The following is a listing of 2017 Virginia trail rides, which is divided into three sections: by clubs or groups; by state regions; and by calendar March through May, including fundraisers/benefit rides and judged trail rides (Crystal Crown Series). We will update the calendar soon to include summer and fall events.
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 (email@example.com) or visiting our website (http://horsetalkmagazine.com) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Horse-Talk-Magazine/73815647197). Happy trails!
Crystal Crown Series 2017 Northern Virginia is host to a series of judged trail rides titled the Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride series. www.crystalcrownseries.com
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
Snickersville Hounds (SH): http://www.snickersvillehounds.com
Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club (ODPC): http://www.odhponyclub.com/
The 2017 Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride series schedule includes:
April 30 – BES – Manassas National Battlefield
May 6 (rain/shine) STRHA – Walnut Hill Farm, Maurertown, VA,
Sept 10 – CHS – Bull Run Regional Park
October ?? – ODHPC – Hill Top Farm/Wildwood Farm
Refer to the section of this article titled “Trail Rides for 2017” for specific information about the series.
Battlefield Equestrian Society
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 30 at Manassas National Battlefield Park.
Belmead Stables and Riding Club
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mechanicsville Riding Club
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.
Nokesville Horse Society
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.
Powhatan Riding Association
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
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
The Rusty Stirrups Riding Club supports adult equestrians from the Richmond area and includes horse enthusiasts of multiple disciplines.
Scott County Regional Horse Association
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
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 four equestrian organizations in Northern Virginia host and sponsor judged trail rides.
SouthEastern Association of Trailriders
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
Located in Alton, the Southside Virginia Horse Council began in 2007 by local horse enthusiasts. The council promotes multiple events, including local trail rides.
Southside Virginia Saddle Club
The Southside Saddle Club was created in 1994; members participate in trail rides and assist in community events.
Tidewater Horse Council
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
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.
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
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
VaHorseTrails was created for announcements of multi-use and horse trail-related activities in Virginia.
Virginia Paint Horse Club
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
- Aldie: River Chase Farm http://www.riverchasefarm.com
- Ashburn: Washington and Old Dominion Regional Park http://www.nvrpa.org/park/w_od_railroad
- Boston: Blue Ridge Lane Farm http://www.blueridgelane.com/
- Centreville: Bull Run Regional Park http://www.nvrpa.org/park/bull_run
- Delaplane: Sky Meadows State Park http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sky.shtml
- Hume: Marriott Ranch http://www.marriottranch.com
- Lorton: Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area http://www.blm.gov/es/st/en/fo/lpfo_html.html
- Lorton: Fountainhead Regional Park http://www.nvrpa.org/park/fountainhead
- Lorton: Pohick Bay http://www.nvrpa.org/park/pohick_bay
- Lorton: Tamarack Stables http://www.ridetamarack.com
- Manassas: Manassas National Battlefield Park http://www.nps.gov/mana
- McLean: Great Falls National Park http://www.nps.gov/grfa/index.htm
- Bentonville: The Raymond R. “Andy” Guest Jr. Shenandoah River State Park http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/and.shtml
- Boyce: State Arboretum of Virginia, Blandy Experimental Farm http://www.virginia.edu/blandy/blandy_web/all_blandy/brochures.html
- Fort Valley: Fort Valley Stables http://www.fortvalleystable.com
- Front Royal: Royal Horseshoe Farm http://www.royalhorseshoe.com
- Keezletown: Keezletown Farm Trail Rides http://www.keezlenuttenfarm.com
- Luray: Shenandoah National Park http://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm
- Roanoke: George Washington and Jefferson National Forests http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
- Swoope: North Mountain Outfitter http://www.northmtnoutfitter.com
- Winchester: The Wagon Wheel Ranch http://www.thewagonwheelranch.org
- Amelia: Amelia Wildlife Management Area http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wmas/detail.asp?pid=11
- Appomattox: Holliday Lake State Park http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/hol.shtml
- Chesterfield: Beaver Hollow Farm http://www.beaverhollowfarm.com
- Chesterfield: Pocahontas State Park http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/pocahontas.shtml
- Cumberland: Bear Creek Lake and Cumberland State Forest http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/bea.shtml
- Gladstone: James River State Park http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/jam.shtml
- Gordonsville: Oakland Heights Farm http://oaklandheightsfarm.com/
- Green Bay: High Bridge Trail State Park http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/high-bridge-trail.shtml
- Green Bay: Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest http://www.dof.virginia.gov/stateforest/list/prince-edward-gallion.htm
