Shannon Hyne at the Eastern Shore trail ride

Shannon Hyne at the Eastern Shore trail ride

2015 Trail Riding Updates!

We’ve updated and expanded our listing of Virginia trail rides, which is divided into three sections: by clubs or groups; by state regions; and by calendar (March through December), including fundraisers/benefit rides and judged trail rides (Crystal Crown Series and the American Competitive Trail Horse Association). Our list is a starting point for your adventures; please let us know if you have an event to add or update by contacting Horse Talk via email (lois@horsetalkmagazine.com) or visiting our website (http://horsetalkmagazine.com) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Horse-Talk-Magazine/73815647197). Happy trails!

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Crystal Crown Series 2015
Northern Virginia is host to a series of judged trail rides titled the Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride series.

Clubs participating in this series include the Battlefield Equestrian Society (BES); www.battlefieldequestriansociety.org
Shenandoah Trail Riding & Horseman’s Association (STRHA); www.strha.net
Clifton Horse Society (CHS); www.cliftonhorsesociety.org
Nokesville Horse Society (NHS); www.nokesvillehorsesociety.com
Snickersville Hounds (SH): http://www.snickersvillehounds.com
Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club (ODPC): http://www.odhponyclub.com/

The Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride series schedule includes: April 26 BES – Manassas National Battlefield
May 2 (rain/shine) STRHA – Walnut Hill Farm, Tom’s Brook,
June 6 SH – Camp High Road
Sept 13  CHS – Bull Run Regional Park
October 18 NHS – Sky Meadows State Park
November 1 (tent) ODHPC – Flint Hill Venue (new Club to Series)
Refer to the section of this article titled “Trail Rides for 2015” for specific information about the series.

American Competitive Trail Horse Association
https://www.actha.us/
The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) is a nonprofit organization that arranges trail competitions, with a portion of the profits donated to equestrian charities, including horse rescue groups. The ACTHA Competitive Trail Challenge© (CTC) is a competitive trail ride held at a private venue or public park. The trail ride averages between 6 and 8 miles with between six and eight judged obstacles, including water, bridges, and gates; the rides usually take 2 hours to complete. The CTC has five divisions: open; pleasure; scout; junior, for riders ages 7 through 15; and buddy, a trail ride without the obstacles.

Refer to the section of this article titled “Trail Rides for 2015” for specific information about their events.

Battlefield Equestrian Society
www.battlefieldequestriansociety.org
The Battlefield Equestrian Society (BES), founded in 1985, is a volunteer organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the equestrian trails in the Manassas National Battlefield Park. The BES also co-hosts a series of judged trail rides, the Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride series; the Crystal Crown event for BES will be held April 26 at Manassas National Battlefield Park. 

Belmead Stables and Riding Club
http://www.belmeadstablesandridingclub.com
Belmead Stables is located on the James River in Powhatan County. The facility comprises more than 25 miles of riding trails, designed for both short and long rides. Group rides are offered throughout the year, and the club participates in the annual Powhatan Christmas parade. Primitive camping is allowed for members and their guests.

Clifton Horse Society
http://www.cliftonhorsesociety.org/inside.htm
The Clifton Horse Society (CHS), established in 1977, supports equestrian enthusiasts in Fairfax County and surrounding areas. CHS organizes monthly local trail rides and has offered competitive trail rides and overnight campouts. CHS also offers equestrian clinics for members.

Eastern Shore Trail Ride
www.easternshoretrailride.com
This website lists a variety of links and trail rides, with the main focus the twice-yearly trail rides on the Eastern Shore, once in the spring and once in the fall. To post an event, contact courserfarm@verizon.net.

Mechanicsville Riding Club
www.mechanicsvilleridingclub.com
Created in 1970, the Mechanicsville Riding Club (MRC) promotes equestrian activities and trail riding in Virginia. The MRC sponsors multiple trail rides throughout the year, including overnight camping and ACTHA events; a portion of the proceeds are donated to equestrian-related charities.

11.10.12 Franklin County Trail Ride copyNokesville Horse Society
http://nokesvillehorsesociety.com
The Nokesville Horse Society (NHS) represents horse enthusiasts throughout Prince William County and northern Virginia. Trail rides are held monthly at different venues in the state. The NHS also co-hosts a series of judged trail rides, the Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride series; the Crystal Crown event for NHS will be held Oct. 19 at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane.

Powhatan Riding Association
www.powhatanriding.org
The Powhatan Riding Association was created in the 1980s and membership is available for county residents. The group participates in several trail-riding events and special programs throughout the year.

Prince George Riding Club
http://www.princegeorgeridingclub.org
The Prince George Riding Club was formed in 2007 and includes horse enthusiasts of multiple disciplines with an interest in promoting equestrian happenings in the community, including local trail riding events. See Facebook for upcoming events and rides.

Rusty Stirrups Riding Club
http://www.rustystirrups.com
The Rusty Stirrups Riding Club supports adult equestrians from the Richmond area and includes horse enthusiasts of multiple disciplines.

Scott County Regional Horse Association
www.schorse.org
Established 14 years ago, SCRHA own their own horse park with campsite available,  riding ring and many more opportunities. Adjacent to the Jefferson National Forest (High Knob) Virginia’s 2nd highest Peak.   They plan a monthly trail into these beautiful mountains. There are many marked trails,  and 3 parking lots for horse trailers within the Jefferson National Forest . The riding opportunities are endless. They offer overnight camping primitive or have RVL hookups and barns. Visit their Facebook page at Scott County Horse park.

