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Fredericksburg, VA... In search of a horse, or a barn!

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  • Fredericksburg, VA... In search of a horse, or a barn!

    I'm going to finish my bachelors at U of Mary Washington this fall, and am going to need my 'horse fix' while at school. I've done some Googling and did a search on here to find out what I could, but the only thread was from 4 or 5 years ago, and a lot of the links are broken.

    I believe there are rules on here about posting ads (does this count for want ads?) so I'm trying to keep this as non-ad-like as possible.

    I'd be most interested in a lease type situation, but don't really know what the barn situation is out there... is it mainly H/J? From the other thread, it seems like you have to travel 20+ minutes out of F'Burg to find barns.

    Anyway, throw information my way, thanks!

  • #2
    Well, there's certainly not a lot of eventing in the area. I trailer up to Middleburg/Warrenton for lessons, gallops, schooling, etc.

    Hazelwild is the big barn in the area, but it's hunter/jumper. It's a nice place that has some shows. I can't speak to the boarding situation there or any other place honestly because I keep my horses at home.

    Kelly's Ford is on it's way up now that they're under new management and hosting a recognized event. They have boarding, but they're probably a half hour or so from downtown Fredericksburg.

    Maybe someone else wants to chime in about leasing or boarding options?

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    • #3
      Coming from C'ville we were soooo spoilt with good barns within hardly any drive at all. Traveling 20+ mins is really actually pretty good...when I was at college the first time I travelled 40mins minimum to my horse, the 2nd time our lessons took at least an hour to get to in good traffic. The first time the college was in the middle of nowhere, the area just wasn't horsey. 2nd time I lived in the middle of a capitol city, so that was fair enough.

      From what I remember of looking at UMW, Hazelwind was the best option. I did get a couple of hits on smaller barns, but of course can't remember the names so maybe someone else will? Obviously if you are willing to go as far a M'burg you'll be spoilt for choice. I love love LOVE that area and hey, the drive is beautiful! I would also check sites like craigslist and virginia equestrian for leases (There are non-dodgy looking options on craigslist, believe it or not!), and post/check COTHs riderless horse/horseless riders thread.
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      • #4
        There is really lovely H/J barn in Fredricksburg, Rosemount -


        They run 2 big A shows a year and the facility is lovely.

        It is strictly hunters, and I don't know how they'd feel about an eventer, but the standard of care is very high.
        The plural of anecdote is not data.


        • Original Poster

          Wow, I went to Rose Mount farm 4 or 5 years ago for their USDF show, but definitely thought it was more DC area. It's a nice place!

          I would not mind travelling 20 or 30 for the right situation... I'm used to trailering out for lessons, but I'm not sure I'll have time to do so once classes start.

          Thanks for the responses, and info is really helpful


          • #6
            Sending you a PM with a name of an eventer who lives in the area - she might have more info on hand. Good luck!
            Originally posted by SmartAlex

            Give it up. Many of us CoTHers are trapped at a computer all day with no way out, and we hunt in packs. So far it as all been in good fun. You should be thankful for that.