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Boarding stables in Manhattan KS?

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  • Boarding stables in Manhattan KS?

    It looks like I'll probably be moving to Fort Riley KS this summer, and bringing the pony along for the trip. Does anyone have recommendations for boarding stables in the area? I'll be planning to live in Manhattan...

    (And I'm happy to receive PMs of any places to avoid, too!)

  • #2
    Ft. Riley used to have a on post stable as part of the their MWR program but I'm pretty sure it's gone. If you are Active Duty they you should look into the CG's Mounted Color Guard. If you're a dependent then you might call the CG stables and ask them for local references. Here is their web page:

    I met their First SGT at last year's National Cavalry Competition and he seems like a squared away soldier.

    Good luck on your move!


    P.S. Consider joining the U.S. Cavalry Association and participating in the National Cavalry Competition. See
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    • #3
      What G said, the post should be able to give you some local leads.

      That area in the Flint Hills is just beautiful and Fort Riley is too! Hope you enjoy your time there!


      • #4
        Following! Was just accepted to vet school at KSU, so may end up moving down there this fall.


        • #5
          What kind of riding do you do?
          A proud friend of bar.ka.


          • #6
            I know of a few hunter/jumper and eventing boarding barns. Depending on what you are looking for and how willing you are to travel, they may fit what you need. The place I used to ride at is moving to FL so can't give first hand experience on anything open right now, but know a lot of the trainers so can at least point you in some directions.


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by Hunter Mom View Post
              What kind of riding do you do?
              English, mostly lazy hacking around these days lol. Would like to get back into some small jumping with the pony, and if there are places with nice trails that would be awesome!


              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by rockonxox View Post
                I know of a few hunter/jumper and eventing boarding barns. Depending on what you are looking for and how willing you are to travel, they may fit what you need. The place I used to ride at is moving to FL so can't give first hand experience on anything open right now, but know a lot of the trainers so can at least point you in some directions.
                A H/J place would be preferred, ideally with some trails available (no on-site trails at my place here in TX, which the pony and I both miss!). We do mostly lazy hacking around for fun though (she's old and we're both lazy these days lol), so I don't need a super serious competition-focused place.

                Which place is moving to FL? I've been looking at a few just to start planning, since I'll probably fly up this spring to check some places out, but wouldn't want to spend time (and risk getting attached) at a place that won't be there long.


                • #9
                  I'll PM you


                  • Original Poster

                    Originally posted by rockonxox View Post
                    I'll PM you


                    • #11
                      Cbonadeo did you get my message? I sent it earlier and checked my sent box and am not seeing it. If you aren't seeing it I'll try to remember what I wrote and send again!


                      • Original Poster

                        rockonxox got it! Thanks


                        • #13
                          Resurrecting this thread, as I will also be moving to Manhattan this summer and would like some suggestions (pasture board ideally, do not need any trails/riding arena/specific amenities).


                          • #14
                            Anne White used to board. I haven’t seen her in several years, though.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Eventer13 View Post
                              Resurrecting this thread, as I will also be moving to Manhattan this summer and would like some suggestions (pasture board ideally, do not need any trails/riding arena/specific amenities).
                              if only pasture board, make sure there is protection from the wind.


                              • #16
                                Off topic, but I grew up in Junction City (don't live there anymore). Don't know about the horse scene around there, but the best place in JC to eat is Peking on Washington St.! When I go home to visit my few remaining friends, I have to go there and eat the family size bowl of egg drop soup. Yum. Welcome to KS!


                                • #17
                                  Eventer13 if you don't want any schmancy riding amenities you might look into the western world (some are big show barns, but many are pretty relaxed). The barns I've personally been to and have knowledge of are active show stables. Add to that I mainly know of the H/J facilities and eventing facilities which may or may not be more than you are interested in. If you want a list I can send you what I know of those.

                                  Depending on how far you are willing to travel (traffic isn't bad at all so you don't need to account much extra time for that) check into St. George, Wamego, Junction City which are all under 40 minutes away - depending on what area in Manhattan you move to, but it isn't *that* big of a city.

                                  If you have Facebook check out Kansas Horse Council and send them a message. They will know more about barns in the area.

                                  Ann White still has her VVEC (Bellvue, KS just under 1hr from Manhattan), but Alice (daughter) is the one I see frequently at shows in my area. They are great people. Their pasture board is a bit higher than others in the area that I know of, but they have a nice show program so that ups the ante. If you don't need all that, then other options may suit you better.


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Eventer13 I'll be visiting Ashley Duda's Hunter Hill Farm when I'm in Manhattan in April. I'll be looking specifically at stall board, but she indicated that she often has college students leave for the summer, so she may have pasture board available as well.

                                    I had also looked at Hope Ranch as a closer alternative (I've gotten spoiled with my current barn being less than 10 minutes from home in heavy traffic!); their pasture board is a little cheaper.

                                    The other places I was looking at were on the fancier end (probably a bunch of stuff that the old non-showing pony and I don't actually need ) so I'm probably not a lot of help there.

                                    Bozilla I'm always up for tasty restaurant recommendations, thanks!