Check out Woodinville as well. Also, you really need to consider where you'll be living. A few miles makes about two hours of difference depending on where you live. My average barn commute out here is consistently 1 hour each way, and I've lived 13 miles from the barn and also 25 miles from the barn. Averages 1 hour. Usually longer. Think about that
Edited to Add: I don't know where you're coming from, but if they say they have turnout, that means a small area where you're from (unless you're from urban New York, then it's probably bigger). If there's a large grassy field, it's 95% likely that it's a flood plain, and you'll all be either swimming or evacuating at some point. If they say "No Mud", expect mud to the top of your ankles. If they say "some mud", expect to need hip waders. You will learn to LOVE gravel paddocks, except that most of them use sharp, pointy gravel and require you to shoe your horse so he can live in it.
Also, a fabulous person for young horses is Meredith Clark, she's based out of Donida in Auburn. It's a commute, but so is everything else. The horse care there is also very very good.
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Stay away from Gold Creek, the owner is loony tunes. Check into Lodestar Training - Jenny Holbrookl. She's based out of Rosebud River Ranch in Sammamish. I don't know what board/training is like, but she's very good and experienced with youngsters. She's riding at Intermediate level at the moment and I've taken a lesson or two from her in the past and she definitely knows her stuff. Jordan is good, she competed at Rolex this year and did quite well for her first time.
Regarding turnout, Meika has some smaller turnout areas ~50 x 50, and huge pastures - no flood plain. All horses get turned out daily for 10-12 hours a day. She also does pasture/field board with shelters. Minimal mud, definitely not ankle deep but I know how it is generally. My place for example - mud city.
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Lexi Lind, Sarah Lorenz or Jordan Linstedt. They are all great trainers and people. My personal favorites when I go to the West Side (I live 4 hours away) are Hannah Knaebel and Todd Trewin. They don't have their own boarding stables though.
I would recommend either Tina Waters or Sarah Lorenz, I have heard good things about both.
I have a friend that trains with Tina and has boarded hers and her daughter's horses at Emerald Glen for 2 or 3 years and are very happy there. They go to a lot of shows and host great clinics. When I visited, both Tina and her assistant very nice and professional in showing me around. I wish I could keep my horse there, but its a little more $$ at $700 a month.
I rode in a clinic with Sarah once and liked her too. I know that Gold Creek doesn't have much turn out though.