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    (rusty) return to riding - Orange County/South Bay - advice?

    I've spent some time browsing the forum and noticed that southern California seems to be pretty well represented here - as a transplanted New Englander, I'm hoping I can get some advice from those of you more native to the horse world here! (It *is* different in the LA megalopolis than from where I grew up riding in Massachusetts).

    First off, I'm starting to come back to the horse world after a 12 year hiatus for "life" - college, marriage, grad school, rat race - that sort of thing. I used to ride in New England; had two horses at a fantastic small family/show barn and showed hunter and equitation mostly at local shows or C-rated shows (only one A show under my belt, though I wanted to eventually get to that level). Aside from lessons and showing, though, I really enjoyed tooling around on my horses - bareback trail rides and goofing aorund.

    During the past 12 years, I rode very little except for a trail ride or two a year, and some volunteering at therapeutic equestrian facilities. I'm now "settled" in Long Beach, CA and would like to ease back into riding again with weekly lessons. I'd like to find a place to ride somewhere in either the Newport Beach/Huntington Beach areas of north OC or around the Palos Verdes Peninsula. (Unfortunately, between my job and commute, driving to south OC or Burbank or Inland Empire areas would not be realistic at this time).

    Does anyone have any recommendations? I've spent tons of time looking at CAHorse and other webistes for listings, and now I'm looking for anecdotal experience from real people. I've seen Seahorse - with Christy Arbuckle & Devon Gibson - recommended, but I know they bill themselves as a show barn for "advanced riders" and as someone who's comeing back after not riding, and who can only take weekly lessons, I'm not sure I'd qualify? Same question with the other H/J barns (Julie Golden in HB, Maverick, etc) - would trainers be willing to work with someone who is only riding once a week? I'd like to compete again, but will probably not be ready to get my own horse in the next year or two. Does anyone know how trainers around here feel about "rusty stirrup" type riders like me

    I'm looking forward to coming back to riding; I just don't want to make any major faux pas in the process. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

    In HB, for hunt seat, either Julie Golden or Huntington Beach Riding School are happy to accomodate weekly lessons (my daughter took lessons at HBRS for 2 years and my mom took lessons in Julie Golden's barn for a while). They both have school horses too, and as my mom is a re-rider and I took lessons at HBRS as a re-rider I know they are OK with that too


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      A "re-rider"...

      ... I like that ! Thanks for sharing your experiences. Did you (or your daughter or mother) show with Julie Golden or HBRS?


        Nope, and we've all since switched to dressage- but if you decide to come to HB, let me know and I'll introduce you to the inevitable side effect of taking lessons, a.k.a. our two horses


          There's a barn in Long Beach where I ride, and I love it - Rancho Rio Verde Riding Club (or Lisa Wall Training Stables) - depends on who you ride with. It's been around for 20+ years, family owned, great people and nice school horses. It's right off the 710 and the 405. Lessons are kept small - 2 other people in your lesson at most.

          I've tried Seahorse, and I rode with Alden. She teaches beginners/intermediate and the lesson was a lot of fun, but I found that I wasn't getting enough horsey time. The horses were already tacked up and groomed, and I didn't even have time to warm up the horse. It was get on, and go. No cool down either. The lessons was also quite big, I think there were about 6 of us. It's a very nice barn though, and her lesson horses are all former show horses. Just too bad that you don't get time to bond with them. Also, the sprinkler system was on right during our lesson and I got soaked several times. I don't mind, but my saddle wasn't too happy.

          Also try Millie Semmelroth in PV. She is located right next door to Seahorse at the PV Equestrian Center. This place seems a bit backyard compared to Seahorse and Rancho Rio Verde, and Millie doesn't have that many school horses, but she is a sweet lady. Google her name for her telephone number and her background.

          PM me if you want more info! I also live in Long Beach so if you need more info, let me know.

          Oh, and I was told to stay away from Lakewood Equestrian Center.


            I also wanted to add that Dave at RRV is all about safety and he is very patient. He will explain everything if you ask, and being a re-rider myself, I feel comfortable. Lots and lots of bonding time with the horses.

            Also, at Seahorse, if you take a lesson with Alden, you'll most likely be in a lesson with a bunch of kids.
            Last edited by SoCalChick; Apr. 20, 2009, 07:00 PM. Reason: Added sentence


              Sent you a PM. I ride up at Portuguese Bend Riding Club in PV. Let me know if you have any questions!


                Another place not too far from Long Beach is First Field Farm in Cerritos (roughly 605/91 interchange).

                There are also people who teach out of the public rings in Palos Verdes, but they don't always have school horses. Although I make the trek to Chino Hills now, I did ride in PV for years and still have connections there if you want to PT me with any specific questions.
                The Evil Chem Prof


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                  Thanks, Ambrey & SoCal Chick!

                  I had read about Rancho Rio Verde on yelp, of all places (as a newcomer, I want to see more horsey reviews on yelp - best tack stores, etc! ) It sounds like a nice barn, and the location is convenient for me (since I take the 405 past the 710 every day). It's great that they have small lessons;
                  I may well PM you for more info on that one!

