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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Jul. 27, 2012
    San Diego


    Royal Heaven Farm in Escondido is great. I have been riding with Jess for a few years now. We do AA circuit to county level shows, and have lots of great Hunter and Jumper horses available for lease as well!

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Jan. 6, 2010


    Can anyone tell me who are the trainers who train out of the Del Mar Showpark? I can't find a complete list. Thank you SO much!

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Oct. 7, 2005


    eq3019 - the trainers at Showpark all basically run their own businesses out of there so I don't know that there is a complete list anywhere. I can tell you the ones I know off the top of my head.
    Emily Esau Williams EE Show Stable
    Paul Haunert
    Mark Connoly Concord Equestrian
    Jeanne McGinnis
    Liza Applebaum Full Circle Farms
    Andrea Hill Fairbanks

    There are also a couple of trainers that really just do kids and a couple of dressage trainers. You can PM me if you have any questions about the trainers or the facility as my D kept her horse there for several years before leaving for college last month.

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Jul. 11, 2011


    Everardo Hegewisch is also at Showpark - he's amazing. I used to ride with Jean McGinnis (Talisman Farms) back in my competitive days, and she's also a great trainer.

    ETA - Lisa Halterman at Haven Farms is also a very reputable trainer

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Feb. 25, 2013


    I'm going to resurrect this post:

    I'm looking for a barn either for lessons and/or to lease to start.

    My challenge: I work in IB, which seems to be the wrong direction for riding, but live in central SD. I'm willing to commute, ideally 45 minutes or less from IB, but I don't mind commuting farther if need be. Do you have any recommendations for trainers that offer lessons and/or leases (aka for someone without their own horse right now) for a working adult?

  6. #26
    Join Date
    Jun. 29, 2008
    San Diego


    Closest HJ barn to IB for a solid program would probably be Sweetwater Farms in Bonita. They offer lessons and leases.

  7. #27
    Join Date
    Oct. 13, 2003
    Eastern Pacific coast


    Also consider Ridgemar Equestrian in Del Mar. They teach beginners up through hunters and jumpers. Family atmosphere, and all the trainers get a long well.

  8. #28
    Join Date
    Jul. 11, 2005
    West Coast


    Quote Originally Posted by Mardi View Post
    Also consider Ridgemar Equestrian in Del Mar. They teach beginners up through hunters and jumpers. Family atmosphere, and all the trainers get a long well.

    I rode with Diana Yeater at Ridgemar and had an EXCELLENT experience there.

    I had a TERRIBLE experience at Sweetwater. They were very dishonest to me, with my horse, and IMO, are in their showing as well (same horse shows in the baby greens 3 years in a row under 3 different names after coming to them a 3' jumper...) with the trainer on board, not a student.
    It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got.

  9. #29
    Join Date
    Mar. 20, 2005
    Vista, CA

    Red face jen willson / cj ranch in ramona , lots of college kids your age '

    great place great people

    QUOTE=eq3019;6512036]I am transferring to the University of San Diego this fall (a few weeks) and am looking for a place to ride with around 45 minutes of a drive. My hope would be to find a horse to lease. I mainly do the hunters (adult amateurs) but would also consider finding something to introduce me to the jumpers.

    In terms of showing I have done local to AA and everything in between. If the county shows are good, I would be up for that. I generally only do about 3-4 AA/A shows a year and don't HAVE to have a barn that does that (although it isn't a bad thing if they do)

    In terms of pricing, I am flexible (I am moving from Fairfield County, CT so it will be a nice break) I just want GOOD care and training.

    Here are the barns I have found so far (they are very diverse):
    Hidden Fox Farm - El Cajon
    Hidden Valley Riding Academy - Lakeside
    Lucky Kid Farm - Jamul
    MM Training - Bonita
    Sweetwater Farms - Bonita
    Nancy Reed Horses - El Cajon
    Royal Ridge Equestrian Center - Poway
    Elite Show Stables - Poway
    Foxlair West - Poway
    Turning Leaf Farm - Harmony Grove
    Blue Fox Farm/DVG Training - Escondido
    Hunter Equestrian Center - Escondido
    Concord Equestrian Center - Del Mar
    EE Show Stables - Del Mar
    Haven Farms - Encinitas

    Please feel free to PM me if you don't want to post here.[/QUOTE]

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