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  • AFFORDABLE riding in Princeton, NJ

    Well, I had the belated revelation that I actually want to opera as my life's ambition, and my current school, although I have a fabulous voice prof, doesn't really have the resources and funds for a strong music dept. I have been accepted with scholarship as a transfer to Westminster (from Rider Uni.). It's been a bit of a shock since I applied when encouraged, but I didn't think I was going to get in let alone with $$$$, and so now I'm trying to feel out this option and make sure it's the right choice before I abandon what currently is a very happy life--sans having the strong music/opera program I'm looking for. I'm a real black sheep when it comes to being a music major because I'm huge on athletics, and while I can give up the soccer and intramural volleyball, there is no way I can relinquish the riding.

    I realize "affordable" and "Princeton" very rarely go in the same sentence, but is it possible? I have been leasing and showing an A/A hunter here in KY, but it has been a generous deal towards me, and board and lessons remains at that 1k mark as opposed to the 2k mark it seems to be in NJ. So, are there affordable barns I can lesson at? Ones where I can continue to lesson/lease a 3' horse? show occasionally? I was a strong and active junior rider in the junior hunters and big eq, and I'm willing to put up with problem/difficult/green horses. Would I be better off looking for a barn where I can hack horses? I would be living right in Princeton. I'd prefer not to have to drive more than a half hour to the barn, but heck here in KY I drive 47 min on highway, sooo yeah. I'm used to long distance relationships. ;-) Any help/advice/tips greatly appreciated.

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    This is slightly out of your time limit (I think it is about one hour), but Four Seasons is just about at your KY price for basic board and the training minimum.

    That will however not include shows, farrier, or more than one lesson per week.
    Your lease fee would be additional unless you find something in-barn with an owner who agrees to that, or an independent free lease.

    Still, compared to other barns in the area, Four Seasons in an excellent value for the money.

    They also have, from time to time, sale horses available that they teach lessons on.
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    • #3
      There have been a couple threads on this in the past month, so try the Search option.
      Four Seasons is a great option.
      Others around the area are:
      Holland Brook Stable (where I am currently)
      Liberty Farm
      Resolution Farm
      The Ridge Farm
      Palermo Show Stable
      Red Oak Farm
      Fox Chase Farm
      Hidden Brook Farm

      Not sure on prices on all of these. Many of us here on COTH have been at these barns or are currently on them. Feel free to PM me for more information.
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      • #4
        Both Duncraven and Andrew Philbrick's place are within 10-15 minutes from Princeton. Andrews place is within biking distance from downtown on the Great Road. There is another place between Duncraven and Princeton on the left hand side of the road, I just cannot remember the name of it. That is so sad as I used to board there.
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        • #5
          You've got a good deal of options... but it really depends on how much you want to travel and how your class schedule will work out with riding.

          Hunter Farms is great and basically a bike-ride away from Westminster. Maybe about a 5-10 min drive. They have a horse show series, so you will be able to horse show on-site to cut costs.

          Duncraven is very close also (only about 8-10 mins from campus)... and as with Hunter Farms also, does a good deal of horse shows on their premises... so you may be able to cut showing costs (trailering, daycare, stall fees, etc) by keeping any showing to on-site.

          Gary & AJ from Four Seasons are also great. It's going to be a bit more of a trek for you.. probably about 25 mins? But it's worth checking out, for sure.

          Bob Cole @ Hidden River is also an option. That is also about 25-30 mins away.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by IsolaBella09 View Post
            There have been a couple threads on this in the past month, so try the Search option.
            Four Seasons is a great option.
            Others around the area are:
            Holland Brook Stable (where I am currently)
            Liberty Farm
            Resolution Farm
            The Ridge Farm
            Palermo Show Stable
            Red Oak Farm
            Fox Chase Farm
            Hidden Brook Farm

