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19 April 2006 @ 12:43 am
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Hi, all!

Let me introduce myself -- I just moved to the Pittsburgh area from New Jersey. I've been riding hunter/jumper for about 14 years, anad haven't been on a horse since I moved here four months ago. I'm not very familiar with the area and would appreciate any help I can get on finding a barn. I don't own a horse anymore so I don't need boarding, just lessons.

Thanks, everyone. This seems like a great community!
 
 
 
Jo: Horsejerseyflower on April 27th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
Wow...thanks for all the info.

I'm not opposed to dressage, but I think I would really miss the jumping. I will say, though, your "best trainer ever" pitch is pretty convincing =) I'll probably call a few of these places, see who offers the best price, and try them out.

And thanks for the RLB Saddlery tip! That's, literally, like, 2 minutes from where I am. I will DEFINITELY be there this weekend =)

In response to your other comment, I actually went to college out in Greensburg for two years, but b/c I didn't have a car I didn't really venture off campus. I got a job in the area after graduation and here I am!
companymanners on April 27th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
I can tell you that Terry (dressage) at Hollandale charges $40 for a private hour lesson. I believe that Olivia (hunter) at Hollandale charges $30 for a private half hour lesson, though I could be misspeaking.

I hope you don't mind, but I've added you. I'd love to hear about your riding experiences in the area!
Jo: Horsejerseyflower on May 8th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
Of course I don't mind! I very rarely update, though. I'll probably give Olivia a call this week -- I don't think I'll be able to afford much more than $30. I know that severely limits my options =( I stopped by Timber Oaks this past week, which seemed really nice, but they're charging $45, which is a little steep for me. I'll probably call Becki at Mingo Creek, too. =)

companymanners on May 8th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
Feel free to add me back, if you'd like. :)

While it's absolutely not my place to make any offers or guarantees, there is a possibility that you could do some barn work at Hollandale in exchange for lessons. Jennifer is the name of our barn manager (she's a really hard worker and is real nice), and she has one or two other girls/women help her out once a week or so. Recently one of the women has been cutting a new trail through our woods. If you're interested in putting in some extra time around horses, it'd be worth asking about when you call.

Have you noticed that I love talking about stuff that I know about? ;P
companymanners on June 21st, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
Just curious, where you ever able to start taking lessons anywhere?
Jo: Horsejerseyflower on July 3rd, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
No, actually. I've kind of put it on the back burner for now. Things have been kind of crazy, and I'm really short on funds. In a few weeks, though, things should start going back to normal, and I'll try to pick it up again then. I'll let you know when I do =)