• 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

Dressage Training barn with quality trainers and clinics?- Chicagoland IL

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

  • Dressage Training barn with quality trainers and clinics?- Chicagoland IL

    Does anyone know of a barn that offers a great trainer and known clinicians monthly/ bi-weekly that has a club type feel..
    I am not into the "barn drama" and am looking for a great trainer within the Chicagoland area?????? Do they exist?

  • #2
    Which side of Chicago? How far are you willing to travel?

    Comment


    • #3
      I do not know of a barn that meets all of your criteria, but if you do find one, please do share.
      Lack of "barn drama" maybe one stumbling block. Frequent great clinicians are also hard to come by.
      Horses should be trained in such a way that they not only love their riders, but look forward to the time they are with them.
      ~ Xenophon, 350 B.C.

      Comment


      • #4
        Cannot give you personal experience, but I do know that my horse's full brother lives here, and he has gone through a recent sale and the new owner kept him there, so maybe it's because it's a nice place to stay? It's in the far west suburbs of Chicago, Maple Park. I am Facebook friends with my horse's brother's new owner, and they seem to be happy there.

        It does sound like they do regular clinics if you click on their Clinic page....can't hurt to check into it and ask around.

        http://www.eponadressage.com/Home_Page.php

        Comment


        • #5
          wblover, was curious about the barn you posted. Checked out the website, not much info on frequency of clinics, but the lineup mentioned sounds interesting. Do you know more about the owner/trainer? Centerline comes up blank when I search "DORA CHRISTENSEN"

          OP, Silverwood has good quality clinicians, albeit not biweekly, low on drama according to my friend that boarded there.
          Horses should be trained in such a way that they not only love their riders, but look forward to the time they are with them.
          ~ Xenophon, 350 B.C.

          Comment


          • #6
            Amanda Johnson trains out of Lamplight in Wayne and at Silverwood Farms in Camp Lake, WI. I would highly recommend her.

            http://amandajohnsondressage.com/

            Comment


            • #7
              Sunflower Farms is on the Illinois/Wisconsin border. They have lots of good clinicians (Christine Traurig, JJ Tate, Janet Foy/Steffen Peters, etc.) and have several dressage trainers: Andre Huefler - a German Bereiter and FEI trainer with an impressive background; Darcy Drije - competed GP on a quarter horse she brought up through the levels; and Connie Vanderwheel - focuses on mostly lower level riders but is very good.

              http://www.sunflowerfarms.com/

              Also, Jochen Hippenstiel trains out of Brighton Farms in the same area. I don't of them having clinicians but Jochen is a very accomplished GP rider and trainer from Germany and used to be head trainer at Tempel Farms.

              Comment


              • #8
                Also, check out Cadence Dressage in McHenry

                Comment


                • #9
                  http://www.excelsiorequestrian.com/h...estrian-center

                  This is just over the border in Indiana. There is a wonderful caring trainer there. She has clinics a few times a year and 2 schooling shows. Most importantly NO barn drama, really... Been there done that and have not had a problem here. Really a well run, reasonably priced place. Good luck!

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Dora Christensen

                    Dora was my first dressage trainer! She used to do lessons at a stable called Coach Horse Equestrian on N. Orleans St in downtown Chicago. I thought she was a great trainer, and I learned so much from her.

                    Good luck with your search

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kadenz View Post
                      Amanda Johnson trains out of Lamplight in Wayne and at Silverwood Farms in Camp Lake, WI. I would highly recommend her.

                      http://amandajohnsondressage.com/
                      Ditto.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        If all goes well, there will soon be a huge equestrian complex in the city, south side, on the lake.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          I think your 'closest match' is going to be Silverwood. Great care. Many quality dressage trainers to choose from. Regular quality clinicians (but not monthly -- honestly, don't know of any facility that can get clinicians in monthly).. Great care. Low/No tolerance for 'barn drama' which is prevalent at every sizable facility I know of in the area.

                          Good luck. Your requirements are a tall order that I don't think you'll find anywhere around here.. particularly monthly clinicians and no drama...

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by xrmn002 View Post
                            Sunflower Farms is on the Illinois/Wisconsin border. They have lots of good clinicians (Christine Traurig, JJ Tate, Janet Foy/Steffen Peters, etc.) and have several dressage trainers: Andre Huefler - a German Bereiter and FEI trainer with an impressive background; Darcy Drije - competed GP on a quarter horse she brought up through the levels; and Connie Vanderwheel - focuses on mostly lower level riders but is very good.

                            http://www.sunflowerfarms.com/

                            Also, Jochen Hippenstiel trains out of Brighton Farms in the same area. I don't of them having clinicians but Jochen is a very accomplished GP rider and trainer from Germany and used to be head trainer at Tempel Farms.

                            I second Sunflower Farms! I grew up at Connie Vanderweele's old barn in Illinois, and she is great! Also, I believe the other folks are from Tempel Farms, which has turned out tons of awesome riders and horses. I wish I still lived in Chicago, because this would be my barn for sure!

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Carol O View Post
                              If all goes well, there will soon be a huge equestrian complex in the city, south side, on the lake.
                              ???more info??? Please.

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                I used to clinic regularly with Patti Becker (before I moved) and really enjoyed riding with her. (and as a retired pro, I am pretty critical and fussy about who I ride under). She is great at explaining the whys and hows of what she asks of you, and works very hard to make sure you "get it". I would ride with her in a heartbeat if I had the chance.
                                "Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them."
                                -Richard S. Bach

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  Patti Becker is now at Fireside, just down the road from Silverwood.

                                  http://www.thefiresidefarm.com/

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    There is a dressage training stable just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago - Legacy USA of Burr Ridge, Il.
                                    The link is www.LegacyUSAstables.com. They have had clincians Kathy Connelly and Lendon Gray (part of the Dressage 4 Kids program). Great feed program, too. Close to Chicago saves the gas.
                                    Last edited by SeymourSimon2; Jan. 10, 2013, 07:22 PM.

                                    Comment

                                    Working...
                                    X