer who has trained several horses to GP level and who has a classical approach. Also the yard needs to have excellent facilities- big stables, daily turn-out, indoor and outdoor arenas etc. Could you also let me know how much I can expect to pay for this?
Stone Horse Farm, the sister barn of Flying Change (Heather Mason), Lars Petersen clinics threre regularly and Performance farms, with Dr. Ceasar Parra. Cathy Morrelli.
There are a tonne of top coaches in that area. Full of great opportunity and most have their web sites up so you can get an idea of the facilities. There are so many but depending on the time of year, there are quite a few that go to Florida.
I would be looking for a trainer who has trained several horses to GP level
That narrows the field significantly.
and who has a classical approach.
Also the yard needs to have excellent facilities- big stables,
Don't judge the care by the exterior beauty of the facility
Unlikely in the better show barns
Could you also let me know how much I can expect to pay for this?
Not many nice facilities with trainers take in boarders-only. You need to be training with the trainer. Board at a nice place is minimum $800usd. Training minimum is 1,000usd. That is bare minimum. If you find a place with an indoor for less than that, assume the hay will be not of the best quality and not much of it given and the bedding with be sparce.
Winchester Farm in Flemington NJ is dressage paradise.
The barn is stunningly gorgeous and the training is excellent. (There are multiple facilities featured in the link, look for Winchester).
The facilities include 12x14 foot box stalls, heated wash stall, what I believe are the only set of pillars in NJ (hey, you said you wanted classical), etc etc etc.
The trainer has trained horses to grand prix and can execute grand prix tests both astride and on the long lines.
He is kind to the horses, extremely educated, and I have not seen one single drawrein or similar gadget on the property and there is no "crank and spank".
Daily turnout is available on a schedule customized to your horse.
If you have more than one horse, they can go out together.
Mine are out together 20 hours a day.
He can adjust to whatever rotation you request (overnight, during the day, early morning and early evening, whatever).
The barn directly abuts miles and miles of gorgeous trails with excellent footing.
Now that you have heard all of this and seen the video and are, I am sure, convinced that board is $2,500 per month (which, for the record is LESS than what some of the people mentioned above charge who do not have a single turn out paddock on their premises), rest your eyes on the fact that $650 per month covers full basic board inclusive of turnout, blanketing, and holding for the vet and farrier. Grooming and training packages are available in addition.
There is no indoor but he moves to a place with an indoor in the winter.
The arena is professionally footed and has an excellent drainage system, so even if it really monsoons overnight the arena is usually good to go by the afternoon.
The arena is also lit with stadium lights and he is totally open about the schedule: I have been known to be finishing up my third horse after work at 11:30pm.
Heather Mason, Hunterdon County, NJ. I have had my horse in for training with her and ridden with her for a couple of years. She can take a baby through the levels properly. http://www.flyingchangefarm.com/
Thanks so much everybody! I will start to make appointments to go and see the places mentioned. As Meupatdoes stated, turn out is very important to me as I have young KWPN mare and I do not want her to go crazy standing in a stable 23 hrs a day. Can anyone confirm whether there is turn out at Cesar Parra's?