August 2016

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.

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, […]

July 2016

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 […]

June 2016

5 Ways to Improve your Dressage Score!

Nearly every week we read about another upper-level dressage rider scoring in the 80s. You can improve your own scores, sometimes dramatically, by doing your homework.

May 2016

Morven Park’s 4th Annual Carriage Pleasure Driving Show, Combined Test, and Cross-Country Pleasure Drive June 18-19

Morven Park is hosting its fourth annual Carriage Pleasure Driving Show, Combined Test and Cross-Country Pleasure Drive on June 18 & 19, anticipating about 50 entries from throughout the eastern United States. The event is free to spectators, so bring a picnic and a blanket and step back in time as antique and reproduction carriages are drawn by miniature horses, drafts, pairs, and singles.

On Saturday, June 18, drivers will compete in a wide range of classes […]

Looking for something to do? Visit our Calendar of Events page!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Our Calendar of Events page has been updated to include as many Shows, Hunter Paces, Trail Rides, Clinics and Events that we could find throughout Virginia. Here is a list for the next week.

East Coast Stock Horse Assoc. first show is May 7-8, 2016

The East Coast Stock Horse Association (ECSHA) is pleased to announce its 3nd Annual Show Series, featuring five events in Reva, Virginia showcasing East Coast stock horses of all breeds and their riders. Contestants qualify for year-end awards by competing in any three 2015 ECSHA shows.

The East Coast Stock Horse Association is an outreach organization of Horsemen’s International Ministry. The ECSHA offers a family friendly, affordable, fun environment to promote the versatility of the stock […]

April 2016

Safety on the Trail

As the warmer weather and longer days of spring approach, many riders in Virginia look forward to trail riding. Virginia is rich in riding opportunities

Battlefield Equestrian Society Bluebell Ride on April 12, along Bull Run

Ride with BES and SWETS for a lovely ride through Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) property and some private property near Bull Run

VHSA “Ask the Judges” Clinic on April 16th at Rose Mount Farm Horse Show

The VHSA Special Events Committee will be holding an “ASK THE JUDGES” Clinic on Saturday, April 16th, at the Rose Mount Farm Horse Show. This free Clinic is open to everyone and will begin at the conclusion of the show on Saturday and will be held under the tent, weather permitting. The Judges will be Kim Dorfman, Scott Fitton and Street Moore. Contact the Virginia Horse Show Association at http://vhsa.com or email vhsa@verizon.net