As the gossip chain has correctly reported, yes, Straight Forward Dressage is leaving Red Bridge Farm. Renee Gorman, Ted's widow, has decided to sell, and I can't say as I blame her -- it's a lot of property to manage, and a huge house for just one person. We are currently looking at several facilities. I have large, elaborate pro-con lists for each place, and will be making a decision about which facility shortly. I'll make sure everyone knows as soon as I sign a contract.
Now, to answer a few of the questions floating around.
No, we are not relocating out of state.
No, we haven't been "kicked out," the Gormans and I have been on good terms for our whole stay at Red Bridge, and the parting will be sad. We have known of this for a while, and have been actively looking for a suitable property.
No, I am not interested in staying on at Red Bridge under the new owners--the property is actually two real estate lots, and one of the lots will be developed, and the remaining parcel is a bit too light on turnout for our needs.
Yes, this is lot of stress, but it's the flip side of being a renter. As a renter, last winter when we had 70+ inches of snow, Red Bridge folks made sure the farm was accessible. When the driveway needed repairs from all of the melt, Red Bridge folks had to track down a contractor and get it fixed. My responsibilities have stayed with running my business, not worrying about the property, which has been great. Those are the benefits of renting a facility.
The negative is I have to relocate from time to time. Each relocation has resulted in better facilities and growth for SFD. I'm optimistic about our next home.