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post #11 of 22 Old 07-16-2012, 06:33 PM
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Hands down, Lexington VA. Summer days head a few miles west into the mountains and watch the temps drop and cool off. Winters are mild or you can head a few hours east and find warmer weather. Decent employment opportunities. Low cost of living. Huge horse community in that area and east towards fredericksburg VA.
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post #12 of 22 Old 07-16-2012, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Corazon Lock View Post
Okay, so maybe you can answer a question about California for northern California, how cold does it get? Because I would love to live in Southern California too...but I'm not sure if there'd be many acreages there and I would like to live on the other side of the San Andreas fault...if there is one in Cali? Lol I visited California a few years back in the winter and absolutely loved it. It doesn't feel "big" to a small-town country girl like me and it's so beautiful...I guess maybe I should look there, huh?
I have family that lives in NorCal up by the OR border close to I5. They get snow, cold weather and usually a week a two of 0* or below. But the summers are awesome! However there isn't a whole lot going on as far as english riding activities.

I spent some time in the Bay area. A ton of equestrians, but very expensive.

I like the Sacramento and San Joqeuin(sp) Valleys. Or the mountains east. Fairly affordable in comparison to the Bay area/Central/South Coast. There are always horseshows somewhere close. And it is not too far of a drive out to the coast or south to shows. And plenty of little towns to choose from.

I also agree with caco, Reno, Fallon or Yerrington is nice too.

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post #13 of 22 Old 07-16-2012, 09:47 PM
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Well, if you don't mind rain...the willamette valley in Oregon tends to get very little snow. The coast is good like that too. The coast stays cool in the summer too. I know there's alot of horse community in Oregon. I heard Clackamas county has one of the highest ratios of horses/humans in (I want to say but I may be mistaken and I'm sorry if I am) the country. I never got much of a chance to be involved in the horse scene because my parents weren't into all. But I do know about a rather large dressage farm in the Valley that is very nice (and that is rumored to have it's own zip code due to it's size).
I'm probably not much help because Oregon is the only place I've ever really lived...other than Alaska and that miiiiiight not be what you're looking for. Though the summer up here can't be beat!
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So would you guys happen to know of any good colleges in those areas? I'm not sure about where I'm going in a year, as I mentioned earlier, but it might be worth checking some stuff out. I'm thinking of majoring in communications or something similar. If that helps.

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post #15 of 22 Old 07-17-2012, 02:41 AM
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Kentucky is not terrible. The Lexington area is great for horses and colleges.
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post #16 of 22 Old 07-17-2012, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Corazon Lock View Post
So would you guys happen to know of any good colleges in those areas? I'm not sure about where I'm going in a year, as I mentioned earlier, but it might be worth checking some stuff out. I'm thinking of majoring in communications or something similar. If that helps.
Virginia has the University of VA in Charlottesville, Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Liberty University in Lynchburg, and Longwood University in Farmville. So within a 150 mile radius there are four excellent universities, and all are in the middle of VA horse country.

There are more, but I just listed the four most well known.

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post #17 of 22 Old 07-17-2012, 12:25 PM
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I would also suggest using the internet to find out the weather averages of any city you are interested in. I did that before I moved & it helped a lot. But the actual living in a new place is always an eye-opener.
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post #18 of 22 Old 07-24-2012, 12:27 AM
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I live in reno, Nevada and overall it is very nice. I ride year round. We do get snow but usually it doesn't last more than a few days, however it does last in the surrounding mountains so when you do want to play in the snow it is there. I do wish our summer was a little longer but overall I think the weather here is the best from what I have seen anywhere else. It is nice to have all 4 seasons and another great thing is that whether it is cold or hot there is no humidity so that is a great plus in my opinion. But as far as the heat usually during the hottest part of summer it is in high 90's we do get a few days in the 100's but nothing like many places that get anywhere from 112-120 (Way to hot for me!) But if you have any other questions about it here .. let me know.

I must add that its not as green as a place like California but there are many pretty places very close by and lots of lakes.

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post #19 of 22 Old 07-24-2012, 02:25 AM
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Are you confining yourself to the US?

If not, I think England meets your requirements perfectly.

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post #20 of 22 Old 07-24-2012, 05:20 AM
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The Carolinas. NC has Tryon and other areas and SC has Aiken. Look at Aiken! Big Thoroughbred area and a mild, mild climate. I love the Upstate where we have 4 distinct seasons, summer is short and hot, winter varies from year to year. Sometimes no snow at all...but when it falls, it's usually gone in a day or two. LONG beautiful Springs and Falls.
We ride year round. Aiken is milder than we are...and the whole town is horsey. Check it out on the internet.

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