Shenandoah Trail Riding and Horseman’s Association
strha.net
The Shenandoah Trail Riding and Horseman’s Association (STRHA) promotes trail riding in the Shenandoah Valley since 1988, hosting most of their trail rides in the George Washington National Forest. SHRHA also is a member group of the Crystal Crown Judged Trail Ride series, in which five equestrian organizations in Northern Virginia host and sponsor judged trail rides.

SouthEastern Association of Trailriders
www.seat-va.org
The SouthEastern Association of Trailriders (SEAT) promotes trail riding in Virginia and North Carolina and participates in diverse rides for equestrians. Meetings are held in the Tidewater area.

Southside Virginia Horse Council
https://www.facebook.com/southsidevirginiahorsecouncil
Located in Alton, the Southside Virginia Horse Council began in 2007 by local horse enthusiasts. The council promotes multiple events, including local trail rides.

montibello-trail-rideSouthside Virginia Saddle Club
www.southsidevasaddle.com
The Southside Saddle Club was created in 1994; members participate in trail rides and assist in community events.

Tidewater Horse Council
www.tidewaterhorsecouncil.com/
The Tidewater Horse Council, in Virginia Beach, was incorporated in 1980 and promotes equestrian events in the Hampton Roads community. The council participates in a variety of trail rides throughout the year.

Tristate Riding Club
www.tristaterc.org
Tristate Riding Club, based in Loudoun County, Virginia, includes members from Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. The TSRC has been active for more than 10 years and accommodates riders over the age of 21 interested in multiple equestrian disciplines, including endurance and trail riding.

United States Trail Ride, Inc.
www.ustrailride.org
USTR is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to preserving and creating trails for riding fun and pleasure. Since its incorporation in 1987, USTR has evolved from a 100-mile endurance riding club to the present-day club of horse enthusiasts and pleasure riders who enjoy riding local and regional trails in northern Virginia. USTR hosts an annual Memorial Day benefit ride in Loudoun County. USTR also hosts a variety of educational programs during monthly meetings.

Virginia Appaloosa Horse Club
http://va4apps.com/
Founded in 2002, the Virginia Appaloosa Horse Club is a nonprofit organization that promotes Appaloosas in equestrian activities at the local, regional, and national level, including judged pleasure rides.

Virginia Horse Trails
www.vahorsetrails.org
VaHorseTrails was created for announcements of multi-use and horse trail-related activities in Virginia.

Virginia Paint Horse Club
http://virginiapainthorseclub.org
The Virginia Paint Horse Club, a member of American Paint Horse Association, encourages the inclusion of other breeds at their monthly trail rides.

 

Trail Rides and Camping

Northern Virginia

Shenandoah Valley

Central Virginia

Coastal Virginia

Blue Ridge Highlands

Southern Virginia

Heart of Appalachia

 

Trail Rides 2015

February 2015

March 2015

  • March 6-8 Barnhill’s Dairy Hunting Preserve & Horse Trails, LLC Ride – 2955 Old Creek Road, Greenville, NC 27834. $30 per rider (includes meal) or $10 for food and music. Ride starts at 10  AM, dinner at 4:30-6:30, DJ from 7:30-11:30. Primitive camping opens Friday at noon. Negative Coggins required. Kevin Lee 252-702-5234 or Tammy 252-702-3951. https://www.facebook.com/events/804347589612393/
  • March 8: Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride, George Washington National Forest, Uncle Tom’s Park. For more information, visit http://www.strha.net/rides.html or Randy Fadely 540-984-4332.
  • March 20-22:  St Judes Benefit Trail Ride in Capron VA, Three exciting trails available, each between 3.5 and 8 miles long (16+ total); no shoes needed. Primitive camping available the nights of the 20th and 21st. On 20th farm gates are open 5-8p.m for campers. On 22nd gates close at 3pm. On 21st gates open 8 a.m.; ride begins at 10am; admission by donation of $40 minimum per person, includes ride and catered dinner by The Filling Station. There will also be a Blue Grass band Saturday. If you are not riding there is no fee with registration, but nonriders that stay for dinner, there is a $20 donation per person and 10yr and under is $10. Dinner served at 5:00pm. Call Connie at (757)925-4232, Lauren at (757)651-8246 or Gayle at (757)653-8582 for more info or registration forms.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1479008578978036/
  • March 21 Saturday:  Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department Trail Ride  7700 Eakes Rd Oxford NC 27565 Questions, contact Tim at 919-690-9041 or Steven at 919-482-6335  https://www.facebook.com/events/773289379424152/
  • March 22: Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride, Andy Guest/Shenandoah River State Park, Bentonville, VA. For more information, visit http://www.strha.net/rides.html or Susan Markofski  304-874-3424
  • March 22 – ACTHA Luck of the Irish AOC Obstacle Challenge, Independence FUNie Farm, 14438 Smith Road, Culpeper, VA 22701 tconnell@ia-planet.com, Theresia A Connell (540) 226-9316 Registration Closes: Saturday, March 21, 05:00pm EST, Online Registrations ONLY, No late entries allowed, Limited to 50 riders.
  • March 22 – Bull Run Hunt Annual Hunt Races and Family Fun Day, Brandywine Park, Culpeper, VA. Come join Bull Run Hunt for a day of FUN spring horse races and Family Fun Day all to benefit the Culpeper Regional Hospital at Brandywine Park (on Route 15 between Orange and Culpeper)  www.bullrunhuntclub.com/races/
  • March 27–29: The SouthEastern Association of Trailriders ride and campout at Staunton River State Park, Scottsburg. For more information, contact Kim at 757.536.7888, burnopranch@yahoo.com or at www.seat-va.org .
  • POSTPONED TO  APRIL 24-26 March 27 – 29: Genito Trail Ride – 1080 Watkins Road, La Crosse, VA 23950 Gates open Friday at 12 PM. Primitive Camping water provided for horses. Lunch provided on trail for a donation. Dinner provided on Saturday night. Open to all riders come for the weekend and have fun. 1080 Watkins Road La Crosse, Va 23950 Nelson or Chyrel Baird at 434-729-9141 or 434-774-1332 – nelsonandchyrelbaird@embarqmail.com, https://www.facebook.com/events/1612374312310176/
  • March 28 – Scott Co. Regional Horse Assoc. Kane Gap Trail Ride – Meet time:  10:00 am Riders will meet at the Daniel Boone Travel Center in Duffield, Va. at 10:00 am and trailer to the trailhead.  This is an easy 5 hour ride on forest service roads.  For more information Charlie Green @ (276)452-2396, www.schorse.org

