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N KY & SE IN--possibly moving and looking for info/opinions

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  • N KY & SE IN--possibly moving and looking for info/opinions

    Hi All! This is kind of long, so thanks for reading it!!!!!!!!! I'm cross-posting between the dressage, hunter/jumper, eventing, and horse care forums, since it seems a lot of people don't come out of "their" forum.

    We are toying with the idea of moving in the next year or two. We are looking at Northern Kentucky and SE Indiana. Some things I've been able to find out for myself, but here's some questions I was hoping you all could answer if you live in either area.

    A bit about us—we breed a small number of horses each year to race ourselves, our first foals are 2 year olds this year. That's mainly my husband's thing, although I enjoy it too. We train them off the farm so don't need to be right near a track—just ship there to race. I love to take on “project horses”, especially OTTBs, but I don't discriminate as I have a wide range of tastes as far as riding. My main sport is dressage and to a lesser extent hunter/jumper. Recently I have had a few gaited horses fall into my lap, and I have enjoyed getting them going well and selling them as trail horses way more than I thought I would. Right now I'd say I do about 4-6 horses a year for resale, but I'd like to expand a bit and maybe up that to 10 or 12. Any of our foals that don't make it to the races or are unsucessful for whatever reason, would go into my projects program. Many years ago, I lived in Lexington KY for a short period of time, so know a little about that part of KY, and a little about the northern part since I had a friend living in just south of Cincinnati. Otherwise I know nothing else about the area and nothing about SE Indiana except for what I've seen online in pictures.

    1.)Average cost of decent hay? Preferably prices in the tons but whatever you know is helpful. Since the majority of our horses are TB, we pretty much just feed alfalfa or alfalfa mixed with orchard grass or timothy. Keeps the grain/feed bill down.

    2.)With the project horses, I like to get them out a showing, but it doesn't make financial sense for the level of horse that I sell (under $10,000, generally in the $5,000 area) to do that at the rated level. So I can find the rated shows very easily, but are there any schooling shows or show series, in either of those areas? Dressage? Hunter/Jumper?

    3.)What's the predominant “type” of riding in the area? Right now we are in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, so we have a ton of English sporthorse type barns—dressage, hunter/jumper, eventing.

    4.)Can you recommend any good dressage and hunter/jumper trainers/barns in the areas? They don't have to be BNT and I don't mind traveling up to 1 ½ hour or so, for my lessons, since I don't take lessons weekly like clockwork.

    5.)Here in SE PA, we have several free magazines/advertising journals that come out on a monthly basis (Equiery, Equine Marketer, and Horse of the Delaware Valley are the main ones). Do you know of anything like that in either area? I thought that might let me get a feel for the area too.

    6.)Anything else you can tell me about the horse community in those areas? Or that you think I should know, horse related or not?

    Thanks in advance, everyone! I appreciate any and all information no matter how small or trivial.

    Sheila

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    I assume since you are talking about NKy and SE Indiana we are looking at the Cincinnati area! I haven't lived there for several years, but I keep up on things in the area to some extent and can answer some of your questions:

    1.)Average cost of decent hay?

    I boarded, so I can't answer this one, sorry.

    2.) are there any schooling shows or show series, in either of those areas? Dressage? Hunter/Jumper?

    Yes, definitely! There is the Queen City Dressage Circuit, a bunch of hunter/jumper shows at Lochmoor Stables, David Beisel Stables...check out ohja.net for more. And there are schooling shows, as well as rated, at the Kentucky Horse Park (less than a 2 hour drive)...when I lived there I was eventing, and also attended shows in Dayton, Louisville and the Indianapolis area. There was no shortage of shows within a 2 hour drive!

    3.)What's the predominant “type” of riding in the area?

    A little bit of everything. As I said before, I evented, but prior to that did the jumpers. There is definitely plenty of English riding in the area - hunter/jumper, dressage, eventing - but there are Western barns as well.

    4.)Can you recommend any good dressage and hunter/jumper trainers/barns in the areas?

    I took dressage lessons for years with Leslie McDonald - she is on the east side of Cincinnati. As far as hunter/jumper, I haven't kept up with them as much, but there are several good ones in the area...Lochmoor Stables in Lebanon, David Beisel, EquiSports on the east side of Cincinnati are a few that I can think of.

    5.)Here in SE PA, we have several free magazines/advertising journals that come out on a monthly basis (Equiery, Equine Marketer, and Horse of the Delaware Valley are the main ones). Do you know of anything like that in either area? I thought that might let me get a feel for the area too.

    Great idea! I'm not sure about this one either.

    6.)Anything else you can tell me about the horse community in those areas? Or that you think I should know, horse related or not?

    I loved living there and would come back in a heartbeat if there was a job there for me...and I am considering coming back anyway and hoping I can find work after I get there
    ~Nancy~

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