• 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.

Announcement

Collapse

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

looking for dressage trainer/board in Washington DC area

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • looking for dressage trainer/board in Washington DC area

    midwest recruit moving to DC. interested in either Virginia or Maryland. would like a barn w/a qualified dressage trainer (currently training with FEI level instructor) and full board. would like to stay around $550/month. please let me know if anyone has any ideas/websites i can visit. thanks!

  • #2
    Can't say enough good things about Evergreen and Roy Toppings. He is a fantastic trainer, and has made a huge difference in both my riding and in my GP schoolmaster. Excellent horse care as well. Board is slightly higher than the figure you identify though. PM me if you would like more information or the phone number.

    Comment


    • #3
      Welcome to the east coast!

      You will have a hard time finding a boarding situation with an indoor in this area for under $600 a month. Normal is $650 to $800 depending on how close to DC and amenities you need. But a good starting point would be to visit Equiery.com for places in Maryland and I'm sure there is a Virginia directory also.

      Comment


      • #4
        It's a really big area, can you narrow it down a bit?
        I wasn't always a Smurf
        Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
        "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
        The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.

        Comment


        • #5
          I pay $550/month for full care board - private farm in Fairfax County, VA - small sand dressage size ring, but no indoor and no onsite trainer. Honestly, I think you're going to have to up your budget to get what you want in this area.

          Here are a links to boarding facilities with an emphasis on dressage. Boarding is generally cheaper the further out you go from DC. I don't have any personal opinions about any of these. These are just places that I'm familiar with because of local schooling shows, ads, or friends that board there.

          Wyndam Oaks (Boyds, MD)
          http://www.wyndham-oaks.com/

          Cheshire Horse Hills (Waldorf, MD)
          http://www.cheshirehorsehills.com/

          Looking Glass Farm (Hamilton, VA)
          http://www.lgfsporthorses.com/

          Compass Rose Farm (Haymarket, VA)
          http://compassrosefarm.com/

          Homestead Farm (Catlett, VA)
          http://homesteadhorses.com/

          Willow Way Riding Stables (Haymarket, VA)
          http://willowwayridingstables.com/

          Evergreen Farm (Berryville, VA)
          http://www.evergreenfarm.info/

          Kingland Farm (Lovettsville, VA)
          http://kinglandfarm.com/

          ETA... Also check out Virginia Equestrian (www.virginiaequestrian.com) and VADA/NoVA (www.vadanova.org) for their classified ads.
          Last edited by paintlady; Jul. 13, 2011, 05:22 PM. Reason: Added a disclaimer and a couple more boarding facilities...

          Comment


          • #6
            I also agree with the others, that you will have to increase your budget for the stuff that you require.

            I can vouch that Evergreen is a nice facility, with a good trainer on board.
            Wyndham Oaks is one of the pricier places.
            Also, there is Windsor Manor, which is owned by Vanessa Swartz who is a grand prix rider.

            Equiery.com has a good list of boarding facilities in the area.

            Good luck! There is definitely lots of good places in the area, and a lot of good trainers.

            Comment


            • #7
              Wyndham Oaks is a great facility. Its pretty big (around 70 horses) but has excellent care. Its expensive but you definitely get what you pay for!
              Barn rat for life

              Comment

              • Original Poster

                #8
                le sigh. i guess i am used to the midwest prices! i currently pay 550/mo for an amazing facility, one of the nicest in the areas. as a recent college grad w/no career to speak of thus far, i was looking to stay in that area, but realize i might need to adjust my expectations.

                as to the area, i was looking for a radius of <45 miles or so from DC, but don't care if it's Maryland or VA. will have to map a couple places and test drive them from our residence to see what the traffic is like.

                thanks for all the suggestions, keep em coming!

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by toritorrence View Post
                  le sigh. i guess i am used to the midwest prices! i currently pay 550/mo for an amazing facility, one of the nicest in the areas. as a recent college grad w/no career to speak of thus far, i was looking to stay in that area, but realize i might need to adjust my expectations.

                  as to the area, i was looking for a radius of <45 miles or so from DC, but don't care if it's Maryland or VA. will have to map a couple places and test drive them from our residence to see what the traffic is like.

                  thanks for all the suggestions, keep em coming!
                  Others may pipe in but I think that the traffic is better on the MD side than on the VA side.

                  Also there is a place called Hullfield's in Howard County which is supposed to be fairly nice (no idea about the price). Julio Mendoza is the trainer there, he's a super nice guy, and a very nice rider. I believe he's going to the Pan Am games in the fall representing Ecuador.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    DD is a working student for Cheshire Horse Hills in MD. Trainer is excellent, indoor is lovely, but her prices are a bit higher than you're looking for.

                    Also, depending on your level, you might want to contact Aviva Nebesky at http://www.horsepenhill.com/. She's a wonderful instructor, but I'm not sure how high a level she teaches to, as I'm a rank beginner.

                    Another good one in MD is Sharon Myers at Chimney Hill.
                    Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
                    Witherun Farm
                    http://witherun-farm.blogspot.com/

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      It makes a HUGE difference exactly where you are coming from (on your daily trip to the barn), and when. The map will mean NOTHING; traffic is king. It is true in a general way that MD is better than VA. But it is very, very, very variable.