April 2015

  • April 3 – 5: Woodlawn Trail Ride - 1271 White Oake Rd, Enfield, NC. This ride benefits Wounded Warriors. $30 at gate, $25 in advance – includes Saturday night meal ticket, additional tickets sold for $10 each. Ride starts 10 AM Saturday, unguided rides Sunday. Plenty of parking and overnight camping space. “Quiet areas and “generator areas” provided for camp sites. Camping area opens at 4 PM on Friday, April 3rd and closes 12 noon on Sunday. Entertainment Saturday night DJ and bluegrass band. For more info, call Will Earp 252-883-7735 or Bruce Norton 252-308-7464. www.woodlawnhuntingclub.com
  • April 3-5:  Shrine Trail Ride Red Oak/Aventon, NC.  Contact: Allen Harper 252-290-1401, Kris Radford 252-373-4307, Edward Allen 252-955-9449. Facebook/Sudan Horse Patrol.
  • April 4: Iron Mountain Easter Ride, Ivanhoe VA. For information, call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email info@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com
  • April 4 – Battlefield Equestrian Society Bluebell Rides, Field Of Dreams, Centreville, Virginia, 540-272-6368, gohrsecrzy@aol.com, battlefieldequestriansociety.org/,
  • April 4 – STRHA Moonlite Ride,  4 hour ride  Some mountain road and rocks. Must have shoes on horses. Bring your hot dogs, drinks, etc for cookout. Call Ellie Hamman  540-984-4332 to RSVP, http://www.strha.net/rides.html
  • April 4 – Benefit Poker Run Trail Ride at Tidewater Horse Trail in Ivor. Donation of $25, which includes lunch if pre-registered Limited primitive overnight parking available Friday night for $10 Registration begins at 9am.  Ride out 10-11am.  Prizes for at least top 3 hands.  Raffle, silent auction, and Thirty-One gifts offered.  Food guaranteed for those pre-registered, otherwise available for donation.  Rain date Saturday, June 6.  Laura at (757) 567-7577
  • April 8-11 – Virginia Trail Riders Spring Competition 2015, The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Virginia Phone: Carol Easter, 434-984-1212, Email:  springhavenfarm@comcast.net, virginiatrailridersinc.com/2012/01/09/virginia-trail-riders-spring-competition-2012/
  • April 10-12 – Burkeville Trail Ride, 3637 Cary Shop Rd. Burkeville Va. 23922.  https://www.facebook.com/events/750411648329618/
  • April 11 – Bull Run Spring Hunter Pace, Summerduck Wood, 22101 Constitution Highway, Rapidan, Va. 22733, Rosie Campbell, 540-672-5128, www.bullrunhuntclub.com Have a great time competing in a relaxed, fun pace over courses that are approximately 5-8 miles. All jumps are optional and can be ridden around or through a gate. There will be a MANDATORY rest stop halfway through where water will be offered.
  • April 11 – Dogwood Farm ACTCH Competitive Trail Challenge (CTC), Axton, VA. Ride benefits VA Horse Council Foundation, This is Ride #7326. www.actha.us Contact Ann Walker (276.650.3836) or email widgetdwf@embarqmail.com.
  • April 10 – 12 – Burkeville Trail Ride – 3:00 at 3637 Cary Shop Rd. Burkeville, VA facebook/Burkeville Trail Ride
  • April 12 – Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride, Signal Knob Ride Fort Valley, VA. For more information, visit www.strha.net or call Sharon & Phil Estep  540-465-3972
  • April 12 – Belle Meade Spring Trail Ride, Sperryville, VA Belle Meade School Equestrian Club will be hosting a spring trail ride from 10:00-12:00. Join us for a beautiful trail ride around our farm and campus at the base of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. We promise fabulous views of Old Rag and the surrounding area. Club members and volunteers will be leading two groups: hill-toppers (walk/trot) and hunters (walk/trot/canter with jumping). Since this is a fundraiser for our equestrian club, we recommend a donation of $20 for adults, $15 for juniors (10-17), and $10 for children under 10. Lunch will be hosted by Belle Meade students, families, and staff after the ride. Please contact Alex Forte at Belle Meade School for additional information and to sign-up: alex@bellemeadeschool.org (540-987-8970).
  • April 16 – Battlefield Equestrian Society bluebell trail ride, Bull Run Regional Park, Field Of Dreams, Centreville, Virginia, 540-272-6368, gohrsecrzy@aol.com, battlefieldequestriansociety.org/
  • April 17-19: “True Story Acres” Trail Ride to benefit the Lake Gaston Fire Dept. Located at the home of Wayne & Christy Lunceford 612 Blackridge Rd. LaCrosse, Va. 23950! In conjunction with our local winery they will have wine tasting available for $5.00 per person paid at the winery. Hitching post available at winery and they will delivery what you purchase to camp. Long ride 18 miles, short ride 16! Ride out by 11 on Saturday, a shorter ride is available on Friday! $35 per rider, $25 12 and under includes dinner on Saturday night and DJ Friday and Saturday. Fire Dept. will have dinner available on Friday night for a donation. Lunch by donation on the trails. Camping available on Friday and Saturday! Any questions please call Christy 434-917-2467 or Beth Quinn 434-917-3348! https://www.facebook.com/events/1533606470216922/
