Hi, new poster here! Also new to dressage, though not a new rider. I was wondering whether anyone could provide recommendations for a dressage barn/trainer around the Los Angeles area for boarding and training. A few different areas would be fine: around Covina would work well, or around north LA / Santa Clarita / Sunland areas would be fine as well. Alternatively, I would be potentially okay with other areas (like Riverside/Corona/Norco, or south to Orange County, or east to Highland/San Bernardino) if the barn was a perfect fit in every other way besides the commute.
Most important is excellent care, safe and well-run facility, experienced/competent staff managing the horses and keeping an eye out, etc. and daily turnout in a decently sized space. And obviously the usual things, like trustworthy, etc.
Second most important is good training in the basics of dressage (for both horse and rider): clear communication, fair to the horse, and ability to offer pro rides or exercise (or rides by a GOOD working student under pro instruction would be fine with me as well) a couple times a week. Trainer should be willing to work with a human student who is new to dressage, and motivated to improve but has no competition goals (I rode hunters/eq “back in the day” but am at a different place in life now). The horse is an OTTB and is smart and sensitive; a tactful ride is a must.
Thanks very much! I’d appreciate any advice on where to look (or where to avoid)! Feel free to pm if you’re more comfortable.