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  • Eventing in Tennessee or Kentucky

    I'm considering relocating to either TN or KY and am wondering what areas, if any, are well known for Eventing.

  • #2
    Kentucky has quite a few events, except for this year (WEG has made the ones at the KHP cancel for this year).

    Spring Bay, MayDaze, Spring Run, MidSouth Pony Club, Champagne Run, Kentucky Classic, Jump Start and MidSouth Team Challenge are held in KY.

    I am certain that other folks will let you know about TN events.
    When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


    • Original Poster

      Thanks. Is there a "good" area to live, where I can commute to a city for work? I was just looking at some statistics for different cities in KY regarding work.


      • #4
        Georgetown is nice because you are five min from KHP, 10 from Lex and they have really made it nice in prep for the WEG. Louisville is nice too, there are a couple nice events around there. If you choose KY, its not too much of a hike to Ohio, Indiana, ect and if you choose Tenessee going down south for the winter wont be as much of a drive if you plant to do that. I dont think you can go wrong with either though I would throw out some resumes at prospective jobs and see what you find.
        RIP Charlie and Toby


        • #5
          We don't have a whole bunch of eventing stuff near Nashville. Sure, we have the Middle Tennessee Pony Club trials in October, but there really aren't that many eventing barns or schooling facility. I wish we had more!


          • #6
            Not much eventing in east Tennessee, either, though Shrapnel and I are doing our best. I "commute" to Lexington KY quite often. I will say that I'm pretty close to Tryon, NC.


            • #7
              Originally posted by lyndieventer View Post
              We don't have a whole bunch of eventing stuff near Nashville. Sure, we have the Middle Tennessee Pony Club trials in October, but there really aren't that many eventing barns or schooling facility. I wish we had more!
              Hmmm... I think Nashville is a great place to event. No, no big boarding barns, but I have my own place and a super trainer that comes to me once a week. We've got PW Park that has baby novice to prelim to school and a private place in Cornersville (1 hour south) that is super. Beach Grove Hunt has a place with XC jumps just south of Murfreesboro. Jim Graham is 2 hours south with fabulous XC schooling as well as world class instruction.

              We not only have MTPC H.T.s but also Pony Club schooling events at PW Park, an hour south is a spring schooling event, Wolf Gap, done by the Huntsville PC and Beech Grove does some fun schooling XC events.

              We have a very active dressage community with a dressage schooling shows at least once a month somewhere in the vicinity along with some big dressage shows at both Brownland Farm and MTSU in Murfreesboro. Speaking of Brownland, they host 5 or 6 A H/J shows as well as a gaggle of "No Frills" schooling shows which are fabulous schooling opportunities. There is a huge H/J community and always something going on in Franklin or Murfreesboro.

              Franklin and the area south has produced top level/olympic caliber horses and riders in eventing, hunters, jumpers, dressage, endurance, steeplechasing, fox hunting and polo. Not to mention it is the home of FarmVet--which is just down the street from me and they deliver! It is a very equestrian diverse area.

              For an eventer it is great that you can fill an entire year and not drive more than 5 or 6 hours. That includes everything at Ky Horse Park, Louisville area events, River Glen, Pine Top and Poplar Place. Aiken in the winter is only about 7 hours.

              I'm in the thick of it and about 30 minutes out of downtown Nashville.

              The problem with eventing in Nashville is that because we don't have any big eventing barns there doesn't seem to be good communication between eventers making it hard to fill clinics. Wofford was canceled earlier this year a week after I even heard about it as was scrambling to find a horse to ride in it. But maybe we can get together and fix that...


              • Original Poster

                Thanks. You're probably going to "scream" but I live in Aiken, SC. The problem is EMPLOYMENT. I commute to Augusta, GA for a part time position, but am having such a difficult time finding full time employment. And, I have a lot of skills . . . being an Administrative Assisitant. So . . . am looking for an area where I can find both, as one needs money to event!! : )


                • #9
                  BUGGS2844 - I am 2 1/2 hours from Aiken, work with Lellie Ward. If you relocate to TN: GO TO THE MIDDLE TN AREA AND WORK WITH AMY WISE!!!!! Here's why: she has an effective system of training across the levels through Intermediate that will help you and your horse work WITH your strengths to address your gaps ...AND - the group that works through Amy is a positive, fun-loving, INTELLIGENT group of people that I expect you would enjoy ... JMHO!!!
                  ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan


                  • #10
                    I'm over in East TN too, and if I didn't have to stay married to DH, I'd move to Nashville in a heartbeat and train with Amy, and go to PWP every time it was open, and gallollop over open fields at SPF.

                    Nashville is great.

                    I'd bet Kentucky is too, but sadly, I suspect that KY land prices are Huge.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KateWooten View Post
                      I'm over in East TN too, and if I didn't have to stay married to DH, I'd move to Nashville in a heartbeat and train with Amy, and go to PWP every time it was open, and gallollop over open fields at SPF.