                  Thanks for the tip on Millie Semmelroth of Foxtrail too - I had seen her website and was curious.

                  This is so helpful because from the only googling barns/trainers it's hard to get a good sense of what the barn is like. Seahorse does sound a bit hands off for my preference - I like to groom and tack and bond with my horse, lesson horse or not! So that's good too know - maybe it is to "serious" for me at this stage in my re-riding comeback

                  Just for fun, here's where I used to ride (it's had several owners since I left) - can't believe it's for sale right when I'm getting back into horses.

                  Thanks again for the great tips and advice.


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                    Cammie and Peggy, Thanks!

                    Wow, this is definitely the most active horse forum I've found so far.

                    Peggy, thanks for the tip I saw First Field on the web - do you know much the atmosphere at the barn? It does look like a large facility from the google earth pictures.

                    Cammie, thanks for your PM!


                      RE, if you want to groom and bond, Julie Golden is better for that than HBRS (J. Alden), although I think they will let you groom up after you've been there for a while if you ask (unless it's Hobbs, who is a sweetheart under saddle but a bear to saddle!).


                        Originally posted by Relative Ease View Post
                        Wow, this is definitely the most active horse forum I've found so far.

                        Peggy, thanks for the tip I saw First Field on the web - do you know much the atmosphere at the barn? It does look like a large facility from the google earth pictures.

                        Cammie, thanks for your PM!
                        Based on the website it looks like First Field is located within a larger facility (they refer to board being provided by B&B farms) so that may account for the large look. I have one friend who rides there, but don't know much beyond that.
                        The Evil Chem Prof


                          Carolyn Biava and her staff at First Field do a great job. A friend of mine (an adult) rides there and has nothing but great things to say about it. I have worked professionally with Carolyn and she is top class all the way. She is very laid back and friendly and extremely knowledgeble.


                            If you are interested in First Field, you should sent a message to Lauraware on these forums, as she is the daughter of their trainer. They are great people! And from their website, it appears that they have lesson horses.

                            There are quite a few trainers in Huntington, although I can't think of all of them off the top of my head. If you name the ones you are interested in, some of us might know them.

                            I have found that Southern California has a lot of older women re-riders. I think you will fit in just fine.
                            "I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream." --Vincent Van Gogh


                              I would also like to recommend in Huntington Beach Windsong Farm- there are 3 H/J barns to choose from at HCPEC (Windsong, J.Alden/HBRS, and Julie Golden) Windsong has a great lesson program, a nice mix of youngsters and adults, and the lessons are kept separate- kiddos have their own group. They have good lesson horses and take students to county level and A shows.


                                Originally posted by mypaintwattie View Post
                                I would also like to recommend in Huntington Beach Windsong Farm- there are 3 H/J barns to choose from at HCPEC (Windsong, J.Alden/HBRS, and Julie Golden) Windsong has a great lesson program, a nice mix of youngsters and adults, and the lessons are kept separate- kiddos have their own group. They have good lesson horses and take students to county level and A shows.
                                Ah, glad you chimed in- I didn't know whether they had lesson horses or not.


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                                  Thank you all

                                  This is all so helpful.

                                  Thanks for mentioning Windsong - I had seen them on the HBEC website as well so they were on my list of places to wonder about.

                                  Between all the paces mentioned so far, I definitely have some good options.

                                  There are couple others that I was curious about since I found them online and might as well follow up on. Has anyone ever heard of Canyon Ranch/Erin Isom in Rolling Hills Estates? Also, I'm curious about Rosepine Ranch in Newport. Can't tell if they have lesson horses or are mostly a consulting facility.

                                  I'm looking forward to checking out some of the HB or PV/RH places in person.

                                  Thanks again!


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                                    On a slightly different note

                                    Any suggestions on which tack stores - within a ~40 mile radius of Long Beach - would have the best selection of helmets? I think my old Olympian is waaaay past its expiration date.

                                    And boy do I feel old school when I see all these fancy modern hats with vents and strips But I'm jumping on the bandwagon. I'm just so out of the loop and have no idea which brand and styles will fit me so I want to try them all.

                                    I plan to try Broken Horn, LA Saddlery, possibly the 3 on/near PV (Saddlery, Tack Shop, General Store - though those seem smaller). Any other large tack shops that would have a good selection?
                                    Do you think the Gold Coast Series show coming up May 15 have vendors?


                                      Broken Horn is the best, although El Toro (which is pretty far from you, in Lake Forest) has a pretty decent selection of helmets!



                                        Broken Horn has a good selection but doesn't have that many sizes. At least the last time I went, they had none of the GPAs in my size. Plus, it's hit or miss on the customer service there.

                                        The Saddlery in PV is closed

                                        The Tack Room is small but they have quite a decent selection of Charles Owens. Don't know if they have a wide range of sizes though.

                                        Try Calabasas Saddlery in Calabasas. They have a lot of stuff, and I saw that they have a wide variety of helmet brands. PM Little Indian, she can help you out.