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 owned and operated by Rachel and Britt McCormick. 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 and recognized hunter/jumper 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 30 years. Britt is a USEF licensed judge, course designer, and USHJA certified trainer. He is the only hunter/jumper professional in Texas with all three of these national credentials. Born into a family of equestrians, Britt spent his early years riding and competing on the U.S. show circuit, studying under top trainers in the industry before opening his own facility in 1989. Since then Britt has trained countless horses and riders and he has achieved success in every facet of the industry…from rider, coach, trainer, farm owner, show manager, course designer to judge. Britt also serves on the Board of Directors for The United States Hunter Jumper Association.  READ MORE about Britt’s official training statistics via the USHJA.

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 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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BOARDING
Our all-inclusive board price is $1650 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.

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 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
  • Vets and farriers on-site at least 2x/week (services billed directly by 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 rates cover all daily care, grooming and training services for each horse while at a horse show. This includes: training rides, show schooling, lunging, stall cleaning, feeding/watering, bathing, grooming, wrapping, un-braiding, and show barn set-up/take-down. Staff/groom travel expenses and supplies will be split between clients. Hauling is billed separately at $1.50 per loaded mile.

The show rates are as follows:

1 week ‘A’ rated show:  $700/show (Tues-Sunday)

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

1 day local show:  $195/show (Sunday)

LESSONS (for non-boarders)
Elmstead offers a small, high-quality lesson program for riders who do not have their own horse. The Elmstead Academy program is designed to give riders a solid 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 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. 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.

Our Academy program offers lessons for all ages and skill levels. Lessons are private or semi-private, 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.

We offer each prospective student a free, no-obligation trial lesson to see if our program is the right fit for you.

If you decide to train with us you may purchase a lesson package (no expiration) at a discounted rate, or you may pay for each lesson individually.  See the pricing and package discounts below.

Lesson Prices:

$75 per lesson (package of 10/no expiration)

$85 per lesson (package of 5/no expiration)

$100 per lesson (purchased individually)

All lessons are private or semi-private (no more than two riders)

Show Calendar

2017 Fall Show Calender

Sept. 2-3 NTHJC TX Rose Horse Park- Tyler, TX

Sept. 29- Oct. 1 NTHJC Valhalla Equestrian

Oct. 27-29 NTHJC TX Rose Horse Park- Tyler, TX

Nov. 17-19 NTHJC Year End Show- Tyler, TX

2018 Winter/Spring Show Calendar

(under construction-pending release of all 2018 show dates)

Dec. 6-10 Christmas Show “A”- Waco, TX

Jan. 24-28 Winter Warm up “A”- Waco, TX

Feb. 21-25 TX Winter Series IV “A”- Katy, TX

Contact

Britt McCormick | 972-467-6008

Barn phone | 972-442-1765

elmsteadfarm@gmail.com

 

3965 McCreary Rd | Parker, TX 75002

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