Poplar Place

Stables & Eventing

Margaret H. Whitfield

As next door neighbor to Poplar Place Stables, I have benefited enormously from the kindness, generosity, and expertise of those in residence, visible from my living room windows.  My young warmblood mare in her paddock there was also satisfyingly visible, from my dog walks.  I enjoy seeing riders and horses grazing on the “lawn” of my little Circle T ranch, especially now, at an ancient age, when I can only be more spectator than participant.

I am indebted in particular to Chris Bearden for his expert attention to the various shortcomings of the Circle T, from room and water supply through computer fixes and anything by way of plumbing, electricity and electronics, and his recommendations for a newcomer to this lovely rural valley.  He is always available, by phone or golf cart, no matter what the emergency, and I derive great comfort from his courteous competence.

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Stables & Eventing

Addela Garbos

When I first came to Poplar Place, I was just getting out of a bad relationship with my old riding trainer.  I was nervous and wary of getting burned again.  There was nothing to worry about though.  The Beardens immediately made me feel like I’d been there for years.  I found in Chris a kind and knowledgeable teacher, someone who treated me with respect and courtesy while pushing me to be all that I could be.  I had been riding for 10 years, but it was like I had gotten a new outlook on riding and on myself.  It wasn’t long before I was proudly competing as one of the team, and doing better then I had ever done before.  And if I felt I was being treated well, then my horse was in even better spirits.  He was loving every minute of this new adventure, being very well cared for by the staff.  And that really is the key word, “Care”.  The people at Poplar Place CARE.  They care about you, about your horse, about your goals and aspirations.  They care about helping you reach those goals.  They care even after you have moved on, as I eventually did.  To this day, I consider Poplar Place to be my barn, my team, my friends, and I recommend them to anyone looking for a quality stable.

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Stables & Eventing

Em Ho

I moved to PPSE because of the obviously superior horse care, and I haven’t been disappointed!  Trish takes wonderful care of all the horses, who all look slick and shiny.  Chris is a fantastic instructor, who really takes the time to get to know the rider and the horse, tailoring his instruction to the needs of each.  In the past year, Chris and Trish helped me find a young thoroughbred, fresh off the track.  Since then, we’ve brought him along to prepping for our first BN event in May!

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Stables & Eventing

Hollis Brock

I can’t imagine riding anywhere else. The horses are so well taken care of. Everyone is very conscientious. All aspects of horse care are seen to in a professional manner. Fellow boarders are friendly and helpful.