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post #1 of 75 Old 04-29-2020, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Tell Me About Where You Live and Why You Love/Hate It

In the next year and a half/ two years I am looking to do a zip code change (New adventure, so exciting!)

I already have a few places in mind that I have been to (week long visits) and have fallen in love with but I know there is more out there. I love wide open spaces, rolling hills, possible mountains, basically the complete opposite of what I have where I live now in the northeast. My job allows me to live wherever in the US so the possibilities are endless.

My potentials:
- Around Lexington, VA or Roanoke, VA
- Around Charlotte, NC
- Middle/Northern GA
- Around Aubrey, TX
- Around Berea, KY

Tell me about where you live (doesn't have to be specifically your exact town if you're not comfortable, just general area.) What do you love about it? If you don't love it, why? What's the horse life like? Abundance of barrel racing/rodeo competitions around the area? What are some of the best and worst things about the location? Bonus points for photos. Double bonus points if you can tell me more about the areas I mentioned.

Thank you guys!
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Hi! Hahaha I can't tell you much about the places you asked for since I've never even been in the US. I live in Italy, in a northern region called piedmont. The place where I live is very green and with wonderful mountains (the alps are amazing and when the weather is nice the sight is so nice!)
I love this place for various reasons, even tho it's not so easy to live here. I'm about 1h far away from the city of Turin and in my town there's not much to do, even tho it looks extremely nice. As for the rodeos and barrel I actually have no idea since I always practiced English horse riding and show jumping, but one of my ex teachers is a raining champion and a qh breeder. Also i am from one of the places that produce the best wine ever! Just a few miles from my town there is the wonderful town of barolo, that produces the same called wine.
Here are some pictures of the view and the town I live in.
I know it's not that helpful but it's always nice to introduce people to different realities


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I live in Seattle, or near to it. Washington State is really a marvel. We have everything. Literally. We have mountains, deserts, wheatfields, wine and apple orchards, big rivers, fjords, vast ocean beaches, and a vibrant big city. AND, a lot of people! (well, in Seattle).


Washington is basically divided into two very different halves; the West of the Cascades is wet, green, forested and has many more people and industry. It is predominantly progressive, politically, sometimes to a frustrating degree (in Seattle proper). It is focussed on the future, with many biotech industries, and huge business success stories such as Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, and Amazon all getting their start here. There are a lot of young techie folks. But there are also west side cities that are conservative, that never recovered from the huge reduction in the logging industry, and where opioid addiction is a problem, and jobs are scarce.


On the East side of the mountains, the weather is much drier and warmer. There are large desert-like areas, and huge areas that are fertile due to irrigation. There are also wonderful mountainous areas in teh NE that are still wild enough to harbor lynx, and wolves and moose. and cattle.


As you can immagine, the west side is less horse oriented, though there are lots of horse activities in the SW part of the state. But, for long open areas to ride, you want to go over the mountains. Around Ellensburg, or Yakima, or Spokane are many wonderful wildlands to ride, hunt, hike, fish .

Cle Elum is an up and coming place, with, in my opinion, the Teanaway valley as one of the most gorgeous places ever.
Ellensburg is famous for growing some of the best hay in the country, a great deal of which is exported to Japan.


wind generators are becoming more common there. Moses Lake is another small town that while it's a bit boring, has gorgeous country not far away (the Potholes).


Wenatchee is another up and coming place and Cashmere. next to the mountains, near the Columbia and miles of open Natrional forest land. Oh, and Winthrop and Twisp. too cute to resist.


Not Washington, but Pendleton Oregon is a really sweet city, and very horse/rodeo oriented.
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Tell me about where you live (doesn't have to be specifically your exact town if you're not comfortable, just general area.)
I currently live near Lexington, Kentucky.

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What do you love about it? If you don't love it, why?
I absolutely hate it here. The people are overly-friendly, nosy and all up in your business. It's muggy in the summer, icy in the winter. Most social life seems to revolve around which church you go to.... rather awkward for an Atheist like myself.

Basically, being stuck in the South and the Bible Belt doesn't suit me. But I don't hate everything about the area.

The countryside is pretty. The area has a lot of history, some of it nice, some of it not so nice. If you like hills, you'll love it here. Theirs no crime in my neighborhood, which is reassuring.

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What's the horse life like?
Very active, lots of Thoroughbred breeding farms around. The Kentucky Horse Park hosts a wide variety of horse shows. Their are opportunities to volunteer with horses if one knows where to look.

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Abundance of barrel racing/rodeo competitions around the area?
Lol, NO. It's English or nothing here in my experience.

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What are some of the best and worst things about the location?
Worst things:- Everyone smokes. Generally people marry young and have larger families. The education is.... lackluster compared to other places where I've lived. Most people aren't very "worldly", many have never even left the state, let alone the country.

Best things:- You a fan of Abraham Lincoln? Cool, you can go see the place he was born at. Interested in Shakers? Nice, go see the village that they have nearby. Like I said, theirs a lot of natural beauty and history in Kentucky.

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post #5 of 75 Old 04-29-2020, 07:00 PM
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I live in Austin Texas and had never even heard of Aubrey, so I looked it up. It's well north of Dallas, but in an area that is growing like wildfire. You might move there now and have it be a certain way, and in two years your taxes will have doubled and there won't be any more rural areas left.

I grew up not TOO far from there, and I can tell you that it's shockingly hot in the summer (but it's a dry heat, which is better than where I live now) and, well, to me it was "cold" in the winter, but it might be helpful to tell us where you live now, for comparison. North Texas, I think, has a decent amount of western riding, but again as DFW spreads north, you're going to be living in an exurb, not the country, if it's not already just an exurb.