                      So my first piece of advice is to tell us where, exactly, you will be living and working - that will help folks give you useful recommendations.

                      Depending on what exactly you want from a boarding situation vs. training you can certainly board at a nice place on your budget -- but it may not have the trainer you want in house. I take regular lessons with an FEI instructor who comes to my barn and the one next door -- so I can ride with him twice a month if I'm willing to trailer literally 3 minutes...but he is not "in residence" at my barn.

                      If you want to board AT a dedicated FEI barn, that will cost you more.

                      I board at a place that is more of an eventing barn (since I am an eventer), indoor ring, dedicated dressage all weather pad, 2 additional outdoor rings (one lit), trails for miles, board in your budget. We have 2 FEI instructors who come on a regular basis and I am an easy trailer from a boatload of others.

                      It's less than an hour from downtown, bit more in rush hour.
                      The big man -- my lost prince

                      The little brother, now my main man

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by asterix View Post
                        If you want to board AT a dedicated FEI barn, that will cost you more.
                        To add to that, a lot of the better FEI trainers in the area require horses at their place be kept in their training program (i.e., a minimum number of lessons and/or rides per month) at an additional cost.
                        Amateur rider, professional braider.
                        ----
                        Save a life, adopt a pet.

                        Comment

                        • Original Poster

                          #13
                          absolutely, i've looked at a few places and notice that for some, there is no such thing as non-training board.

                          i like the idea of having a trainer in-house, but would be more than willing to settle for a place that has a dressage trainer "presence" (someone who comes out regularly). definitely not a discipline snob, my horse used to be a hunter/eventer before he tore a suspensory a few years ago. we just started dressage in march and have some success with it, so wanted to be at a place where i could continue his (and mine) training.

                          i will be living pretty near downtown, in the SE Capitol Hill area, so I'm thinking MD might be the better choice, I'm guessing it takes a while to get over to VA from that area. Going up in a couple weeks to scout some places out before we move.

                          Thank you all for the suggestions, I feel like I'm definitely getting on the right track.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            So, I live in CapHill and board at Waredaca -- in non-rush hour it is about 50 minutes, more in rush hour. I'll let others comment on the drive to VA.

                            Another area you might want to look is east -- PG and Anne Arundel County. I am not sure what's available out there; Linda Zhang is based there but I have no idea if she takes boarder, and of course she's in FL in the winter.

                            But that drive is easier! Sharon Myers, mentioned above, is out in that direction...
                            The big man -- my lost prince

                            The little brother, now my main man

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by asterix View Post
                              So, I live in CapHill and board at Waredaca -- in non-rush hour it is about 50 minutes, more in rush hour. I'll let others comment on the drive to VA.

                              .
                              The limited number of bridges serve as a choke point between DC and VA and there seems to be no end in sight to the mess on the beltway between Braddock Rd and Tyson's Corner
                              I wasn't always a Smurf
                              Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
                              "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
                              The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                You have a PM

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by toritorrence View Post
                                  midwest recruit moving to DC. interested in either Virginia or Maryland. would like a barn w/a qualified dressage trainer (currently training with FEI level instructor) and full board. would like to stay around $550/month. please let me know if anyone has any ideas/websites i can visit. thanks!
                                  I would highly recommend Good News Stable in Boyds, MD. Caroline Jordan is the manager trainer and is a wonderful FEI level rider and superb trainer. The horses receive wonderful care there with a great deal of sophisticated support options (body work, etc.). Lots of amenities w/large indoor ring, world class instruction, personalized care. Dressage, eventers, jumpers are all welcomed there. I've boarded at Good News for almost 17 years and there are lots of other boarders with similar longevity. Barn manager and staff live on premises. Easily accessible to Morven Park (hosts many dressage shows) and many other show hosting sites in the area. No restriction on vet, farrier choices, etc.
                                  goodnewsstableinc@gmail.com

                                  Go to their Facebook page for pics and further info:
                                  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-N...14412511903093

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    Koford is in the Middleburg area.
                                    Kelly
                                    It is rare to see a rider who is truly passionate about the horse and his training, taking a profound interest in dressage with self-abnegation, and making this extraordinarily subtle work one of the dominant motivations of his life.\"

                                    Comment


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by fairwindschance View Post
                                      I would highly recommend Good News Stable in Boyds, MD. Caroline Jordan is the manager trainer and is a wonderful FEI level rider and superb trainer.
                                      Ditto Caroline Jordan.

                                      Comment


                                      • #20
                                        I was just about to post this same question when I decided to do a search first

                                        I am moving to the Crystal City area at the beginning of September and also need to find a dressage oriented place to board my mare. I would like a trainer, but don't need one, especially if that will lower the cost. I have heard an indoor is necessary, and if possible I would like a place that allows turn-out as my mare is out 24/7 now and don't want to completely blow her mind.

                                        I will be in the area Aug 15-18 and was hoping to check out some possible farms. If anyone who knows the DC area and can recommend a few that are perhaps a little closer to the Crystal City area, I would really appreciate it!!!!

                                        Thanks everyone

                                        Comment

                                        Working...
                                        X