I'm hoping that the COTH collective experience and wisdom can help me out. A friend is selling her high-end hunter and is looking at sale barns in the Connecticut/NY area. Does anyone have any information about David Hopper and Longgreen Farm in Armenia, NY? Is he still in the business with active clientele? I don't want to start a flame war so please PM me if you have anything negative to say.
Many, many thanks.
Last edited by sammicat; Apr. 27, 2013 at 11:36 AM.
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I have known David for more years than I would like to admit. Always professional, great staff and a really nice facility. I don't think you will very many bad things about him. He has been in the business since he was a teenager and that was awhile ago.
Give him a call.
I worked for David a long time ago so cannot tell you what his operation is like today, so from an historical perspective, I can tell you that he's got connections everywhere; I rode jumpers, event horses and hunters for him, and trainers from every discipline came through the barn on a weekly basis. The horses were well cared-for and he did not tolerate sloppiness or inattentiveness in the barn; we had to have the game face on at all times while riding and caring for the horses. He's a long-time horseman and although I thought he took a few shortcuts in training the young horses that I did not always agree with, they were his horses so I went along. In the end, he was usually right and got results that I would not have anticipated. I would not hesitate to send my horse to him for sale.
I used to ride in one barn that bought a LOT of horses from David and later and worked for one of his business partners. David has an incredible eye for an athletic horse and moves a ton of them. I have been out of the area for 20 years, but back then he dealt more in young horses and less in made ones--I don't know if his business plan has changed with regard to that or not.
I would definitely suggest that your friend give him a call. He is meticulous with horse care, has the connections, and will do his best to match the horse with the "right"client. (and of course, get a good price for them)