I am looking for recommendations. I have a perfectly wonderful 4 y.o. young mare that is going great under saddle, has a great mind, quality gaits, well-priced, bloodlines etc, and yet nobody has made the admittedly long trek to our remote location in Northern CA to even try her. This is a shame, quite frankly, as she is exactly the kind of horse I set out to produce as a breeder. Now that Winter is nearly upon us, I am looking for a quality dressage training/sales barn location closer to a major airport or metropolitan area in the Northern CA area where it will be more likely that this mare will be seen and tried. Can anybody offer some recommendations or referrals? She's getting quality training now, that's not the issue, but having her in a more accessible area is. If I had ten dollars for every appointment made to see her that was a no-show, I could take you all out for dinner.
Gail McGuffey used to be the horse trader for dressage's (and sometimes others). I don't remember being impressed with the horses she had or the prices for what they were. But she took a lot of pictures and moved a lot of horses.
Ahh, you're not far from me :-) I wish I could be of more help, and Redding is admittedly more accessible than Grenada, but not by much. I can recommend a few trainers that have sales programs in this area, but my guess is you'll want something closer to Sacramento.
Good luck! I certainly understand the frustrations of trying to move horses (in either direction - buying can be a nightmare, too!) up here in far NorCal.
mbm, not certain of what you mean in your question? Do you mean monthly training and board costs? Taking all things into consideration, monthly costs being one. I like to know what all the options are.