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    Default Good Jumper trainer and farrier in Lynchburg, Va area?

    So I keep my horse at college and while I love the program and trainer it is very much equitation and hunter based and I am through and trough a jumper rider. Can anyone suggest a good trainer that I could ship to or would come to lynchburg like once a week twice a month and I could train with at shows?
    Also I am not happy what-so-ever with the farrier that comes to the barn and would really love to hear of some good farriers in the area that do hot shoeing.
    Thanks!



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    Farrier: Brandon Schulz. 540-448-1751. I spent over 5 years looking for a good one down here, and he is fabulous! Hot shoeing, corrective, just basic well balanced trimming... whatever you need he does and does well. If I'm right about which school you go to, the current farrier is one I tried as well and was unhappy with too. There's been some talk about the recent farrier uproar at that school.

    Trainer: Try Robyn Walden out of Bedford. She's strictly jumpers and spent a few years working and riding for Laura Kraut and has brought along several horses up to the Opens. She's young and still getting established, but very good. Really nice person, too. 540-556-4068.

    Other than that you could try Stone Bridge in Lexington but it's a bit of a haul and while they're not purely hunters, they're more hunter oriented. Teddi Ismund comes in fairly often to teach and is excellent, but I don't know anything about their in house trainer.

    And welcome to SW VA hunter land from one frustrated jumper rider to another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrrider View Post
    So I keep my horse at college and while I love the program and trainer it is very much equitation and hunter based and I am through and trough a jumper rider. Can anyone suggest a good trainer that I could ship to or would come to lynchburg like once a week twice a month and I could train with at shows?
    Also I am not happy what-so-ever with the farrier that comes to the barn and would really love to hear of some good farriers in the area that do hot shoeing.
    Thanks!
    I believe you are a RC student. JT is by far the best you are going to find in that area. He spent many years showing jumpers and his techniques translate very well to the jumper ring. He is a stickler for equitation, but at the same time will teach effective riding. Unless he has drastically changed (and forgotten all his stuff), he is still a good trainer for those who want to do jumpers. No, he won't let you hike up the fences daily and jump around like a nut. But then again, I wouldn't consider that good jumper training. Not sure what else you'd like in a jumper trainer-- he employs gymnastics, rythmical riding, lateral work, getting the horses balanced, and will work on technical courses.

    If you can trailer in somewhere, there are a handful of trainers you could try in the Lexington and Blacksburg area. Bburg would be close to 2 hours. Lexington an hour.



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    If JT meets what you want, great, but he's like every other trainer on the planet. Not a match for everyone and probably is limited on time to spend with those who want to do more than the school's mainly hunter program. He's plenty qualified, and somewhere around here I still have a video of him showing his customer's horse in the Opens at Duke. I was in the same class and my mom taped both of us. Should dig it out... he did great, was under the weather I think and looked white as a sheet.

    ETA: Who's in Blacksburg now? I think Mark moved, who else down there does the jumpers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolMeadows View Post
    If JT meets what you want, great, but he's like every other trainer on the planet. Not a match for everyone and probably is limited on time to spend with those who want to do more than the school's mainly hunter program. He's plenty qualified, and somewhere around here I still have a video of him showing his customer's horse in the Opens at Duke. I was in the same class and my mom taped both of us. Should dig it out... he did great, was under the weather I think and looked white as a sheet.
    Agreed he would not be a match for everyone, but in the area, choices are quite limited



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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolMeadows View Post
    Other than that you could try Stone Bridge in Lexington but it's a bit of a haul and while they're not purely hunters, they're more hunter oriented. Teddi Ismund comes in fairly often to teach and is excellent, but I don't know anything about their in house trainer
    Lilly de Sousa is the trainer at Stone Bridge and is excellent - they are more equitation/jumper than hunters imo and have quite a few boarders who are ride only jumpers, including the owner!



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    Quote Originally Posted by KnKShowmom View Post
    Lilly de Sousa is the trainer at Stone Bridge and is excellent - they are more equitation/jumper than hunters imo and have quite a few boarders who are ride only jumpers, including the owner!
    I know Katrina does the jumpers, but hadn't heard anything about Lilly yet. Glad to hear she's good, maybe I'll check her out too. Haven't been up there since Chris left. I hope their shows this year will have jumpers, it's such a nice facility.
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    I think the obvious solution here is to transfer to Sweet Briar and just ride with Shelby French on the jumper team.

    They have at least 2 farriers to choose from, too.

    ( sorry I don't have any more helpful suggestions... SBC '08 alum who loves the place more than anywhere else in the world!)



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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolMeadows View Post
    I know Katrina does the jumpers, but hadn't heard anything about Lilly yet. Glad to hear she's good, maybe I'll check her out too. Haven't been up there since Chris left. I hope their shows this year will have jumpers, it's such a nice facility.
    I doubt they will do any more jumper classes at their shows, even though they have jumpers in the barn, they just weren't pulling the outside numbers to make adding the 2nd show day work and there were too many hunter/eq classes to add jumpers to that day.

    You should come up for a lesson with Lilly, I think you would really like her plus she works great with Teddi so you get all the benefits of having 2 trainers without the conflict/guilt!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazy Palomino Hunter View Post
    I think the obvious solution here is to transfer to Sweet Briar and just ride with Shelby French on the jumper team.

    They have at least 2 farriers to choose from, too.

