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Just moved to Oregon, looking for a trainer.

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  • Just moved to Oregon, looking for a trainer.

    Hey all, I'm popping out of lurk-mode to ask the COTH'rs for help. I recently moved from California to Oregon and need to find a trainer that is close enough to trailer to for lessons. I'm just outside a tiny town called Yoncalla between Eugene and Roseburg. I have a 6 year old IDSH, we've been out BN and were schooling Novice in the fall before moving. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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    Depending on how far you want to trailer there is a trainer at Inavale Farm.

    Julie Hook is at Aurora.

    I don't know anyone who is right at Eugene, but there probably is someone.

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      There are some good h/j instructors who also have some eventing clients around here. Karen O'Neal comes to the area from time to time, and Kathryn Daniels (sp?) is in Springfield. I ride with Christy Leitheiser in Eugene (barn is just south of there in Pleasant Hill), and while she never did recognized eventing, she's got some background that includes dressage and believes in taking her hunters out XC schooling. Her clients do combined tests, too. She's awesome, reasonably priced, and just a great person. Obviously as you move up you'll need additional instruction from other instructors, but the ones I mentioned are accessible (Karen is an ICP 3 I think, and she's around all the time, approachable at events, and has clients from the area). There are tons of h/j schooling shows in the area--Wildtree is in Yoncalla, and our barn goes there regularly!

      Welcome to Oregon, and let me know how I can be of help (or if you need a XC schooling buddy/rideshare)!

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        Thank you for the warm welcome! I've been feeling the loss of leaving my best riding buddy in CA, it would be lovely to meet someone here to go schooling with.

        I'll check out the barn suggestions tomorrow. Pleasant Hill is a reasonable distance, and Wildtree is less than 10 minutes from me. I found Inavale's website and they're close enough to look into as well. I'll confess, I've been feeling a little lost since leaving my riding buddies and trainer especially since we were just really "getting somewhere" with our training. It's time I got connected with the eventing community up here. Thanks again!

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          Not much to add as far as trainers, I think Thames Pirate pretty much covered it, but I just wanted to add my offer of a schooling buddy as well! I have a greenie that I'd like to get out as much as possible this year and Inavale is our most frequent haunt for XC schooling.

          I'm just up north, right outside Salem. Feel free to PM me and maybe we can get together!

          Thames Pirate - I'm going to PM you about schooling shows in that area. I've got the schedule pretty much covered for Salem and up towards Portland, but if there are any schooling shows around Eugene, I'd like to take a look at those. I'm compiling my 2010 calendar right now.

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            Welcome!

            I'm really happy with my trainer. She's in Roseburg, has an amazing background & great communication skills, has no breed prejudices & she likes mares. She competes from BN through OI. And she's wiry enough to ride my tiny horse. Check out www.westwoodstables.com. By this summer, she should have a full component of schooling jumps, including ditches, banks & water.

            There's an excellent event rider in Eugene named Devin--she also gives some lessons & does some training. Look for her in www.flyingchanges.com.

            There's a hunter trainer in Yoncalla who used to event. I saw her ride a few years at a Geoff Teall clinic at Christus Farm in Eugene (a good source for show jumping lessons & clinics). The Yoncalla lady's name is Norma Richards & she was a super rider in the clinic, as was her teenage student.

            For straight dressage, Marcy Chapman in Creswell is hard to beat. Look for Marcy & Norma in Flying Changes, also.

            Inavale's a great place--they have an adult event camp which I went to last year, & I really enjoyed that. But it's kind of a hike from where you are.

            Have fun! ~~Beth

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              I am actually heading over to the Chapman farm tomorrow for my first dressage lesson from Leslie Chapman. A friend's taken lessons from her and really likes her.

              I'm also up for being XC-schooling buddies - we live in Eugene but board our horses out in Pleasant Hill. Only a few minutes from where Thames Pirate is, actually! I've ridden with Christy and really like her. Karen is very good but also pretty intense, so I'd recommend being pretty fit if you ride with her - your mileage may vary, though. Our Pony Club is hosting her for one clinic a month through March, if anyone's interested.

              Heinz 57, our club is putting on two schooling shows, January 24th and then February 14. It's all very low-key H/J classes, from flat or trot-a-pole up to 3'3+.

              Inavale is a beautiful place and really fun to ride. I've ridden in the summer eventing camp two years in a row and had a blast.

              I'm sure I will be at Inavale several times this spring and summer between their schooling shows (CTs and derbies), camps, and the recognized HT. Hopefully I will see some of you guys around!

              If anyone wants more information on the clinics or shows our club is hosting, feel free to PM me and I can get you more information

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                Thanks everyone! I've got a call in to Norma Richards at Wildtree at the moment. She's less than 10 minutes from my house so it would very convienent for me to run over there regularly. I'm still getting my trailer situation sorted out at the moment so close is good for now, since I may have to beg and borrow rides for a bit yet.

                As soon as I get that figured out, I'd love to arrange a couple of schooling sessions with some company.

                PM's coming to get more info on clinics and such!

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                • #9
                  Just gonna add that there's a new facebook site called Eugene Equestrians. People are posting schooling shows, clinics, etc. on there. It's new, but there's already a pony club show prize list and a clinic up there, and numerous area equestrians are already on the friends list. Check it out!

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                    Originally posted by catmchorse View Post
                    I am actually heading over to the Chapman farm tomorrow for my first dressage lesson from Leslie Chapman. A friend's taken lessons from her and really likes her.

                    I'm also up for being XC-schooling buddies - we live in Eugene but board our horses out in Pleasant Hill. Only a few minutes from where Thames Pirate is, actually! I've ridden with Christy and really like her. Karen is very good but also pretty intense, so I'd recommend being pretty fit if you ride with her - your mileage may vary, though. Our Pony Club is hosting her for one clinic a month through March, if anyone's interested.

                    Heinz 57, our club is putting on two schooling shows, January 24th and then February 14. It's all very low-key H/J classes, from flat or trot-a-pole up to 3'3+.

                    Inavale is a beautiful place and really fun to ride. I've ridden in the summer eventing camp two years in a row and had a blast.

                    I'm sure I will be at Inavale several times this spring and summer between their schooling shows (CTs and derbies), camps, and the recognized HT. Hopefully I will see some of you guys around!

                    If anyone wants more information on the clinics or shows our club is hosting, feel free to PM me and I can get you more information
                    I agree she comes up to close to where I live monthly-ish and those who are not in shape...well they are pretty much dead by the end of the lesson and Karen is...still ready to go even after everyone is done and is still ready to go at dinner

                    And she is ICP Level III

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                    • #11
                      Training near Eugene

                      Hi there Lyric,

                      First of all, Welcome to Oregon!! Hope you are enjoying your new home. Just want to clarify a couple things although you may have already chosen where to train. Inavale's trainer left last year to start her own barn. Brooke Phillips, a level 3 ICP Trainer, started her own barn in Corvallis last year. So she is about an hour from you now. She is an amazing trainer, lots of fun, encouragement and serious skills for both the novice on up to the advanced rider. Last I heard she had about 30 horses/riders in training. Her new business is called Willamette Sport Horses and virtually all the folks who trained with her at Inavale left and moved with her to her new facility. To be fair, Inavale still has a trainer, she was a student of Brooke's and does not have any certifications that I know of. I think Inavale is more of a boarding facility at this time. Their facility and x-country course are amazing and are so close to school there so it is so great they are close by!

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