I tried to look up Barefoot Paths because we drove past it on our way to and from our new neighborhood - they are right up the road from where we're moving. I only found an old email address at the time and didn't get a response.
That's the tough part about barn searching! If no one knows the barn and can give you a word of mouth reference, it's super hard to actually get information if the barn doesn't advertise...When we drove by, it seems they are still boarding - and I think maybe there is a phone number out there, but I can't recall.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.
I've spent quite a bit of time at Rivendell Farm in Hillsborough, not far out of CH. I'm not from the area so I can't recommend anyplace else nearby, but I would entrust the Rivendell management with my own horse in a heartbeat. They have a dressage court, a jump ring, and XC. I believe both arenas are lighted. I could be mistaken, however I know for certain that the jump ring is. Great footing. They offer both stall and pasture board with run in sheds if I recall correctly (I haven't been there in over a year however I am close friends with a former manager who recently relocated to my area.) It is primarily an event facility but I know that there are quite a few pleasure riders who simply enjoy their horses! Everybody I met in multiple visits was extremely kind and welcoming (is that an eventer "thing"? I like it!) and the facility is owned by a veterinarian.
I'd be happy to share contact info or gather any more information if you're interested!
I can tell you that Quail Roost is going to be way too far away... it's a solid 45 minutes from Chapel Hill. And unless you put your horse in the school program, I'd imagine it will be out of your budget as well.
What about Fenridge, Patricia Roberts' place out in Mebane? I haven't been in the area for a while, but Patricia is great and the facility has a lot to offer.
i boarded at Terrell's Creek during college and loved it. Gloria (the BO) is great, at the time there were a few prelim and above riders, and most of the kids were pony clubbers. its not a far drive from UNC, and at the time i went there were a few UNCers there, so it was pretty convenient to carpool.
OMG. I just realized who you are!
I board at Cedarwood. It's not a conventional dressage or eventing barn, but if you look at it and are interested, pm me for the pros and cons. They offer pasture board in your price range, and have an indoor arena with rubber footing.
I don't know of Soggy Acres/Forest View's contact, but I can tell you they are usually full and I'm pretty sure have a waiting list so if you are looking to move soon, you most likely won't be able to get a spot there, and yes, their board is more than $450.
FenRidge Farm is a lovely place in a very quiet area and very easy to get to from Chapel Hill--just hop on 85 south. I don't know anyone there personally, but I know the area they are in and have heard nice things about it. It is a very large farm (over 100 acres) with a full lower level cross country course up to prelim. They host some schooling dressage shows, ct's and horse trials.