MOVING TO VILLACH
When my partner and I started to talk about moving to Villach, aside from leaving my family and friends, leaving my horseback riding was one of my biggest concerns. At home in Canada, I had had the same coach for over ten years and had a very good setup. Leaving that behind worried me, and I knew I was going to have to give it everything I had to try to find a horse farm and coach that I knew was going to be what I was looking for. So, before I had even moved here, I started contacting different farms in hopes that I could have a barn to ride at as soon as I arrived at Villach. I would use my contacts in the horse industry and use social media to find barns that I thought looked good. Unfortunately, I ran into some challenges while doing this. First of all, it is very hard to get in contact with people and explain what you are looking for when there is such a big language barrier. Second, the majority of the bigger barns seemed to be quite far from Villach as many of the bigger competitions tend to be in Germany. Lastly, I had a hard time finding updated websites or Facebook pages of farms around Villach, so I decided my best option would be to wait until I arrived in Villach to physically go out and find a farm.