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    10-20-2013, 05:59 PM
dressage/jumping/hunter trainer in PA

So, I've been taking lessons from the same riding instructor/trainer for 13 years. She's a great instructor, and has taught me well, but my path is changing. She is more of a jack-of-all-trades trainer. She teaches both English, and western, but I think her style leans more towards the stock-type hunters which was fine when I was showing appaloosas, but the horse I have now is a sport horse, and I want to take some lessons with a stronger English focus. I have taken a few dressage lessons from a USEF instructor and I loved the fresh perspective, but this instructor has relocated to FL. I want to do jumping, hunters, and a bit of dressage with my mare. I don't intend to be super competitive at anything, but I want to at least bring out my horse's full potential and refine my own riding skills further. For this, I feel like I need a different instructor. I want an instructor that will travel to where my horse lives for lessons at least a few times per year. Does anyone know where I might find an instructor like this in south central Pennsylvania? Or perhaps some good online databases that might give me a better place to start? My google searches haven't given me much to work with...
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    10-21-2013, 10:20 PM
Hmm... south central? Like, the York-Lancaster-Harrisburgish area? I don't know that many trainers that travel, but there was a database that I was looking at a while back. I'll try to find it for you in a second!
I live in the York-Harrisburg area and I know how tough it is finding trainers around here...
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    10-21-2013, 10:25 PM
Most horse-for-sale sites like Equinenow.com and Horsetopia.com have them, but I don't know if you tried those yet.
Horseback Riding Lessons in York, Pennsylvania. Horse Riding Lessons in York, PA. Riding Instructors in York County, PA.
I think this is the one I was looking at.
And sometimes they post on Craigslist, but you need to be EXTREMELY careful on there. You get what you pay for!
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    10-21-2013, 10:26 PM
Yes, that is the exact area. If you could link me to something useful I would be eternally grateful! Is that the CRC fence in the background of your avatar?
    10-21-2013, 10:28 PM
Thanks for the link! I will peruse it. Hopefully I can find someone good in there! :)
    10-21-2013, 10:30 PM
Haha yup! I only got there a few times this year because I've mainly been doing hunter/jumper shows with my crazy Haflinger but I did do their last gaming show. I love their Wednesday schooling shows though! ;)
Like I said, I don't know that many reputable trainers around here because I just started "really" riding about two years ago, just trail rode before then, but I'll see what I can come up with
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    10-21-2013, 10:31 PM
But be VERY careful! I don't know if Shady Dell Stables is on that list, but if you see it and are considering it, PM me please... it's in Thomasville but I can give you a review on that...
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    10-21-2013, 10:40 PM
Haha! Small world! Ursula and I did the whole Sunday series there this year. It was our first year really showing, and it's a good place to get the horse out and around the pen. I hope to do some hunter shows next year, and maybe even some over the winter. Where do you go for those? Like I said, my instructor is a bit on the western/mixed discipline end of things so I've always done the CRC type things and not the real hunter stuff. I think I've done one Bridge Acres show and that's about it for full on English shows.

Al-Jannah and Wynnwood look classy. I might consider them pending pricing and willingness for the coaches to travel. Stephanie Waltz might work too? Any opinions on them?
    10-21-2013, 10:53 PM
Aww! I think I was at a show in May or June or something. I was on MF Let's Get Rocked for one show for his english debut, but he was sold (congrats Rock!) in July.
I know where you're coming from with multi-discipline trainers: I ride with Mikell Farm Performance Horses and I couldn't be happier anywhere else! But I'll have to leave when I go away for college in about 3 years :'(
But I can help you with shows! There aren't many good "schooling" shows in the winter, but there is a series I'm going to called Jack Frost Jubilee. It has EVERYTHING! That'll be fun. Google it and it's at Crescendo Training Centre in Ephrata. Swan Lake has their winter series, but that's more of a higher-end show. I haven't been to Bridge Acres yet but I really, really want to next year, if I can.
For summer series:
Wellsville English Affaire hunter series. I love that place!
Shadowbrook at Gettysburg
Quentin Riding Club in Lebanon- they have a bunch of classes and it's really nice there. Definitely going back next year
Swan Lake- they have shows year-round
Windswept Acres at Stonetown- they do strictly jumpers and they're over in Reading, but it's very laid back and I had a blast
Twin Brooks- like a Columbia, but they have jumping as well. It's in Harrisburg
Not a series, but Keystone International Livestock Expo has an open show at the end of September. It's big, some of the H/J classes had more than 20 riders and the pleasure flats had upwards of 40, but still an excellent experience. It's at the Farm Show complex!
Look in the Equine Marketer and their website. They have many, many shows by month and that's where I found most of these! I'll try to think of more and put some more out there for ya!
    10-21-2013, 10:56 PM
I don't know them. I can give you Shady Dell Stables, but I don't know if they send out trainers. I think Mikell Farm goes to your house but you have to pay extra & she's all-discipline, but absolutely fabulous. I haven't really ventured out much through trainers... XD but I can probably help with any issues you have with training and stuff through PM if you want for now. I know a lot about difficult, stubborn greenies!!!

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