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  • where to live the dressage life?

    I can move anywhere I want, where should I move to?

    I want grass for grazing the horses (march-october would be nice), access (within 1 hr) to the best dressage trainers, preferably no snow. Would love to have access to good vets, farriers, other horse people etc.
    I would like to live somewhere where I can find like-minded people - so liberal, not overly religious. Having farmers around would be nice, and no crime.
    I would like to have a decent city or big somewhere nearby to have access to good restaurants from time to time and good shopping. Also would like to have a larger city within 2-3 hrs drive so I can have access to a good airport.

    Does such a heaven exist?

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    England!!

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      If money were no object, hands down no question, I'd head to the San Diego area.
      Originally posted by Silverbridge
      If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.

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        Ocala, FL
        "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" ~Friedrich Schiller

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        • #5
          Wellington, Florida
          save lives...spay/neuter/geld

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          • #6
            What about Amsterdam?
            ~ Enjoying some guac and boxed wine at the Blue Saddle inn. ~

            Originally posted by LauraKY
            I'm sorry, but this has "eau de hoarder" smell all over it.
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              #7
              Amsterdam is not exactly horsey, but I would take Eindhoven region any day! But really anywhere in Holland would be fine. Germany or England too. Unfortunately it has to be in the US...

              Ocala? Are there top dressage trainers there?
              Wellington is a no brainer, but is the grazing good there? And surrounding areas, can horses live off grass most of the year?

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              • #8
                If in the US, there are a bunch of places in California that fit the bill. Otherwise, the Northern part of Germany is dressage heaven (if you like flatter landscapes ). Anywhere near Hamburg and you can pick your master trainer.
                "Reite dein Pferd vorwärts und richte es gerade.” Gustav Steinbrecht

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                  I don't mean to sound ignorant, but I imagine CA as not having a lot of grass and being very expensive. Are there grassy areas where a normal person could afford a farmette (10-20acres) and still have access to trainers?

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                    Originally posted by Ziutek View Post
                    I don't mean to sound ignorant, but I imagine CA as not having a lot of grass and being very expensive. Are there grassy areas where a normal person could afford a farmette (10-20acres) and still have access to trainers?
                    When you said you could live anywhere, I took that to mean that money was no object.

                    You could find that in the Rancho Santa Fe or northern San Diego County area, but not if you are a "normal" person.
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                    • #11
                      Everything you want can be found here in NJ. The only thing is that we do get some snow once in a while, but usually it's not a huge problem.

                      Lots of farms, within 1 hour or so to NYC or Philadelphia. Several BNT's with Catherine Haddad coming next year. Lots of shows within 1-2 hours. Lots of classy restaurants, good food at the super markets, etc. Low crime in the horsey areas. Close to the USET. Several vet surgical facilities. Good farriers. Let's face it, NJ has the horse as it's state animal.

                      Only problem is that it's expensive, but not as bad as California.

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                        Originally posted by TheHorseProblem View Post
                        When you said you could live anywhere, I took that to mean that money was no object.

                        You could find that in the Rancho Santa Fe or northern San Diego County area, but not if you are a "normal" person.
                        Yep, not if you're "normal" - but some gorgeous places if you can afford it!


                        Personally, I'd choose to avoid snow or major humidity after having ridden in both. I'd rather not have grass than live through Florida summers regularly! (Thus my living in AZ, which doesn't have the big names but also doesn't have the price tag, humidity, snow, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes...)
                        Originally posted by Silverbridge
                        If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.

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                        • #13
                          Aiken, SC!
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                          • #14
                            northern california is nice we have green grass from November - june-ish.

                            If you manage your fields then they can have grass all year with maybe a few weeks in the winter kept off the pasture to save the ground.

                            we have lots of trainers.... but i think first you need to figure out what you mean by "good trainer" then go from there.

                            depending on where in No Ca, it could be affordable to not so affordable....

                            of course we have SF. and it is a great place to live. it doesn't get too hot or too cold, it doesn't snow, not too humid... it is perfect

                            And, if you are boarding, up here there *are* places where the horses can be on pasture.

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                              Yep, I meant I could move anywhere in the sense that I have a "mobile" job, but certainly not in the sense that money is no object. I am maybe a bit above "normal" or maybe in the high normal range.
                              Grass is very important to me. I want my horses to be able to graze!

                              Aiken? What about trainers over there?

                              NJ - hmmm that is something that I haven't thought about... I always thought most of NJ is a bit urban-y?

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                              • #16
                                It's hard to say, are you buying property, or boarding? Are you renting or buying? How do you plan to pay for everything?

                                If you have a lot of disposable income (several thousand a month, or a 800k+ budget), Sonoma County has lots of pasture, nice weather, lots of trainers and shows.

                                On a little more modest budget (but still expensive), the foothills outside Sacramento (either up I-80 or Hwy 50) are very nice, and offer pasture since there is a lot of irrigation. There are also loads of trainers and dressage shows.
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                                  Biased I know but where I live..... New Zealand.

                                  Where I live is the most horse populated area of NZ. I can show every weekend and never travel more than a hour.
                                  Pretty much Every Equestrian discipline catered for.

                                  Lots of good trainers that travel,my farrier is the best,feed shops that deliver and put feed in bins for me. Good vets.

                                  30,000 acres of forest to ride in. 61 km stretch of beach to ride on (and thats just the one of 5 close to me)

                                  And all this and I am on 13.5 acres 15 minutes from the largest city in NZ.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Ziutek View Post
                                    I don't mean to sound ignorant, but I imagine CA as not having a lot of grass and being very expensive. Are there grassy areas where a normal person could afford a farmette (10-20acres) and still have access to trainers?
                                    Well, I thought money was no object and owning land wasn't part of the original post, unless I missed it. I'm a normal person, rent a small apartment in San Francisco, board my horses in the North Bay -- both are out on grass (the old guy year round, the little one April - November). And northern California is very pretty. And we definitely win out on liberal!
                                    "Reite dein Pferd vorwärts und richte es gerade.” Gustav Steinbrecht

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                                    • #19
                                      Mark central and south FL off the list. Grass is really only significant from June or July through October.

                                      I would look into the Carolinas and Virginia, maybe KY or TN. They tend to have grass more of the year. My friend in in TN has her horse on grass year-round in the Nashville area.

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                                        Wellington FL...not sure about anyone else, but the farms I have been at have grass year round!
                                        Samantha Werner

                                        There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain't a thing. ~ Will Rogers

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