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Dressage Barn needed in the DC Metro area

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  • Dressage Barn needed in the DC Metro area

    I'm actually a Polo player and H/J rider (so have no clue in this area) - but a friend recently moved to the DC area (she works in the city and is living in Nova). She is looking for barns + lessons in dressage.

    I instantly thought of the many Cothers who would know of barns they could recommend.

    As far as I know, she mainly wants a lesson barn for now and maybe sometime in the future will lease/buy a horse.

    Anyone have any good recommendations? Websites or contacts would be appreciated!

    ~Coth's Resident Deatheater~

  • #2
    I am not sure about the availability of horses for lessons at these farms, but Mary Flood at Wildfire Farm in Lovettsville, VA is excellent, and I also recommend Lauren Spreiser in Marshall, VA (who posts as Dressagediosa here).

    In addition, Terry Smith in Bluemont has a wonderful facility; she teaches and also has a top notch young German trainer teaching at her farm. Her farm is Riverside Equestrian; she posts here as Bellfleur.
    Roseknoll Sporthorses


    • #3
      Potomac Riverside has dressage horses you can "rent" for individual lessons at a great price. I have taught students on these horses and it is a nice way to have a horse to work with without the commitment of a full lease.

      I am over there 2-3 times a week to teach, if you are interested in dressage lessons.


      • #4
        Originally posted by CapitolDesign View Post
        Potomac Riverside has dressage horses you can "rent" for individual lessons at a great price. I have taught students on these horses and it is a nice way to have a horse to work with without the commitment of a full lease.

        I am over there 2-3 times a week to teach, if you are interested in dressage lessons.
        Where is Potomac Riverside? That might be good for me too to have a break from riding babies all the time. TY
        Roseknoll Sporthorses


        • #5
          Potomac Riverside is like 2 miles north of Poolesville, MD town center. www.potomacriversidestables.com


          • #6
            Does Carolyn Del Grosso still teach in that area?
            I evented just for the Halibut.


            • #7
              If you're looking for a solid dressage barn, the American Academy of Equestrian Sciences down in Leesburg, VA has a great program with awesome horses- I just started riding there to (re)learn dressage, and it's great. Marina Genn is the head instructor, just google them. It's a very friendly place, as well.


              • #8
                Marina Genn is totally awesome. I did a bunch of clinics with her when I was in Michigan and she helped even my really pathetic dressage a lot.
                OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                • #9
                  Originally posted by CapitolDesign View Post
                  Potomac Riverside is like 2 miles north of Poolesville, MD town center. www.potomacriversidestables.com
                  It is a nice facility, but I would never in a bazillion years board there. Never, ever, ever.
                  In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.


                  • #10
                    I am at Potomac Riverside and have been there going on 3 years. I field board there and have not had any problems and am now with a fabulous trainer.(CapitolDesign) If you have questions from someone who does board there please do not hesitate to drop me a note.


                    • #11
                      I used to board there also, and would be more than happy to share my boarding experiences as well. [edit]
                      Last edited by Moderator 1; Feb. 16, 2011, 08:35 AM.
                      In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.


                      • #12
                        Carolyn still teaches - she is based out of southwinds, but travels all over. Marina and Carina Genn are also good - based in Leesburg...


                        • #13
                          If she would be interested in a partial lease (2 or 3 days per week), and to take dressage lessons, we have a few warmbloods available.