About

Elmstead Farm is a top quality hunter/jumper boarding and training facility located in Plano, Texas. Dedicated to developing horses and riders in a fun and professional atmosphere, Elmstead has been providing the highest level of horse care, riding instruction, and training since 1996.

Elmstead Farm is a family-owned equestrian center operated by owner and head-trainer, Britt McCormick. Our beautiful and private farm, experienced and highly qualified trainers, equine management expertise, and tireless dedication to our horses and clients make Elmstead one of the most successful and recognized hunter/jumper barns in Texas. Please explore our website, visit our Facebook page, and contact us for a tour of our farm or to learn more about our programs.

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Britt McCormick

Britt McCormick has been successfully training horses and riders for over 30 years. He combines decades of professional experience with specialized up-to-date certifications and licenses in multiple domains of the sport. In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Britt is also a USEF licensed ‘R’ hunter and equitation judge, an AQHA licensed specialized hunter judge, a hunter/jumper course designer, and a USHJA certified trainer.

Born into a family of equestrians, Britt spent his early years as a professional rider on the U.S. show circuit, studying under top trainers in the industry before opening his own facility in 1989. In addition to his career as a hunter, jumper, and equitation trainer, Britt has also achieved success as a clinician, competition manager, course designer, and judge.  READ MORE about Britt’s official training statistics via the USHJA.

Britt serves on the board of directors and executive committee for the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA)

Abigail VanWinkle began working with horses at age 7, taking riding lessons at a local farm in Upstate New York. Over the years, she began assisting with instructing summer camps, lessons, continued care for the horses, along with many farm duties until the age of 18.  During her high school years, she competed as part of the local IEA team. She attended Morrisville State College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Equine Science and Barn Management. Successfully achieving Dean’s list every semester, Abbi also dedicated her time to riding on the IHSA Collegiate team all 4 years. During her studies, Abigail completed two internships with the college which included competing on the east coast A-rated show circuit with the campus instructors. In January 2019 Abigail traveled from New York to Texas in order to complete her capstone semester-long internship working here at Elmstead. We were so impressed with Abigail during her internship that we offered her a full-time position upon graduation. Luckily for us she accepted our offer and and returned to Texas after her graduation in order to join Elmstead as Barn Manager and Assistant Trainer. We are thrilled to have such a skilled, professional, and dedicated horsewoman on our team!

HORSE CARE and TRAINING
The training and equine management practices at Elmstead prioritize soundness and well-being with the goal that each animal will be healthy, happy, and successful for many years. We work with the owner, rider, vet and farrier to establish goals and create a plan built on a horse’s unique strengths and suitabilities. Challenges are gradually introduced and reinforced so that full potential can be reached with confidence. Each horse’s training and rest schedule varies weekly depending on that individual’s needs throughout the competition year. We closely monitor the mental and physical health of every horse, constantly tweaking our exercise routines to prevent boredom, fatigue or unsoundness. Furthermore, during training weeks at home our jump/gymnastics courses are re-designed daily to promote novelty and challenge for both horse and rider, and to simulate competition level courses set to proper stride and height measurements.

RIDING INSTRUCTION
Riding instruction at Elmstead is based on the equitation and horsemanship principles set forth by former successful Olympic level riders and trainers such as Bertalan de Némethy and William Steinkraus. Here at Elmstead we emphasize correct equitation and a solid foundation of flatwork. The ultimate goal is for each student to become a confident, soft, and independent rider. Our program utilizes private and group lessons, ongoing professional training for the horse, individualized jumping instruction, advanced flatwork, and a thoughtfully planned show schedule.

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BOARDING
Our flat-rate board price is $1950 per month and provides full-care board, weekly lessons for you and full training for your horse. In addition to the included lessons, training, and daily care we also provide daily treadmill sessions for your horse at no extra charge. We maintain a limited number of clients and horses in our program so that each horse and rider receives personal time and attention. We do not offer public boarding.