            Not sure on prices on all of these. Many of us here on COTH have been at these barns or are currently on them. Feel free to PM me for more information.
            almost all of these barns are 45mins to over an hour away from princeton. OP, if you want to travel that far each way, feel free to PM me on info about Hidden Brook (where i ride) but I don't think i'd want to go all the way out to bedminster or this general area each day because of the hour drive each way, especially during rush hour.
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            • #7
              Riding in Princeton, NJ

              You are right in that riding and inexpensive in Princeton do not go together. However, my son went to the American Boychoir School (down the street from Westminister) and we looked at Andrew Philbrick's farm as a place to possibly stop over and take lessons between some of the indoor shows. He came highly recommended to us and the farm looked very neat and immaculate. Everyone was very nice and they have some shows there. I don't know what they have as far as school horses, etc. or any of the rates now. It is very close to Westminister. (under 10 minutes) My son looked at Rider and knows a lot of the professors at Westminister, as he had loved being in Princeton so much, but decided to go to Rhodes College instead. Many of the ones at Westminister are also at the American Boychoir School. He loves that area though and would love to have time to come back and sing with the Alumni Choir of ABS. You should look at the ABS site and see the picture of the boys in their choir robes playing soccer! It's a great shot! You have to do something besides all of the theory, practice, etc. Riding sounds good to me! Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

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              • #8
                We chatted about this the other night at the barn, but like I said before, Somerset/Hunterdon counties in NJ are the mecca of the horse world. You will have your pick of barns without having to drive as much as you do now. I would stay far away from any barns that take you up 206 or 287 (ie anything in Flemington, Bedminster etc) unless your schedule will allow you to ride mid-day. Those two roads are most of the time impossible to get through in rush hour. Central NJ has plenty of good barns (and plenty of barns to stay far, far away from....like anywhere). Duncraven would be a good option since you could dart through back roads to Titusville. And as long as things haven't changed much in the past 10 years they did have a good lesson program and a great schooling show series in the winter along with rated shows in the spring/summer.

                And of course, theres Beval, Dover and Horsemen's Outlet within 45mins of p'ton!

                I'll bump this up for you this morning=)
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                  Originally posted by juniormom View Post
                  You are right in that riding and inexpensive in Princeton do not go together. However, my son went to the American Boychoir School (down the street from Westminister) and we looked at Andrew Philbrick's farm as a place to possibly stop over and take lessons between some of the indoor shows. He came highly recommended to us and the farm looked very neat and immaculate. Everyone was very nice and they have some shows there. I don't know what they have as far as school horses, etc. or any of the rates now. It is very close to Westminister. (under 10 minutes) My son looked at Rider and knows a lot of the professors at Westminister, as he had loved being in Princeton so much, but decided to go to Rhodes College instead. Many of the ones at Westminister are also at the American Boychoir School. He loves that area though and would love to have time to come back and sing with the Alumni Choir of ABS. You should look at the ABS site and see the picture of the boys in their choir robes playing soccer! It's a great shot! You have to do something besides all of the theory, practice, etc. Riding sounds good to me! Good luck and let us know how it turns out!
                  I know several graduates out of ABS! All look back on that experience very fondly. They do a fine job at that school; I remember when I was a young treble being somewhat distressed I was never a boy soprano because they always got all the attention! :P Funny you mention your son goes to Rhodes because I go to Centre, and I *almost* went to Rhodes. Rhodes is such a neat school. Does your son still sing? We had our practice room next to theirs at NATS this past week in Louisville.

                  Thank you for the responses. I did do a search and got some names, however for all I know some of the barns listed aren't affordable or do not have a lesson program; thus, I started a new topic.

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                  • #10
                    Riding in Princeton area.

                    About finding a horse to lease/lesson/show near Princeton, cost is definitely going to be an issue. There are several large, well known farms with established programs, and if you want to be involved with one of them it is going to cost you in the $2000 range/month.

