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  • High Prairie Spring Classic

    Anyone going? I'm in town for a bit over a week, from NoVa. I'll be there Friday, and would love to meet some fellow CoTHers...
    If you must choose between two evils, choose the one that you've never tried before.

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    I'm going to be there!!! Just doing the jumpers this week in ring 2. What are you doing out here from NoVa?!

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    • #3
      I may get by Friday am. I will PM my cell phone number.
      Comprehensive Equestrian Site Planning and Facility Design
      www.lynnlongplanninganddesign.com

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      • #4
        Not this time...sorry Too many other things going on around here, including a visit from hubby's cousin.
        "IT'S NOT THE MOUNTAIN WE CONQUER, BUT OURSELVES." SIR EDMUND HILLARYMember of the "Someone Special To Me Serves In The Military" Clique

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        • #5
          My barn is there, but I'm not showing...might go down to spectate this weekend, though.
          "These are my principles. If you do not like them, I have others." --Groucho Marx

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            #6
            Well, I texted the people who PM'd me with their numbers, but didn't manage to catch up to any of them.

            But, what a lovely show! The facility is really nice (what I saw of it) and things seemed to run very smoothly. My only question: is the turnout at this particular show typical for the area? Or are numbers down a bit? There were quite a few entries in the Modified Open Hunters, but the other divisions I saw seemed a bit on the sparse side. Mind you, I didn't make it there in time for the Pre-Greens or Regulars, which were really what I wanted to see... Oh well, next time.

            I'm scoping out the scene in CO, and it's nice to see that the area I'm considering moving to has such nice people and horses! I saw some that I wouldn't mind taking home! (Horses, that is, lol. Not people.)

            Shmon, what barn do you ride with?
            If you must choose between two evils, choose the one that you've never tried before.

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            • #7
              Oh, umm, I don't text. Don't even know how to or if my phone can.

              Glad you liked the show - that is my favorite facility. I think the H-J people here are the best. Normally that is a well-filled show. I should have mentioned to go take a look at the Natl Western Events Center on 1-70 N of downtown which had a QH show going on. It is a nice totally indoor facility, but the 8 X 10 stalls and the single show arena are not friendly to H-J horses, so only one show there.
              Comprehensive Equestrian Site Planning and Facility Design
              www.lynnlongplanninganddesign.com

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              • #8
                Looking at Horseshowtime.com, this week shows about 500 horses.. that's good for the spring show. Last week a bit over 300 which is average for the Spring Show. We'll see next week.

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                • #9
                  I didn't get your text!!! sad day! I think my blackberry has been dropped one too many times...
                  There are a lot of people here for spring, I've been impressed with turnout so far. Pretty much all of the trainers there are good people with good clients. Of course there are always some bad apples but you know... For the most part I love the people at the shows.

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                  • #10
                    I think week 2 was sold out, if I heard correctly...and there are still stalls for week 3. I did not make it down this weekend but was proud to see that the barn had a very successful week!
                    "These are my principles. If you do not like them, I have others." --Groucho Marx

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                    • #11
                      500 is darn good for that show in the spring since they are only using the three barns and two tents

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                        #12
                        Thanks for the info guys! I didn't mean to imply any negative connotation by my question, I was delighted with the atmosphere of the show; everyone was so calm and happy instead of running around like headless chickens!

                        Looks like I'm moving out your way, either October or (more likely) Feb/March time frame. I'll be up in the Erie/Louisville/Lafayette area.

                        So now I have to start researching barns/trainers/shipping!
                        If you must choose between two evils, choose the one that you've never tried before.

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                        • #13
                          Welcome. I would wait until March, Feb. can be rough weather. April would be better.
                          Comprehensive Equestrian Site Planning and Facility Design
                          www.lynnlongplanninganddesign.com

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                          • #14
                            Ride'em, I think you'll just love it. I lived there for about ten years. I loved the High Prarie shows. Very well run. And the horse people in the Denver Metro area are just the best. (Not to mention just people in general are great) Almost everyone is super friendly and fun and all about having a great time with their horses.

                            I really miss living there. Good times.
                            "Aye God, Woodrow..."

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                              #15
                              Thanks, guys! Most of me is but part of me is ...It's a LOT to plan and a big change. BF wants me to move out there in Oct, but that's just too soon...

                              Long Spot I agree the people are SO nice! I had 3 different conversations with total strangers while waiting for my coffee at Starbucks on the way to the show. That doesn't happen in NoVa...
                              If you must choose between two evils, choose the one that you've never tried before.

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                              • #16
                                Yay!!! Off the top of my head I can't think of anyone in the Eerie area... if I'm correct, there's a brand new facility near Golden: Indian Hills Equestrian Center. It's absolutely GORGEOUS and my mom talked to the lady who owned the barn (her daughter was showing in my class too) and said she was really sweet and super chatty. Might be something you could check out? And just keep your eye on the weather... This year, shipping in Feb would have been ideal, whereas March and April provided setback after setback for shipping. At least you don't have to worry about coming in over mountain passes! but the plains can be just as bad, if not worse, so... just depends on the year we're gonna have.

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                                • #17
                                  Hobby Horse is off of I25 in Erie.. Cynthia Moore at JK Ranch in Boulder ( closer to east of Boulder)

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                                    #18
                                    I visited the local tack shop when I was out - The Tack Collection. The owner (a man, whose name I unfortunately cannot recall) gave me lots of info on the area. Cynthia Moore was a trainer he suggested to me.

                                    I have contacts with Michael Dennehy as well as Randy Henry, but they're awfully far for boarding. I was thinking I could find a boarding barn closer to where I'll be, then meet Michael or Randy at shows and travel in to his/her facility as necessary.

                                    I've already decided to fly Reese out instead of shipping him by trailer - it's worth the money for me to shorten his trip to 4-5 hours from 1-2 weeks...
                                    If you must choose between two evils, choose the one that you've never tried before.

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                                      #19
                                      Oh, and I was also considering Mark Mead and Laurie Jeunemann. If anyone local could PM me with their impressions of the trainers I've named, that would be REALLY helpful. Thanks!
                                      If you must choose between two evils, choose the one that you've never tried before.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Ride'emVA View Post
                                        I visited the local tack shop when I was out - The Tack Collection. The owner (a man, whose name I unfortunately cannot recall) gave me lots of info on the area. Cynthia Moore was a trainer he suggested to me.

                                        I have contacts with Michael Dennehy as well as Randy Henry, but they're awfully far for boarding. I was thinking I could find a boarding barn closer to where I'll be, then meet Michael or Randy at shows and travel in to his/her facility as necessary.

                                        I've already decided to fly Reese out instead of shipping him by trailer - it's worth the money for me to shorten his trip to 4-5 hours from 1-2 weeks...
                                        I can tell you from experience if you settle in the Lafayette area, its a good hour via the E470 toll road ( way less traffic than I25) to High Prairie in Parker. Michael Dennehy is in Elizabeth at a barn I used to go to and that is 15-20 beyond HP. Quite a drive if you want to ride more than once a week. Mark Mead is in the Berthoud area, half hour maybe more one way from Lafayette.

                                        You spoke to Brad at the Tack Collection... FYI, Cynthia Moore and JK ranch is five minutes away from the Tack Collection. Before you scratch her off and pay big bucks for a big name, talk to her, watch her lessons, look the facility over. She's there Tues-Sat after 10a to 6pm except when shows are going on. Why drive forever when you can ride everyday??

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