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  • Houston Barns that do the local stuff?

    I know we've hacked over the show barns many times, but this time I've got an acquaintance who wants a barn for a young rider to get local show experience. Horse care is important, a local show schedule is necessary and they are in the 610/290 area but will drive 30 miles in any direction.

    I honestly don't know any barns that focus on the local stuff. Any ideas? Does Fincastle do local stuff or are they moving into primarily the A level stuff?
  • Original Poster

    I know we've hacked over the show barns many times, but this time I've got an acquaintance who wants a barn for a young rider to get local show experience. Horse care is important, a local show schedule is necessary and they are in the 610/290 area but will drive 30 miles in any direction.

    I honestly don't know any barns that focus on the local stuff. Any ideas? Does Fincastle do local stuff or are they moving into primarily the A level stuff?


    • #3
      Txjumper - our barn does.

      We have an assistant trainer who is doing all the locals whilst S and P focus on the big A show stuff.


      • Original Poster

        Calvaro- I didn't realize that. I'm sure the horse care would be more than up to par for them and there is always the ability to move to the A shows and still stay at the barn.


        • #5
          yes - that is a good plan


          • #6
            When I was checking around for a barn I looked at Finn Castle. I was impressed with the barn and the teaching. The students rode well and the horses were well taken care of. However, my impression was they rarely went to A shows doing mostly local stuff which is why I didn't end up there. I would have your friend check it out. I think they even have a website. I looked at several other local show barns that I would not recommend.


            • Original Poster

              From what I can tell, horse care is a big issue as they've had problems with making sure supplements were given, horse was fed regularly etc. and are tired of having to constantly check up and keep track.

              They are looking for good horse care that doesn't require owner intervention constantly, a training program for young girl so she can do local shows and a safe facility where a young teen can be left alone for a couple hours with her horse without constant parental worrying.

              Blinky- I'd be interested to know the ones you didn't like so that I can direct this person away from those facilities.


              • #8
                Just sent you a PT.

                Also check with Susan Bucci, she has a new place off of 290 I think. I am not sure if she does the local stuff but I liked her when I checked out her place. At the time it was her barn in Waller, just way to far to go.


                • #9
                  My daughter and I board at Fincastle.

                  Although our barn has been frustrated at GHHJA shows recently because of the inefficiencies (the delays are astronomical!), and are therefore trying to move over time to mainly A shows, that transition is a long term one. We have a number of younger riders, or riders on greener horses, who still want to do the local shows.

                  Since I don't want to speak for Jody (and am not sure if she has any stalls available anyway), my recommendation is that the prospective client call directly -- 281-463-4444. She may get a recorder if they are out doing training, but someone will call back.

                  As for horse care, we have boarded two different horses there (Appendix and warmblood) for 3 1/2 years and I have never had a single complaint about horse care. It is always their first priority.


                  • Original Poster

                    Thanks LLS.

                    Of course a lack of stall space is usually what one finds with a nice barn, whether they are local or A level.

                    Calvaro- does your barn ever have open stalls?

                    I suppose they can talk to the trainers and get on a waiting list at whichever barn they like.

                    And believe me, the waiting is not just GHHJA. Some of the rated shows can be horrendous as well. The recent Oklahoma show was an example- somehow they fell over 3 hours behind at the jumper ring, so that they had to push back the Grand Prix that night (and give the Grand Prix riders all of 10 minutes to do the course walk )


                    • #11
                      I second the recommendation for Susan Bucci. I ride with her and she's great! Does some local shows as well as the A shows. www.buccifarm.com reload the page if the website doesn't load the first time. She's at Colorado right now but will be back in a week or so.
                      "There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it"


                      • #12
                        Txjumper - yes we have some openings. Couple of horses have sold recently and so some spaces have come open.

                        I think their best bet is to go round and see the different places and meet the trainers, perhpas watch a few lessons,etc. That way you get a good feel for things. At least, that's how I did it.


                        • Original Poster

                          I'm sure they will be doing the legwork, but I just wanted to give them some "recommendations" rather than having them go down a list and visit places that definitely would not fit the bill. I've got a small list of nice barns/trainers that sound like they might work for them.

                          I appreciate all the input and suggestions.


                          • #14
                            Yes I agree - saves them seeing the really bad places (like I did)

                            Boy did I see some places


                            • #15
                              Calvaro -- are you at Clear Round? The reference to "S" and "P" made me think so. We bought our current horse there a few months ago. She is soooo wonderful. Hunter, rather than a jumper, although I think Stephanie mainly imports the jumpers. Our mare is still quite green though -- just barely 5! She is like an overgrown puppy around the barn. We took her to the George Morris clinic in June and had a wonderful time.

                              I especially love their new website. Very professional. www.clearround.com.


                              • #16
                                Can you remove the CR from their name?

                                [This message was edited by Blinky on Aug. 05, 2003 at 04:23 PM.]


                                • #17
                                  LLS - yes that's where I am. Glad you're happy with the horse. Which horse did you buy if you don't mind me asking. They get in some really nice ones


                                  • Original Poster

                                    I just love the face on CR Lancaster. Any idea if he looks like a good jumper? I know he's very young but his face is adorable in the photo.


                                    • #19
                                      yes - he's going to be very nice. I think somebody may be interested in him though - I'm not sure


                                      • #20
                                        Oh well, I just posted a reply and it disappeared into cyberspace! I'll try again.

                                        Calvaro -- we bought CR Envy and have given her the show name Envision. She was imported last fall, and we bought her in March.

                                        Blinky -- Clear Round reluctantly allowed me to remove the "CR", although I don't think she was too happy about it. I would have been fine if Envy was a jumper, but I didn't like the way it looked or sounded on a hunter. Sounded like "See Our Envy".

                                        At any rate, I was looking at a very nice Oldenburg gelding in our barn, but the owners wouldn't come down in price. The price wasn't outrageous for a warmblood, but he still had some polishing/developing to do (lead changes weren't auto, etc.) So our trainer took us to look at Envy as an example of the kind of horse that we should be getting for that kind of money. I think she was trying to make me feel better about losing out on the gelding -- so we could start over within our price range -- but of course like fools my daughter and I fell in love with Envy.

                                        They have clicked really well so far, although Envy clearly needs some mileage and they are still learning each other. Envy is so beautiful that sometimes I just like to look in awe at the way she moves. They took champion at their first local show. Their first A show in Waco was a little bit of a comedy of errors -- the first day Envy was just braided before she went in the ring, and she couldn't stand the extra tight braids when she basculed over the jump (we learned a lesson about how to braid her in the future!). But she was great on the flat.

                                        We are hoping to go to several shows this fall in Houston. The most satisfying part is that my daughter loves having a horse with so much personality and affection. Her prior horse was a gelding who was wonderful in many ways, but his informal nickname could have een "grumpy". That's tough on teenage girls who want to compete, but also want to pour out all kinds of affection and care on these animals.