Boarding services include:

  • Complete use of our PRIVATE facility with lighted indoor arena. Open Tuesday-Sunday
  • Single or double box stalls with windows, mats, fans, fly spray system and low-dust bagged shavings
  • Customized training program for each horse and rider- All lessons included
  • 3x daily premium grain, hay, alfalfa and supplement feedings
  • Daily grooming and exercise for each horse
  • Daily turn-out in grass paddocks, weather permitting
  • Daily sessions on the Horse Gym equine treadmill
  • Handling and scheduling for veterinary and farrier services
  • Vet and farrier on-site at least 1x/week (services billed directly by the providers)
  • Tack-up service on request: weekdays, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Full laundry service (wash/dry/fold) for saddle pads, wraps, etc.

SHOWING
Our flat-rate horse show fee covers all training, daily horse care, grooming and pro riding/showing services for each horse while at a horse show. The flat-rate also includes schooling the client, lessons on non-show days, tack-up service, wrapping (if needed), un-braiding, lunging (if needed), and show barn set-up/take-down.

The show rates are as follows (note: these rates are for our boarding clients only):

5 day ‘A’ rated show:  $650/show (Wednesday-Sunday)

3 day local show:  $435/show (Friday-Sunday)

1 day local show:  $195/show (Sunday)

Shipping is billed separately. Staff/groom travel expenses and show supplies will be split between clients at each show.

OTHER SERVICES

Commissions– A 10% commission is charged on all horse sales, purchases, and lease transactions arranged/brokered through Elmstead Farm. The commission will be reduced to 5% per party when both parties (buyer and seller) are current in-barn clients of Elmstead Farm.

Lessons– Elmstead does not offer school horse lessons at this time. A limited number of haul-in (bring your own horse) lessons are available. These must be scheduled directly with Britt. The cost is $150 per session/horse. Elmstead does not offer layover stalls or public boarding.

Clinics– Britt offers several clinics throughout the year at various locations. Contact Britt directly to learn more.

Facility

Elmstead Farm boasts many amenities including a bright and spacious main barn, an attached indoor ring with new footing, a Horse Gym treadmill, large individual grass paddocks, an over-sized outdoor arena, three courses of professional show jumps, and a grass riding field. Elmstead also maintains a fully fenced perimeter with an automatic electric gate.

Our 25 stall main barn is extremely open and well-ventilated thanks to the extra high ceilings, ridge vents, large windows throughout, 20 foot aisle-ways, and our row of double (12′x 24′) stalls. The barn includes a large client tack room, permanent stall fans, automatic fly-spray system, indoor equine treadmill, heavy duty mats in stalls and aisle-ways, multiple grooming areas, and indoor (heated) and outdoor wash racks. The building’s roof has been specially treated with a commercial UV/SPF polymer coating to help lower and maintain the barn temperature during hot Texas summers and help keep it warm in winter. The inside of our main barn stays comfortable throughout the year.

Our barn is occupied entirely by our horses and our clients’ horses. It is managed and maintained for their comfort and well-being with year-round training in mind. There is no public boarding, public lesson program, summer camp, or public access to the farm.

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*We are not offering school-horse lessons at this time. However, we do have a limited number of horses and ponies available for in-barn leases. If you are interested in leasing and joining our training/showing program, please call Britt at 972-467-6008. All of our standard monthly boarding fees apply to in-barn leases. 

If you are looking for school-horse lessons there are several other barns in the area offering public lessons on school-horses. Check out the NTHJC website for a list of DFW area barns offering lesson programs.

Show Calendar

2020 Winter/Spring 

Jan. 21-26 Blue Ribbon II – Waco

Feb. 4-9 TX Winter Series II – Katy

Feb. 11-16 TX Winter Series III – Katy

March 17-22 Pin Oak I – Katy

March 24-29 Pin Oak II- Katy

April 21-26 TX Shootout – Tyler

May 12-17 Show Jumping Classic – Fort Worth

2020 Summer/Fall

Coming Soon

Contact

Britt McCormick | 972-467-6008

elmsteadfarm@gmail.com

 

3965 McCreary Rd | Parker, TX 75002