February 2015

Restoring A Rare Breed

Cherokee and Choctaw Horses at Summer Duck Wood
Written by S.E. Morris

Mary Carter McConnell established her herd of Cherokee and Choctaw horses at her farm, Sumer Duck Wood, in Rapidan, Va., in 2007. The 1,500 acres of property encompass 500 open acres for paddocks, miles of trails, and 35 jumps for a hunter pace practice course.

“We currently have fifty-six horses on the property, said McConnell. “The first horses for my herd arrived from Oklahoma in 2007; […]

Adult Re-Riders – Back in the Saddle Again!

Reprinted from the Sept/Oct. 2014 Issue. Written by S. E. Morris
Autumn is upon us; for many, it’s time to go back to school. Perhaps we should ask ourselves, is it also time to return to riding? Adults in greater numbers have resumed horseback riding after a time lapse, whereas others are experiencing the joy of learning to ride for the first time. Several riding programs in Virginia offer lessons, support, and health advice for “those […]

River Bend Pony Club Combined Test & Schooling Show March 15, 2015

The River Bend Pony Club will host their combined test and schooling show on March 15. Build up from First Timers (18″) through Baby Novice (2’3″), Beginner Novice (2’7″), Novice (2’11”) and Training (3’3″) to Preliminary (3’7″).  Schooling Rides earn you a judged dressage ride and/or 3 minutes in our jumping arena for you to do whatever you want!

The event will be held at Frying Pan Park in Herndon, Va; Opening Date – January 12 (Entries […]

Mary King Clinic at Morven Park Nov. 20-21, 2014

Written by Jenna Calcaterra

On November 20–21 Mary King came to the area to teach a two-day clinic at Morven Park in Leesburg, Va. For those of you who don’t know about Mary, she is a British eventer who has won many medals among the Olympics, World Equestrian Games and European Championships. She has been part of six Olympic three-day teams and is, in the eventing world, an icon of Team Great Britain. Over the course […]

January 2015

Virginia Equine Organizations Take a Look Back on 2014

Written By Penny Hawes.
The photos included in this article were contributed by our Facebook fans. They exemplify the diversity of breeds and disciplines of riding in Virginia. We congratulate all of our readers for their success in 2014.
  This year was an active one for many equine organizations in Virginia. Although there was record attendance at some events, participation was a bit lower for others. Several individuals with their fingers on the pulse of hunter/jumper […]

December 2014

Holiday Gifts: What to ask for when you know you’re not getting a horse!

Here’s a list—by no means comprehensive—of some possible presents to ask your loved ones for this holiday season

Clifton Horse Society holiday parade Dec. 6

Come join in the holiday spirit, complete with Christmas caroling, through Clifton, Va., on Dec. 6.

November 2014

Mechanicsville, VA Equestrian Property at Auction Dec. 5 over 11 Acres

Auction on Fri., Dec. 5 @ 1pm. 4 BR/3 BA custom 3,700 +/‐ sf brick home on 11.62 +/‐ acres located in Plainview Estates

T-Town Tack Boot and Storewide Sale – Nov. 15th

One day only from 9 am to 4 pm. Great prices, shop early for the holidays!

Our Nov./Dec. Issue is online and in stores!

The November/December 2014 issue is now available to view online and pick up at your favorite tack and feed store! Don’t miss this issue! Here’s what’s inside:

Page 6. What’s News – News and Events in the Virginia Equestrian Community
Page 10. Holiday Gifts for the Horse Lover on your list – What to ask for when you know you’re not going to get a horse!
Page 16. Always Something New –  There is no “Normal” for the vets of the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center
Page 20. Seeing Like […]


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