February 2015

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 […]

March 2014

Horse Shows March 29–30, 2014

The Back to Basics Horse Show Association offers its first show of the season on March 29–30, 2014. Held at the Lucky Drive Ranch in Catlett, Va., gates open at 7 a.m. for parking and the ring is open until 8:45 a.m. for schooling; the show begins at 9 a.m. On Saturday, pleasure, flat, jumping, and driving classes will be held, with Western classes beginning the show; Sunday offers the speed events and Gymkhana. A […]

Secretariat’s Birthday Celebration March 29, 2014

Big Red’s annual birthday celebration at The Meadow in Doswell, Va., will host the three men who rode the legendary race horse at the peak of his spectacular career. Hall of Fame jockeys Ron Turcotte and Eddie Maple, plus exercise rider Charlie Davis, are scheduled to join the festivities March 29, marking the first time all three have gathered together at Secretariat’s birthplace.

Joining the gathering will be Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery and co-author of the award-winning Secretariat’s Meadow: The Land, The Family, The Legend, and Riva Ridge: Penny’s First Champion, which she wrote with Leeanne Meadows Ladin.

The one-day program begins at 11 a.m. New this year is an open house for the Museum of the Virginia Horse and the Meadow Champions Galleries in the Meadow Hall mansion, which illustrates the history of the horse in Virginia since Colonial times. The Meadow Champions Galleries showcase the famous broodmares and racehorses of Meadow Stable, as well as the 1972–73 Triple Crown races of Secretariat and Riva Ridge. Also included in the line-up of events are autograph sessions; extensive display of Secretariat merchandise and memorabilia for purchase; exclusive memorabilia display, including the first training saddles worn by Secretariat and Riva Ridge; Secretariat descendants from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River; narrated tram tours of the farm; presentation of the horses and hounds of the Caroline Hunt; and pony rides and a moon bounce.

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Sign up now for Spring Horse Trials coming up on March 29–30, 2014

Virginia starter horse trials, combined test, and dressage schooling will be held March 30 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va. Entries close March 25. Trials are to add an Advance Green XC Course for both the March and August/September Schooling events. There will be 8–10 simple obstacles, logs, and brush fences; no water and no ditches. The course will go around the water complex into the bowl area and back to the finish […]

Piedmont Horse and Dog Expo March 29, 2014

Dog and horse lovers—the horse and dog expo is March 29 at the Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises building! Demonstrations by both dog and horse experts, educational exhibits, and vendors are scheduled; event is 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., with admission only $5 (free for younger than 12). Proceeds benefit local 4-H clubs, the FFA, and the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League. Visit www.piedmonthorseexpo.com for more information and schedule of events!

Hazelwild Horse Show March 23, 2014

Hazelwild Farm Winter Hunter Show Series continues March 23, 2014 in Fredericksburg, Va. The VHSA-associate and BHSA show, held in the indoor ring, begins with open schooling from 7 a.m.–8 a.m. and short stirrup schooling from 8 a.m.–8:15 a.m.; the show starts at 8:30 a.m. This month’s judge is Michelle Poarch. Entries are $12/class. For a prize list, email secretary@hazelwildfarm.com or visit http://hazelwildfarm.com/Horse_Events_Prizelists.html.

Dressage at Kelly’s Ford March 22, 2014

Kelly’s Ford Equestrian Center hosts an educational seminar and dressage schooling show on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Remington, Va. The event, in the indoor arena, is sponsored by the Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association and will be conducted by USEF licensed “R” judge Nicky Vogel. Seminar will begin with two demonstration rides with scores and comments. For a prize list, email kellysford.horseshows@aol.com, call 540.399.1800, or visit http://www.innatkellysford.com/equest.html.

Autumn Olive Farm Horse Show March 22, 2014

Autumn Olive Farm hunter show will be held March 22, 2014 in Goochland, Va. The VHSA and BHSA show begins with open schooling at 7 a.m.; the show starts at 8:30 a.m. This month’s judge is Payton Hardinge. Pre-entries are $12/class the Thursday before the Saturday show; post-entry is $14/class. For a prize list and entry form, email: autumnolivefarm@msn.com, call 804.457.3707, or visit http://www.autumnolivefarm.com/shows.

Upcoming Events at Morven Park March 20–23, 2014

Join Dr. Jay Joyce for a movie, popcorn, and discussion on the biomechanics of equine movement on March 20 from 7-9:30 p.m. at Morven Park, Leesburg, Va. Increase your understanding of the equine muscular-skeletal system and learn how to improve performance, reduce risk of injury, and make the horse more comfortable. Free admission; preregistration required. For registration information, contact Laura Doyle at ldoyle@morvenpark.org or visit http://www.morvenpark.org/programs/event/2014/03/20/equine-health-series-movie-night.

Register now for clinics offered by the Virginia Dressage […]

Equestrian Events March 16, 2014

Morven Park Equestrian Center (Leesburg, Va.) hosts the arena driving trial carriage driving event on March 16. The American Driving Society recognized event offers challenges to new and seasoned carriage drivers in dressage, cones, and obstacles. Entry fee is $65. For more information, contact Laura Doyle (703.777.2890; ldoyle@morvenpark.org) or visit http://www.morvenpark.org/programs/equestrian.html/event/2014/03/16/arena-driving-trial-carriage-driving-event.

EKG Stables at Hill Valley Farm Winter Hunter Show Series continues March 16 in Spotsylvania, Va. The VHSA-associate and BHSA show begins with open […]