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  • May flee Wisconsin...

    Sadly, I may have to flee Wisconsin. For years, I have put up with the cold for the great lifestyle it offered (which comes when states take pride in, and properly fund education, but I digress). Can anyone suggest a warmer place where there is quality dressage, but one does not have to be a millionaire to live?

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    Born and raised in Waukesha County. We moved several times due to my husband's job. And, then back to Wisconsin again. We now live in West Virginia (I know what you are thinking, that's what I thought too!) but, we love it here. We are right in the corner of WV, Virginia and Maryland. I have mountain views in my back yard, the ponies love it. My husband's office is actually a half hour away in Maryland.

    We raise ponies, but I think you might want to check out Virginia or Maryland. Lots of opportunities there. And, as a plus, the weather is generally milder, spring is earlier, winter is later. Love the area. I am out in the "country", but an hour to the airports, half hour to great shopping, etc.

    I thought I would miss Wisconsin, I don't. (although you are right about the schools. We had to work around that problem when we came here) My mom lives out this way now and the rest of my family comes here to visit a lot.

    And, you will have to get used to being the only Packer fan in your area. That can good or bad, pretty darn good this year!

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    • #3
      I'll second VA--or even MD. Both really gorgeous. NC has a lot of jobs and decent weather (thinking Golden Triangle area). TX is cheaper, but it's hotter. And it's a LONG drive to everywhere. You can keep the states that are uber humid and hot in the summertime. I'm not into melting. I like hot, but not humid. Maybe look into AZ? I know that a friend of mine lives in CO near the springs area and she loves it. The housing market went bust there too, so if you can find a job, you can get a lot more bang for your buck by way of homes. Not a lot of dresssage, though, from what I understand.
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      • #4
        The Mid Atlantic and farther south are HUMID in the summer.
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        • #5
          Born and raised in Madison. I've lived in the Denver area for a total of 24 years (first time for five years and currently nineteen). Now many of you may shudder and think that Denver is really cold, but compared to Wisconsin, it's the banana belt! Yesterday it was 57 degrees and today it will hit 60. There's good instruction here, I ride every other week with Janet Foy and last summer my horse was in a Steffen Peters clinic. I'm a bit more liberal then many of my neighbors, but I still have my circle of friends!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by carolprudm View Post
            The Mid Atlantic and farther south are HUMID in the summer.
            Have you ever been to Wisconsin in the summer? Believe me when I tell you they are humid. It is humid here sometimes too, but we don't have the gigantic mosquitos here. Please don't tell me that this area has mosquitos!! They are nothing like the ones we had at home.

            Every place has their own "issues". I hope you find your answer. I still love Wisconsin, just from here.
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            • #7
              It depends by what you mean when you say "good dressage." Arizona has small turnout compared to other (more expensive) places I'm sure but has some good trainers - especially if you are near enough to trailer to the Scottsdale area. Tucson's not as full of FEI trainers, but VERY affordable, and if you only want to see a trainer on weekends the drive isn't so bad - 2 1/2 hours or so to Scottsdale. (My new 4 acre house/property probably cost less than many of this board's members' horses.) The southern CA shows are very doable, too, from here. The places I think of as hotbeds for dressage *would* require you to be pretty rich.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Somermist View Post
                Have you ever been to Wisconsin in the summer? Believe me when I tell you they are humid. It is humid here sometimes too, but we don't have the gigantic mosquitos here. Please don't tell me that this area has mosquitos!! They are nothing like the ones we had at home.

                Every place has their own "issues". I hope you find your answer. I still love Wisconsin, just from here.
                LOL, no I haven't, winter or summer.

                Last summer we had a drought, few bugs of any kind.
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                • #9
                  I grew up in Nashotah, and have been horse happy in SE Pa for 40 years. We have a short winter, a nasty bit of hot humid summer and the longest spring and autumn you can dream of....
                  And in less than an hour we can enjoy water sports on the Chesapeake Bay....or go to the Poconos in less than two hours for winter sports.
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                  • #10
                    PA??? They can get DUMPED on with snow (some places more than others). Might as well stay in WI. Maybe not as cold, but snow...snow...snow.

                    NY is a nice option. Not south, but nicer weather than WI.

                    You know why Wisconsin is so cold, right? It's because Canada blows and Indiana sucks.
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                    • #11
                      I like the Arizona idea too, it is affordable there. I grew up in Maryland and yes, the temps are milder, especially compared to Wisconsin, but they still can get snow. You just never know. However, it can be VERY expensive to live there. You will not find farm deals there the way netg did in Arizona. The cost of living in Maryland is very similar to where I live now, Palm Springs, CA. Now, you can go to some of the more remote areas and find a deal, if being remote does not bother you, but the deal will not be as good as it would elsewhere. There is good dressage there though. I know of quite a few places that are GREAT for dressage.

                      What about Kentucky? NC and SC are great too.
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                      • #12
                        How about southern California? I live here and I am not a millionaire, not by a long shot. Of course, it all depends on where you set your standard of living.

                        Arizona is great, but HOT in the summer. If you've never experienced the burning Archimedes death ray of the desert sun in August, try it out first. And not just on a vacation. Try living and working in it. It may be a dry heat, but 120 can feel like your flesh is melting off of your body when you're walking through the Wal-mart parking lot.

                        I hear northern AZ is a little better in the summer, though. Not sure about that since the last time I was there in the summer I only drove through.
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                        • #13
                          Well.. we just relocated from the Madison area in September to give the NW a try..There is a LOT of dressage action around here and CA is not too far away. Some places are cheaper than others. Portland area is pretty hip. Anyway, I know how you feel- I hate snow!
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                          • #14
                            I thought this thread was going to be about something else entirely

                            Anyways, I visited Wisconsin in October and fell in love. I can't imagine ever wanting to leave! But I'll agree with VA and MD. I'm in Ohio and I really enjoy it
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Velvet View Post
                                You know why Wisconsin is so cold, right? It's because Canada blows and Indiana sucks.
                                OMG I love it.

                                Wisconsinite here. I'd love to move south too, but too far, it's too damn hot and humid, and just a little south is tornado alley and the ice-belt.

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                                • #17
                                  My husband and I are considering leaving Idaho in another two or three years, so I am reading all these posts with interest.

                                  I wish San Diego weren't so expensive. We love it there. And I have heard the horse life can be wonderful if you have the bucks to support it. Which we don't, so we can't.
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                                  • #18
                                    We have green grass right now, and the lilies are up two inches! Spring really is headed in the driveway. And the Canada geese have settled in to their nesting spots along the creek, and are chasing the young horses away. I expect the spring peepers to start serenading in a day or so.....got to love it!
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Velvet View Post

                                      NY is a nice option. Not south, but nicer weather than WI.

                                      We certainly have nicer weather than WI, but we currently also have the highest taxes in the country. As far as dressage goes, you need to be in the Westchester County area to have a choice of quality trainers and that is expensive due to its proximity to NYC. If I were looking to relocate anywhere in the country, I'd go for Virginia or Maryland. We only stay here because of family ties.
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                                      • #20
                                        I'm always interested in these kinds of threads: Planning on leaving CA in three years. After listening to a presentation about the Gov's proposed budget and cuts to education at a school board meeting last night, I wish it could be sooner!
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