June 2017

Ashleigh Dove of Purcellville, VA wins the Randolph Scholarship during the 2017 Upperville Horse Show

UPPERVILLE, VA – Ashleigh Dove, a Purcellville, VA resident who discovered foxhunting while she was a Foxcroft School student and has been a regular participant with the Middleburg Hunt even while away at college, received the Theodora Ayer Randolph Sporting Scholarship “under the oaks” at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show on June 10, 2017.

The scholarship, which carries a $1,000 cash award, is given annually in memory of Randolph and the true sporting spirit she […]

November 2016

Lauren Kieffer’s Reflections on Rio

Lauren Kieffer from Middleburg, Virginia represented team USA in eventing this year at the Olynpics.  Read how she got there and where she plans to go now!

Written by Sarah McKay and appeared in our Nov/Dec 2016 issue
Ever since Lauren Kieffer was a little girl, it had been a dream of hers to compete in the Olympics. A passion and career woven into one, Kieffer’s love for horses and riding all began with a gift of riding […]

October 2016

WIHS Regional Horse Show and USHJA Zone 3 Championship Featured at Prince George’s Equestrian Center

The 2016 WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Championship, presented by The Linden Group at Morgan Stanley, was hosted at Prince George’s Equestrian Center (PGEC) in Upper Marlboro, MD, on Friday, October 21, through Sunday, October 23. The event offers local and regional riders a final chance to qualify to compete at this week’s Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), one of the most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events in North America.

WIHS begins Tuesday, […]

Madeira School hosts ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge Competition November 5, 2016

A Junior Horsemanship Challenge competition will be hosted by The Madeira School on November 5, 2016. It is a multi-phase team competition sponsored by the American National Riding Commission (ANRC) based on ANRC’s National Intercollegiate Equitation Championship, now in its 40th year.

Teams of two or three students in grades 6 through 12 will compete in four events: a Program Ride; a Medal Course; a Derby Course; and a Written Test, which is based on forward […]

How to Prepare for Finals

3 Virginia Trainers share their strategies on how they mentally and physically prepare their riders for year end shows

Written by Sarah McKay for our Sept/Oct. 2016 Issue
As  summer winds down and fall begins, horse show finals will soon be upon us. We asked three trainers from around Virginia to share their insights into what makes their riders and horses successful at year-end final competitions:
When it comes to preparing ahead of time, Pam Baker, of Hillcrest […]

September 2016

The Virginia Hunter Championships – bringing the Hunter Community together

The Virginia Hunter Championships celebrated the success of their second annual show this past August.

Barn Night Returns to the Washington International Horse Show at Verizon Center on October 27

Popular night for young riders and horse lovers  features contests and prizes! 

One of the most popular nights during the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is Barn Night, presented by  Dover Saddlery with the generous support of The Peterson Family Foundation and National Harbor, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Barn Night is a favorite with young riders, barn mates and horse lovers who attend in groups and have […]

Sept. 18th Elysian Hills Starter Horse Trial, Combined Test and Dressage Show

Looking for a fun event to put some miles on your young horses, or new to Eventing and want to keep it low key? Check out the Elysian Hills Starter Horse Trial, Combined Test, and Dressage Show (flexible entry). Located in Marshall, VA and includes Introductory (18”), Elementary (2‘), Beginner Novice, Novice and Training levels. Flexible entry format (enter dressage only, any two phases, or three phases). Courses have lots of open space and room […]

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.