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  • If you could go anywhere in the US, where would you go?

    I am looking into moving elsewhere, somewhere where there are lots of professional horse people, where I can learn as much as possible about riding/management/maybe breeding, etc.

    My current discipline is dressage, but came from an eventing background (way back when

    My dream would be to be an assistant farm manager/ working student/ something where i could learn all day, ride, work etc.

    i have a lifetime of experience already, but it isn't enough....

    ideas?

  • #2
    Lexington, KY

    I answered that question myself several years ago. I used to live in CA (Sloughhouse) and when real estate prices went into the ionosphere several years ago I decided to move and after considering several horsey places picked Lexington.

    The cost of living is reasonable, the people are friendly, and there is a wide variety of equestrian activity available.

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    • #3
      You could literally go anywhere if all you want it to ride and work and learn . . . but your odds would be better if you looked in very horse-dense locations like Kentucky, Florida, Virginia, etc.

      Do you care about weather? Seasonal migration witih winters down south? Breeding a necessity or just something you threw out there? Racing industry a possibility?
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      • #4
        Southern Pines. I hate winter, but I also hate SC summers more than our summers here. I love Lexington too, but I spent 9 years of those icy winters and I don't really miss them.
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            #6
            i would prefer cold winters to extremely hot weather....

            i want to try to find a place where professionals are abundant so that i can learn as much as possible....

            i am mostly interested in management and training of high level sport horses, but working on a breeding farm would be interesting too.

            racing maybe - ( i have been using google earth to randomly pick places and exploring and those farms in KY are mind boggling)....

            i just want to LEARN and learn from people who know what they are doing. If I could go to germany I would but that is a bit unrealistic for me

            I would also like to bring my horse ....

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            • #7
              The South East - Northern Virginia/The Plains/Middleburg area or Southern Pines, NC. The furtherest north I would venture might be Southern PA (around Philly - where Phillip Dutton, Bruce Davidson, etc are). I am sick and tired of long, cold winters.
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              • #8
                Are you able to travel to check places out?

                I think Florida is a great location, but I detest summers like theirs, so it would be out for me unless I were with a farm which relocates for winter.

                I'd tend to say the general VA/MD area. Lots of horses, and that area just feels like home to me when I'm there. It's drastically different from my home, yet it calls to me.


                If money were no issue and I could go anywhere, I'd want to live in So Cal/San Diego area in one of the cooler areas there. But the places I'd want to live are WAY too expensive for me. Unless I were to live on a farm as an employee, of course.
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                  above post reported....... and do not click on the (probable) spam links

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                    #10
                    yes, I can travel around and will do just that once i get some idea where to go!

                    while the folks down in SoCal are interesting, that is not the kind of management practices i want to deal with ... ie there is no turnout.... the air is bad, etc

                    as for FL - i think too hot for me...... cold is better than hot

                    If i were to look around the other suggested areas - what would be a good way to explores? suggestions of towns/areas/people/etc?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mbm View Post
                      i would prefer cold winters to extremely hot weather....

                      i want to try to find a place where professionals are abundant so that i can learn as much as possible....

                      i am mostly interested in management and training of high level sport horses, but working on a breeding farm would be interesting too.

                      racing maybe - ( i have been using google earth to randomly pick places and exploring and those farms in KY are mind boggling)....

                      i just want to LEARN and learn from people who know what they are doing. If I could go to germany I would but that is a bit unrealistic for me

                      I would also like to bring my horse ....

                      Lot of that in this part of the country (Southern Chester County PA--Unionville/Kennett Square/West Grove) Large community of top eventers, jumpers and dressage riders...as well as steeplechase, fox hunting, polo etc.

                      Top vets, farriers...lots of sport.


                      But for me...if I could really go anywhere....I'd also be looking at the UK or Ireland.
                      ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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                        Originally posted by khp vol View Post
                        I answered that question myself several years ago. I used to live in CA (Sloughhouse) and when real estate prices went into the ionosphere several years ago I decided to move and after considering several horsey places picked Lexington.

                        The cost of living is reasonable, the people are friendly, and there is a wide variety of equestrian activity available.
                        i would love to hear more! how did you decide where to go? did you explore? how did you find a job/place to live/etc?

                        my main source of income now is that i am self employed small business accountant so that is totally doable anywhere..... But my goal is to work in the horse world - (yes, i know no money etc) i don't have to have much to survive and i can always work after hours in my profession that pays well if needed.

                        i couldn't do this up til now but now i am all for it lol!

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                          Originally posted by bornfreenowexpensive View Post
                          Lot of that in this part of the country (Southern Chester County PA--Unionville/Kennett Square/West Grove) Large community of top eventers, jumpers and dressage riders...as well as steeplechase, fox hunting, polo etc.

                          Top vets, farriers...lots of sport.


                          But for me...if I could really go anywhere....I'd also be looking at the UK or Ireland.
                          yeah, me too! a freind of mine is off to Ireland this week for a year! She is going to learn to be a trainer... lucky girl I might go visit ..... I'm to scared to actually think of going for a year (at this point in time anyway) ... I spent a year at a FEI barn in Ontario Canada, immersed in german culture etc... and i learned so much.... so now that i can go anywhere.....

