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need help finding contact info Forest Grove Stable (VA) that's opening farm in SC

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  • need help finding contact info Forest Grove Stable (VA) that's opening farm in SC

    I have been hearing through the local horse grapevine that there is supposed to be a very nice new H/J farm in my area of South Carolina - in the middle of nowhere and about an hour and a half from Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA and Hilton Head, SC but can't seem to find out the name of the barn or location. The word is the owner Kim (not sure this is right) is opening another branch of a farm in Virginia named Forest Grove. I found a website link for a Forrest Grove Stable in VA but it isn't active. Does anyone know anything about a nice new hunter barn opening in Hampton or Allendale Counties in SC or contact information? This is such a rural area it would be great to have a super nice farm opening here!! Thanks!

  • #2
    I saw last weekend where it is opening in Estill? Is that the farm?
    Check out the Sat. or Sun. Savannah paper, I think that it where I saw it, in www.savannahnow.com.
    There's an older barn on 278 near Grays. But it's not as big and has been there a while. I wish somene would buy my 52 acres between Grays and Early Branch and open a barn there.


    • #3
      Are you talking about Hampton Pines, the new barn in Estill? There is an open house on April 10.
      The website is www.hamptonequestrian.com
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      • #4
        Originally posted by kaazs View Post
        Are you talking about Hampton Pines, the new barn in Estill? There is an open house on April 10.
        The website is www.hamptonequestrian.com
        Oops, you are right! Sorry. Bad with names.


        • #5
          Originally posted by cloudyandcallie View Post
          Oops, you are right! Sorry. Bad with names.
          No Problem
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          My Youtube


          • #6
            Yup, nice barn in the middle of nowhere...it has tried and failed about 3 times to become something. I hope it works this time!
            "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"


            • #7
              It's a nice facility but it's out in the middle of nowhere. I looked to board my horse there a few years back but it was a good hour from my house on Hilton Head and just not worth the drive.
              Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
              My equine soulmate
              Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding


              • Original Poster

                Thanks for the information! Does anyone know the new owners? I'm not sure what brings people to Estill, SC from Virginia! What a move!


                • #9
                  All I know about the management is what I saw on horsestablereview.com. If you're seriously interested in the place I'd go check it out. I can't verify or deny anything on the site (as I don't know the people involved) but it makes for an interesting read.
                  Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
                  My equine soulmate
                  Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding


                  • #10
                    Estill is a scary little town! Are the suburbs os Estill any nicer?


                    • Original Poster

                      I haven't been in this area long, having moved here from the Augusta area when I got married, so I don't claim to be the expert on Estill. I know that there are some very nice homes in Estill, but like most of the surrounding areas it is a very high poverty area.

                      There are benefits to living out here to be sure - land is not expensive and there is plenty of room to trail ride and the flat land and sandy footing is nice for jumping. Our community is tiny but very, very family and kid oriented! I live in a tiny town and have gotten phone calls from people when one of my horses had a scratch on his nose (and I mean a scratch) or to inquire about what they thought was a bandaged leg (ok, it was really a white sock they hadn't noticed before and saw at a distance, but it is the thought that counts) and someone called my husband at work when they drove by and saw a fence board down. Aiken and Hilton Head aren't a terrible drive....but it is a drive... and there is no Starbucks, no sushi places, and no close tack stores!!

                      I appreciate the heads up Dani0303. Funny timing... I also got an email today that the new barn has offered to work with our local 4-H children which includes almost all the children in my husband's extended family and our two children. As you said, you never know, but an interesting read....


                      • #12
                        Forest grove

                        Kim's barn here in Nova was only a lesson barn and pretty much just for beginners. Not a whole lot of jumping at all. Instructors were decent but not BNT by any means. Do not get your hopes up for something grand.
                        Proud Mama of a BOY rider


                        • #13
                          Go to Bluffton for tack, Lucy Hunter and her mother are great, and they have Low Country Tack Store in Bluffton.

                          Several horse farms have moved to the Grays/Estill/Early Branch area because it is out of biting sand gnat country and cheaper land, and no flooding with storms like the coastal areas. I hope this barn succeeds and that your family enjoys it.


                          • #14
                            barn -- Forest Grove Stables, Leesburg, VA

                            My daughter had approx. 2 lessons w/ an instructor at Kim Rupp's farm in Leesburg, VA....but then I discontinued, b/c I felt like we were paying an awful lot to clean tack, etc. -- and the mounted lesson ended up being only 20 mins. --- I knew that she was having a feud w/ one of her neighbors at the time, so I am not surprised that they ended up selling and moving.....she has quite a strong personality and I think she just didn't do well here w/ the horse lesson biz.....there are so many around here to choose from......I had a friend who boarded w her, as well, and ended up leaving after a month or two.....I hope her move to SC goes well....but if you are looking for a pro H/J facility I don't think she's it.....


                            • #15
                              wrong Kim?

                              I think we may be talking about the wrong "kim".....the Kim I was talking about from Leesburg, VA did have a small lesson barn, but nothing to the extent that I saw on the website for "Hampton Equestrian.com".....I don't think she was that advanced of a horseperson.....


                              • #16
                                Last POST--I promise! No...IT IS THE SAME PERSON

                                Hi again....just thought I'd let you read some feedback about this new barn in SC....there is a pretty new website out that reviews barns all over the country...all you do is click on your state ...in South Carolina there is only one barn listed so far, and it is this Kim Rupp's.....I am shocked that she'd even have the nerve to pull this off....but read the reviews yourselves.....here is the website:

                                http://horsestablereviews.com go to the top "Stable REviews" and click on South Carolina...and scroll down.... Hampton Pines has 6 reviews.....you be the judge.


                                • #17
                                  I taught at Forest Grove for a short time and then parted ways. Everything said on the link posted above is accurate. And on the mellow side.
                                  Proud Mama of a BOY rider


                                  • #18
                                    Forest Grove...

                                    EventChic33...I think I know you! You don't have to devulge your "name", but is your first name something different...I'm thinking a Dutch name or German or something! Anyways.....if it is you, my daughter really liked your teaching, I just wasn't impressed with the "policy" of the barn....since we own our own horses we didn't need to spend the majority of the hour learning to tack up, etc. -- I know this is helpful when it is a child who doesn't have a clue, but I did tell Kim that we already knew all that b/c we own our own horses, etc.


                                    • #19
                                      Forest Grove Stables - Kim Rupp


                                      I used to be a client of Kimberly Rupp's when she owned/managed Forest Grove Stables. I can't tell you how much anger I feel towards her, because of how she AND her husband treated me and my daughter. [edit] Please beware!
                                      Last edited by Moderator 1; Sep. 14, 2009, 06:28 PM. Reason: accusations


                                      • #20
                                        Rats! I was hoping a good group would establish a good barn in that area so I can sell my 52 acres there to a competitor.