June 2014

PVDA Ride for Life June 21–22, 2014

The annual PVDA Ride for Life on June 21–22, 2014 includes a recognized dressage competition and silent auction to support Breast Cancer Research

1st Anniversary for Animal Awareness & Assistance June 14, 2014

Animal Awareness & Assistance is having their 1st Anniversary Party on Saturday, June 14th

May 2014

2014 WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series Debuts at the Devon Horse Show

The 2014 WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series will be held at the Devon Horse Show and at the WIHS. Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography.

Equine Rescue League Spring Open House May 17-18, 2014

The Equine Rescue League will hold an Open House and Loudoun Spring Farm Tour on May 17-18 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at their Promise Kept Farm near Leesburg, VA

March 2014

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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February 2014

We need more 2014 Trail Ride dates!

TRAIL RIDERS – We are hard at work with updating our Trail Riding in VA article, BUT we have still not heard from many trail event organizers about their 2014 schedule. Our deadline is Monday, Feb. 10th so if you know about a ride, or are planning a ride, send us the info!!!! IT’S FREE!!!

Email us the information or fill out our form – it’s easy and FREE but we need the info by Feb. […]

December 2013

PATH International and ACTHA set goal to hold 1,000 ACTHA Events During March 2014

At their annual international conference in Orlando Florida last week, The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) announced to its 850 North American Centers plans to embark on their largest fund raising project ever. In partnership with The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA), PATH Int’l hopes to raise $1,000,000 for its centers throughout the month of March 2014, with a special focus on the weekend of March 15-16, 2014.

March 2014 will be a very special month for those families in need of physical and emotional therapeutic help that uniquely the horse/human connection can give. Plans include hosting approximately 1,000 ACTHA events throughout North America in this month. Each of PATH International’s Centers will be invited to partake and share in the fun and the funding.

“Getting increased national awareness to our cause and as importantly local awareness in the 850 communities we currently serve on a non profit basis is always an important part of fulfilling our mission. Local volunteers are critical to the daily completion of our mission.That mission is changing and enriching lives by promoting excellence in equine-assisted activities and therapies.” Kay Green, PATH Int’l CEO.

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November 2013

News from Tranquility Farm Education and Renewal Center in Culpeper, VA

Tranquility Farm in Culpeper, VA has partnered with Benefit Wines “America’s Charity Wine Shop” in a new fundraising venture.  Benefit Wines will help to promote Tranquility Farm through creative promotion of TQ Farm’s own label of wines.  Their winery-direct buying power enables Benefit Wines to give 100% of the online retail profit to the farm from purchases of wines under the TQ label. 

A suggestion…Consider buying from the Farm’s wine assortment for gifts for the upcoming holidays!  Purchases will help the farm.  Check […]

October 2013

Emma Kurtz Tops WIHS Pony Equitation Finals; Rosia and Wittig Win Regional Finals on the final day of the show, Sunday Oct. 27, 2013

The 55th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) concluded competition at Verizon Center in downtown Washington D.C. on Sunday, October 27, with the presentation of championship awards in the pony hunter divisions.

Storyteller, owned by Samantha Kasowitz and ridden by Barbara Ann Merryman and Ashton Alexander, earned the Grand Pony Hunter Championship. Daisy Farish was named Best Child Rider on a Pony. The WIHS Pony Equitation Finals were also held in the afternoon with a win for […]

Results from Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 at the Washington International Horse Show

Day two of the 2013 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) featured the presentation of championship honors in the professional and amateur-owner hunter divisions at Verizon Center in downtown Washington D.C. on Wednesday. Kelley Farmer was named Leading Hunter Rider after earning the overall Grand Hunter Championship with Quotable. Romance won the Grand Green Hunter Championship with Peter Pletcher in the irons, and Becky Gochman and Sambalino and Daryl Portela and Winner each earned Grand Amateur-Owner […]