Due to the wet weather , The Rivanna Run hunter show series has been cancelled for March 9th, but be sure to join their sister show Rock Branch Hunter Show on March 23 in North Garden, Va. All shows begin at 8:30 a.m.; gates open at 6:45 a.m. with schooling until 8:15 a.m. Preregistration is $12/class or $14/class day of show. Visit www.rivannarun.com for prize list, entry form, and directions, or call 434.974.1583 (email email@example.com).
It’s time for Champion Saddlery’s March Madness Sale! Both stores (Doswell and Midlothian, Va.) host the 3-day event from March 14–16; sale includes boots, clothes, saddles, and much more—every item on sale 10 to 50 percent off retail. Visit http://www.championsaddlery.com/pages/events.php for hours and directions, or call 804.227.3434 (Doswell), 804.594.7060 (Midlothian).
Kelly’s Ford Equestrian Center hosts its fifth annual community tack swap on March 15, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the indoor arena. Unique, one-of-a-kind treasures! Equestrian demonstrations and guest speakers, plus breakfast and lunch refreshments available. Contact the center for space by March 13; firstname.lastname@example.org, 540.399.1800, or http://www.innatkellysford.com/equest.html.
Trainer Wendy Murdoch will host a clinic on March 8, 2014, at Evergreen Farm in Berryville, Va. She will discuss the Murdoch Method for horses and riders to reach their full potential. Cost is $145 for 45-minute to 1 hour session; auditors, $15/person (each rider may bring 1 auditor for no cost). No audio or video equipment allowed; Coggins presented day of clinic. Contact Evergreen Farm to reserve a spot: email@example.com (www.evergreenfarm.info) or call 540.955.0529; for more information about Wendy Murdoch, visit http://www.murdochmethod.com.
Averett University’s Intercollegiate Dressage Assoc. (IDA) team shone on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at St. Andrews University, in Laurinburg, NC at the last competition of the regular season. The team went into the weekend with a 4 point lead over the 2nd place team, St. Andrews, and held them off to secure 1st place in the region. Averett finished 1st and 3rd overall, thanks to the following rides:
At First Level:
Senior Shannon Stone placed 4th
Senior Jessie Hayes placed 3rd
At Upper Training:
Senior Lindsey Baker placed 1st
Freshman Amanda Arnold placed 2nd
Robert L. Banner, President of Great Meadow Foundation in The Plains, VA reported that on Friday, February 28, 2014, Great Meadow completed purchase of their adjacent 174 acres called Fleming Farm, reuniting parcels that were originally purchased by Arthur “Nick” Arundel in 1982 so that The Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase races could establish a permanent home.
At that time, Arundel separated enough land to adequately host the races and retained interest in the remaining acres. He established a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, now known as Great Meadow Foundation and donated the racecourse property to the Foundation. Great Meadow’s mission is to “preserve open space for equestrian and community service.” Today, the foundation plays host to more than 40 events and draws more than 200,000 spectators through its gates annually. In addition to being the permanent home of the Gold Cup steeplechase races, the Great Meadow calendar features polo, show jumping, wine festivals, rocketry competition, cross-country foot races, and a very popular July Fourth celebration.