                      Nashville is great.

                      I'd bet Kentucky is too, but sadly, I suspect that KY land prices are Huge.
                      Keep the DH if he is a keeper - mine is a GEM!!!! Otherwise, I would be living in Aiken and teaching in Augusta! Go find persefne and hug her for me!
                      ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan


                      • #12
                        Lexington, KY, is great. Lots of events within minutes (not hours). Lots of small towns surrounding Lexington that aren't nearly as expensive. (Stay out of Fayett County -- taxes are huge.) Georgetown, Paris, Nicholasville, Richmond, Winchester, Versailles, etc., are all decent places to live. You could also try Frankfort, which is midway between Lexington and Louisville.

                        I've seen some great land prices recently. A friend bought a wonderful place last year with 13 acres, a great (fabulous, actually) 3-bdrm, 2-bath house, and barn on a river for ~$270,000. Yes, the land/barn needs a little work, but she moved right in with three horses. She is 20 to 25 minutes from Lexington in a really nice location.

                        There are some jobs here. Not sure how it compares to the rest of the nation, but they are out there.
                        "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."


                        • #13
                          Here you go, from Thoroughbred Times classifieds I'm sure it's stuck between two highways, but what a price!

                          Own a piece of history.
                          Absolutely beautiful 30+/- acres of CLAIBORNE FARM. An elegant foyer
                          embraces this 1883+/- two story, columned, brick 5,023 sq.ft. residence with first floor master suite. Large barn w/9 stalls, tack & feed room, loft hay storage. Small barn w/3 stalls, tack & feed room. 3 paddocks with waterers, 1 large field with creek. Breathtaking views of Claiborne Farm. Minutes to Kentucky Horse Park, and Lexington. $750,000

                          (Yes, I know it's a ton of money, but boy is it a good price for this area.)
                          "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."


                          • #14
                            Kentucky land prices

                            I'd bet Kentucky is too, but sadly, I suspect that KY land prices are Huge.
                            Depends on where in Kentucky. Right up near Lexington, Louisville and near Cinci can get pricey but other areas are pretty reasonable. If you don't mind a bit of a commute, try some of the surrounding counties. Outside of Lexington, try Garrard, Anderson, Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, etc.

                            There are several colleges in the area and they post positions on their websites. For the lexington area, try www.bluegrassworks.net. Of course, I always suggest using methods other than just the internet when doing a job search. Oh, and they are supposed to be moving a bunch of civilian jobs to Fort Knox. Go to www.cpol.army.mil for civilian jobs in the military and/or call Fort Knox Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) at 502-624-4273.
                            Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Goethe


                            • #15
                              Well, I live on the NORTH side of Nashville and there really is nothing this side....SOOOO, if you are considering Nashville, pick the SOUTH side....much more down there!


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by lyndieventer View Post
                                Well, I live on the NORTH side of Nashville and there really is nothing this side....SOOOO, if you are considering Nashville, pick the SOUTH side....much more down there!
                                Oh yes, the north side of Nashville IS a barren wasteland of equine activity. I suggest you move.
                                Big Idea Eventing


                                • #17
                                  Go find persefne and hug her for me!
                                  Will do - tomorrow, actually


                                  • #18
                                    There are great eventing barns both in Louisville and Lexington. Which would probably be your best opportunities for work. Spring Run Stables with Susan Harris, Martha Lambert at Lands End Farm, and Emily Ragan at Hidden Bridge Farm are all great. There are a few in Lexington as well including Cathy Weischoff and Dorothy Crowell (who I think is in Georgetown which is close to the Capital Frankfurt). And I think Eric Deirks just moved to Lexington as well. Both Lexington and Louisville are right in the most beautiful Horse Country of the Bluegrass! I know in Franklin Tenn. just outside Nashville is Bill Hoos at Willow Bend Farm. I bough my old advance horse from him years ago. He and his wife Laurie are great. Best of luck in the job search and barn hunt!


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Thanks for all the wonderful information . . . I, actually, was thinking about the area in between Louisville and Lexington, as I could commute to either. Being from the Northeast, a commute is just "part of the daily routine." A 1/2 hour commute to me is nothing!!! I love Aiken, but sometimes the weather is difficult. HOT and HUMID in the summer (100 this weekend) and cold and damp in the winter. I'm looking for some relief to the 100 deg days that are just soooooooooooo unmotivating.

                                      I have so much more homework to do, but all of you have been tremendously helpful. If I can't find employment (a real job) in either Louisville or Lexington, then I'm just a big looser!!!


                                      • #20
                                        Both Lexington and Louisville experience "real" winter. Nashville misses it, for the most part. Just to add to your decision making process.
                                        Big Idea Eventing