Hello, My name is Noelle and I am looking to start riding again in the Seattle area. I rode for my college for four years and have also coached and trained, as an amateur, Hunter/Jumper on the east coast for the past 10 years. I was last competing in the Adult Eq, Level 1 Jumpers, and Open for IHSA. I’ve also worked with a number of OTTB’s and rehab horses. I recently relocated to the Seattle, WA area and am looking to join the H/J community here. I have been having a hard time getting started and am anxious to get back to it as riding has always been such a huge part of my life.
It has been tough to find the right connections and who to talk to get started on a new coast. On top of that, before relocating I was residing in Boston, MA and while there I had all of my tack and apparel stolen. It was 21 years’ worth of riding equipment taken and valued over $15,000. After this happened, I moved to Seattle to be closer to family. At this point, I am unable to financially replace most of these items. I am concerned about my ability to pick up at the level I was at without the support of the network of trainers I had previously and the right equipment.
I was hoping to find a barn who would be willing to take me under their wing. I’d ideally like to get involved with helping out at the barn, with their lesson program, and the IHSA/IEA team. I am really willing to help any way I can, even if it’s grooming or barn work. I’ve held every position in a competitive facility from barn work to teaching riders competing at the 3’ level. If I could do this in exchange for lessons or hacking that would be great, but not completely necessary. I’m happy to provide references of previous trainers and bosses.
I am also very interested in competing Alumni in the area but will not be prepared to start until I have found somewhere to ride and replaced necessary equipment.
Overall, I feel I’ve hit a wall in my riding career with the relocation and theft and wanted to reach out to leaders in the the industry who may be able to offer guidance to get me back on track. I was hoping to reach out to this forum and see if anyone might be able to offer some advice or know anyone to put me in touch with? I’d greatly appreciate any help you could provide. Please feel free to email me at NoelleEChandler@gmail.com
I look forward to hearing from you.