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  • Barns near Chicago? Katie Kappler?

    One of my closest friends has to move to Chicago for one year for work, and will take her horse. The only trainer I can think of is Katie Kappler, but obviously there are others

    She does the Adult hunters, her horse is a winner but a little tough to prep I think. She's looking for (preferably) other adults, a nice barn (gym/ lounge/ etc) and obviously, great lessons. I don't think her horse gets turned out, so that's not important. Neither is location w/ in the chicago area- she'll drive like 1.5/ 2 hours.

    TIA!!
    When the boogeyman goes to sleep, he checks the closet for George Morris. -mpsbarnmanager

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    I believe Katie's barn is in Wadsworth, about an hour from the city. Unfortunately thats really the only info I can offer!
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    • #3
      I've heard great things about Country Ridge (http://www.countryridgestables.com/) along with Red Coat/Mary Goldman (http://www.redcoatfarm.com/Home_Page.php).

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Alterrain View Post
        ...a nice barn (gym/ lounge/ etc)...
        A gym? I gotta get out more...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by AmmyByNature View Post
          A gym? I gotta get out more...
          That was my thought too. I ride with a pretty BNT in New Jersey and I've never seen/heard of a barn with a gym?

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          • #6
            I don't have experience training with a woman but I did try one of her horses about 4 years ago and it went around very well. It's a pretty small barn, very nice and well kept. Maybe it would be something to ask around about-
            Vanessa Berger- Happenstance
            www.equestrianathart.com

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            • #7
              Haven't lived there in a while but Katie is in Barrington Hills (unless they've moved in the last couple of years.) Nice place, meticulous care, but no gym...indoor ring is kinda small.

              A lot of people I know have been at Red Coat and really like it.

              There is also Canterbury/Telluride out in Hampshire; Greg Franklin and Diane Carney train out of there. Got some adult friends out there who are happy.

              Plenty of choices within 2 hours of Chicago!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by AmmyByNature View Post
                A gym? I gotta get out more...
                My thought exactly! Geez, our barn just has horses.
                ~ Citizens for a Kinder, Gentler COTH...our mantra: Be nice. ~

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                • #9
                  If she is willing to drive up to 2 hours, I would recommend Brookwood Farm with Rush and Caroline Weeden... gorgeous facility and I have heard nothing buy great things about them!

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                  • #10
                    How about lynn jane...

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                    • #11
                      If your friend is going to only be here for a year, does she want to stay local for showing or go to a winter circuit? Only cause some of the barns mentioned do leave for winter circuits--anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

                      It sounds like your friend is going to need to do some looking & farm visits cause a 2 hour commute is going to open up a of of barns.
                      "I'm not crazy...my mother had me tested"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tha Ridge View Post
                        That was my thought too. I ride with a pretty BNT in New Jersey and I've never seen/heard of a barn with a gym?
                        It made me laugh because when I think of "nice barn" I think of one that has an indoor bathroom and not a portapotty or a stall!!
                        Originally posted by JSwan
                        Prove it....Otherwise, you're just coming off as a whackjob.
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                        • #13
                          My daughter rides at Happenstance Farm in Zion, north of the city. Vanessa and Meagan are great, beautiful facilities (no gym) and fantastic staff. My daughter is one of only two children.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Alterrain View Post
                            One of my closest friends has to move to Chicago for one year for work, and will take her horse. The only trainer I can think of is Katie Kappler, but obviously there are others

                            She does the Adult hunters, her horse is a winner but a little tough to prep I think. She's looking for (preferably) other adults, a nice barn (gym/ lounge/ etc) and obviously, great lessons. I don't think her horse gets turned out, so that's not important. Neither is location w/ in the chicago area- she'll drive like 1.5/ 2 hours.

                            TIA!!
                            Sorry, but her horse doesn't get turned out? Like, ever?

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                            • #15
                              Dianne Carney gets my vote. She may not be soft and cuddly for your child; however, she tells it like it is and gets REAL results from her riders. I have known her since she was a working student in Colorado, and if I had a horse in the region, she would be my only choice for trainer!!

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                              • #16
                                Greg Franklin, Canterbury Farms, an A circuit trainer and USEF Senior Judge. He had a George Morris clinic last year at his facility. Check out internet for more info.

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                                • #17
                                  Prairie Star out of Daybreak gets my vote. The farm is located approximately 2 miles west of 94 off of Buckley Rd. Please PM for further info if you would like

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by showidaho View Post
                                    Sorry, but her horse doesn't get turned out? Like, ever?
                                    It's probably why it's hard to prep.

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