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  • Please help finding H/J barns in DC area

    I have a friend moving from Richmond VA area into the District next month and am helping her find a barn. Any ideas?
    Thanks.
    Last edited by electric stride; Jul. 30, 2010, 10:30 PM.
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    http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=261959

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    My friends that work in DC all seem to ride and show with Patty at Rolling Acres and love it.

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    • #3
      I've been struggling with this also but I am relying on public transportation or rides from people. Good luck!

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        I know DC isn't exactly 'cheap living' but do you guys know of any stables the board that aren't extremely expensive? Paying for a full off-site lease is quite a bit, not even including board.
        The Official Name Thread
        http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=261959

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        • #5
          Good luck with that.
          Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!

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          • #6
            Define "extremely expensive." Most show barns with an indoor on the VA side of the river are going to start around $850/month for board and go up from there. Obviously, the closer to the city you are, the more you'll have to pay.

            You'll want to shop around to see what's included in that--many barns charge extra fees for holding for vet/farrier, blanketing, etc., but a few include those services in the standard board rate. You can also look into barns where there might be share board opportunities (e.g., the trainer has students looking for half leases).

            The upside is that the local circuit in the area offers some lovely show options, so you can keep your show costs down and enjoy some good competition at nice facilities.

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            • #7
              You might want to check out Mea Farm. They are located in Aldie, VA - West on Rt 50 or West on the Dulles toll road would get you there. Their web site is MeaFarm.com. They go to both hunter and jumper shows, rated, as well as schooling. They have an indoor.

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              • #8
                I knew people at Merrymount who commuted from DC or Northern VA. Board is inexpensive for the area, plus it includes a weekly lesson. I grew up riding there. PM me if you want details.

                www.merrymountequestrian.com
                The big guy: Lincoln

                Southern Maryland Equestrian

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Duckz View Post
                  I knew people at Merrymount who commuted from DC or Northern VA. Board is inexpensive for the area, plus it includes a weekly lesson. I grew up riding there. PM me if you want details.

                  www.merrymountequestrian.com
                  Is there anyway I could get there via public transportation? Oh how I wish I was 21 so I could get a zip car.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by theblondejumper View Post
                    Is there anyway I could get there via public transportation? Oh how I wish I was 21 so I could get a zip car.
                    No, not that I know of. It's in southern PG county. Maybe you could start a thread asking about carpooling to nearby farms?
                    The big guy: Lincoln

                    Southern Maryland Equestrian

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                    • #11
                      I know Tony Workman's barn isn't exactly super close to DC, but it is just outside Purcellville, VA, in Hillsboro, VA: http://www.whfonline.com/. Dale Crittenberger and Peter Foley also have their barn in Aldie, VA just down 15S, their contact info can be found here:http://www.virginiaequestrian.com/ma...b=view&ID=9297. Also Sharon Huber's barn is in Great Falls which is pretty close to the city, the website is: http://www.stoneridgefarmva.com/

                      Good luck with whomever you decide on!
                      Don't spur a willing horse - Anon.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Duckz View Post
                        No, not that I know of. It's in southern PG county. Maybe you could start a thread asking about carpooling to nearby farms?
                        Good idea thanks. I have a couple of places that I could get transportation to that I'm trying to work something out with. But if they fall through I'll try here.

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                        • #13
                          NOT Again

                          There are so many posts/ threads on this topic.
                          It is best if you FIRST find out where you will be living .
                          THEN , decide on how far you are willing to travel. Remember traffic is going to be a huge issue here.
                          NEXT your long term goals , how much showing , etc.. and make your decisions based on that.
                          LAST,, drive around . go to tack shops , call barns and you will find something .
                          There are plenty of places but just so you know they are all OVER 30-minutes or more out from The District.
                          Good Luck .. IT is not easy ...
                          "YOU create your own stage. The audience is waiting."

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Equinoxfox View Post
                            There are so many posts/ threads on this topic.
                            Wouldn't it be nice if there was a specific section in the forum for location/barn search threads?

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                            • #15
                              hey Theblondejumper .. YOU are so right . This topic/ thread comes up about once a month. LOL
                              There needs to be a place where all local farms/ trainers could have posting as a reference guide for people looking for farms.
                              who knows..
                              It just takes time and someone willing to get in a vehicle to drive around and and find the best farm that suits your needs.
                              Best of luck in your search and do your homework. There are so many out in NOVA and have fun doing it .
                              "YOU create your own stage. The audience is waiting."

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Equinoxfox View Post
                                they are all OVER 30-minutes or more out from The District.
                                Good Luck .. IT is not easy ...
                                Actually, I know of a couple of places that are within a 20-30 minute drive of the DC area. Unfortunately, I wouldn't want to board at either one of them.
                                "I was not expecting the park rangers to lead the resistance, none of the dystopian novels I read prepared me for this but cool."

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                                • #17
                                  The only barn that I know of that is accessible by public transportation is Meadowbrook in Chevy Chase/Silver Spring. You can get there by metro with a transfer to the bus.

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                                  • #18
                                    For lessons - on public transportation I would suggest Meadowbrook. I wouldn't board there - no turnout. If you are in school/university - many of the U's here have equestrian teams - you might be able to carpool occasionally w/ them.

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                                    • #19
                                      check out http://www.equiery.com/ for options. Georgetown isn't bad as you can scoot out Clara Barton Parkway to River Road and miss all the Beltway traffic, but there aren't necessarily a lot of strict h/j barns in that direction.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by gottagrey View Post
                                        For lessons - on public transportation I would suggest Meadowbrook. I wouldn't board there - no turnout. If you are in school/university - many of the U's here have equestrian teams - you might be able to carpool occasionally w/ them.
                                        Both options I am looking into. Will let you know how it goes!

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