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    Default Barns in Southern California

    Greetings!

    I was looking for some recommendations about barns in southern california. I want one that does the A shows and etc; however, I do not want a gigantic overly priced show barn. One that obviously takes great care of their horses and has a skilled trainer, but not like a Karen Healy or Archie Cox. Ideas?



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    Peter Lombardo at Frontier Farms.

    http://frontierfarmsca.com/



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    My friend's daughter rides with Jeni Brown.

    http://www.shadowbrookstables.blogspot.com/

    Where are you looking to board? It's a pretty big area.
    2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

    A helmet saved my life.



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    Where are you looking to board? And, are you primarily interested in hunters, eq, or jumpers, or some combination?
    The Evil Chem Prof



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    Mark Watring is fantastic. Beginner ponies to grand prix, and runs a barn with a wonderful family atmosphere, which is rare for competitive barns in Southern California. Great teacher, unbelievable rider. Highly recommend.


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    Hmmm... id say for dressage go with savoir fair stables in San Marcos (or at least near there) and for jumpers? I don't know, because my barn doesn't do a whole lot of showing and there's no boarding open anyways. I would say definatly be within quick traipering distance from del mar, because of the variety of rated shows. Oh, and don't forget to stop by Marys Tack and Feed!

    Actually if you live in the Low Angeles area do Foxfield stables.



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    SoCal is a big place. Are you thinking LA? SD? Inland Empire?...

    Boarding barn or training program? Level of instruction/discipline? (Hunters, Eq, Jumpers)


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    I second, third and fourth Jeni Brown. I was lucky enough to ride with her for a few years before I had children. She's wonderful.



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    Welllll

    You really need to know "where" in so Cal you plan to be first You can spend hours and hours just driving around the area and the traffic will make you crazy.

    If you are thinking about LA, then "where" in LA - Palos verdes, Hollywood, Long beach? Orange county? Inland empire? Ventura? Moorpark? Pasadena? Or further south in San Diego?

    Its easy to get stressed out by driving around (for hours) trying to get from one place to the next.

    So Id suggest figuring out where you are going to live or work first - and then look for a good trainer in that area. We could probably come up with some ideas if you can narrow down the location.



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    There's always LAEC.



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    Martin McAllister Training at LAEC! So knowledgeable and great people.
    Jennifer Walker
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    BIG second to Mark Watring and I would contact Foxfield in Westlake Village.
    http://STA551.com
    845-363-1875


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    If you are in the San Diego area check out Newmarket Inc. Wonderful trainers that do A circuit as well as the county shows.



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    Elvenstar in Moorpark! Jim Hagman, Kay Altheuser, Katie Gardner as trainers. Fabulous team.


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    Default Royal Heaven Farm

    I ride with Jess Wentworth in Escondido. Its great! We compete at A rated and county level shows. Quality show barn and NOT OVERPRICED!
    www.royalheavenfarm.com



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    Quote Originally Posted by twnkltoz View Post
    Martin McAllister Training at LAEC! So knowledgeable and great people.
    I believe they moved to Flintridge Riding Club.
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    check out sunsetequinefarms.com



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    Krystal Clemente of Black Mountain Sport Horses is a great jumper trainer in the Ventura area. If you are interested PM me for her contact info.



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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHorseProblem View Post
    I believe they moved to Flintridge Riding Club.
    Did they? I adore Steve. I still hear him in my head when I get all anxious on course "let us laugh at you a little bit." I highly recommend them. Steve is a very upfront and honest trainer. And he's not afraid to help even people on crappy horses they should've never bought (coughs, that's me).



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    Quote Originally Posted by HRF Second Chance View Post
    Did they? I adore Steve. I still hear him in my head when I get all anxious on course "let us laugh at you a little bit." I highly recommend them. Steve is a very upfront and honest trainer. And he's not afraid to help even people on crappy horses they should've never bought (coughs, that's me).

    http://www.martinmcallistertraining....ram/index.html

    Yes at Flintridge. That's such a great story about let us laugh at you... love it. That is MY issue too.....
    Train like you have never won and show like you have never lost!!!



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