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Eventing/jumping instructors in Maryland?

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  • Eventing/jumping instructors in Maryland?

    Any suggestions/recommendations? Yes, I know there is a list in Equiery, but I always go with personal references.

    I'm almost total beginner in jumping as well as my horse, so looking for one tolerant enough towards such teams and who would be able to teach us both from ground zero (doesn't need to be sugar-coated, I really prefer someone honest and straight).

  • #2
    There are many options and lots of COTHers who will pipe up with their faves. Where are you located, and do you want a trainer who will come to you or will you trailer in?


    • #3
      Maryland may not be that big, but it covers a lot of ground. Also makes a difference if you can trailer in or want someone who will come to you. Some options:

      Sally Cousins www.sallycousins.com (not based in Maryland, but teaches at a couple of Maryland Farms pretty regularly)

      Kate Chadderton www.katechadderton.com (does a Wednesday evening schooling over courses workshop as well as regular lessons)

      Danny Warrington www.dannywarrington.com

      Waredaca, www.waredaca.com

      Mogie Bearden-Muller http://foxhilleventing.com/default.aspx

      Colleen Rutledge http://colleenrutledgeeventing.com/

      Tom Waters http://www.bennettscreekfarm.com/

      Courtney Sendak http://www.defyinggravityeventing.com/Home.html (based out of Julia Wendell's Farm, where Julia also teaches and Sally Cousins comes in periodically)
      OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


      • #4
        Ditto Sally, but it really depends where you are, too


        • #5
          Lots of great choices- may I also add Sally Shirley (sallyshirley.com) and Steuart Pittman (Dodonfarm.com)- both are professional, knowledgeable, kind, and lots of fun!
          Be a part of the solution~ Adopt a thoroughbred!


          • #6
            There are tons, where are you? Do you wanna trailer or have someone come in?


            • #7
              I ride with Cherie Chauvin http://www.golightlysporthorses.com/ and Steuart Pittman http://www.dodonfarm.com/. They're both excellent!
              The big guy: Lincoln

              Southern Maryland Equestrian


              • #8
                Val is great! Check out her webpage

                Blue Clover Eventing
                http://www.clarkdesigngrouparchitects.com/index.html - Lets build your dream barn


                • Original Poster

                  Sorry, folks, forgot to mention.. I'm in West Friendship, Howard County. I think Dodon Farm is a little too far, but I'll check all other trainers location-wise. I'm not a fan of bigger lesson barns (like Waredaca, Columbia Center and alike) because I never had a luck with lessons in such places, so I'm looking for private instructor/smaller barn (like my dressage lessons).

                  Thank you, All, for the suggestions! I truly appreciate the help!


                  • #10
                    I think there are a few barns in Poolesville and north of Olney, I don't know much other than they are there. One good way to find barns and trainers is to find clinics in your area, sometimes there are barns you never knew were there!


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kitten_Val View Post
                      Sorry, folks, forgot to mention.. I'm in West Friendship, Howard County. I think Dodon Farm is a little too far, but I'll check all other trainers location-wise. I'm not a fan of bigger lesson barns (like Waredaca, Columbia Center and alike) because I never had a luck with lessons in such places, so I'm looking for private instructor/smaller barn (like my dressage lessons).

                      Thank you, All, for the suggestions! I truly appreciate the help!
                      Do you live in West Friendship or board there? Are you looking for a boarding place that does eventing? Or an instructor to come to where you board? Or a place to trailer over to for lessons?


                      • Original Poster

                        Originally posted by Sonoma City View Post
                        Do you live in West Friendship or board there? Are you looking for a boarding place that does eventing? Or an instructor to come to where you board? Or a place to trailer over to for lessons?
                        I keep my mare in my own place. Actually I prefer to trailer for lessons (as the neighbor's ring I use is not the biggest and we don't have much of equipment such as poles and cavaletties).


                        • #13
                          Waredaca, www.waredaca.com

                          I am from florida but when Gretchen Butts from Waredaca winters near my home I take lessons her. She is a fantastic coach and I am sure the other instructors at Waredaca are as well.


                          • #14
                            I board at Waredaca and was going to say that it really isn't a "big lesson barn" like Columbia. they do run group lessons but there are plenty of folks (and almost everyone who has their own horse falls into this category) who do privates or semi privates with Gretchen or her daughter Steph.
                            So certainly keep them on your list.

                            Another one just up the road is A Bit Better Farm, Kelley Williams. She's extremely kind, patient, and good with horses just learning to jump. It's a small farm, not a lesson barn.
                            The big man -- my lost prince

                            The little brother, now my main man


                            • #15
                              Glenda Player at Playland Farm in Westminster, MD does a nice job of boosting confidence and competence at the lower levels. She also has a lovely big indoor ring and a couple of outdoor rings.


                              • #16
                                I second Kelley Williams. I've been riding with her for several years and she is awesome! As asterix said, she is extremely kind and patient both with horses and riders.


                                • #17
                                  Gretchen Butts at Waredaca. You will love her. Waredaca is not a big "lesson mill" type of deal. Once you take one lesson with Gretchen, you will be hooked and so glad you took the time. I don't live in that area anymore but if I did I would positively be riding with the G.


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Thank you, folks! I'm actually surprised. I've heard about Gretchen Butts, but I was told she "retired" from lessons. So based on responses here what I was told is quite far from being true. BTW I contacted Kelley Williams some time back, but her schedule was too busy at that time. I may just contact both to see what I can work out.

                                    As for big barns... I've never been in Waredaca, but I took lessons (on lesson horse, not mine) in couple other (big) lesson barns in area and it was waste of money in both places. Therefore my comment (not directed at that particular place).


                                    • #19
                                      Kelley Williams is wonderful and exactly what you're looking for, but she's recovering from a bad fall (broke C1 & C2) and she's not teaching for another month or 2. The good news is they expect a good recovery. Her schedule can be full, but it's better if you trailer in to her.


                                      • #20
                                        For jumping lessons I would also recommend

                                        Cindy Lytle - Lytleshowhorses.com ( located on Mont./Fred. County Line) right near Loch Moy/Maryland Horse Trials Adamstown/Dickerson

                                        JoAnn Schaudies / Surmont.com - she's in Poolesville, good technician

                                        both these are from the H/J ranks. Cindy has several eventer clients and competes wherever their horses or client's horses do their job best (dressage, horse trials, H/J etc). Jo-Ann is primarily a H/J trainer

                                        both ladies will provide you with a good solid foundation for jumping.Cindy is probably closest for you.
                                        Last edited by gottagrey; Sep. 1, 2011, 03:23 PM.