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  • Barns in NorCal

    It seems like there are quite a few NorCal-ers here, and I am wondering if you have any barn recomendations (sp). I need to move barns soon, as I am outgrowing my old one.

    I will be 16 when looking for a barn, and should stick to 40 minutes outside of San Francisco max. Hunters/Eq, and I don't have a horse, so will have to do a sponsorship, ride a lesson horse, or lease. B-AA shows, and the most important thing is that I want to stick to a barn where the trainer will treat me the same as the other kids who have more money. I have checked out BayEquest, but have not found it super helpful.

    Any leads appreciated!
    Thank you

  • #2
    I have heard good things about Crystal Image Farms.

    http://www.crystalimagefarms.com/
    Professional hunter princess

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    • #3
      Originally posted by olivertwist96 View Post
      I have heard good things about Crystal Image Farms.

      http://www.crystalimagefarms.com/
      That's going to be way more than 40 minutes out of SF, especially with the traffic that is typical.

      OP, you have a PM

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      • #4
        Have you looked into the various barns at Portola Valley Training Center? I know some of the trainers have lease horse programs. Its within 45 mins of SF. When I rode there (eons ago when there were event barns there!) a bunch of our riders were from SF.

        http://pvtc-ca.com/OnSiteTrainers/Trainers.html
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        • #5
          Check out Laura Thompson at Thompson Training in Saratoga. I've been riding with her for several years now, and as an adult re-rider, I can definitely say that my riding has improved far beyond what it was when I was 17!

          www.thompson-training.com

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          • #6
            Toni & Colin McIntosh have a great program at the PVTC. Their "boutique" (lesson) program has really nice horses, and there are options for leasing in the full-training program. Check them out!

            http://www.mcintoshstables.co.nz/index.htm

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            • Original Poster

              #7
              Thank you all for your recommendations. Unfortunately, PVTC is just out of my range (parents will not want me to drive that far south). North Bay would be better. Keep ideas coming!!

              Thanks

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              • #8
                Try Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma. Hope and Ned Glynn are one of the best in the state. Pricy, but great horses and programs. Or there are many trainers at Riverside Equestrian Center in Petaluma. About 6 hunter/jumper trainers to choose from. And they now have a full schedule of A and AA shows there as well.

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                • #9
                  Kilham Farm
                  If only horses would use their athletic powers for good instead of evil. ~ MHM

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                  • #10
                    Seconding Kilham!

                    http://www.kilhamfarm.com/index.html

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                    • #11
                      Jumpthemoon16, where are you riding these days?
                      Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jenm View Post
                        Jumpthemoon16, where are you riding these days?
                        I'm at Avalon Hunter Jumpers at Portola Farms Loving it!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by maigenesis View Post
                          I will be 16 when looking for a barn, and should stick to 40 minutes outside of San Francisco max. Hunters/Eq, and I don't have a horse, so will have to do a sponsorship, ride a lesson horse, or lease. B-AA shows......

                          the most important thing is that I want to stick to a barn where the trainer will treat me the same as the other kids who have more money.
                          The second part is going to be tough here in the Bay Area IMO. It's probably the biggest complaint I have about the "scene" here.

                          You might want to contact Leap of Faith in Walnut Creek, lots of nice people out there and there is a new trainer that is good and also very nice. Stillwater is pricy for full training but there are very nice lesson and lease horses available.

                          http://leapoffaithfarms.com/page/1ht...er-Jumper.html
                          On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by runwayz View Post
                            Try Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma. Hope and Ned Glynn are one of the best in the state. Pricy, but great horses and programs. Or there are many trainers at Riverside Equestrian Center in Petaluma. About 6 hunter/jumper trainers to choose from. And they now have a full schedule of A and AA shows there as well.
                            If you have the money Hope and Ned are GREAT! I used to work out of the same barn before the expanded. I don't know that they really have school horses though and there is nothing really less than 50k in their barn.

                            You can also hit up Riverside Equestrian Center in Petaluma. The VENUE is massive with 9 trainers, 10 arenas, 3 covereds ect ect. I used to train out of there as well, its an amazing place though the owner is a little strange.

                            http://www.riversideequestriancenter.com/

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                            • Original Poster

                              #15
                              I will look into these.
                              Thanks so much everyone!

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                              • #16
                                Look up Hilary Johnson (Rose Hill Stables) at Iron Horse Equestrian Center.

                                She's probably the nicest and one of the most down to earth trainers you'll meet, has kids constantly in the ribbons, a barn full of nice horses, and a newly renovated property. A little out of the way, but a few years back I did a little work in exchange for lessons sort of thing. She was awesome about it and I'd like to go back to her sometime.

                                Otherwise, I second Portola Valley Training Center, all of those barns are great!
                                "You either go to the hospital or you get back on! Hospital or on!"

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                                • #17
                                  Toni and Colin McIntosh at Portola Valley Training Center have nice school horses and a good program for riders who don't own their horse. It's a 30-45 minute drive from San Francisco depending on where you are in the city.

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