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  1. #1
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    Default San Francisco Peeps, please suggest a place to visit/lesson

    Looking for a place to visit, possibly take a lesson. No BNT requirement, but would like to get a productive ride in on a schoolmaster under good supervision. Competent rider, adult ammy.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!



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    It depends on whether you want to go north or south. Carrie Coe and Pamela have a barn in Portola Valley, Seven Oaks. They've both been around for a long time and do a good job. They're some of the good ones. Terry Church up north doesn't really show, but she's good.



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    Does Terry Church actually have a schoolmaster?

    Christiane Nolting in the East Bay is supposedly really good, I have only heard about her though, no personal experience.

    Jane Weatherwax is very good (she is in Petaluma), she does clinics, but has no schoolmaster available.

    Funny, I can come up with a lot more names to stay clear of than to recommend!
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    CHristine Noelting is up in Vacaville - that's about half-way to Sacramento, but she has excellent school horses. Don't know if Greenville Eques. Ctr. in Livermore has school horses, but they might.



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    Heidi Riddle at Half Halt Farms has had some very nice school horses in the past. She is within 30 minutes of SF in the East Bay and teaches some nights.



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    Gosh, there's a bunch of people around the Bay Area, but I don't know if any of them have schoolmasters.

    North Bay:
    Lilo Fore is in Santa Rosa
    Sue Curry Shaffer is in Santa Rosa
    Christine Rivlin is in Petaluma

    East Bay:
    Liz Hendrix is in Livermore

    South of SF:
    Pam Nelson & Heidi Gaian are in Hollister

    Also a good resource to check out:
    http://www.bayequest.com/Business/showBusi_47.htm
    Shouldn't your advertising be as beautiful as your horses?

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    i love sue, but not sure if she has schoolies.... but she is super, the farm is great and it is a lovely drive



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    Also Laurie Moore! She is excellent, has horses you can ride. She comes to our barn once a month and wish it were once a week! http://lmsdressage.com/

    Also, I second Seven Oaks. If I were not leasing a horse, I would still ride there. Lots of awesome horses, very cool instructors. They love love teaching, will lunge you if you wish. Lots of affordable packages for lessons.



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    I forgot about Heidi Riddle. If you want to come across the bay, she's one of the good ones.

    I would second Sue Curry, too. Lilo can be good, or really tough, though no question of her quality. I don't think she has school horses.

    I'm not going to say who to stay clear of, but agree Pixel. Be careful.



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    Was just an article in Riding Magazine about a trainer north of SF, has a few nice sounding school horses including a 4th level school horse. Natalie Pitts - she does eventing and dressage. Hard to find instruction with school horses, so worth checking out.



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