I am not super familiar and was wondering if anyone could tell me about the horsey scene in this area/good H/J barns and trainers. (mainly Hunters/EQ but Jumpers is ok too) I may be relocating and would love some info. Thanks!
I teach at Brookhill Farm, which is very close to UVA. They do boarding, but also have some great lesson horses for those who don't bring their own horse. http://www.brookhillfarminc.com/
+1 for Brookhill! A bit of a hike from UVA compared to other suggestions on here; but not far at all. Great people; beautiful location. They used to be part of the VHT show series (are they still?) & I enjoyed competing there.
Grayson Farm out in Scottsville used to host some HJ shows, but this was a few years back, so I don't know if they're solidly in eventer/dressage land now. It would be an even further hike from UVA than Brookhill but absolutely amazing facility, again great people, and beautiful area. Plain Dealing is next door, but again definitely solidly eventer.
I'm so out of the cville loop now that I can't come up with any more suggestions off the top of my head specifically for HJ. Eventing/Dressage I do know a few more, but sounds like that's not quite what you're looking for.
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I went to law school at UVA. Granted, that was a long time ago (I graduated in 1991), so I'm out of the loop, but I can't imagine not finding a great place to ride or board or show around Charlottesville. The Barracks was great for shows but not where I would want to board (too big for me). I rode (and later bought a horse and boarded) in the Cismont/Keswick area. Cismont Manor took my breath away every time I drove by. Even some of my law school classmates who didn't ride lived in cottages on horse farms. I don't really remember Brookhill (I have a crappy memory for names), but it sounds super nice. (I miss Charlottesville !!!)