    ( sorry I don't have any more helpful suggestions... SBC '08 alum who loves the place more than anywhere else in the world!)
    LOL - As another SBC alum, I agree that would be the best move - I think Scott is one of the farriers, I know he is doing Jason's horses, but don't know the other farriers.

    I am thinking the OP might want a bit less of a total life change to start with though, but you never know....



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    Thank you all for your replies. I wasn't trying to knock on JT at all, he is a fantastic trainer and I love him, but it can be somewhat frustrating working out of that barn because I am bringing along a young jumper and would like to focus more on the horse than purely on my eq. Not saying that I don't have a lot to learn, especially on my eq, but I would like to be able to have some lessons with a jumper trainer who will help my horse and meet up with that person at shows if our college won't be showing that weekend or is just going to a hunter show.

    i'm going to try to get Brandon to come out or meet him somewhere, but my horse went from a perfect angle and size 3 shoe, to a horse with long toe and barely any heel in a size 2 in just two shoeing's...

    P.S coolmeadows I would love to see the video of JT!



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    I totally agree - JT is excellent and his riders have enjoyed great success in equitation, hunters and jumpers.

    The problem is when you are in a college riding program, it is geared toward the masses and the horses - not too many donations can handle to jumper ring and the key is not to burn them out too quickly, either mentally or physically. Its great if you fit in that box, but if not, it can be frustrating plus they cannot do all of the area shows due to IHSA commitments. Most of your jumper classes will be at the shows at the Horse Center or beyond.

    Having a young horse in training at college isn't easy, hope you will be able to find someone to help you bring him along and get to some shows.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jrrider View Post
    So I keep my horse at college and while I love the program and trainer it is very much equitation and hunter based and I am through and trough a jumper rider. Can anyone suggest a good trainer that I could ship to or would come to lynchburg like once a week twice a month and I could train with at shows?
    Also I am not happy what-so-ever with the farrier that comes to the barn and would really love to hear of some good farriers in the area that do hot shoeing.
    Thanks!
    The suggestion of Robyn Walden is an excellent one. She is a very soft rider, very classical in her approach, and hasn't met a horse she didn't like. Her current horse, Theodorescu is a difficult horse everyone gave up on. She has infinite patience and can see the best in all horses...and people. Consequently she brings out the best in both. She has an extremely varied background...started out eventing, has been very successful in the jumpers (and never on a made, expensive horse) and foxhunts!

    I have watched Robyn's career for years. She continues to study and grow. She schools as often as possible with Pato Muente, who really believes in her and has been a great mentor for her. She studies with a Teacher of Alexander Technique whenever possible which allows her to continually improve every aspect of her poise and body awareness.

    She has chosen to continue her academic studies and make horses at home rather than stay on the road showing. She has worked hard for all she has accomplished...no rich Daddy ever bought her a horse! She gets rides because she is a beautiful, generous and effective rider...and a really neat person. Give her a try...you will not be disappointed!



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    Martin Kenny will be at Randolph College riding center Feb. 24 for a lecture/clinic. He was at SB for one and it was great. I use him now and my horses are flawless. You should go and learn -surely you never used him if your horse is having such issues. I know who was the farrier there before Martin Kenny came to the barn so that may say it all if you had your horse done by him. Good Luck



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    Regarding Jumper Trainers, I'll put my vote in for JT Tallon as well. You might approach him about something more focused for your horse.

    Robyn Walden is not in Bedford. She operates out of Goodview, VA.

    Shelby French is an excellent suggestion.

    We use John Bare as a farrier and he is EXCELLENT. I live in Bedford and would be happy to discuss things further if you'd like. Please PM me.
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    I don't think anyone will deny that JT is a great trainer, but

    1. Not everyone has or will get along with his style - that is true for just about any trainer in any discipline out there - a trainer is like shoes, you just have to find the right fit.

    2. His first obligation is to his college program which IS focused on the hunter/equitation

    3. Because of his college (IHSA, ANRC and SWVHJA) schedule, not too many of the students get to go to the A or out of the area shows except during the summer - for a jumper rider, this truly limits their show time.

    Best advice to the OP - when this awful weather breaks, load up your horse on the weekends and go test drive some new trainers - you and your horse will know when you have found "The Right One"



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    If you have a young jumper, Teddi Ismond is really great...What folks may not know is that her jumper riders in the last year have won the NAL A/O Championship at Harrisburg; and gotten top ribbons in the A/O and Junior Jumpers at Devon, WEF, HITS, Aiken and Washington. She has learned from the best, and has a horse-centered approach to training young horses. She is also very current in her techniques, and keeps learning herself. I would suggest you give her a call.



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    Teddi is no where near Bedford and would prefer you trailer to her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginiaBred View Post
    Regarding Jumper Trainers, I'll put my vote in for JT Tallon as well. You might approach him about something more focused for your horse.

    Robyn Walden is not in Bedford. She operates out of Goodview, VA.

    Shelby French is an excellent suggestion.

    We use John Bare as a farrier and he is EXCELLENT. I live in Bedford and would be happy to discuss things further if you'd like. Please PM me.
    I'm sure you know Goodview is in Bedford county. Shelby's wonderful but only takes SB students. I'm glad you have good luck with John - is he hot shoeing now? Last I heard he was doing a lot of gaited horse barns.

    OP, did you ever get a chance to try any other trainers or did you stick with JT?
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