Windward Farm, Washougal, WA- our work in progress, our money pit, our home!
Oz--I have mixed emotions on this program with young horses. PM if you'd like.
Phillipa Fraser of Flipside has a good program/support in place to turn out a quality horse. The BO has a complete training staff from foal to finished horse.
Megan Jordan Gass at Venture farm has had fabulous success in the jumper ring, but is also beginning to make a real presence for her barn in the hunter rings, as well. Her clients/horses are winning at the big shows, in the big ring.
I don't know Darcy well, but her clients seem to be very competitive.
For a very small program, with an AMAZING trainer, I'd hand my horse over to Lee Jorgensen in a flash. She's a sympathetic, kind, educated rider who is interested in creating a finished, quality horse. She's very well connected, so while not a "big name" she certainly can get a horse sold. I'd buy a horse trained/ridden by Lee over many other trainers.
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I'd recommend Jim Dalhquist and Phillip Frazier or Jeff and Shelly Kampf of OZ. Had lessons and ridden with and trained by both - they are good, careful trainers who won't hurt your horse and will take good care of it and you.
Oz--I have mixed emotions on this program with young horses.
Seconded. Oz seems to be a great place for sales; they have all the "pomp and circumstance" you'd want to see in a barn of show hunters. Does that mean they teach horses well? If I owned the horse, I'd give them a pretty tough interview before it shipped up there.
I will second or third Side by Side- good solid program- BO is excellent- facility is easy to reach- they also have options for starting totally unbroke horses- vets close by, excellent horse shoer- more individual options are available than from other barns-
I am surprised no one mentioned Tile Valley Farm with Leslie and Megan! They have a great program as well, definitely a spot I would plunk a youngster. I have looked at several from their program and each was always as advertised and very well developed in my opinion.
Darcy/Zona Farms would also be a great place to send a youngster. She has a few Quailhurst horses in her program, and as you know Quailhurst mostly focuses on dressage for their personal horses.