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  • San Luis Obispo, CA

    I'm preparing to make a rather sudden and poorly planned move to SLO in the next couple of months. What's the horse scene like, people? Will I be able to find dressage or eventing instruction? Costs? Is there work in barns in the area? Clue me in!
    bar.ka think u al.l. susp.ect
    free bar.ka and tidy rabbit

  • #2
    I was just in Paso Robles about 45 minutes from San Luis Obispo for the Epona Clinic. It is a nice area with lots of horses. I can recommend some fantastic farriers too if you'd like...guys I trained with for three days who work in that area and with the Epona Shoe folks. They do all kinds of shoes too..not just Eponas.

    I did notice what seemed like more Western than English/dressage sort of stuff but I truly did not have much time to explore. It is a beautiful area with a nice climate and lots of wine to taste!

    Best luck on your move!


    • #3
      I live 3 counties down the coast, but have spent quite a bit of time visiting the SLO area. Hereis a link with some info -


      Enjoy, it is a beautiful area!
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      • #4
        The University has a great equine program.
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        • #5
          PM RugBug. She lives there.

          FWIW, SLO is awesome. My husband attended Cal Poly SLO so I spent a lot of time in the area. If you've never been to the central coast of CA and you're coming from NY, I think it will be quite a shock! (in a good way)


          • #6
            I am pretty sure that Brian Sabo still has an eventing barn in Paso Robles. It's about 45 min from SLO.
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            ignorance!" Officer Beck


            • #7
              Bea and Derek Di Grazia, Brain Sabo, Gina Miles, Andrea Baxter, and two others whose names I'm blanking on are all within about 45 minutes of San Luis--you will have no trouble have your pick of top trainers. (Those are just the eventers, there's also plenty of dressage folk in the area as well).

              It is a truly gorgeous area, and one of my favorite places. Ideally suited for poorly planned moves.

              Now jobs is a different story, its a bit tough all over out here right now. But it's a very horsey, beautiful area. Welcome!
              Phoenix Farm ~ Breeding-Training-Sales
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              • #8
                Lucky you...it's a beautiful area.


                • #9
                  lotta evebters
                  isnt Barbi Breen in that area (dressage)?
                  "The Desire to Win is worthless without the Desire to Prepare"

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LoriO View Post
                    I am pretty sure that Brian Sabo still has an eventing barn in Paso Robles. It's about 45 min from SLO.
                    Brian and his wife Lisa run their training barn out of Orange County. I don't think they have a barn in SLO any more, but I know Brian comes through that area once a month on his way up to NorCal. I could be wrong, but I ride with Brian once a month and according to his schedule, he hits the Central Coast once a month.

                    Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles is a wonderful facility and Andrea Baxter is great. They have a solid schedule of recognized and schooling shows and it's a fun place for shows.

                    The DiGrazia's are also great people and Lou Moore Jacobson is also in the area.

                    Rubyfree, for an unplanned move, you hit the eventing jackpot! Let us know where you end up and if you ever show at Twin Rivers, I would love to meet you!
                    Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lostboy View Post
                      lotta evebters
                      isnt Barbi Breen in that area (dressage)?
                      Seahorse Ranch! In Los Osos--ocean view from the dressage ring and she has a covered round pen.
                      2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

                      A helmet saved my life.


                      • #12
                        No horse experience there, but the area is one of my absolute favorites in the world. It's absolutely fantastic. Good choice for an unplanned move
                        Nudging "Almost Heaven" a little closer still...


                        • Original Poster

                          Thanks everyone. I knew there were several western oriented facilities in the area but it is nice to have some intel on my disciplines. I appreciate everyones good thoughts as well- it's going to be quite an adventure.
                          bar.ka think u al.l. susp.ect
                          free bar.ka and tidy rabbit


                          • #14
                            Thomas Walker Dressage is in Nipomo, which is not too too far. He's great. I know another person in the area that works with Leslie Webb over inland in Bakersfield.

                            Check out the CDS webpage; http://www.california-dressage.org for more information on dressage in the area.

                            The central coast is my favorite part of the state. We love to camp in Cambria. A couple of months ago we did some wine tasting in Paso Robles; fantastic Pinot Noirs. I especially liked the Carmody-McKnight.


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