• 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

Tell me about Alpharetta, GA

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Tell me about Alpharetta, GA

    A dressage friend might be moving there. She is going for an interview next week.. Tell me about the dressage scene, barns, traffic and any other thing that comes to mind about the area.


  • #2
    dressage scene? in alpharetta? WHAT dressage scene?
    there may be 3 barns in alpharetta that are "dressage barns"
    I was so overjoyed when I moved to NC and discovered dressage riders aren't a rarity everywhere.
    chaque pas est fait ensemble


    • #3
      Applewood farm is an excellent dresssage barn in that area


      • #4

        there are numerous dressage barns and shows in and near alpharetta-the bigger shows are primarily in the conyers area.

        applewood is a fabulous barn there and there are many more to choose from. pm me if you want personal opinions.
        Jazz- 4.9.01 OTTB, loved since 12.6.09
        Skip- 3.3.91 APHA, i miss you buddy


        • #5
          Yep, several dressage barns in the area.

          Applewood Farm has a very nice outdoor arena and a smallish indoor. There are several trainers either there with their own horses, or who come in to teach. They have occasional clinics there (George Williams and Lisa Wilcox are two they have had in the past).

          Shannondale Farm is a lovely facility with two barns, beautiful covered arena, lots of trails, etc., but does not let you bring in your own trainer. They hold clinics there - recent series has been the USDF "From the Judge's Perspective" clinics, with various judges, incl. Gary Rockwell, Jeanne McDonald, etc. Axel Steiner is scheduled for mid March, and I believe Debbie McDonald is also coming back later this year.

          Amanda Persons is at 1865 Farm on Birmingham Road. She is a USDF Gold Medalist and is very good at bringing horses up the levels. It is a smaller place and does not have a covered arena, but the care is excellent and it has a good sized lighted outdoor arena with good footing. It does stay pretty full with boarders and training horses, so may not have an opening.

          Karen Lipp teaches out of Cristi Meyers place. She has a ton of students doing super well at all levels, including at Regional Championships. She won't work with just anyone - you have to be totally dedicated, have the money and talent to do well, and if your horse isn't up to snuff, you will be expected to let her find you a new one. But she does get results.

          Kenn Acebal is now working out of Yellow House Farm. It is a beautiful facility with a lovely barn, huge covered arena and very nice outdoor dressage court, but turn-out is somewhat limited (they have paddocks, but two of them are right on a busy road, and several others are down behind the dressage arena and you cannot watch the horses from the barn).

          Karen McGoldrick has a small private farm and full size covered. She is a USDF Gold Medalist.

          There is also Collecting Gaits, owned by Jeff and Shereen Fuqua, but it is pretty much a private facility.

          There are also a few other private barns here and there that may or may not have openings. Your friend will probably want to join GDCTA and start asking at the tack stores.

          There are two nice tack stores in Alpharetta - Dover Saddlery and Alpharetta Saddlery. Also a few consignment shops.

          There is a show facility in Alpharetta - Wills Park - but it is mostly used for schooling shows. Rated shows are further away - at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers (east of Atlanta), or at Poplar Place Farm (near Columbus, GA).

          As for traffic - hah! It can be really bad, esp. on Windward Parkway, GA 400, Hwy 9, and feeder roads, during rush hour (which generally runs from 0700-0900 or 0930, and again from 1600-1800 or 1830. Your friend would ideally want to live on the same side of GA 400 as her workplace, even better if she can also find a barn on the same side of GA 400 (all the barns I mentioned above are west of GA 400, as is the downtown area of Alpharetta).

          Alpharetta is otherwise a very nice place to live - lots of shopping, restaurants, good health care providers and facilities, etc.


          • #6
            Did you mean Atlanta Saddlery ? http://www.atlantasaddlery.com/
            ... _. ._ .._. .._


            • #7
              Down Yonder said it well just wanted to add most all of these places are very pricey and all have very limited turnout except Shannondale. Its a great dressage area but for me frustrating that most of the good dressage trainers in the area teach out of barns that limit turnout.

              P.S. There are a couple dressage trainers that also travel a bit for lessons so that covers a few more barns to: Kim Schliser, Andrea Manos, and possibly Manfred Lewis


              • #8
                I think the biggest thing to keep in mind with "Dressage barns" in Alpharetta are EXPENSIVE! I live in Atl during the summers and struggle to find $400 pasture board at a multi-discipline facility with minimal ammenities. I am fairly sure that all the places listed will be at least $750+ for board and some have mandatory training programs.

                If you have the financial security then I think there are a good number of talented trainers and quality barns. A good friend of mine is currently working with Kenn at Yellow House and is thrilled with his training style and her horses progress. If your friend is < 3rd level or has any interest in ever jumping I highly recommend Lauren Weil of Bigtime Eventing.

                Wills Park is extremely close and hosts a number of small to mid sized shows throughout the season.

                As an Atl native, traffic is awful but it could be worse. The 20 mile commute took 45 min one way without traffic and about a hour and 15 with normal afternoon traffic.

                If she has financial limitations she might want to consider boarding at a multi-discipline barn and trailering out to work with someone.


                • Original Poster

                  Hi All,

                  Thanks so much for the information. She is going to look at barns down there if the interview goes well. Unfortunately she says that the job site is just southeast of 400 about 2 blocks. Is it really that hard to get across to the better residential and barn areas?


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by redhorse5 View Post
                    Hi All,

                    Thanks so much for the information. She is going to look at barns down there if the interview goes well. Unfortunately she says that the job site is just southeast of 400 about 2 blocks. Is it really that hard to get across to the better residential and barn areas?
                    I am envious of your friend and miss Alpharetta, where I lived for more than a decade. Yes, the traffic can be very tough, but overall it is a GREAT place to live... I would move back in a heartbeat if I could!

                    Not sure where "southeast of 400" is (as 400 is a highway that runs N-S) but if you mean, say, Windward Parkway or something like that - I wouldn't think it would be too tough.

                    I boarded at Shannondale, in the days before they built the fancy indoor and second barn. It was a beautiful place with excellent care, and I would recommend it. I have also done clinics with Kenn Acebal and think he is absolutely fabulous.
                    We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


                    • Original Poster

                      Thanks Lucassb.


                      • #12
                        Beware Ken Acebal

                        I HOPE he is no longer employed at Yellow House Farm or anywhere at this point! He has been arrested in Ga twice, most recently this week. He is a pervert and needs to be run out of the dressage world. He needs to be in jail. See news links: