June 23, 2014 at 12:47 am
Does anyone know of any decent eventing barns/trainers in Orlando? I’ll be attending UCF in the fall, and need a place to board my mare and take lessons. Typical college kid, I’m on a budget, so not looking for a super fancy place, and I’m willing to work off some/all of my board. Let me know if anyone knows of anything!!
"And those that were seen dancing were thought to be insane, by those who could not hear the music." - F. NietzscheJuly 2, 2014 at 11:42 pm
I just went through a bunch of hoops trying to find a place to board my horse, and did come across several eventing places that seemed high end. Ashmore Farm and Class Act Farm are both in Apopka, and both have top level eventers there. However, the board was not what I really considered a “budget,” but I didn’t ask about partial board. Over near Oviedo, there are a bunch of barns near campus, but none of the ones I visited were really eventing barns. There was one place called Beccara Stables very near UCF that had a bunch of eventers boarding there. If you are looking for jumpers/dressage, there are plenty of places though.
Hope that helps and good luck!July 3, 2014 at 1:09 am
I’m almost afraid to ask what Ashmore and Class Act are priced at…? They sound really great though. What are some if the names of the places you visited? Did any of them look decent? I’m not too picky, I’d love to go to an event barn, but honestly I’d be happy at jumper or even just a boarders barn as long as the horses are well cared for. If I have to supply the feed and shavings that’s also fine, but I need the BM or other feeders to feed, turn out, other basic care, etc (I don’t know what my schedule is going to look like. One barn I saw looked good but I would have to feed every night which I can’t commit to). All together (board+feed+shavings) I want to try to stay under $550/mo. Thanks!
"And those that were seen dancing were thought to be insane, by those who could not hear the music." - F. NietzscheJuly 3, 2014 at 8:27 am
Ashmore was $800 and Class Act $695.
I think Becerra was $500 or $600 – honestly, it was my second choice of the barns I looked at and I had a hard time deciding. The horses look great and it was full board. And you can bring your own trainer in, if you have one. There was some grass in the pastures, a grass jump ring, and places to trail ride. (407) 334-7117
There was also a place that just opened up that was $500 a month right down the street from Becerra (both of which are right down the street from Wendover, where the UCF team rides out of). The lady’s name was Sophia. I think you can bring in your own trainer, but don’t remember. There were no horses there when I went (they were moving in that week), but there was grass when I was there, and a clay/sand jump ring. And there were some trails. (407)452-8312
There was also a place east of UCF that was nice (not fancy). The horses all looked good and there was grass in the pastures. It had a big grass jump ring and he said there were places to trail ride nearby. It is Andy Jakebsin and he was $400 a month. You can bring your own trainer. (407)701-1258
Good luck! Depending on what you are looking for, you should be able to find a place. 🙂July 3, 2014 at 8:40 am
Oh my god, thank you so much!!!! I’ve been searching like crazy, and the cheapest place I could find for full board was $700/mo! I’ll definitely check them out! Where did you end up??
"And those that were seen dancing were thought to be insane, by those who could not hear the music." - F. NietzscheJuly 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm
I ended up at a place in Apopka (almost to Mt. Dora) called Bay Hills Equestrian Center. It is a bit of a drive, but I kind of have a “special needs” horse, so I had a lot of things on my checklist of requirements.
Also, if you go to the Saddler of Orlando’s website, they have a barn directory if you are having a hard time finding a place. I unfortunately found it after I had scoured the area for barns, but there are a few on there I wasn’t able to turn up in my internet searches.
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