  • April 18 – 1st Annual Little Fork benefit trail ride to benefit the Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Rixeyville, VA at Three Oaks Farm. Riders -$50, Non-riders – $40 Limited to 100 riders, so pre-registration is encouraged. Contact : Susan Smith Susant123@hotmail.com (703)298-8776 http://littleforkvfrc.org/trail-ride-2015
  • April 19: Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride, Fadely Farm Ride, Edinburg, VA For more information, http://www.strha.net or call Randy Fadely 540-984-4332. http://www.strha.net/rides.html
  • April 19 – Join the Friends of Virginia Beach Police Mounted Patrol in our annual beach and trail ride. Camp Pendleton, the original home of the Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol. Gates open at 8 AM. Camp Pendleton, Virginia Beach, VA $65 for riders, includes ride, BBQ, t-shirt, access to Mounted Police sensory course. Registration cutoff is April 10, 2015, we only have room for 80 riders, so send your registration in as soon as possible. http://www.jamesriverponyclub.org/friends-of-vbmp.html
  • April 24 – 26 – Skyline Ranch Resort and HTCAA Organized Trail Ride in Front Royal, VA. Primitive and full service Rv camping sites where you can pickett or use portable corrals ,Nice cabins , and Awesome Chalets with all the comforts as home. We also have Semiprivate and private paddocks and stalls available for your horses as well. There will be a Group BBQ on sat night and we have a diner on site with full menu as well for other meals. All this is offered to HTCAA group members at 10% off of our already reasonable rates just for us members! So plan to join us and Have a great time with your horses. And we have our string of trail horses as well so if you don’t have a horse come anyway we will set you up with one of ours!!!! For reservations Call (540)636-6061, https://www.facebook.com/events/1575325162702588/
  • April 24-26 – (RESCHEDULED FROM March 27 – 29): Genito Trail Ride – 1080 Watkins Road, La Crosse, VA 23950 Gates open Friday at 12 PM. Primitive Camping water provided for horses. Lunch provided on trail for a donation. Dinner provided on Saturday night. Open to all riders come for the weekend and have fun. 1080 Watkins Road La Crosse, Va 23950 Nelson or Chyrel Baird at 434-729-9141 or 434-774-1332 – nelsonandchyrelbaird@embarqmail.comhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1612374312310176/
  • April 24-26 – Fleetwood Community Center Trail Ride (Massie’s Mill):  Fleetwood Community Center 8:00am – 7:00pm, Art show and sale and Horseback ride in the mountains of central Virginia and enjoy scenic views, varied terrain, good food, and camping on level field. Saturday and Sunday rides leave between 9:30AM and 10AM and return by late afternoon, before dinner. Trail ride fee includes camping and meals, along with the trail ride. Pre-registration for trail ride is required. 434-277-5814 Email: bossmare@ceva.net, sites.google.com/site/montebellotrailrides
  • April 24-26 – Eastern Shore Trail Ride to benefit North Hampton Fire and Rescue, Machipongo, VA. Rides are limited to 250 riders and horses, and registration is in advance only. No admittance at the trail head without confirmed registration. Fee covers weekend riding on private wooded farm trails including long stretches on the Chesapeake Bay on private beaches, lunch on the trail Saturday, dinner at camp Saturday night and two nights camping at private campground. Cost is $45 per person ($20 for ages 12 and younger); contact www.easternshoretrailride.com .
  • April 24–27: Cedar Run Ranch ACTHA competitive trail ride challenge with Kenny Harlow, Cumberland, VA. Two-day challenge; gates open Friday at noon; ride Saturday and Sunday (trails open 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.), check-out Monday. More than $1,000 in prizes and awards presented both days, including tack, stable equipment, feed, and clothing; Sunday’s ride offers $400 cash payout (pleasure/open pairs). Meals on site (dinner provided Friday and Saturday; breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday). Limited stalls ($20/night); RV hookups with primitive camping available. For more information, including costs and to register, email Kenny@kennyharlow.com or call 434.983.2221.
  • April 26, 2015 – Battlefield Equestrian Society Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride (1st event in the Series), Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas, Virginia, Dewey Brown at 540-272-6368, kari.boberek@bt.com, www.battlefieldequestriansociety.org,
  • April 26 – CVACTA Spring Hunter Pace, Belmead Stables and Riding Club, Powhatan, VA http://www.cvacta.org, https://www.facebook.com/events/596819830419593/
  • April 26 – Battlefield Equestrian Society Judged Pleasure Ride, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas, Virginia, 540-272-6368, gohrsecrzy@aol.com, battlefieldequestriansociety.org/,

