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Norhtern IL/Southern WI Hunter/Jumper Barns/Trainers?

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  • Norhtern IL/Southern WI Hunter/Jumper Barns/Trainers?

    I'm on the lookout for reputable hunter/jumper barns and trainers.

    If anyone could PM with suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

  • #2
    If you're willing to drive to Mettawa (Libertyville/Forrest .. uh.. oh heck I'm from Indiana and I dont know.. lol)which I want to say would qualify for that area I would call Connie Stevens (www.matchmakerltd.com). First class barn, great instruction, and just really a nice person.
    Teneriffe Enterprises- NW Indiana
    www.saradanielhaynes.com

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    • #3
      I also highly recommend Connie Stevens.
      -Ultimate Prize-
      -Newcastle-
      -Limo-
      -MacIntosh-

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      • #4
        n. il, s. wi barns

        laura trippty....can't remember off of the top of my head what the farm name is.

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        • #5
          I pm-ed you, but I'm guessing you can probably take the subject of this thread off your list

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          • #6
            Try Denise Lenn of Old Welbourne or Amy Farmer at Celebration Farm. Both work out of Shadowbrook Farm in Mettawa, IL... It's about 5 minutes from the tollway/ IL rt 60. They are both awesome

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            • #7
              Having been around the block and then some in what is known as finding a barn, here's what I can tell you:

              Avoid:
              1. Fields and Fences - yikes! Rode lesson horses there--half dead. Rode a private pony there. Anita (BO) is crazy! [Gurnee, IL]
              2. Meadow Ridge - dump
              3. Cross Winds Farm - went to a show there...just okay

              (I have a whole list of stables I've visited that weren't good...can't remember them off the top of my head...will find that list)

              Matchmaker Ltd. [Mettawa, IL] with Connie Stevens is fantastic...if you have a lot of money and are okay with Connie being gone to shows almost every other weekend. If you are an A/AA or Maclay level rider, go fot it. Lessons would be cancelled a lot, and you weren't guaranteed to have a lesson with Connie herself. Will sometimes get her barn manager Adam for lessons. Doesn't have any lesson horses. I rode her private horses. She then basically kicked me out because we wouldn't buy a horse or lease one for the summer for $12,000.

              Again, if you have the money, check out Happenstance Farm [Zion], Hidden Knoll Farm [Wadsworth/Zion], Countryside Turf Club [Mundelein], and Country Ridge Stables [Mundelein].

              Visited Hidden Knoll...amazing. Brand new facilities...just huge!! Lost of money.

              Rode at Country Ridge for a short while. Again, gorgeous.

              Best instructor I've had in my entire life is Ken Dierks at Stonehedge Farm [Union Grove, WI]. Love Ken but he is kind of flaky...late for lessons or cancels, etc. Still the best. (Basically an eventing barn though).

              Hope that helps!

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                #8
                Oh Kenny. hahaha.
                He used to teach lessons to eventers at a barn I used to board at. He's an interesting guy.

                I'm deffinitly going to check out the barns everyone mentioned.
                I looked at the Hidden Knoll website and it is beautiful!

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                • #9
                  I had a nice experience with Camelot Farms in Oswego, but I'm not a H/J person, so take that into consideration, but I have a good friend that rides there and loves it!
                  Semi Feral

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                  • Original Poster

                    #10
                    Does anyone know who is training out of Daybreak Farms now?
                    I know there are some hunter jumper trainers there.

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                    • #11
                      I have friends that ride and board at Hidden Knoll with Jill. I've only heard amazing things about her and I've also heard her new assistant trainer is VERY good. I've taken a lesson out there and the facilities are AMAZING and the school horses are super nice as well. The indoor arena is a little mind-blowing.

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                      • #12
                        This is a little OT, but just wondering: are Kris Yankula, Jim Bolens, Nancy Zeis, Teresa Bibro, Hunter Ridge Farm, Lion's Run Farm, Country Club, Evergreen Farm, Impressive Stables, Circle M, still around? I don't know if any of these people/places are good or not, I just remember the names from when I was a small child and lived out that way. Thanks for any info!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by stfatpony View Post
                          This is a little OT, but just wondering: are Kris Yankula, Jim Bolens, Nancy Zeis, Teresa Bibro, Hunter Ridge Farm, Lion's Run Farm, Country Club, Evergreen Farm, Impressive Stables, Circle M, still around? I don't know if any of these people/places are good or not, I just remember the names from when I was a small child and lived out that way. Thanks for any info!
                          Nancy is the in-gate manager at all the Ledges and Lamplight shows. Nancy rocks!
                          ~ Citizens for a Kinder, Gentler COTH...our mantra: Be nice. ~

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by snaffle635 View Post
                            Nancy rocks!
                            RIP Owen 2/2/07

                            Laguna <3

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jessyka89 View Post
                              I have friends that ride and board at Hidden Knoll with Jill. I've only heard amazing things about her and I've also heard her new assistant trainer is VERY good. I've taken a lesson out there and the facilities are AMAZING and the school horses are super nice as well. The indoor arena is a little mind-blowing.
                              Jenn Tirrell.. Jill's new assistant trainer is AMAZING. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                              Go take a lesson with her and you'll never want to train with anyone else.
                              She's a great horsewomen...Jumpers Hunters you name it.... Zone 2 is missing a great trainer.

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                              • #16
                                Just wanted to pipe in and say that I havent taken a lesson from Adam Glas (Connie Stevens assistant) but that I know he wouldnt be working there if he werent great, so a lesson from him is probably worth your time.

                                I am a professional and take horses to Connie when I need help. I have very much enjoyed and benefitted from her instruction and am always wanting more. She is a wonderful teacher.
                                Teneriffe Enterprises- NW Indiana
                                www.saradanielhaynes.com

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                                • #17
                                  To the above--

                                  Connie IS a great teacher, and I got to ride some great high six-figure horses there. However, IMO, if you don't shell out big money after awhile, you're nothing to Connie.

                                  Adam is no Connie. The whole point of training with Connie is having lessons with her, not her assistant. (Guess Adam and I didn't work well together...)

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by stfatpony View Post
                                    This is a little OT, but just wondering: are Kris Yankula, Jim Bolens, Nancy Zeis, Teresa Bibro, Hunter Ridge Farm, Lion's Run Farm, Country Club, Evergreen Farm, Impressive Stables, Circle M, still around? I don't know if any of these people/places are good or not, I just remember the names from when I was a small child and lived out that way. Thanks for any info!
                                    Nancy and her daughter currently have Infinity Farm in Wonder Lake. And like someone else said, Nancy also runs the in-gate at shows.

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                                    • #19
                                      If you're looking to do the AA's in northern IL... in my opinion no one beats Brookwood... Kudos to Carl for winning the hunter derby in KY last week btw...

                                      Does Jill have an outdoor yet??? Anyone know?

                                      Nikki Jewell is at daybreak along with many others...Nikki is GOOD people!

                                      I would second Denise Lenn at Shadowbrook...

                                      Smaller scale trainers at Brighton and Millcreek if you're not looking to do the big AA's.
                                      www.millcreekfarm.net
                                      **RIP Kickstart aka Char 12/2/2009**

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                                      • #20
                                        How far into Wisconsin are you willing to go? PM me and I'll give you my suggestions...
                                        recovering hunter rider turned eventer

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