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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan. 11, 2007
    Central VA

    Default Dressage barns w/schoolies, Richmond VA area???

    I asked this once before a while back and got no responses, figured I'd try again. Are there any barns in the area with school horses? Looking for someone who is a h/j rider, not a beginner, that wants to do some dressage but doesn't have a suitable horse.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr. 29, 2005
    State of Confusion


    Try Barbara Wiefelstede at Chestnut Oak Stable - she is a "R" judge and has some school horses available. She has an excellent eye and is a good instructor (although she won't blow smoke up your skirt - said by someone who knows and loves her as a trainer).

    About 5 mins off the I-95/Doswell/Kings Dominion exit.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar. 6, 2002
    Just south of Central Garage.


    I board with Barbara, so I second the recommendation. I have never taken a lesson from her, but she's a super nice lady, and her horses look good.
    There's also Lani & Patrick Tigchelaar in Hanover. I don't know if they have schoolies, but they always have horses advertised for lease, so they might be available for lessons.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec. 9, 2001

    Default Chestnut Oak

    BW is awesome. A truly wonderful person. Beautiful facility. She has schoolling shows and Deb Bowman has clinics there once or twice a month - so there's more bang for your buck!


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug. 13, 2006
    Doswell VA


    We don't have school horses but one of my boarders has expressed interest in half-leasing one of her horses for someone who would like to take lessons with me if that would be of interest.

    Also second the rec for the Tigchelaars. I met Lani years ago when she came for clinics with George Theodorescu and I invited them to start their business at my farm when they got married. We had a great time together for a couple of years but their business eventually outgrew the space I had for their client horses. Lani's teaching is kind and clear for the newcomer to dressage.

    Lea Ann


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