Wow, it sure has been awhile since I posted on here! It's been a busy summer, and both of my girls are doing great. I'll try to get some updated pictures on here soon. Anyway, unfortunately my mother has become ill and I have decided to spend the winter (tenatively Oct 1-April 1) with her in St. Louis. I used to live there, and boarded and lessoned at different barns, but it's been 6 years since I was a part of the horse scene down there and I'm sure things have changed. I am looking for a barn for my two mares.
Here are my ideal boarding stable qualities:
-Less than 45 minutes from downtown St. Louis
-Hunter/Jumper focused, ideally with a dressage trainer available as well
-I need a place where horses don't have to be in training, since my Arab is older and semiretired
-Large, ideally grass turnouts and generous turnout time are a must
-Access to trails would be fantastic, but isn't absolutely necessary
Any and all information on which places are nice and which places to avoid would be appreciated! I am actually a little excited, since the St. Louis winter is shorter and milder than here in Chicago, so I should get to do a lot of riding this winter.
Contact the Tack Trunk, 636-812-0146. They have a current list of barns and trainers available, perhaps they would fax it to you. Try the H/J website, www.mohjo.org, there's a partial list there. Some barns charge an activity fee, so be sure to ask.
I just started a website for my trainer in hopes of generating a larger client base. Visit tmlequestrian.com for more info. We are based out of Castlewood Stables (link on the website) which backs up to one of the largest parks in St. Louis with full access to trails. It is in Ballwin MO which from downtown is probably 30 min at most. Castlewood offers full board without requiring training, has several LARGE paddocks for turnout, 1 slightly smaller turnout directly behind one barn, stalls with runs or stalls opening to a dirt turnout, and several smaller dirt runs for short turnouts. Large outdoor arena and amazing new indoor arena. All pictures are on their site. My trainer's info can be found on her website but she is fantastic, really works with you and your horse and you can choose how much and how often you train with her and/or she rides your horse. Check it out and PM me if you have more questions! Her direct contact info is on the site as well.
I few I can think of that kinda fit what you want:
Mark Harrell's barn (Caseyville)--just over the river from St.L and right off the interchange of 255 and 64. There isn't a lot of turnout, but there is an indoor ring, and hunter (and western) trainer, and you don't have to be in a training program.
The Riding Center (Freeburg)--I don't know much about it firsthand, but I do know that it has trails (and lots of Arabians .
Cornerstone Farm (Troy)--not too far from St.L off of 55/40. A low-key hunter barn with lots of kids.
Feel free to PM me for more info (I've ridden here for about 19 years).
"And now . . .off to violin-land, where all is sweetness and delicacy and harmony and there are no red-headed clients to vex us with their conundrums."
Thanks guys! I will look into all of the above after the holiday, and please keep the ideas coming. Even if a barn doesn't perfectly fit my requirements, but it offers excellent care, feel free to toss their name in! There are so many new barns since I was a kid that trying to narrow down a list of places to visit is daunting!
It's one of the very few barns in the area that has a huge grass daily turnout. Professional "A" Show Trainer, beautiful outdoor, large stalls, good care, area to train and jump on grass, 45 acres to ride on, indoor arena, etc
Last edited by equinkel; Sep. 6, 2010 at 01:42 PM.