About

Elmstead Farm is a first-class 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.

Our beautiful and private farm, experienced trainers, equine management expertise, and tireless dedication to our horses and clients make Elmstead one of the most successful show barns in Texas. Please explore our website and contact us for a tour of our farm or to learn more about our programs.

EXPERT TRAINERS

Britt McCormick

Britt McCormick has been successfully training horses and riders for over 25 years. Britt is a USEF licensed “R” judge, “R” course designer, and USHJA certified trainer. He is the only hunter/jumper trainer in Texas with all three of these credentials. Born into a family of professional equestrians, Britt spent his early years riding and competing on the national show circuit, studying under top trainers in the industry before opening his own facility in 1989. Since then Britt has coached horses and riders to championships and national titles year after year. Britt trains students and horses who are competing on the national USEF “A” show circuit. He travels with these riders and their horses to competitions across the country. READ MORE about Britt’s official training statistics via the USHJA.

Grace Falconer joined Elmstead Farm in 2013 as a full-time trainer, instructor, and rider. In addition to being a seasoned professional equestrian with over a decade of experience, Grace also has a bachelor’s degree in Equine Science and Management from Morrisville State College in New York. She is a highly qualified and experienced horsewoman. Here at Elmstead, Grace trains students and horses to compete at the local and regional levels. She takes students to both local and “A” rated horse shows. Grace also assists Britt with our daily horse care, exercise, and training programs, which are tailored to each individual horse and rider in our program.

Rachel McCormick is the Elmstead Academy program director and barn manager. Her areas of expertise include riding instruction, curriculum development, horsemanship instruction, and young rider programs. Rachel graduated from UT Dallas with degrees in Education and English. In addition to being a farm owner and riding instructor, she is a Certified Teacher in the State of Texas and has taught grades 4-8. Rachel and Britt have two children: their son is a high-school student and competitive rider; their daughter is a professional musician and student at The University of Texas at Austin.

HORSE 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 (by Britt, our in-house licensed course designer) 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 riders and trainers such as Bill Steinkraus and George Morris. 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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Services

BOARDING
Our all-inclusive board price is $1650 per month and provides full-care board, full training for the horse, weekly riding lessons, daily horse care, turnout, and daily treadmill sessions for each horse. We maintain a limited number of clients and horses in our program so that each horse and rider receives personalized one-on-one attention.

Elmstead monthly services include:

  • Complete use of our PRIVATE facility with lighted indoor arena. Open Tues.-Sun. (all hours) to clients
  • 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 pro rides and lessons included
  • Two full-time trainers on staff to accommodate our clients’ busy schedules
  • 3x daily premium grain (Purina Ultium), 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 2x/week (all services billed directly from the provider)
  • 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 full-care horse show rate for horses/riders attending multi-day shows on the national circuit is $600/show week. This fee covers all daily care and training services for each show, including: pro training rides, pro show rides, show schooling, lunging, daily exercise, stall cleaning, feeding/watering, bathing, tack-up/un-tack, grooming, wrapping, un-braiding, and show barn set-up. Staff travel and meal expenses will be split between clients.

Our horse show rate for Academy students or boarders attending local shows is $175/day for a single day local show and $125/day for a multi-day local show, plus hauling and entry fees. If a rider will be competing on an Elmstead-owned school horse there is an additional charge of $100/show which may be split between two riders using the same horse. Click here to see our local show schedule. Local shows are generally only one day in length. Occasionally there will be two-day competitions.

HAULING
$1.00 per loaded mile. $200 flat-rate for in-town service or local shows. Hauling services are available to our boarding and Academy clients only.

LESSONS (for non-boarders)
Elmstead offers a high-quality lesson program for riders of all levels who do not have their own horse. The Elmstead Academy program is designed to give riders a solid and safe foundation in both general horsemanship and english riding. Academy students generally ride two or three times a week and compete with Elmstead on the local level. Lessons are taught by highly qualified instructors on Elmstead-owned show horses or ponies. Prospective students must be evaluated and accepted into the program.  Please contact us for more information or to schedule a free evaluation lesson.

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 28 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. There is no public boarding or public access to the farm.

Academy

The Elmstead Academy is a place to learn english riding skills and horsemanship from highly qualified trainers in a top show-barn setting. It’s also a place to have fun, make friends, and develop true respect and love for our equine partners!

Our Academy program offers lessons for all ages and skill levels, from very beginner to those looking to compete in horse shows. Lessons are private or small group format, with a foremost emphasis on developing a quality and solid foundation upon which riders may build their skills and proficiency as they progress through the sport.

Most students ride in small group lessons twice per week. Some choose to supplement their riding instruction with an additional private lesson once or twice a month. Beginners are required to take private lessons until their skill level is sufficient to join a group.

Please contact us to learn more about the Elmstead Academy program and to schedule an evaluation and placement lesson.

Show Calendar

2017 Local/Regional Show Calendar

  • March NTHJC Flower Mound Farm
  • March 18-19 NTHJC TX Rose Horse Park
  • April 23 NTHJC The Paddocks
  • May 14 NTHJC Valhalla Equestrian
  • June 11 NTHJC Valhalla Equestrian
  • June 23-25  Blue Ribbon “A”-Waco, TX 
  • July 5-9 GO Show I  “A”- Oklahoma*
  • July 11-16 GO Show II “A”- Oklahoma*
  • Sept. 10 NTHJC Prospering Farm
  • Sept. 17 NTHJC Willow Draw
  • Oct. 1 NTHJC Valhalla Equestrian
  • Oct. 21-22 NTHJC TX Rose Horse Park
  • Nov. 5 NTHJC Flower Mound Equestrian
  • Nov. 18-19 NTHJC Yr End: TX Rose

2017 National Circuit Show Calendar 

  • Jan. 18-22 Blue Ribbon-  Waco, TX
  • Feb. 1-5 TX Winter Series I- Katy, TX
  • Feb. 8-12 TX Winter Series II- Katy, TX
  • Feb. 15-19 TX Winter Series III- Katy, TX
  • Feb. 22-26 TX Winter Series IV- Katy, TX
  • March 21-26 Pin Oak I- Katy, TX
  • March 28-April 2 Pin Oak I- Katy, TX
  • April 4-9 Spring Gathering- Katy, TX
  • April 18-23 Queenie Prod.- Tulsa, OK 
  • June 6- 11 Country Heir I- Lexington, KY*
  • June 13-18 Country Heir II- Lexington, KY*
  • July 5-July 9 HITS Culpepper- VA*
  • July 11-16 HITS Culpepper- VA*
  • July 18- 23 HITS on the Hudson- Saugerties, NY*
  • July 25- 30 HITS on the Hudson- Saugerties, NY*
  • Aug. 1- 6 HITS on the Hudson- Saugerties, NY*
  • Aug 7-12 Pony Finals- Lexington, KY*
  • Aug. 14-20 Bluegrass/Derby Finals- Lexington, KY*
  • Sept. 13-17 Maclay Regionals- St. Louis, MO
  • Sept. 28-Oct. 1 GSWEC Fall- Katy, TX
  • Oct. 9-15 Penn National- Harrisburg, PA
  • Nov. 1-5 Harvest- Katy, TX
  • Nov. 8-12 Autumn Classic- Katy, TX
  • Nov. 15-19 Final Chase- Katy TX

Contact

Britt McCormick | 972-467-6008

3965 McCreary Rd | Parker, TX 75002

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