Have you considered more west Texas, or Oklahoma?

Aubrey seems to be right north of Denton, which is a fairly liberal college town, or at least it used to be. There are two universities there, which are disproportionately large compared to the town itself. Do you like college students?

Small towns in Texas can be pretty conservative and even racist, xenophobic, homophobic, etc., if that sort of thing bothers you. If you are white, Christian, and very patriotic you will fit right in. But I'm not sure if the proximity to Denton might cancel that out. I guess you'd have to visit to know. Oh, and tornadoes. How do you feel about tornadoes? And lots of thunderstorms. And drought in the summer. But that might cut down on the flies?

On the plus side, it's probably not that expensive, for now. But with DFW growing all the time, I doubt it would stay cheap for long. Also there are nice sunsets. And being near DFW (although the traffic is terrible now) means you can get cheap flights to all over the world, that famous Dallas shopping (if you have the money and the desire), and lots of interesting places to eat.

Fort Worth has a lot of western events, if I recall correctly. And the Fort Worth area isn't as expensive, nor is it growing as quickly. You might find something to the west of Fort Worth that might be worth looking into. North and West of Fort Worth is pretty country, in my opinion. And definitely not as expensive.

I agree with @tinyliny that Seattle has everything. Seattle is awesome, if you can handle the winters. We lived there for almost two years and will be moving back in a few years, hopefully.

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In the next year and a half/ two years I am looking to do a zip code change (New adventure, so exciting!)

I already have a few places in mind that I have been to (week long visits) and have fallen in love with but I know there is more out there. I love wide open spaces, rolling hills, possible mountains, basically the complete opposite of what I have where I live now in the northeast. My job allows me to live wherever in the US so the possibilities are endless.

My potentials:
- Around Aubrey, TX
You want to be in the general area between Stephenville, Lipan, Millsap, Weatherford and Decatur in North Texas.

This is Rodeo Country USA, and there will be jackpots, clinics, and and every form of Rodeo from church series to PRCA going year round. Most of the World Champions live or practice in this area for a reason.

I'm from the Aubrey/Pilot Point TX area and can tell you a few things about it.

- It is "Horse Country USA", and beautiful on top of that.
- Lake Ray Roberts is one of the best lakes in Texas for recreation.
- Some of the best equine facilities and professionals in the USA are in the immediate area.
- Due to popularity and famous horse people, it is getting expensive. 250K barely buys you something you can keep a horse on.
- Reining is king! There is far more barrel racing and rodeo in the corridor I mentioned above, a whole lot more. The immediate area is heavily focused on the Reining industry top to bottom. Most of the famous Reiners and breeders live around there and that shapes the horse industry a lot.

- The weather is some of the most severe in Texas. From an area NE of Decatur to the Red River the weather can be quite severe. What is a normal Thunderstorm for most of the greater DFW area can become "spinners", Tornados, flash floods and severe hail quite easily as it passes through the corridor between Ponder/Denton and the Red River at the Oklahoma border along 377. Replacing a roof every couple years to storm damage is normal in that area.

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Replacing a roof every couple years to storm damage is normal in that area.
Yes! We have some rental properties in Dallas proper and one of them we've had the roof replaced twice in four years. The insurance company actually offered for a third time, but we didn't think there was that much damage so we turned them down.

Word to the wise: Decatur is (or at least was) a major speed trap!

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Your first on list was Lexington or Roanoke Virginia. We live about 40 miles South of Lexington and 40 miles East of Roanoke in Forest. Wife and I born 15M from here in Lynchburg.
Lots of horse people around here (+). Liberty university has taken over Lynchburg, it's changed a lot.
Most people are nice, everything you need is within 10-15 minute drive. Miles of horse trails from home. Downside are people moving in making changes. Liberty Aeronautics training flights, kids on dirt bikes occasionally but nuisance.inCollage_20191009_105244448.jpg

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post #9 of 75 Old 04-29-2020, 09:01 PM
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Definitely, and so is Boyd which is a bit south of Decatur along 287. I'm on my best behavior going through there lol.

The drive along FM 51 and 287 with a trailer isn't bad at all and saves time just watch the speed. :)
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It is super interesting to read about these places - I have not traveled into the US a lot (aside from Vegas, Montana and a bit into Oregon). Love hearing the pluses and minuses!

Italy is gorgeous - I want to go there so badly (I am also a wine-o). Beautiful photos @gomma !

Not that it is relevant, but I live in Alberta, Canada. For the most part I LOVE it here. I live in the foothills, and less than an hours drive and I"m right in the Rockies. We have a few lakes within about 30 minutes and unlimited amounts of crown land for riding, quadding and hiking on.

I live about 90 minutes from Calgary, so close enough I can go do some shopping and get my dose of 'city life'.

The people are pretty friendly and accepting, but not nosy or pushy.

Downside - the weather! Our weather can change so drastically it can be difficult to make plans. We can get snow 8-9 months of the year and it typically does not get super hot here (Which can also be a plus I guess). Winters are harsh, although we do get the chinook winds come through that cause huge swings in temperature. We can go from -30 one day to +5 the next (celsius).

Our area can also be prone to really bad hail storms - they will destroy vehicles, roofs, and wipe out crops.

Horse activities are super prevalent in this area - and in fact, all over the province. There is a strong rodeo following, with tons of rodeos held in nearly every small town throughout the spring/summer months.

I find the part of the province i live in is very blue-collar - lots of oilfield workers (and VERY conservative politically).
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