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  • Venice, Florida: Hunter scene

    Can anyone give me the 411 on the hunter scene down in Venice or atleast 30-45 minutes nearby?

    Are there hunter barn? Hunter shows? Any recommendations of places to look into? Responses appreciated. PS I may be looking for a lease on a good guy at some point down that way.

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    www.penningtonfarms.com
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      I grew up in Venice, look up fox lea farms Linda Aldrich or her dtr Kim Farrell can give you barns locally... I rode with Ann Pennington for many yrs, def not a 40 min drive from Venice. Try www.equestrianendeavors.com Stacy is the trainer I believe she is in Myakka area, grew up with all of them. Staceys facility is beautiful!!! Fox lea doesn't board, but puts on FABULOUS shows!!!! Tell Linda or Kim that Stacy Williams told you to call. Also Kims husband Clay is a great trainer....
      Let the horse go, get out of its way, it knows what to do...Stop pulling and keep kicking!!!!!!

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        FairwinFarm.com

        Shanon is an amazing trainer, I worked for her for 6 months, and have known her for years. She does WEF and Kentucky, and the big eq finals. She shows at least twice a month. Great horses, great program. She is in Sarasota, just a little north of venice.

        FoxLeaFarm.com

        The have a few shows a month. Great facility, great footing.
        In loving memory of my precious Gwendolyn; you will always be with me, in my heart. I love you.

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        • #5
          ahhh....Venice. I have been going there since I was a little kid. I will someday move there. I like the area in general, know nothing horse wise. I am jealous.
          "I'm not crazy...my mother had me tested"

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          • #6
            This is timely. We're going down to look at homes in Naples, Ft. Myers and Punta Gorda areas the first week in Aug. I was wondering what the horse scene was like.

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            • #7
              If you end up in Fort Myers, Sparky, Ann Pennington is great!
              Love my "Slo-TTB"

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                Originally posted by equest View Post
                If you end up in Fort Myers, Sparky, Ann Pennington is great!
                Definitely agree!

                I grew up in Naples and there is no horse scene there. If you want a barn that does all the big shows and travels out of FL (Ann does WEF and other shows in FL) you'll have to look to the east coast or near Orlando/Tampa.

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                • #9
                  Punta Gorda nothing, Naples not that bad of a drive to anns.. When I lived in Venice anns was about an hour and 15mins away,and I lived on the island of venice. She is straight shot off of 75... She is wonderful and so much fun!!!! I miss her a lot as she helped me so much when I went pro...
                  Let the horse go, get out of its way, it knows what to do...Stop pulling and keep kicking!!!!!!

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                  • #10
                    Feel free to visit this page for links to additional barns around that area:
                    http://www.FLSportHorse.com/fl_links.html
                    www.FLSportHorse.com - Free Classifieds for Florida Horses & Ponies.
                    Ridge Point Stables - Hunter/Jumper show barn in Central Florida
                    http://chronicleofmyhorse.ning.com/p.../HunterJumperz

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                    • #11
                      The only barn I found that listed boarding cost was $700 per month (included a weekly lesson). Is that the going rate down there?

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                        Yes depending where you end up. My friend is at a low key barn down there and they have a local trainer who she says does a lot of shows and when she can't she sends them with a BNT... She pays 500 a month for board, and her horses are impeccable, grooms, triple crown feed, includes holding for vet and farrier, I spoke with her yesterday and she said they filled the last stall this month... Her horses are located in North Port, which who knew they had such a place there...its known for their alligators,and flooding LOL, but they do have some pretty farms from what I saw last year, mostly private... Call linda aldrich you can pm me for her number, she is a friend of the family...will give you every barn in the area to look at...
                        Let the horse go, get out of its way, it knows what to do...Stop pulling and keep kicking!!!!!!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sparky Boy View Post
                          The only barn I found that listed boarding cost was $700 per month (included a weekly lesson). Is that the going rate down there?
                          Not really. It depends. If your barn is in a 'nice' (as in not out in the boonies) you should expect board around $1,000/month. If you are willing to drive, and your horses don't hate never-ending bugs which are the size of small dogs you can expect around $600-$800.


                          Remember- something I had never thought of living in a gated community- there are LOTS of large wild animals all over SWFL- my friend's horses face was ripped off by a panther in broad daylight in its paddock. The farther away you are from dense/unpopulated (by people that is) areas the safer you will (technically) be.

