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June 2015

“Too Hot to Ride?” Seminar

Hot weather have you worried about riding your horse and his/her health? The Nokesville Horse Society, Inc. will be hosting on July 8th a seminar with speaker Jennifer Supinger (a local equestrian that was an endurance racer for 10 years.) Topics will include electrolytes, sponging, feeding, signs of distress, and anything you may have questions about. She is a wealth of information and has lots of tips and tricks that could help keep your horse cool, keep comfortable, […]

Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association 500th Trail Ride

STRHA is a fun group of horse folks who love to ride the trails of the Shenandoah Valley. In celebrating their 500th ride they will be hosting a trail ride at Mcllwee Farm in Star Tannery VA on August 22. Larry Mcllwee and Eugene Keckley will be leading an (approximately) five hour mountain trail ride. The next morning will consist of a second short ride before departing camp. Some climbs and rocks will be present so it is recommended […]

Western Riders of Virginia Horse Show

Western Riders of Virginia, Inc., is a non-profit association that seeks to promote an interest in western horses and western horsemanship.  They sponsor all-western, open horse and pony shows each year.  Their schedule includes six regular shows featuring western pleasure classes, speed classes and calf roping.  Regular shows are on the first Saturday of each month beginning in April except July which will be 7/18/15.  Some of their  jackpot shows are NBHA (National Barrel Horse Association) […]

Dealing With Flies

Dealing with flies is an unfortunate consequence to owning horses. They can drive our horses mad if we let them. There are 120,000 different species of flies around the world, but luckily only seven of them are troublesome to your horse. Different types of flies attack different parts of your horses body. Biting flies feed on animal blood which can be painful and cause allergic reactions. Non-biting flies do not feed on blood, instead feeding […]

Make Your Horse a No-Fly Zone

The long, cold winter is behind us. Spring is here, and suddenly your horse is plagued by flies, gnats, mosquitoes and ticks. What’s a caring horse owner to do? Here are five ways in which you can help your horse live in a no-fly zone this summer.

1. Manage the environment

There are several steps you can take to make your horse’s environment more inviting for him and less inviting for bugs.

Manage the manure. Make sure the […]

May 2015

Back to Basics Horse Show June 20th-21st

Since 2000, Back To Basics Horse Show Association has taken pride in promoting a love of horses in a relaxed, fun, and family-oriented atmosphere. BBHSA welcomes all breeds of horses to their organization, and prides themselves  on a diverse show schedule that includes English, Western, Timed Events, Driving, Over Fences, various Mini Horse classes and Gaited Country Pleasure classes where English, Western or Period Attire is allowed. It also has In-Hand Halter classes, Lead Line, […]

Horse Show Safety- Are You Doing All You Can?

It’s horse show season again! For many of us, it’s a time of fun, seeing friends from last year, getting to spend time with our horses, and perhaps bringing home some ribbons, trophies or prize money. But all it takes is one accident, illness, injury or theft, and suddenly the show isn’t as much fun anymore.

We’ve looked at some ways exhibitors can take steps to insure that when the show is over, the only memories […]

History, Horses, Hauntings Trail Ride on June 6-7 in West, VA

The first annual “History, Horses, Hauntings” equine trial ride will open the previously private historic 237 acre Stephenson, Virginia property 4 miles from West, VA to the public. Planned for Sat & Sun June 6-7, 2015 from 10:00am until 12:30pm. on both dates. Ride the 3 to 5 miles of beginner to intermediate level trails by pre-reservation email only due to limited parking on site. Address given at time of reservation to serious inquiries. Entrance […]

Alumni Tournament of Champions on June 14 in Stevenson, MD

The Alumni Tournament of Champions is the only horse show that solely celebrates alumni of the IHSA. In its 4th year, it invites anyone who showed as part of their collegiate career to compete, on horses provided, for Championship titles in Equitation Hunt Seat and Western.
The 2015 tournament will be held at St. Timothy’s school in Stevenson, MD. The facility boasts two rings and therefore we were able to combine both Western and Hunt Seat […]


On Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. at Ruxville Farm, Moseley, VA 23120 there will be coaching and casual competition in the sport of TREC. TREC is an international trail riding sport that tests the full range of abilities of the horse and rider partnership. It involves navigating both mounted and dismounted obstacles, and accurately guiding and controlling the horse.

In addition, TREC participants learn how to use a map and compass to follow a course […]