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 ‘R’ judge, ‘R’ 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.  READ MORE about Britt’s official training statistics via the USHJA.

Britt is also a member of the USHJA Board of Directors, USHJA Executive Committee and Chairman of the USEF National Hunter Committee.

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 flat-rate board price is $1750 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 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 show training, daily care, grooming and pro riding/showing services for each horse while at a horse show. This includes: schooling, lessons, barn care, feeding/watering, bathing, grooming, wrapping, un-braiding, lunging (if needed), and show barn set-up/take-down.

The show rates are as follows:

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. Haul-in lessons (ie: riders who bring their own horse) are welcome. Dates/times may be scheduled directly with Britt or Leslie. The cost is $150 per session. Haul-in clients may use our cross-ties and wash racks; however, Elmstead does not offer layover stalls. There is a local barn nearby that offers nightly stall rental for haul-in clients who need that service.

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

2019 Winter/Spring 

Jan. 16-20 Blue Ribbon I – Waco

Jan. 22-27 Blue Ribbon II – Waco

Feb. 5-10 TX Winter Series II – Katy

March 19-24 Pin Oak – Katy

April 23-28 TX Shootout – Tyler

May 15-19 Show Jumping Classic – Fort Worth

2019 Summer/Fall

June 11-16  Blue Ribbon Summer I – Waco

June 18-23  Blue Ribbon Summer II – Waco

July 29- Aug. 4 Kentucky Summer – Lexington

Aug. 5- Aug. 11 2019 USEF Pony Finals – Lexington

Aug. 12-17 KY Bluegrass Festival- Lexington

Contact

Britt McCormick | 972-467-6008

elmsteadfarm@gmail.com

 

3965 McCreary Rd | Parker, TX 75002