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  • Jumper Barns in Va Beach

    Hey everyone! I'm moving down to the Va Beach/Norfolk area next summer. I'm doing hunters and eq and have done jumpers in the past. I'm really looking to do more jumpers and compete in rated shows. I have a list of some places I'm interesting in going to look at including http://www.eastcoastsporthorses.com/ecetc.html. I have a young horse (she'll be 4 by then) who I would like to send to a trainer early next year, hopefully before I move down there. Any suggestions on good barns and trainers (who might have more experienced horses for lessons) in the area would be great. Thanks!

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    Tagging along as we may be moving there too!
    "I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way."

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      I go out to East Coast and ride and it is a really nice facility! They have an AMAZING and HUGE indoor! And 2 other outdoor rings with jumps and a dressage ring. They also have really nice fields with grass and nice stalls, its a nice place. PM for other questions!

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        I live in Norfolk. I do not board at East Coast, but I was not impressed with the place when I visited looking for a barn. I was not impressed with the riders at the shows either. I was warned away by other people in addition. PM me if you want more details or if you want my opinion of other barns in the area.
        Jacobson's Saddlery, LLC
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          Barns in Va. Beach

          There are many nice barns in Virginia Beach and varying programs according to your needs and pocketbook. All facilities have their positives and negatives. There are a couple that I would not patronize but someone else might find them to be perfect for them.
          There are several things that I look for in a barn. How do the horses look? I'm talking about the show horses here...not broodmares, babies or senior citizens. What type of feed...hay and grain. The biggest issue I find in Virginia Beach...is footing. Footing takes WORK to be maintained. While the things are never perfect anywhere that you go...I have to say that East Coast has great footing and it is drug and watered a minimum of 3 times a week. This has not happened at other places in the area. Horses look good and quality feeds and hay are fed. Students riding with East Coast have been very successful this year on both the "A" (3) HITS Series and VBHSA. They have several qualified Hunter/Jumper trainers and the best dressage instructor in this area. She rides at the Grand Prix level on her horse but her lessons are geared to the level of the rider. It is worth being at this barn just to see her ride! They have great full time barn staff that are very willing to help w/vet calls, farrier emerg, etc. While it may not have been the "right" barn for a previous poster...there are many other people who have been to other places that have returned to this barn because of the quality of the facility. Overall, for the size of the barn it is very low drama which makes riding your horse a much more pleasurable endeavor.

          Again, there is a pretty big horse world here in the VA Beach and surrounding areas. You should visit all the facilities and make the decisions based on your visit. It's hard being new..believe I know...I moved to the area, knew no one, and have been in several different barns. I'm really picky about care and footing so it's hard being a boarder. Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions about our area and options.
          There are no stupid horses....just stupid people

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