I am thinking about moving from the PNW to Missouri in a couple of years. I would love to know how active dressage is, it seems there is a big show barn around St Louis.

I’d love to hear from anyone that lives, trains and competes there!

You could start with trainers in Missouri, and find out where they work/travel. I’m in the Northwest part of the state, North of Kansas City. We travel to shows in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, St. Louis and Oklahoma. One can show a lot if that is your choice.


the weather in the summertime is pretty oppressive here. There can be weeks at a time when the combined heat and humidity puts comfort level at over 100. And the horseflies are out for months and months. It’s not prohibitively expensive to purchase a house with enough land around it to build your own barn and put in fencing.
Hay is plentiful, inexpensive and good quality.
boarding barns abundant and reasonable.
Don’t know about showing, i don’t do that yet.

SLADS is the local dressage society and it’s quite active. There are a number of good dressage barns in the area, and it’s hard to get into most. Actually boarding around here can be quite scarce and most trainers require you to be in their program, so interview early. I ended up buying my own property.

@eightpondfarm is right about the heat. It’s miserably hot and humid and the flies are…awful. I gave up on August as a training month, the stable flies bite and were just thick. The heat index was up over 110 most days. Think Florida with no breeze (I know I’m really selling it). However, spring and fall can be lovely and the winters have been pretty mild.

Loads of good farriers and vets depending on how close to STL you are, and the NEC is a great show venue, brings in a lot of people.

St. Louis is a strange place - many people say it’s difficult to make friends here but I haven’t found that part too bad, at least in the horsey realm. There’s lots to do in the city, and that part I’m really falling in love with, sort of this rural/city blend. PM me if you have more questions :slight_smile:

This was a very strange summer. Way hotter than we normally get. I think you can probably say that about most of the country though.

If you can ride before noon it is usually bearable and the flies aren’t too bad if you fly spray them well.

The best thing is the affordability of the area and the fact that you can get to neighboring states fairly quickly. STL area does have a large number of good farriers.

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I’m about an hour from STL, but I think we have a nice little dressage scene. You’re not going to have the same quality as the coast, but there are some really nice barns and trainers. And people are really nice. I ripped a pair of breeches a couple weeks ago at the SLADS show and had numerous people trying to help me out–some of which I had only met at the show that weekend. You’ll see anything from nice WBs to OTTBs and mustangs competing.

The NEC is a good show venue. They have a series of schooling shows too that will only put you out $100 for a full weekend and you get to show at the same facility as the recognized shows.

As others have said–cheaper to live here. I pay $3.50/bale of nice quality grass hay. We went the route of having our own place as I like the horses at home (which is also why we’re outside of the city area).

Summer usually has a few weeks or a month where it’s very miserable. So many freaking horse flies + hot and humid. But if you ride first thing and lather on the fly spray it’s doable.

Winter also usually has a few weeks or a month where it’s very miserable. We don’t have an indoor and I still average riding about 4 days/week in our well-drained outdoor. Only time I don’t is when it’s sub-20 and generally those colder snaps don’t last more than a week (last winter was an exception with a two week stretch).

Feel free to PM. :slight_smile:

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