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                            Originally posted by heartinrye View Post
                            Not really. It depends. If your barn is in a 'nice' (as in not out in the boonies) you should expect board around $1,000/month. If you are willing to drive, and your horses don't hate never-ending bugs which are the size of small dogs you can expect around $600-$800.


                            Remember- something I had never thought of living in a gated community- there are LOTS of large wild animals all over SWFL- my friend's horses face was ripped off by a panther in broad daylight in its paddock. The farther away you are from dense/unpopulated (by people that is) areas the safer you will (technically) be.
                            Holy crap!!! I did not know that!

                            I actually had not planned on looking at barns on our trip down there. Mostly houses and different towns. I figure wherever we end up, there's got to be a decent place for me to keep the horses.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Sparky Boy View Post
                              Holy crap!!! I did not know that!

                              I actually had not planned on looking at barns on our trip down there. Mostly houses and different towns. I figure wherever we end up, there's got to be a decent place for me to keep the horses.
                              Yup, quite scary. Don't assume there will be good places. When I moved down there it was more of "the best of the worst". I ended up having my horses live with my trainer in CT and commuting.

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                                I'm not surprised at that board pricing.......it's basically the same in Ocala or Tallahassee. I was just reading a thread on board in the Northern VA area, and was quite surprised it's not much more, and possibly less than Florida's......One of our biggest cost is decent hay. To get anything but coastal, you have to pay $16-28 per BALE.......(depending on size and quality) Feed and hay often costs less in Ocala because of supply and demand I suppose.

                                I don't get down that often because it's a six hour drive from Tallahassee, but I know Fox Lea has a nice show ground and many shows........many A shows too. My barn is going down for ten days this month to show in two shows and enjoy the beaches........Unfortunately my barn help is on vacation, so I won't be able to join them!
                                www.flyingcolorsfarm.comHome of pinto stallion Claim to Fame and his homozygous son, Counterclaim. Friend us on Facebook!https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Fl...04678589573428

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                                  I grew up in Fort Myers and was one of Ann Pennington's original students when she first started out. I rode with her from 1980 until I left the area in 1988.
                                  there is no way in hell you could ever get me to move back to S. Fl. or even south of Ocala for that matter, especially with horses. And I still have family down there.
                                  And that whole area is on the edges of the everglades, all sorts of critters in there. No thanks.
                                  Too hot, too many people, too expensive to live, and it takes you half a day just to get out of the state to go anywhere. Blech.
                                  "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin

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                                    Originally posted by Sparky Boy View Post
                                    The only barn I found that listed boarding cost was $700 per month (included a weekly lesson). Is that the going rate down there?
                                    Probably, by now. When I was in Fort Myers a few years ago, the nice barns were $500-ish (lessons not included). With gas and hay prices having gone up, it would not surprise me. Prices tend to be even higher in Fort Lauderdale/Miami where I am now.

                                    However, I am sure you can buy a small farmette in Fort Myers area for a steal, their market is so depressed. Farmettes are also fairly reasonable in Palm Beach County out west, Loxahatchee area but they are few and premium-priced in Fort Lauderdale/Miami area.
                                    Love my "Slo-TTB"

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                                      The best places do not advertise. And not necessarily out of the way. That's why finding the good ones is so hard. I'll be happy to steer you to a few places. But there are only a few decent ones! We haul to Tampa, WEF, and Venice (FoxLea)for rated and unrated. The best unrated is the Palm Beach County Horeseman's Assoc. They primarily use the WEF grounds, or Littlewood when it's not available. There are also a couple of local circuits if you just want to play or school a youngster. The board ranges from $600-$1000. You'll also find the barns typically allow various disciplines and trainers. Not too many straight hunter barns. And be prepared for culture shock. I was appalled at how people keep their horses down here. Most places have no grass at all. It's very difficult to grow here in the sand. A lot of places are under water after the rainy season, and turnout is then limited. PM me for good barn info.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by heartinrye View Post
                                        Remember- something I had never thought of living in a gated community- there are LOTS of large wild animals all over SWFL- my friend's horses face was ripped off by a panther in broad daylight in its paddock. The farther away you are from dense/unpopulated (by people that is) areas the safer you will (technically) be.
                                        You are so right about the wild animals. I was shocked last month when driving into the airport at Ft. Myers to notice what I thought were loose pigs wandering through the brush alongside the road. My sister (who lives there) casually commented that they were probably "wild boars" - very common and quite dangerous.

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