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Hi everyone, it's my first time to this forum. I am an American who has been living in the UK for 20 years. I am thinking of coming back to the US in the not too distant future. We have a daughter who is 13. She has lived here in the UK all her life and would not be happy to leave her friends/school etc but especially her riding school.

She has been having a lesson a week (or every 2 weeks depending on the money situation) for about 5-6 years.

I have been trying to search around the internet for info about horse riding in the US so that maybe I can assure her that it will be as fun there as it is here (possibly even more!) I havent really been able to find the info I would like to know so I thought maybe a forum like this would be able to help.

I dont know yet where we would be moving to but even thought I'm from New York I really could do with a bit more sun and warmth after years here in England!:wink: so maybe Virginia? or somewhere in that region?

Some things I would like to know:
Are there lots of riding schools around for kids of her age?

Do they teach genral jumping or would you have to find a "teacher" who specialises in jumping?

Are there lots of little shows and competitions that young people can do ?

If you dont own your own land are there plenty of places where you can ride for free? like bridle paths?

Can you just ride your pony/horse down any country road?
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I'm sure I will think of more questions but for now these are what come to mind. If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks so much!
 

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Hi everyone, it's my first time to this forum. I am an American who has been living in the UK for 20 years. I am thinking of coming back to the US in the not too distant future. We have a daughter who is 13. She has lived here in the UK all her life and would not be happy to leave her friends/school etc but especially her riding school.

She has been having a lesson a week (or every 2 weeks depending on the money situation) for about 5-6 years.

I have been trying to search around the internet for info about horse riding in the US so that maybe I can assure her that it will be as fun there as it is here (possibly even more!) I havent really been able to find the info I would like to know so I thought maybe a forum like this would be able to help.

I dont know yet where we would be moving to but even thought I'm from New York I really could do with a bit more sun and warmth after years here in England!:wink: so maybe Virginia? or somewhere in that region?

Some things I would like to know:
Are there lots of riding schools around for kids of her age?

Do they teach genral jumping or would you have to find a "teacher" who specialises in jumping?

Are there lots of little shows and competitions that young people can do ?

If you dont own your own land are there plenty of places where you can ride for free? like bridle paths?

Can you just ride your pony/horse down any country road?
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I'm sure I will think of more questions but for now these are what come to mind. If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks so much!
hello :)

well it all depends on where you plan on moving which will hold the key factor of whats available...

in general if you move to a more country type of place then you wil either be able to keep your own horse and have a trainer come to you or you trailer your horse to the local barn for lessons, or you can board your horse and have access to pasture turnout.. and generally have cheaper rates

if you go to a more city like area then there will be a high rate for boarding

but thats if you want to keep a horse of your own..

considering you are doing lessons there are plenty for her age group. they might not pick up from where she left off as every trainer finds something to improve but there are plenty of jumping barns in the states.

as for trails/bridle paths also depends on the area.. a more city like are with a stable probably wont have access to trails on there property... but more likely you would find trails connected to farms/stables more so in the country area.

as for trainers you can get a personal trainer for her or have here riding in group lessons... most places offer both

please let your daughter know she can continue her riding in the states as there are lots of places to choose from..

when you figure out what are you want to move to def ask around here as we have people all over the states on this forum :)
hope this was helpful :)
 

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WELCOME to the forum!!

The answers to your questions will depend on where you decide to move. In the Va area there is a VERY active pony club system that will be great for your daughter to ride, learn and socialize with. In other areas of the country, the pony club may not be as active and may be more towards 4H. This would be less English riding and more all around horsemanship (western, gaming, etc) and farming principles.

Keep us informed on what areas of the country you are looking at and we will try to show you what may be available in that area.
 

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hello :)

well it all depends on where you plan on moving which will hold the key factor of whats available...

in general if you move to a more country type of place then you wil either be able to keep your own horse and have a trainer come to you or you trailer your horse to the local barn for lessons, or you can board your horse and have access to pasture turnout.. and generally have cheaper rates

if you go to a more city like area then there will be a high rate for boarding

but thats if you want to keep a horse of your own..

considering you are doing lessons there are plenty for her age group. they might not pick up from where she left off as every trainer finds something to improve but there are plenty of jumping barns in the states.

as for trails/bridle paths also depends on the area.. a more city like are with a stable probably wont have access to trails on there property... but more likely you would find trails connected to farms/stables more so in the country area.

as for trainers you can get a personal trainer for her or have here riding in group lessons... most places offer both

please let your daughter know she can continue her riding in the states as there are lots of places to choose from..

when you figure out what are you want to move to def ask around here as we have people all over the states on this forum :)
hope this was helpful :)
Hi and thank you for your reply. I have a question....When you say I would "would find trails connected to farms/stables more so in the country area." do you mean that we would have to contact someone with a farm/stables to ask if we could ride on their land? or are there "public" areas where anyone could ride? I'm just a bit concerned that if we buy her a pony/horse but dont have lots of our own land that she might not have places to easily ride it?
 

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Hi Allison, thank you for your reply. I think we are most likely thinking about the mid section of the east (VA, NC, possibly Kentucky) or on the opposite side in California. I love the North East but im desperate for a good long summer ! I think she would really enjoy the western style riding and the games and events associated with it. I did not know that the 4H had anything to do with horses, I thought it was solely farming. Very interesting.
 

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our states are the size of countries in Europe, so mid section isnt saying a lot. Every horse activity you could possibly want are available in those states.
I live in VA, in the Richmond area,
I have close friends that teach barrel racing, I personally know, trail riders, competitive trail riders, drunk trail riders, endurance racers, Dressage barns, jumpers, Fox hunters, ( dang I seem to have alot of X girlfriends) western pleasure showers, 4 h halter showers, bronc riding, and thats all within a two hour area of Richmond Va, Horses are plentiful and much cheaper to care for and own than in the UK. lots more land. Not real hard to find a house with a few acres in the states you mentioned. What line of work are you looking for ?
I actually have a friend that just moved from the UK, she lives in Suffolk Va, and rides all the time.
 

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Hi and thank you for your reply. I have a question....When you say I would "would find trails connected to farms/stables more so in the country area." do you mean that we would have to contact someone with a farm/stables to ask if we could ride on their land? or are there "public" areas where anyone could ride? I'm just a bit concerned that if we buy her a pony/horse but dont have lots of our own land that she might not have places to easily ride it?
she would have plenty of places to ride also depending on the area. by me in northern jersey where there are lots of farms, i can ride on my parents farm, my neighbors farms, and ride down to the state land... or i can trailer my horse 15 minutes away to a 40 mile public trail that connects through 2 countys

or by my apartment the boarding rates are crazy in a suburban area where there are no trail access... other than 30 minutes away for a 10 mile trail...

so it really depends on the area :)
 

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Virginia has a multitude of riding opportunities. I used to live in the fredericksburg area (about an hour or so north of richmond on a good day). It's popular to either ride hunt seat or western and Jumpers is something that you might have to really hunt around for but virginia has tons of opportunities. There are even some barns that have intercollegiate teams for middle/high school students as well there (Hazelwild being one of those)
 
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