Dressage Boarding Barns Outside of Wash DC, please?
Folks, am posting this for a friend who is moving to downtown Wash DC this fall. She is looking for a dressage barn within 20 miles of town. She has a gelding which she plans on showing third level once she gets settled in.
Must haves: indoor, outdoor, private turnout, access to trails/hacking. Does not want a kid oriented place, i.e. no summer camp. Prices is not a deciding factor.
She is a lovely rider, quiet person. Knows horses, horse care, feeding/vet care, has worked with excellent trainers, is able to ride intelligently independently without a trainer if there is not one at the barn. Does not necessarily have to be a dressage barn, either. Just a good quality barn with quality care, etc.
Good luck finding all of that within 20 miles of downtown Washington, DC! I agree what Wyndam Oaks is likely your best bet - especially if cost isn't a factor.
Here are a links to boarding facilities with an emphasis on dressage in the DC area. All of these have indoor and outdoor arenas. I'm not sure about the turnout of trail access. We have trails in this area, but it's hard to find a barn with good trail access - usually have to trailer to them.
I don't have any personal opinions about any of these. These are just places that I'm familiar with because of local schooling shows, ads, or friends that board there.
Because I really don't know the geography of the area, and traffic is always lighter on the weekends when you check out barns, I will give her all of these ideas and see if she can expand her 20 mile radius to something greater.
Thank you, all!
Disclaimer! I haven't worked with any of these people. Just born and raised there - gone for 2 years.
DC is pretty much central to all horse stuff, but there is nothing right in DC. So the choices are many, but which area to go to should be based first on commute if your friend works a 9-5ish job in DC. If she works from home and can ride during the day, or has off hours, then you have PG, Montgomery, even Anne Arundel and Howard counties in Maryland, and all of Virginia. I know the Maryland side much better and commuted from Annapolis to DC for years. It is doable, but not if you have a 9-5 job and don't want to spend your life in the car.
Not familiar with this trainer/judge, but Bowie is a very reasonable commute to/from DC as the MARC train stop at Bowie State is less than 5 miles from the barn: http://www.horsepenhill.com/index.html
Again, NOT familiar with this trainer: this is another barn that has gorgeous turnout and is right alongside the trail. http://temptationfarm.us/page6.html $450 stall board. Oh wait. They have camps . Might want to strike this one depending on what time she will be at the barn.
There is also another barn within a mile of the MARC train that I think is more h/j but has an indoor, turnout, and is behind a neighborhood...very peaceful. Let me know if you want more info. I met the owner when she had her nose broken at a show .
If she wants to go to Annapolis (which is beautiful and absolutely lovely, and I miss it every day ), this is an option: http://www.chesapeakedressage.com/about.html. I checked it out in the fall. meets all of her requirements that you have listed. I know NOTHING about the owner and the trainer other than having met them once.
There are tons of barns in the Harwood/Lothian area. Mostly H/J. Here is one - they came highly recommended when I was considering a move back to MD. I think the guy runs the BEST show series. But I think that they do have kids there if that's a concern. http://www.baywoodfarms.com/index.html
My sister boards at a farm in Upper Marlboro and is extremely happy with the care - which includes everything you listed. It's H/J. Let me know if you want me to PM.
LarkspurCO: no horse's training is complete until it can calmly yet expressively perform GP in stadium filled w/chainsaw juggling zombies riding unicycles while flying monkeys w/bottle rockets...