Charlottesville, VA - eventing barn with a strong grounding in dressage?
I'm living in Aiken right now, but am moving to Charlottesville, VA in August to begin my MBA at Darden (UVA). I'll be bringing my 4 yo warmblood gelding with me and am trying to find the right barn for him.
I feel very strongly that I would like him to have a solid grounding in dressage before focusing on jumping. He's the kind of mind that would be able to sort of skate through a jumping program successfully without ever really learning the basics, and I want to avoid that at all costs. He's a big boy (17.2 and not yet 4) and he is EXTREMELY smart and will constantly test boundaries, so he needs a trainer and barn that can enforce boundaries but that won't crush his spirit.
I'll be living basically right next to the business school and law school campuses (so near the Barracks Center) and would LOVE to find a barn within 20 minutes (no more than 30) from there.
Any thoughts/ideas/suggestions would be much appreciated!
I'll try to put a link to a pic of him below, not sure if it will work, but here's hoping...
Will Coleman is near C'ville. I'm not sure about his boarding options, but he's very good both on the flat and to the jumps. Kim Severson is a bit further out, I think. Neither will be particularly cheap, I suspect.
but for anyone else looking;
Check Farmington Hunt's classified section of their website.
Also the VADA charlottesville chapter has their newsletters online, scan them for boarding listings
and the Virginia Equestrian site.
All have some up to date listings for boarding options.
Toad Hollow Farm. http://www.toadhollowfarm.net great barn owner/manager, awesome trainer, care is top notch. They host dressage clinics & dressage has always been Renee's main focus, but they also (at least used to) host CTs for the local schooling CTs. Renee is fabulous both teaching and I'd completely trust her to take my horse in a full training program too. Farm is in Crozet, about 15-20 mins from central C'ville unless the traffic has got way worse since I lived there.
Grayson Farm mentioned above is also fabulous, but going to be a bit further from C'ville - probably more like 20-30 mins. It is in Scottsville, next farm over to Plain Dealings. Not sure if Plain Dealings offers board but they would fit the bill too.
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