                          the area you are suggesting is EXACTLY what i want - real top pros / lifetime horsemen/women.... know how to manage/ride/train a horse correctly.

                          Do you have any suggestions of how to find a place that is seeking help? (i'll even clean stalls )

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                            I already live in an area that is pretty rich in horse knowledge and opportunity. SE PA/MD border has the English horse disciplines well covered. Not much for Western.
                            New Bolton is here and they frequently look for foal sitters during foaling season. It is also a great large animal veterinary facility in general.

                            Iron Spring Farms has great breeding facility. There are a number of dressage, CT/Eventing, hunter and jumper shows.
                            Many high level riders/trainers are based in this area.

                            Fair Hill, Plantation Fields for eventing, Devon/Dressage at Devon for breeding and hunters/jumpers and dressage. Harrisburg has an indoor hunter jumper and horse expo.
                            There are a number of A/AA shows withing easy driving distance. The local unrated horse show association CCHSA is pretty well run and competitive. There are a couple of dressage/combined training associations that have good shows and have clinics available.

                            There are a number of recognized and unrecognized fox hunting clubs.

                            Many parks with great trail riding.

                            During spring, summer and fall you could show every weekend and frequently will have your choice of multiple events and multiple disciplines.

                            I even generally like the weather. It doesn't get as hot and humid as Florida. We don't get as much snow/ice as NY, MA etc... but we still get definate seasons.

                            From the non-horsey aspects: there are lots of golf courses, Philadelphia, NY, Washington DC and Baltimore are all pretty close for sports teams, museums etc... The Poconos are close for skiing. The shore is close for beach vacations.
                            I am sure I have left many places out but you get the idea.
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                              Originally posted by mbm View Post
                              yeah, me too! a freind of mine is off to Ireland this week for a year! She is going to learn to be a trainer... lucky girl I might go visit ..... I'm to scared to actually think of going for a year (at this point in time anyway) ... I spent a year at a FEI barn in Ontario Canada, immersed in german culture etc... and i learned so much.... so now that i can go anywhere.....

                              the area you are suggesting is EXACTLY what i want - real top pros / lifetime horsemen/women.... know how to manage/ride/train a horse correctly.

                              Do you have any suggestions of how to find a place that is seeking help? (i'll even clean stalls )

                              A lot of people are south right now (Aiken or FL). But there are some still left suffering through the winter!

                              Some jobs are posted here
                              http://www.horsedelval.com/classfd.htm

                              Also check out the Chronicle. Call up people like Silva Martin, Phillip Dutton etc. and see if they are hiring or know anyone looking. Networking is usually the way to go. And like most horse jobs...if you get in the area, you meet people and opportunities arise. The first job you take to get out here...may (or likely) not be the one you want to stay at long...but first you need to get in the area.

                              Plus it is a great area that is close to a lot....only 2-3 hours to get to either NYC or Washington DC. There is a ton in between!
                              ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by mbm View Post

                                Do you have any suggestions of how to find a place that is seeking help? (i'll even clean stalls )
                                I think I periodically see ads from Jane Sleeper looking for a working student type position.
                                This is the local horse rag and they seem to have a few positions advertised
                                http://www.horsedelval.com/classfd.htm#clcode170

                                Another local horse classified paper.
                                http://www.equinemarketer.com/Equine...s/Help-Wanted/

                                I have a spare bedrooms if you want to come out to the area for a job interview or to scope out the area.
                                Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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                                • #17
                                  I agree with the Area II corrider (SE PA, Maryland, Virginia). You can also look here for employment ads http://usea2.net/ads/index.php?id=38
                                  Even if positions listed are old, get in touch with those folks and ask if they know of anyone looking, etc. You can also check the classifieds of the affiliates: http://www.usea2.net/departments/affiliates

                                  Jobs listed here: http://www.whinny.org/jobs.htm#JOBS

                                  For Maryland, under general in the Equiery: http://classified.equiery.com/classifieds.asp
                                  OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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                                    #18
                                    wow, thanks guys for all the ideas and links! i am off to ride my 2 now, but will be back later to do research! thanks!

                                    and please if anyone else has suggestions etc please post!

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                                    • #19
                                      Just wanted to say a bit about the hot summers in the South (I'm in SW Georgia).... they really aren't THAT bad. Especially when you consider how gorgeous the fall is, and how you can ride outside all winter. It is 65 and sunny here today.

                                      It does get HOT, but I got used to it in about a week, and so did my horse. We're both from Seattle, WA so neither of us had ever experienced anything like the south. We just would ride in the early morning or the evening. I don't know, but there is something awesome about it being 80 degrees in the morning! It really got me going, and I loved the summer. I would go hang out with the horses in the afternoon when it was 95+, give them a good hose off. It is definitely hot, but it is relaxing and it feels good (at least for me) to go outside and be completely warm.

                                      That might be because I've been freezing my a$$ off in wet, rainy, freezing Seattle for the past 25 years... LOL.. but so far, we LOVE the south!
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                                      • #20
                                        Lots of choices

                                        Aiken - the "new" Wellington!
                                        SE PA - lots of opportunities, weather can be a little annoying; cold and hot, but not like FL or CAN
                                        Lexington - the center of racing, etc, etc

                                        Wow, what a great opportunity to just be able to choose a place to live and work.... hope it works out for you!

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