May 2015

  • May 1-3: Hicksboro Trail Ride in Oxford, NC. Contact: letsride@hicksborotrailride.com, Facebook/Hicksboro Trail Ride.
  • May 1-3: Amelia Springs Trail Rides, Jetersville, VA. Cost is $55 per adult, $35 for children ages 11–17, free for younger than 10. Includes primitive camping (no electric) and all food. Current Coggins; no stallions, no dogs on trail. Trails offer a variety of terrain including creek, pasture, woods, and gravel roads; trails are self-guided on private hunt club property and will be marked short and long rides. Gates open at 10 a.m. Friday. For more information, contact Jennifer Vaughan (757.635.4300; ameliatrailride@aol.com); www.ameliaspringstrailride.com.
  • May 2, 2015 – Mechanicsville Riding Club St Judes Benefit trail ride, Millstone Farm   10600 Cosby Mill Road, Quinton, Virginia 23141, This is a private farm that only allows a few rides a summer. Covered bridge, scenic location and all for a good cause.804-366-8758, debbie.middleton@sscoop.com, www.mechanicsvilleridingclub.com,
  • May 2, 2015 – Shenandoah Trail Riders & Horseman’s Association Crystal Crown Judged Trail Ride (2nd event in Series), Walnut Hill Farm, Tom’s Brook, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, Susan Markofski at 703-785-7649, kari.boberek@bt.com, http://www.strha.net/
  • May 8-12 “Spring Training” Trail Ride & Horsemanship Clinic at Andora Farm, VA Culpeper, Va Spaces are very limited. Call 540-829-9555 www.bestofamericabyhorseback.com
  • May 8-10 – Trails of Hope Benefit ride for Cystic Fibrosis in honor of Ava Crow, Genito Trails, Lacrosse, Va, Come join us for a fun filled weekend of trail riding and camping. Gates open noon on Friday, ride begins at 10:00 on Saturday. Shrimp and Fried Chicken dinner served Saturday after ride, T-shirts/raffles/auction/music and dancing. $35.00 per rider. $15.00 meal only or kids under 10. Contact Robyn Crow at 757-651-9012 or Sharon Dugan 757-567-5354 for more information or www.facebook.com/TrailsofHopeRide  or www.evertize.com/trails/trailsofhope.htm
  • May 9 – Iron Mountain Mother’s Day Ride, Ivanhoe VA. For information, call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email info@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com
  • May 9: 6th annual Ride for Hope, South Boston, VA. A trail ride and wagon train to benefit the Halifax County Cancer Association. Cost is $25 per person (includes ride, dinner and dance), $10 nonriders, free for children younger than 12. Ride begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Jaime (434.579.0355), or https://www.facebook.com/events/825209060869095/.
  • May 10:  Tidewater Horse Council Mother’s Day Trail Ride at Tidewater Horse Trail in Ivor  Check in 8:30-10:00am. Last rider out at 11:30am. $20 per rider (THC Members $15)  $10 Dinner Restrooms on site, No running water. For additional information contact: Rich Garner (757) 449-7204 https://www.facebook.com/events/769637066437541/  http://tidewaterhorsecouncil.com/calendar/
  • May 10: Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride Sky Meadow’s State Park Delaplane, VA. For more information, visit http://www.strha.net/rides.html or call Connie Nicholson-Price  540-984-3787
  • May 15-17: Red Oak Hollow trail ride, Red Oak, VA. Arrive at noon Friday for 4–5 mile loop ride; Sat. ride begins at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with dinner after ride. All trails open Sunday; trails include woods, creeks, bridges, open fields. Cost: $35 for ride and Sat. dinner; $12 for meal only. Primitive camping available. For more information, Kimberly Wilkinson, 434.470.5863 or kimalee87@gmail.com.
  • May 16 – Scott County Horse Assoc. High Knob Eleven Mile Loop Trail Ride – Meet time:  10:00 am Riders will meet at and depart from the Food City parking lot in Coeburn, Va. at 10:00 am to trailer to the trailhead.  This is about a 5 hour ride on gravel roads and forest trails.  Information contact Charlie Green @ (276)452-2396. http://schorse.org
  • May 15–17: Andora Farm and Stables 5th Annual Gathering, Culpeper, VA. Andora Farm is home to the trail riding television show Best of America by Horseback hosted by Tom Seay. To register, call 540.829.9555 or www.bestofamericabyhorseback.com.
  • May 16 – Southeastern Farriers and Horseowners Association will host their annual Saddle Up for St. Jude Ride. We will ride out from Royal Textiles, 939 Fire Tower Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379. Plenty of parking available! Cost is $25.00 for adults & $15.00 for children (this includes dinner). $10 donation for non-riders dinner. For more info, call David Tuggle or Cheryl Tuggle, 434-792-3811. http://www.sefha.net
  • May 16: Richmond Ride, Millstone Farm, Richmond, VA. Annual ride through historic Richmond (urban and residential areas) from 9 a.m. until noon to support Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad. Riders must be 12 years of age or older; riders younger than 18 must have signed release form. Event held rain or shine, unless extreme weather. For more information http://www.frmsva.com
  • May 17: Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride St Jude’s Ride at Uncle Tom’s Park Woodstock, VA  For more information, visit http://www.strha.net/rides.html or Ellie Hamman  540-984-4332
  • May 23 – Iron Mountain Memorial Day Ride, Ivanhoe VA. Poker Hand – Corn Hole – Bingo Dinner – Country Music. For information, call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email info@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com
  • May 24: United States Trail Ride, Inc., annual Memorial Day benefit pleasure trail ride, Middleburg, VA. 2015 marks the 21st running of this popular ride. Over the past 10 years alone, USTR has raised and donated over twenty five thousand dollars to local non-profit organizations.  For more information, 540-822-4027, ustrailride@gmail.com or www.ustrailride.org
  • May 28-31, 2015 – Bull Run Hunt Weekend Camping Trailride, Locust Hill Preserve –  8070 North James Madison Highway, Rapidan, VA 22733   Come camp with your horse and friends while riding through some of the most gorgeous hunt country in Virginia. 200 spots available! $70 for Adults , $45 for 12 & Under, $35 for Non-Riders – Some meals included, 540-905-9482, bullrunhuntva@gmail.com, http://www.bullrunhuntclub.com/weekend-camp-ride/,

