• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Need to find a good barn near Norfolk, VA

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Need to find a good barn near Norfolk, VA

    Ok, we are moving once again... this time to the Norfolk area. Yes, we are a military family and my husband is back on a ship next summer.
    Any suggestions on good event barns? Or any facility with trails, jumping arena, good trainers and maybe an indoor?

  • #2
    I don't know of any Event barns. Lots of Hunter/Jumper and Dressage in the area. The Military has a barn in Va Beach - Oceana Stables. I think there is always a wait list, but try them and see if they know of other options. They do have a cross country field, and beleive you can trailer in to use it if your Military or dependent.


    • #3
      You aren't going to find many event barns in this area I'm afraid...much much hunters and dressage. Indoors are kind of rare also but there are a couple of places in our area with them. In this climate though, you can generally ride year round without an indoor.

      A lot will depend on where you live, how far you want to commute and what your budget is. I'm assuming your husband is Navy? Will you live on base or close by? I do run a boarding farm but I'm probably on the outer range for someone living in the Norfolk area as my farm is in South Suffolk. We do have some trails in our area but riding in hunting season is limited for obvious reasons!

      There are a few other posters from our area and hopefully they will see this and chime in.


      • #4
        How much do you want to drive? There are no barns in Norfolk- you will either go to Virginia Beach or Chesapeake. How much do you want to spend?
        A nice barn with an indoor is:
        they are hunters but I would look there. You will be near Tina Bodner and could haul out to leasons or probably have her come in since they do not offer 3-day type lessons.

        Best of luck and welcome!
        see my ribbon quilts at: www.ribbonquilts.com


        • Original Poster

          Who is Tina Bodner? I will be looking for a good trainer so any suggestions on that will also be helpful.
          I am willing to drive 45 min. Since my husband refuses to get stuck in rush hour base traffic we will most likely live in Larchmont, Ghent or East Beach. Since I work from home my schedule is flexible and I don't mind driving longer distances as long as I don't get stuck in traffic on the bridge tunnels.
          I am probably willing to spend up to $550/month. I am not picky about pasture or stall board since my TB is pretty easy.
          I've considered going to Suffolk and have my eye on: Happy Valley Equ Center, Indian Point farm and HorseSpa. I've also heard good things about Bridlewood farm in Chesapeake and maybe ArborGate.
          We are going to the area to check things out in Nov and I hope to get a better idea on locations, drive times, and just the general feel of the facilities out there.
          I just hate to go to a new place "blind". Thanks for all the help.


          • #6
            Tina is the only event gal around teaching. She has a small barn in Chesapeake-no indoor but might be around your price range.

            Any barn is going to be a 45 minimum drive if you live in Norfolk. I know, because I live between Ghent and Larchmont . If you work from home you MUST leave your house no later than 3 pm or you will add about 30 minutes to your time (if there are no accidents). You will be driving when the base lets out and that is not a good thing . I CAN work from home but do not, for that very reason. Easier to start my drive from my work!

            I am not very familiar with the other barns you mention, though a few of names are. I have lived here 12 years and am actively involved in the local hunter scene and show at the A shows-so maybe the barns you mention are more for casual riding and trails? Sorry I cannot be more help in that area. Let me know if I can help, though!
            see my ribbon quilts at: www.ribbonquilts.com


            • #7
              Well, if you are thinking of coming as far as Suffolk, you might as well look at my farm also. www.rbefarm.com I'm just down the road from Happy Valley. We are full service with a nice big comfortable barn and safe new fences. We are off the main road and have some trails...but as I stated, it is seasonal use due to it being hunt club land we border. I have jumps, lights on my big arena, room to gallop, and I'm fine with folks hauling in. I'm also an eventer but have not competed in a while.....my last competitive year was 2002.

              If you want to pm me, I'll tell you what I know about the other Suffolk barns if you have any questions. Also please feel free to visit when you come to the area.