Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I wouldn't say it is very common, of course it happens, but on my neck of the woods there are Eventing Barns/Facilities where they have their own lesson horses.
There are 2 who are owned and ran by Upper Level Eventers, one being 3* and the other just merging into 4*. They have their own lesson horses, but they also offer discounts to boarders who allow the facility to use their horses in lessons. They also have "Assistant" Coaches who teach while they are in Florida and other warmer states training with "Big" named Eventers.
Then there a handful of other facilities - Green Gables, Derbyshire, Cobblestone, Hunt Club, etc, etc, etc who are at the Lower to Mid Levels who have their own lesson horses.
BUT, there are also "Free Lance" Eventers who are Coaching who don't have their own facilities, but are riding/training/competing in the sport at respectable levels. They have their own horses, but keep them at a facility that does not belong to them, but are in "business" with the BO. Bringing business into the facility, boarders who want to event, lessons, clinics, etc, etc.
Depends on where you are looking I suppose.