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    Here we go again... looking for lesson barns in the Ocean City/Fenwick area, preferably with lease opportunities but thats not a deal breaker. I am willing to travel up to 45 mins, maybe an hour if its really worth it. I very sadly have to leave my current barn due to circumstances beyond my control. I am an adult re-rider and would prefer a jumper/eventing barn over a hunter barn (also not a deal breaker though). I do not have a horse currently so it needs to be a place with lesson horses. I am looking into Holly ridge farm in Willards, Winswept stables in Millsboro and Autumn Grove in Berlin. Anyone have experience with any of these places and their lesson programs or know of somewhere else that might be a good fit for an adult?
    Last edited by pinkpikeurs; Jun. 18, 2019, 03:00 AM.

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    Have you posted on Eastern Shore Horse Network on Facebook? When I was looking for boarding and training, it was helpful.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/132177250193347/

    I'm farther north than you, so I don't have any firsthand experience with barns in your area. I hope you find something!
    Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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      Hi pinkpikeurs, I no longer live in the area but I'm familiar with all three.

      If you're advanced enough to be looking to lease, I think Holly Ridge would be too beginner heavy for you. Nice people, but my impression was they were a good exposure to basics for kids and they do trail rides to the beach for tourists but you're likely not clinicing or showing with this group.

      Autumn Grove leases horse and heavily competes on the local Hunter circuit. Heavy on kids/young people again but they are an accomplished group. (No A shows that I'm aware of but CESHS, BEST, etc.)

      ​​​​​​I believe Windswept is an eventer barn. Lots of young people again. (That's going to be true of any lesson barn in the area. Most of the adults are doing their own thing.) I've heard good things. The one person I know who leased there was leasing an outsider horse and boarding there I believe. Not sure if they lease.

      Best recommendation is to lesson at each, but I would say Windswept and Autumn Grove are the most comparable. So, eventing or hunters?

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        Eventing barn: Bay Point Equestrian Center in Berlin/West Ocean City/Ocean Pines area. Jessica Snyder owner, Mallory Distler trainer/instructor.
        "We need a pinned ears icon." -MysticOakRanch

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          Holly ridge said they were training dressage and eventers now

          Windswept is the furthest from me and doesn't have an indoor but I will keep it in mind if I end up not liking anything. If it really is that good it might be worth those 2 downfalls.

          Bay point is awesome but that is the barn I have to leave unfortunately, unless I can find a lease through one of their boarders. They are basically becoming a boarding only barn and just teaching boarders or ship ins and won't have lesson horses anymore.

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            Originally posted by pinkpikeurs View Post
            Holly ridge said they were training dressage and eventers now

            Windswept is the furthest from me and doesn't have an indoor but I will keep it in mind if I end up not liking anything. If it really is that good it might be worth those 2 downfalls.

            Bay point is awesome but that is the barn I have to leave unfortunately, unless I can find a lease through one of their boarders. They are basically becoming a boarding only barn and just teaching boarders or ship ins and won't have lesson horses anymore.
            If you’re willing to go about an hour south into Accomack County, Kerra Johnson is an active eventer with a really good program and lesson horses in Bloxom, VA. She is excellent with adults.
            "We need a pinned ears icon." -MysticOakRanch

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