July 2016

Celebrate America’s Mustangs at the VA Horse Center Aug. 25-27, 2016

Don’t miss the 2016 America’s Mustang tour! Now in its second year, the campaign—which educates Americans about wild mustangs and the public lands that support them—is building upon the successes from its 2015 inaugural tour to inspire everyone to take interest in the breed. This year’s campaign will have three celebration expos along its nationwide route: Queen Creek, Ariz., Sedalia, Mo. and Lexington, Va.
Headlining each of the expo locations is the 100-day Extreme Mustang Makeover […]

June 2016

Horses in History – George Washington’s Horses

As we celebrate Independence Day this week, it seems fitting that we also celebrate one of the best-loved figures of American Independence.

Annual Guided Historical Trail Ride with The Black Horse Cavalry, 4th Virginia, Co. H.

The Battlefield Equestrian Society Proudly Presents its Annual Guided Historical Trail Ride with The Black Horse Cavalry, 4th Virginia, Co. H. on Sunday, June 12, 2016

March 2016

This week in Horse History – Secretariat

Written by Juliette Beauchamp

Last June, American Pharoah galloped into the history books when he won the Belmont Stakes and racing’s prestigious Triple Crown, a feat not equaled since 1978. While horse enthusiasts around the world rejoiced over the bay colt’s success, Virginian’s will always have a special love for American Pharoah’s great-great-great-grandsire, himself a Triple Crown winner.

Secretariat, bred and raised in Virginia, is one of racing’s most beloved figures. He was born at the Meadow […]

Dr. Olive Britt is inducted into the VA Livestock Hall of Fame

The Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame was established to bestow honor and recognition upon Virginians who have made outstanding contributions to the State’s livestock industry and its people.  In 2013,  the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame Award was expanded to include the Horse industry through the efforts of the Virginia Horse Council.  Last fall, five individuals were inducted into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame  on Virginia Tech’s campus. The new Hall of Fame members, […]

This Week in Horse History – Sea Hero

Written By Juliette Beauchamp

The last Virginia-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Sea Hero was born on March 4, 1990. Bred and owned by Paul Mellon, Sea Hero would go on to have a successful, though inconsistent, career as a racehorse and sire.

Mellon, the late philanthropist and art collector, was heir to the Mellon Bank fortune and founded Rokeby Stables in Upperville, Virginia in the late 1940’s. Active in both flat racing and steeplechasing, Rokeby […]

February 2016

This week in Horse History – Sir Gaylord

Written by Juliette Beauchamp

On February 12, 1959 a handsome bay colt was born at Meadow Stud in Doswell, Virginia. Sired by Turn-To and out of Somethingroyal, the colt was named Sir Gaylord, and while he wasn’t as famous a racehorse as others in his family, he would go on to have a profound impact on the Thoroughbred breed.

Turn-To was imported from England as a yearling and sold to Captain Harry Guggenheim. After a modestly successful […]

This Week in Horse History – Black Jack, the riderless horse

Written by Juliette Beauchamp

On February 6, 1976, Black Jack, known to many as the riderless horse in President Kennedy’s funeral, died at Fort Myer (now known as Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall) in Arlington, Virginia.

Black Jack was born on January 19th, 1947 and was the last Army Quartermaster-issued horse. As such, he received an Army brand on his left shoulder and his own personal serial number on the left side of his neck. Black Jack was […]