I’m looking into how to get back into riding seriously. I grew up in a barn and competed as a junior. As an adult I’ve spent much 20s exploring other activities and traveling.
Due to the pandemic and work from home I’ve been able to work remotely from my parents home for the past year. This gave me the opportunity to ride my mom’s elderly warmbloods and her new baby ottb. It’s reminded me how much I have missed them!
In September were required to go back to the office 2x/week (Chicago) so I’ll have to go back to the windy city . When I’m back I’d like to start taking lessons, preferably not too far from the city and at a barn where a trainer is skilled but isnt obsessed with showing. My idea is to call a few people and ask to audit lessons to see if I like their style and if it can be a good fit.
Is this a good idea? Would trainers be open to this?
Apart from this I’m not sure how to look. Many of the barns with good marketing seem focused on showing. As someone who wants to improve their skillset and enjoy the sport I feel like I wouldnt get adequate attention at a show barn.
I’d love to hear advice from anyone who has relocated!