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Who's your favorite jumper trainer in the Bay Area (preferably North Bay)?

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  • Who's your favorite jumper trainer in the Bay Area (preferably North Bay)?

    I'm an upper-level event rider looking to do a bit more work in the jumper ring. I already work with a Grand Prix dressage instructor to fine-tune the flatwork and am looking for the same keen eye and attention to detail over fences. Who is your favorite person to work with and why? Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    How far north are you talking? North as in Petaluma?

    I just moved from the Bay Area and rode on the peninsula (@PVTC) but I know of some great trainers in the petaluma area. If you can be more specific on location I can send you some names.


    • Original Poster

      Anywhere within 1.5 hours of SF would be ideal. Thanks!


      • Original Poster



        • #5
          Buddy Brown gives the best lessons/schooling period, hands down if you're looking for a Jumper trainer. Technical, theory, how to, etc.....love watching him teach!!

          He and Vanessa are at Stanford Red Barn, in Stanford/Palo Alto area, about an hour south of S.F., if even that far.
          My treasures do not chink, nor glitter. They carry me to great heights, they gleam in the sun, and they neigh in the night. That is my life, at the end of the day.


          • #6
            Peter Lutz and Mary Manfreddie at Davenport


            • #7
              Originally posted by horsegurl View Post
              Buddy Brown gives the best lessons/schooling period, hands down if you're looking for a Jumper trainer. Technical, theory, how to, etc.....love watching him teach!!
              I agree with this! I don't ride with Buddy (yet) but I do ride with his awesome assistant, Nicole, so I get some of the Buddy "trickle down" effect. Another eventer here at Stanford does take jumping lessons with Buddy and has learned a ton and is doing remarkably well with her young horse. Not only does Buddy possess a high level of expertise, he is also very personable.
              Last edited by jenm; Sep. 27, 2010, 05:40 PM.
              Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!


              • #8
                Originally posted by horsegurl View Post
                Buddy Brown gives the best lessons/schooling period, hands down if you're looking for a Jumper trainer. Technical, theory, how to, etc.....love watching him teach!!

                He and Vanessa are at Stanford Red Barn, in Stanford/Palo Alto area, about an hour south of S.F., if even that far.
                Third strong recommendation for Buddy and Vanessa. They are located at Stanford's Red Barn on the campus (Alpine Drive exit off 280). They have a full service training business, and also have many ship-in clients.
                Derby Hill~The Outside Course


                • #9

                  I happen to think my daughters trainer - Dusty Blackwood - is a very good jumper trainer. She rides and competes as do all of her assistants. The barn is in Cotati which is about 45 minutes from SF and many people do commute from there. The facility is beautiful, the arenas are some of the best around, many well known clinicians have clinics there - this year Frank Madden and Jeff Cook held clinics there. Mattias doesn't train there any more but another trainer - Julie Young who is the head coach of the USA Vaulting team (go Julie at WEG) is the second trainer there.

                  She is a stickler for flat work - poles, cavalettis, transition work, lenghtening.. etc. She is patient and she is a good communicater. Daughter adores her and has been riding there for nearly 4 years now. She loves the jumper arena.
                  Last edited by LeeB10; Sep. 27, 2010, 04:55 PM. Reason: added
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                  • #10
                    Elizabeth Kilham up in Nicasio
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Void View Post
                      Elizabeth Kilham up in Nicasio
                      Okay.. even though I love Dusty I have to give a thumbs up to Lumpy as well. I have a video that I favorited of her doing the GP at the Northern Winter Classic on a horse named Ukkepuk. Love that video.. love that horse.
                      The ultimate horse mom



                      • #12
                        I'll second both Elizabeth Kilham (her nickname "Lumpy" though I haven't seen/heard her use it much publicly lately) and Buddy & Vanessa Brown. All extremely well qualified trainers and high quality individuals. Depends on whether it is easier for you to drive north across the Golden Gate to Nicasio or south to Stanford.

                        Much good luck to you with your eventing !


                        • #13
                          I'm leasing a young horse that belongs to a client of Dusty Blackwood's (in Cotati). She started this horse and showed him in hunters. This horse has been given an amazing foundation on the flat by Dusty and her staff. The horse works solid 2nd level, in his sleep, and he hasn't really been schooled in dressage, per se. I'm pretty impressed.

                          Have you ridden with Yves Sauvignon? Not a jumper trainer of course but very good with fencework just the same.


                          • #14
                            I highly recommend Nina and Mariano Alario of Estancia Farms for help with jumpers. They are very knowledgable and have clients showing up to the Grand Prix level (along with themselves).
                            Specialized Equine Rehabilitation, Reproduction, and Fitness in the Wine Country of Northern California


                            • #15
                              Another rec for Buddy and Vanessa Brown (Derby Hill). FANTASTIC trainers and equally nice people