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    I have a friend moving to Dayton to go with hubby who will work at Wright Patterson AFB - any advice on the dressage scene there? They need to find a dressage barn, and eventually lease a house with a a barn and indoor arena and find a dressage trainer there.

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    Here's a Place to Start

    Here's a link to local barns, trainers. I am most familiar with Dancing Horse Farm and Windswept which are located between Cincinnati and Dayton.


    • Original Poster

      Are those dressage barns? We'll check them out. Hopefully we'll go down there together next week.


      • #4
        I can personally recommend Nancy Baker @ Wicklow Dressage Center in Cincinnati, but know that Dancing Horse Farm (Jennifer Truitt) and Windswept Farm (Becky Knollman) are also great.

        You may also want to peruse this website: http://www.dressageco.com
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        • Original Poster

          this is going to be a fun trip, anyone else have additional suggestions? tack shops, etc?

          it seems that shows at the indy horse park, chicago, detroit and plenty of other places are within distance. what a nice area.


          • #6
            Originally posted by slc2 View Post
            this is going to be a fun trip, anyone else have additional suggestions? tack shops, etc?.
            Your best bet for a tack shop is http://www.tacktrunkoh.com/inner/contact.htm
            Founder & Donor/Account Advisor
            Brennan Equine Welfare Fund


            • #7
              I live in Dayton. Not sure how serious your friend is in dressage, but Trails End is a fantastic farm! Head trainer rides and show Grand Prix on an absolutely jaw dropping WB gelding. www.trailsend.biz

              In terms of tack stores, we are seriously SERIOUSLY lacking in that department. Tack Trunk in Lebanon is awesome and Tacky Horse in Xenia has some nice things.
              “Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of Solitaire. It is a grand passion.” ~Emerson


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                • #9
                  Tack Trunk in Lebanon has everything for the Dressage Rider. Plus their staff is is knowledgeable and friendly. I believe you can now purchase items on line through their website. They have also been traveling to the Paxton Shows with their mobile store. I'm sure they will be at Region 2 Championships this year.


                  • Original Poster

                    On a scale of 1-10 serious, I'd say 11, she competes, has a couple really nice horses.


                    • #11
                      The Cincinnati/ Dayton area is great! We are close to many shows and Trainers. Paxton Farm is in Cincinnati. Jackie Paxton is there training and so is Barb McCarthy. www.PaxtonFarm.com


                      • #12
                        Knollman Dressage

                        I can personnal recommend Becky Knollman at Knollman Dressage. She has achieved much success both with showing and teaching. She has numerous students competing with great success throughout the levels. The barn and arenas are perfect for training. She also has great success competing...check out the website...www.knollmandressage.com


                        • #13
                          The only recommendation I can make that is within driving distance of Wright Patt - would be Knollman Dressage. Nice barn, great people, lots of fun and good quality.
                          Paxtons is lovely - but is way too far away.
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                          • #14
                            slc2, did your friend relocate here? If so, who is she riding with? I just recently started riding at Dancing Horse Farm and am having a great time working with the trainer/owner Jennifer Truett.
                            Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN


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                              Originally posted by Dressage Sport View Post
                              I can personnal recommend Becky Knollman at Knollman Dressage. She has achieved much success both with showing and teaching. She has numerous students competing with great success throughout the levels. The barn and arenas are perfect for training. She also has great success competing...check out the website...www.knollmandressage.com
                              Becky is excellent, very qualified and very competant.

                              My mom's family is from Dayton, and while none of them ride, I think they're all excellent people anyway.
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                              • Original Poster

                                We did contact Becky Knollman and I was very impressed with her. She was gracious, friendly, professional and knowledgeable. But my friend's husband wound up getting laid off instead of transferred.