I’m headed off to college this August for school at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, and I’ve been looking around for some barns in the area (they don’t have to necessarily be in St. Pete itself). I’ve been riding for 8 years now and it’s the one thing I’m not willing to give up for school haha.
I’ve ridden at the same facility in those 8 years, although it has changed hands a few times, and most recently has undergone major renovations under the new owners. It’s operating now as a jumper facility, but my original trainer stayed and still works with me, so I’m continuing to do hunter jumper work, just with higher level jumper horses.
Ideally I’d like a place similar to where I currently ride, although I’m a bit torn between wanting a more laid back facility where I can relax and ride for stress-relief, and one that will provide me with more show opportunities (more of a show barn). While I’ve never really been interested in showing, recently it’s intrigued me more, and I may want to try a few shows, so a barn that offers that could be nice. Either way, I’m interested in really any of the hunter-jumper facilities in the area! While I won’t have a car my first semester, I know I’m not the only person who rides at Eckerd, and I should be able to find a carpool, so as long as the barn is within 30-45 minutes of Eckerd, it should be fine!
Thank you in advance to anyone who can offer some help ^^