June 2015

  • June 5-7 Friday – Sunday: Old Store Trail Ride, Gasburg, Virginia, Facebook/Old Store Trail Ride or call 252-245-0888
  • June 5-7 “Snow in June” Ride, Bull Pasture Mountain Ranch, McDowell, VA, Register early, ride is limited to 50 riders. Registration deadline is May 29, Ride the high country without leaving Virginia!! Located in scenic Highland County, VA. We  are less than 2 hours from Charlottesville and an hour from Harrisonburg. Bring your camera, our views are breathtaking!!  Experience the spirit of the West, stars so close it feels like you could touch them, trails and views that keep getting better with each turn of the trail!  A portion of the proceeds will go to McDowell Volunteer Fire Department. http://www.bullpasturemountainranch.com/
  • June 5 – 7: Barnhill’s Dairy Hunting Preserve & Horse Trails, LLC Ride – 2955 Old Creek Road, Greenville, NC 27834. $30 per rider (includes meal) or $10 for food and music. Ride starts at 10 AM Saturday. Dinner 4:30 – 6:30, DJ 7:30-11:30. Primitive camping opens Friday at noon. Negative Coggins required. Kevin Lee 252-702-5234 or Tammy 252-702-3951.
  • June 6- 7 –  “History, Horses, Hauntings” Equine trial ride on a previously private historic 237 acre Stephenson, Virginia property, 4 miles from West, Va. First time open to the public. Starting from 10:00a.m. until 12:30p.m. on both dates. Ride the 3 to 5 miles of beginner to intermediate level trails by pre-reservation email only due to limited parking on site. Address given at time of reservation to serious inquiries. Entrance fee upon arrival (Only cash/money order to A-Vet Academy) $45 each person.  Participation waiver read & sign, and Current Coggan’s test (hard copy) document required on site for participation. This is a benefit to raise funds used to train Military Veterans, their spouse and or caregiver for guaranteed job placement. Contact CJB at email: cj.boudreau7@gmail.com
  • June 6, 2015 – Snickersville Hounds Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride (3rd event in the Series), Camp Highroad, Middleburg, Virginia, Sheila McKee at 540-533-4268 or Robyn Harter at 571-436-2112, kari.boberek@bt.com, http://snickersvillehounds.com/
  • June 6 – Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride FS-88 Parking Lot, contact Bobby Irwin 540-335-6068 or www.strha.net
  • June 6 – Scott Co. Horse Assoc. National Trail Day Ride – Meet time:  10:00 am Riders will meet at and depart from the Scott County Horse Park in Dungannon, Va. at 10:00 am to trailer to the trailhead @ the Little Stony Falls parking lot.  This is about a 6 hour ride on gravel road and forest trails.  Contact Charlie Green @ (276)452-2396.
  • June 6 – Iron Mountain Mountain Flower Ride, Ivanhoe VA. Call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email info@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com
  • June 12- 14 – VQHA FORT POCAHONTAS AT WILSON’S WHARF TRAIL RIDE
    at Fort Pocahontas in Charles City, Va.   The Trail Challenge is an AQHA Trail Challenge on Sat. June 13.  Primitive camping is allowed or riders can just ride for the day either Sat. or Sun.  Meals will be available. Details at www.myvqha.com or contact Cathette Plumer at Cathette@aol.com or 804-370-8631.
  • June 19-21 – Virginia Highlands Competitive Trail Ride, Iron Mountain Horse Camp, Ivanhoe, Virginia, 540-651-8492, shrumie@me.com, Sanctioned by North American Trail Ride Council, vet-in Friday, one or two days riding: 20 or 30 miles Sat, 19 miles on Sunday. Camping primitive or electric/water, stalls or tie to trailer; contact shrumie@me.com; register at natrc5.org,June 20 Saturday: Nichols & Lumpkin Trail Ride, Penhook, VA Benefit for The American Heart Assoc. Camping available. Shoes & breastcollars recommended. Text Brandon at 434-944-3869 or Facebook/Nichols & Lumpkin Trail Ride.
  • June 21– Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride Bucktail Trail Parking Wardensville, WV, contact Connie Nicholson-Price 540-984-3787 or www.strha.net
  • June 27 – VA Paint Horse Club Summer Trail Ride, James River State Park, Gladstone, VA, 757-536-7888, burnopranch@yahoo.com, http://www.virginiapainthorseclub.org/trailrides.html, Additional Details: Virginia Paint Horse Club Summer Trail Ride at James River State Park Ride out Saturday, June 27 at 10am. Potluck after the ride in Horseshoe Campground.   Option to camp Thursday, June 25 – Monday, June 29. For those camping or would like to join us, we’re planning to tube on the James River Friday or Sunday.,
  • June 28 – Battlefield Equestrian Society Historical Ride, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas, Virginia, 540-272-6368, gohrsecrzy@aol.com, www.battlefieldequestriansociety.org/