                    If you would like to work with a nice farm (45-50horses, indoor ring, mixed jump and dressage clientele) that does not have a large program, there is a nice 16hh 6 year old mare available at my farm. I could work out a lease that would be in your pricerange. Farm is about 20 minutes from Princeton. Give me a call if you might be interested. 908-797-9864 or send me a PM

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                    • #11
                      OP: I tried to PM you, but your box is full. I can give you information about two of the barns suggested as I have worked for both of them, but I will only do it privately. One is terrific. One is NOT.
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                      • #12
                        Glen Eden is Kathy Kunsmans farm. That might be to far for you, but she has nice things to ride and does the local as well a rated shows.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by superpony123 View Post
                          almost all of these barns are 45mins to over an hour away from princeton. OP, if you want to travel that far each way, feel free to PM me on info about Hidden Brook (where i ride) but I don't think i'd want to go all the way out to bedminster or this general area each day because of the hour drive each way, especially during rush hour.
                          Yes, but most of the barns I suggested are some of the best in New Jersey and are competitive on the "A" circuit, have horses available for sale/lease, and don't have 2k board per month, minus one or two of the suggestions. Plus the OP stated she drives 47 minutes of highway already. I know people who drive over an hour to get to their barn.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by *Bounce* View Post
                            Glen Eden is Kathy Kunsmans farm. That might be to far for you, but she has nice things to ride and does the local as well a rated shows.
                            Kathy Kunsman was my very first trainer! I ended up running into her (after 10 years) when I was in high school, and she is just wonderful!

                            Horses and Princeton are not cheap. The people we sold our farm to (in Belle Meade) were able to pay for all of their horses (shows, farm maintenance, vet care, feed, etc) just by having a couple of boarders!
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by YankeeTurnedHillbilly View Post
                              OP: I tried to PM you, but your box is full. I can give you information about two of the barns suggested as I have worked for both of them, but I will only do it privately. One is terrific. One is NOT.
                              try now!

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by IsolaBella09 View Post
                                Yes, but most of the barns I suggested are some of the best in New Jersey and are competitive on the "A" circuit, have horses available for sale/lease, and don't have 2k board per month, minus one or two of the suggestions. Plus the OP stated she drives 47 minutes of highway already. I know people who drive over an hour to get to their barn.
                                Biiiiggg difference between 47 minutes of highway here in KY and "47 minutes" of highway in NJ. That stretch of 287 that she would have to take north to barns in that area would suck big time and she would probally have heart failure after having to drive it several times a week. Not to mention the somerville circle, 206 through P'ton....it would turn a 45 min drive into 2 hours. For a college student, a commute like that could make difference between fitting riding into your semester and not riding.
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Jersey Fresh View Post
                                  Biiiiggg difference between 47 minutes of highway here in KY and "47 minutes" of highway in NJ. That stretch of 287 that she would have to take north to barns in that area would suck big time and she would probally have heart failure after having to drive it several times a week. Not to mention the somerville circle, 206 through P'ton....it would turn a 45 min drive into 2 hours. For a college student, a commute like that could make difference between fitting riding into your semester and not riding.
                                  I guess it depends on the OP and what she wants to do. I knew/know college kids who drive over an hour to ride. Depends on the person, I guess, but I do see your point.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Pony+ an inch View Post
                                    try now!
                                    PM sent
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                                    Raleigh, NC
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                                    • #19
                                      Lauren Newmeyer in Howell, NJ is fantastic and inexpensive. She always has greenies who need a good ride and she will work within your budget if you are the type to trade work for lessons. www.hunterpony.net

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                                      • #20
                                        Lauren's is a good hour away with traffic. I second Duncraven. You will not get a good price at Hunter or Andrew's trust me I tried years ago and it was still over $1k.

                                        Go to Cranbury/West Windsor area, 20 mins to downtown Princeton. There's Canturbury Tails, it's kinda a wanna be big time show barn but they have nice horses and reasonable rates. Just ride on your own and don't take lessons! There is also Dreams Come True just south on 130, again more local but affordable with nice horses.

                                        Seriously though, look into private boarding barns. There are a TON that are low key, 4-6 boarders with either a semi-retired pro or fifthy rich Ammy owner that have more NICE stuff available on the DL. I found a lot of nice rides this way!
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