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    Default Westchester/Fairfield Hunters

    Hi all, I know there are lots of threads on barns in this part of the world, but most threads seem to focus on where to go if you want to get OUT of Westchester/Fairfield county and avoid those crazy prices. That being said, were cost not an issue, where would a (getting to be) older AA rider find a nice, pleasant barn to ride and show hunters with some other adults within Westchester or Fairfield county (short commute from Rye/Greenwich area is important)? Thanks very much!



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    My first thought was Kristen Neff's farm, Sea Horse Stables, but that's over in Newtown and is a bit of a hike from Greenwich...

    I would recommend looking at the FW-PHA points and seeing who has people showing in the adult amateurs and go from there!



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    Kristen Neff is a great suggestion, but she is in Newtown. You could look at Lion Share, Whipstick, Silvermine, in CT. In NY Jackie McQuade, Kate Oliver, West Lane, and Sleepy Hollow CC.
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    How much does the AA know or want to know about really great training/management/horsemanship?

    I don't mean to be snarky. One can find better and worse, even playing at that level. But no one needs to be more anal than they already are, so "pleasant" and "gets to the ring with the AA on board, ok" can legitimately suit some HOs just fine.
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    Thank you - will definitely check out those suggestions. Have thought about Lion Share as I know that name but wasn't sure if it would be the best environment for a 3' type of adult - busy junior/eq focused and jumper barns can get tired of an older adult and a sleepy, spoiled hunter taking up wash stalls and ring space. Horsemanship and high quality vigilant horse care should go without saying (although I realize that's not always the case).



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    My friend used to ride at Lionshare and she was a 3ft rider, although this was a few years ago. She was only there for the duration of her lease but LOVED it. Facility is gorgeous. If money were no object, that might be one of my first stops.



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    What about Michele West and Leslie Kogos at Larkspur in Wilton?



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    Fairfield Hunt Club? They have a nice bunch of AA's of all ages. Sea Horse Stables could be a good choice, tho she is far away and has mostly juniors/younger AA's. For Westchester, what about 8 Fences, Brooke Baldwin Di Grazia or Brigadoon? They seem to have AA's of all ages.



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    It's been almost two years now since I moved away from the Fairfield area, but I would check into Brooke Baldwin's program (Riverside Farms) ... she is *very* successful with her AA hunters and the people I know there are very happy.

    Also, Arcadia Farm (in Yorktown) is known for their AA hunters... http://arcadiafarminc.com. Molly and Patty are very, very good.

    If you want to be right IN Greenwich, there is Lionshare, as mentioned above. They have a beautiful facility and a very well established program, but I'm not sure who is doing their hunters now.

    Another option is Val Renihan at Findlay's Ridge in North Salem. Another very well established program with great results. http://findlaysridge.com/about.html
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    Another option is Kim Mulligan at Twin Bays/Great Island in Darien, CT.



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    Thank you all very much! Excited to check these out and glad to know there seem to be lots of options.



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