Hey I am living in Arlington looking for boarding in Northern VA. I know VA equestrian has 800+ listings of farms but I'm finding it overwhelming looking at all the farm links then discovering the farm is 6 hours away from DC. It's getting frustrating. So in desperation... I'm here.
So here are the stats:
I've got a 14.2ish quarter pony/hony gelding. I'm a fairly good amateur rider and ride him about 2x a week and usually supplement that with a ride by a pro or good barn kid 1x/week. He does w-t-c, crossrails and I'd like to teach him his changes and start learning courses. He's cute but not fancy, and I'm looking for a h/j place, but not necessarily a show barn. Just a nice low key place, but with a good enough trainer to help me with him. I also love to trail ride him, and someplace with trails abutting it would be amazing. I'd also like a place with all day turnout with a group. And an indoor ring for the winter. I live right on 66 and am a student so I can get to the barn at odd hours not during traffic... so I'm hoping for a place within an hour of Arlington (Rosslyn/Courthouse end).
Lots of wishes on this list. Anyone have any ideas? Thank you SO much in advance!!
EDITED to add Maryland to title, since a few people haev PM'ed me and said there are good options
Last edited by French Twist; Apr. 16, 2010 at 09:27 AM.
You might try calling Southdown in Great Falls, VA to see if there are any openings. This is a boarding barn with a small indoor and large jumping ring with trails throughout the neighborhood and along the Potomac River. There are several instructors who drive in to teach several days a week. One is a h/j instructor and another eventing/low level dressage. In turnout, mares are separate from geldings and there are a few smaller paddocks, several large pastures. All very low key and many of the boarders have boarded there for years. It's a good group. Some compete and many don't. The telephone # is (703) 759-9158 or the manager may be called at home and someone at the stables can give that number.