Any suggestions for a good (but reasonably priced) H/J trainer in the Ringoes/Flemington/Hillsborough area (within 20 min or so). Advanced H/J rider with a green OTTB looking for a trainer who works well with young thoroughbreds. Do not want a trainer that screams, demeans, or tells me to buy an expensive warmblood
Evan O'Donnell and Bob Cole have been suggested to me...any thoughts?
Kathy Kunsman is awesome. Tough, but awesome. She breeds some TBs too, so she knows a lot about them and ways to work with them. IDK if she's moved or not, as the last time I was up there, she was looking for a new farm. Her farm name is Glen Eden.
Laura Chapot is located in Neshanic Station which is about 10 or 15 minutes from Flemington. She is a great trainer and gives great lessons but focuses more on jumpers. She has many clients that have OTTBs and she has several herself.
Sarah Doelher at Hidden Brook Farm. She's working with an OTTB she bought recently, actually, and she's worked with them before. she tells me stories about her junior hunter from when she was a kid, whom she bought for nothing at the tracks. and made him into a jr hunter that won in vermont and other big shows. I think she's extremely level headed (now come on, think about this: how often do you find a truly down to earth and smart trainer?) and does an incredible job of managing the barn. She really does try her hardest to make the right program for everyone, and does a good job of it. I am just a working student of hers, but I think she's been the best addition to the barn (i've been at HBF for years) we've ever had.