July 2015

  • July 4: Iron Mountain 4th of July celebration, Ivanhoe VA. Guided trail ride, poker draw, dinner, and music. For information, call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email shelia@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com.
  • July 11: Iron Mountain Summer Ride to River. For information, call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email shelia@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com.
  • July 25-26: New Castle CTC (ACTHA): 2-day trail ride benefiting Craig County Public Library, held at the Craig County Fairground, New Castle, VA. Camping available Friday and Saturday nights ($15/one night, $20/two nights). Potluck dinner Saturday; Rider check-in, 7:30–9 a.m.; ride out at 10 a.m. Contact Jennifer Mulligan 540-797-0775 jclaypottery@hotmail.com.

August 2015

  • Aug. 8: Iron Mountain’s Flower Mountain Ride, Ivanhoe VA. For information, call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email info@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com
  • Aug. 22: Iron Mountain Ride the Ridge of Iron Mountains, Ivanhoe VA. For information, call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email info@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com
  • Aug 21-23 – Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman Assoc. 500th Ride! Mcllwee Farm, Strasburg, VA. More details at www.strha.net
  • Aug. 22-23 ACTHA Historic Explore Park AOC will take place in the historic area of Explore Park, Roanoke, VA. Get an up-close look at our region’s early frontier culture history. Explore Park is home to dozens of relocated 18th and 19th century buildings taken piece by piece from their original locations. Contact Leah Coffman at 540-520-5961 or email hawkhill1280@ntelos.net

September 2015

  • Sept. 4-6: Eastern Shore Trail Ride to benefit North Hampton Fire and Rescue, Machipongo, VA. Rides are limited to 250 riders and horses, and registration is in advance only. No admittance at the trail head without confirmed registration. Fee covers weekend riding on private wooded farm trails including long stretches on the Chesapeake Bay on private beaches, lunch on the trail Saturday, dinner at camp Saturday night and two nights camping at private campground. Cost is $45 per person ($20 for ages12 and younger); contact www.easternshoretrailride.com.
  • Sept. 5 : Iron Mountain Meadow Labor Day Ride, Ivanhoe VA. For information, call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email info@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com
  • September 13, 2015 (tentative date) – Clifton Horse Society Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride (4th event in the Series), Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, Virginia, Jean Voss at 703-631-9308, kari.boberek@bt.com, http://www.cliftonhorsesociety.org/flash.htm,
  • September 19: There will be a benefit ride hosted by Dragon Run Saddle Club at Millstone Farm in New Kent County on Saturday, September 19, 2015.  The ride benefits  the Animal Control Outreach Program (Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex Humane Society).  Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Lunch included.  $35 fee includes lunch and a chance to ride the beautiful trails at this lovely farm.  Registration must be received by September 12.  Contact Laura Dickie (Laurad.ditr@gmail.com) or Deborah Butler (butlerd@wabash.edu) for registration materials, information flyers, releases, etc.  Raffle and vendors too.  Helmets required and this will be a “shine only” event!
  • Sept. 19 – Scott Co. Regional Horse Assoc. Stanleytown to Maple Gap Trail Ride - Meet at 10:00 am Riders will meet at the Rye Cove High School parking lot in Rye Cove, Va. at 10:00 am to trailer to the trail head.  This will be about a 5 hour ride of forest trails.  Be sure to bring hamburgers and fixins’ for a cookout after the ride.  Contact Charlie Green @ (276)452-2396, www.schorse.org
  • Sept 19: Iron Mountain Meadow Cold Branch trail ride, Ivanhoe VA. For information, call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email info@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com
  • September 27, 2015 – Battlefield Equestrian Society Judged Pleasure Ride, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas, Virginia, 540-272-6368, gohrsecrzy@aol.com, battlefieldequestriansociety.org/,

