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!
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
Mark Connoly Concord Equestrian
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.
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?
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.
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
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