August 2016

Jill Wilson and Virginia Frediani win big in the Hunter Ring at HITS Culpeper

Competition continued at HITS Commonwealth Park with the Constitution Classic during Week V at HITS Culpeper. Professional, Amateur and Junior riders turned out to compete for the top spot in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix and the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix. With only two weeks left until the HITS Championship on September 8-11, riders were hunting for a win to qualify for the prestigious $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix and the $250,000 Platinum Performance […]

Rio Olympic Games – Jumping training day

Competing at the Olympic Games is a big step up for a young man on an upward trajectory, but both he and his horse are totally taking it in their stride.

Does my horse need Antibiotics?

At the first sign of a runny nose it can be tempting to automatically put your horse on antibiotics. We want our horse to get better soon and what harm can it do?

Preparing for the Olympics

An Interview with former Olympian Will Coleman and team veterinarian Dr. Tim Ober
Written by Sarah McKay

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio are quickly approaching, and while the United States will be represented on the equestrian side, so will Virginia. Two Virginians, Lauren Kieffer and Dr. Tim Ober are involved, the former competing in the eventing portion of the games, and the latter supporting the show jumping team as the primary team veterinarian.

Lauren Kieffer, of Middleburg, […]

Gastric Ulcers in Horses

Ulcers in horses are very common but they can be tricky to diagnose as there are a wide range of symptoms. It takes a team effort to address and treat the problem.

Sue Eves – A Tribute to a Legend in the Arabian Horse Industry

On February 23, 2015, the Arabian horse community suffered a great loss when Arabian horse breeder, Suzanne “Sue” Eves, 64, of Charming Meadow Farm in Pennsylvania, died tragically doing what she loved most, caring for her beloved Arabian horses.  While Sue left us all too soon, it was not the end of her amazing legacy.  Sue is the reason that so many that have met her have had exciting beginnings of their own.
The Berks County, […]

July 2016

5 things you can do to “Keep Your Horse Happy”

Welcome to the last article in our “5 Things You Can Do” series. For the closing article, we wanted to address the most important relationship in your horsey life – the one you have with your horse!

3rd case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a Virginia horse this year

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced on Friday, July 22, 2016 the third case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, a mare from Chesapeake, contracted the disease one day and died the next. Vaccination history is unknown. All three horses have been from the Tidewater area.

“One of the reasons most veterinarians recommend a six-month vaccination schedule in Tidewater Virginia is because of the prevalence […]

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 […]

Harold Chopping wins HITS Culpeper $25,000 Brook Ledge Grand Prix on Friday, July 15, 2016

Riders and horses turned out for Friday’s $25,000 Brook Ledge Grand Prix as a weekend of excitement kicked off at the Cavalier Classic, the third week of HITS Culpeper.

Coming home with the victory was Southern Pines, North Carolina equestrian Harold Chopping aboard Basje, owned by Kendra Bullington. This win makes Chopping and Basje’s third blue ribbon in the Grand Prix ring at HITS Commonwealth Park this year.

“He’s a very talented horse, and is also very […]