October 2015

  • Oct. 2-4 –Annual Fall Ride, Bull Pasture Mountain Ranch, McDowell, VA, Register early, ride is limited to 50 riders. Registration deadline is Sept. 25, Ride the high country without leaving Virginia!! Located in scenic Highland County, VA. We  are less than 2 hours from Charlottesville and an hour from Harrisonburg. Bring your camera, our views are breathtaking!!  Experience the spirit of the West, stars so close it feels like you could touch them, trails and views that keep getting better with each turn of the trail!  A portion of the proceeds will go to McDowell Volunteer Fire Department. http://www.bullpasturemountainranch.com/
  • Oct. 2-4 Burkville Trail Ride – The Burkeville Trail Ride is a fundraiser that  supports the Little Nottoway River Hunt Club.  We are located in Burkeville, VA.  We have two rides a Spring Ride and a Fall Ride.  The prices are $40 per person children 12 and under are $25.  We serve dinner on Friday and Saturday,  Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and lunch on the trail on Saturday.  We have a DJ Saturday night.  Look under the “Recent Post” tab for our latest posts and updates! Any questions?  Let us know!  Find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/burkevilletrailride
  • Oct. 3: Iron Mountain Meadow Fall Colors ride, Ivanhoe VA. For information, call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email info@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com
  • October 2 – 4: Centerville Fall Ride – Alert Road, Louisburg, NC. $25 per rider. Gates open at noon Friday. Chicken and BBQ by Lancaster’s catering Saturday night. DJ Saturday night. 18 mile trail ride, shorter rides available. Lonnie Hunt 919-496-4545, Ken Kreger 919-853-3772, email earp8444@bellsouth.net
  • Oct. 10: Iron Mountain fall leaf poker ride, Ivanhoe VA. For information, call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email info@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com
  • Oct. 17: Iron Mountain Fall Mountain trail ride, Ivanhoe VA. For information, call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email info@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com
  • October 18, 2015 – Nokesville Horse Society Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride (5th event in the Series), Sky Meadows State Park (bridle trails), Delaplane, Virginia, Kari Boberek on 571-220-9234, kari.boberek@bt.com, http://nokesvillehorsesociety.com/,
  • Oct. 23-25: Red Oak Hollow trail ride, Red Oak, VA. Arrive at noon Friday for 4–5 mile loop ride; Sat. ride begins at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with dinner after ride. All trails open Sunday; trails include woods, creeks, bridges, open fields. Cost: $35 for ride and Sat. dinner; $12 for meal only. Primitive camping available. For more information, Kimberly Wilkinson, 434.470.5863 or kimalee87@gmail.com.
  • October 23 – 25: Fleetwood Community Center Trail Ride (Massies Mill):  Fleetwood Community Center 8:00am – 7:00pm, Art show and sale and Horseback ride in the mountains of central Virginia and enjoy scenic views, varied terrain, good food, and camping on level field. Saturday and Sunday rides leave between 9:30AM and 10AM and return by late afternoon, before dinner. Trail ride fee includes camping and meals, along with the trail ride. Pre-registration for trail ride is required. 434-277-5814 Email:bossmare1955@gmail.com, sites.google.com/site/montebellotrailrides
  • Oct. 23-25: Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Department Benefit Trail Ride. Two rides: long is 17 miles, short is 9 miles. Overnight camping is available at no charge; campers allowed after Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Trophies for oldest horse, youngest rider, and Halloween costume. Contact Deb Miloslavich at honeymoonhollow@hotmail.com for more information. http://flinthillfireva.com/
  • Oct. 24: Iron Mountain Meadow by the mill trail ride, Ivanhoe VA. For information, call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email info@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com
  • October 24 – Scott Co. Regional Horse Assoc. Gentry Creek Trail Ride in Johnson County, Tn - Meet time:  8:00 am Riders will meet at the Lowe’s parking lot on East Stone Drive in Kingsport, Tn and depart at 8:00 am to trailer to the trailhead.  It is about a one hour haul to the trailhead near Damascus, Va.  This is about a 6 hour ride with beautiful views from atop the mountain.  Charlie Green @ (276)452-2396. www.schorse.org
  • October 25, 2015 – CHS Fall Ride at Fountainhead, Fountainhead Regional Park, Fairfax Station, VA, 703-250-6188, forhorses@cox.net, cliftonhorsesociety.org, 10 mile ride, go as you please, over rolling hills and through old woods. Lunch provided. Draw for prizes,
  • Oct. 31: Iron Mountain Meadow Halloween trail ride, Ivanhoe VA. For information, call 276.237.2600 or 276.744.2056; email info@ironmountainhorsecamp.com; website www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com
  • October 31, 2015 – Battlefield Equestrian Society Blessing of the Horses and Fall Color Ride, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas, Virginia, 540-272-6368, gohrsecrzy@aol.com, battlefieldequestriansociety.org/

November 2015

  • November 1, 2015 – Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride (6th event in the Series), TBA, Flint Hill, Virginia, Julie Nicholas at 540-819-3312 or Michelle Arnold at 540-270-4880, kari.boberek@bt.com, http://www.odhponyclub.com/,
  • November 6 – 8: Barnhill’s Dairy Hunting Preserve & Horse Trails, LLC Benefit Ride – 2955 Old Creek Road, Greenville, NC 27834. $30 per rider (includes meal) or $10 for food and music. Ride starts Saturday, 10 AM. Dinner 4:30-6:30, DJ 7:30-11:30. Primitive camping opens Friday at noon. We now have full restrooms and showers for the guys and gals. We also have 10 electric and water hookups. They will be on a first come, first serve, $15 per night. Negative Coggins required. Kevin Lee 252-702-5234 or Tammy 252-702-3951.

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If you are a trail ride organizer, please send your information to lois@horsetalkmagazine.com to be included in our 2015 list or submit your dates here.