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post #21 of 32 Old 01-26-2013, 09:39 PM
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Ontario has a wonderful equestrian population, Especially eastern Ontario and the GTA (Greater Toronto Area)
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post #22 of 32 Old 01-26-2013, 09:52 PM
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I would dare to say that Alberta is more english oriented!
We have Spruce Meadows heren along with many other "AA" rated venues (Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Northlands, etc) and there about 45 english barns right around where I live (Calgary area).
You will find here that the horse market is quite pricey though - especially for those warmblood types. I'm in hunter land so the horses I see are on average quite expensive.
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We have a lot of English, but I think we're probably the reining/cutting capitol of Canada, as well.
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First of all, Canada is a BIG place with lots of diversity, both equine-related and otherwise.

I live in the Yukon, which only holds 35,000 people for a territory 6 times the size of New Zealand. It is expensive to live here, and although we have a fairly strong, close-knit horse community, anyone wanting to do serious showing has to head down south. We have a few gymkhanas and very small shows every year. As I said before, it's expensive. That includes hay, land, and horses. In fact, most of our horses and supplies come from outside the territory. We are somewhat "behind the times" when it comes to laws and the way we do things. Still, it is wonderfully beautiful country to ride in. It's cold, but dry, but the summers are gorgeous. And I wouldn't trade it for anything.
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post #24 of 32 Old 01-27-2013, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the advice folks.
I would take my horse but its not financially viable as he has too many issues to spend that amount of money to bring over with the risk he isn't sound when he gets there. I love him a lot and it will break my heart but
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For Dressage the two big centers in North America are in California and Florida. Most (serious) Canadian dressage riders end up in the US or Europe. There is not much of a circuit in Canada, and I think they are down to two or three CDIs in the whole country.
The centers with a group of "BNT"s are Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, and of course there are some other good coaches scattered in the countryside, but if they don't work for you, they are the only ones around and you'll have to move for a new coach.

As far as horses, for dressage horses you really need a big pocket book and a good eye. It's almost a better bet to import from Europe as far as quality and price. You will be very hard pressed to find anything a little special, while staying on a budget. There are nice horses in NA, but the price is usually very high.

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Welcome Hello Nice to meet you

Canada is a big country 4000 miles coast to coast
Its a very beautiful country too
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For Dressage the two big centers in North America are in California and Florida. Most (serious) Canadian dressage riders end up in the US or Europe. There is not much of a circuit in Canada, and I think they are down to two or three CDIs in the whole country.
The centers with a group of "BNT"s are Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, and of course there are some other good coaches scattered in the countryside, but if they don't work for you, they are the only ones around and you'll have to move for a new coach.

As far as horses, for dressage horses you really need a big pocket book and a good eye. It's almost a better bet to import from Europe as far as quality and price. You will be very hard pressed to find anything a little special, while staying on a budget. There are nice horses in NA, but the price is usually very high.

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Hi thanks for reply . Can I ask what BNT s are?
I am a serious amateur competitor, I will never have the finance therefore the horses to be seriously competitive at CDI level etc. I have competed to advanced medium and trained to GP on a few horses. My current horse was a show horse correct moving but nothing special but with correct training and the fact he has a willing temp I can manage to get that type to work well and do well. He is competing medium is always placed. Also qualifying for national champs. I know my budget and I know whatever horse I get I will have to work round its faults and do as best I can with what I can afford.
I am a trainer my self which is why I would be looking for my own place eventually.
I want to be able to compete and continue with dressage but my family does come first and this move is for them as much as me. So they can have a better future.
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Hi thanks for reply . Can I ask what BNT s are?
I am a serious amateur competitor, I will never have the finance therefore the horses to be seriously competitive at CDI level etc. I have competed to advanced medium and trained to GP on a few horses. My current horse was a show horse correct moving but nothing special but with correct training and the fact he has a willing temp I can manage to get that type to work well and do well. He is competing medium is always placed. Also qualifying for national champs. I know my budget and I know whatever horse I get I will have to work round its faults and do as best I can with what I can afford.
I am a trainer my self which is why I would be looking for my own place eventually.
I want to be able to compete and continue with dressage but my family does come first and this move is for them as much as me. So they can have a better future.
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post #30 of 32 Old 02-01-2013, 07:40 PM
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I'm probably biased, but I would suggest Alberta. While Alberta is considered to be more Western, I can say I've had no trouble finding stables to ride at specializing in English disciplines. I did find this as well which you may find useful.

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EDIT: I should also add, that horses aside, the economy here is pretty good.
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