- Louisa: Lake Anna http://www.lakeanna-va.com
- Palmyra: Pleasant Grove Heritage Trail http://www.pleasantgrovetrails.com/Home.html
- Petersburg: Petersburg National Battlefield http://www.nps.gov/pete/index.htm
- Richmond: Dorey Park http://www.visitrichmondva.com/listings/Dorey-Park/1665
- Syria: Graves Mountain Lodge http://www.gravesmountain.com
- Wingina: Robbin’s Nest Farm http://www.robbinsnestfarm.com
- Chesapeake: Dismal Swamp Canal Trail http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/page3002.aspx
- Chesapeake: Northwest River Park http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/Government/City-Departments/Departments/Parks-and-Recreation-Department/parks/nwrp.htm
- Gloucester: Beaverdam Park http://www.gloucesterva.info/ParksandRecreation/Parks/BeaverdamPark/Trails/tabid/366/Default.aspx
- Providence Forge: Sandy Point State Forest http://www.dof.virginia.gov/stateforest/list/sandy-point.htm
- Suffolk: Lone Star Lakes Park http://www.suffolkva.us/parks/parks/regional/lone-star-lakes
- Surry: Chippokes Plantation State Park http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/chippokes-plantation.shtml
- Seaford: Yorktown Stables http://www.yorktownstables.com
- Williamsburg: Carlton Farms http://www.carltonfarmsstables.com/index.htm
- Williamsburg: York River State Park http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/york-river.shtml
Blue Ridge Highlands
- Foster Falls: New River Trail State Park http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/new.shtml
- Grayson: Rocky Hollow Horse Camp www.rockyhollowhorsecamp.com
- Iron Mountain Horse Camp www.ironmountainhorsecamp.com
- Troutdale: High Country Horse Camp www.highcountryhorsecampva.com
- Clarksville: Occoneechee State Park http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/occoneechee.shtml
- Scottsburg: Staunton River State Park http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/staunton-river.shtml
- South Boston: Shangrila Guest Ranch http://shangrilaretreat.us
Heart of Appalachia
- Dickenson: Breaks Interstate Park www.breakspark.com
- Wise: Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail (dividing Virginia and Kentucky) http://www.pinemountaintrail.com
Trail Rides 2017
- March 11 – BCHA Annual Tack Sale, Daleville VFW, 4902 Roanoke Rd, Daleville, Virginia, 540-473-1422, email@example.com, www.botetourthorseclub.com. Clean out your barn and make some cash by selling your used tack and apparel. Sell or market your equine service including training, lessons, stabling, breeding, equine sales, etc. Or perhaps sell items you make yourself that would appeal to the equine enthusiast like jewelry, apparel and more. The cost is $10 a table. Space is limited and tables must be registered by March 19. The sale is free and open to the public for shopping from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact: JoAnn Dester 540-473-1422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- March 19-25 – Bull Run Hunt March Madness – Come have great fun, great hunting, and enjoy great people at Bull Run Hunt’s 2015 March Madness week! A week full of racing, hunting, parties, the BRH Hunt Ball and FUN! $550 includes tickets to the races, 6 days of hunting, parties, and FUN! http://www.bullrunhuntclub.com/march-madness/
- March 26 – Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride, George Washington National Forest, Uncle Tom’s Park Waterfall Ride. For more information, visit http://www.strha.net/rides.html or call Randy Fadely and Ellie Hamman 540-984-4332
- April 1 – Poker Run Trail Ride, Randy Tuck Fundraiser –Come out for a Trail Ride/Poker Run that will be followed by a Hot Dog Plate dinner and Live Music! Fundraiser to help raise money for our friend and farrier, Randy Tuck, who is currently out of work due to an injury. The Trail Ride/Poker Run will span over 400 acres of scenic trails that are wooded, open fields, hills and some water crossing, lasting 4-5 hours. You can choose to simply trail ride or you can participate in a poker run along the way! Prizes will be offered for the best and worst hand. RIDE WILL START AT 12PM SHARP. CURRENT COGGINS REQUIRED Cost:$25 a person (trail ride only) $30 a person (to participate in the poker run trail) Please visit http://www.winterfrostfarm.org/events.html to preregister for Trail Ride/ Poker Run. Don’t have a horse or a way to haul your own? Contact Ride-A-Rescue at Ridearescue16@gmail.com and rent one of their seasoned trail horses for an additional fee (space is limited to rent a horse and renters are required to follow Ride-A-Rescue guidelines.) Email email@example.com if you have any questions. https://www.facebook.com/events/1890937037815524/
- April 1- Spring Hunter Pace at Belmead Stables and Riding Club, Powhatan, VA 804-598-4907, http://www.belmeadstablesandridingclub.com
- April 2 – Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Assoc. Signal Knob Trail Ride. http://www.strha.net/rides.html
- April 6-9 – VA Trail Riders Spring Trail Ride, Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, VA https://www.facebook.com/events/277294806016610, https://virginiatrailridersinc.com/
- April 7 – Great American Ranch and Trail Horse Sale, VA Horse Center, Lexington, VA – The Great American Ranch and Trail Horse Sale is an annual horse auction held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. We will be selling at auction, ranch and trail horses, ponies and mules of all breeds. Horses priced for all budgets. We offer a $2,000 Trail Competition and $1,000 Ranch Horse Competition for horses consigned to the sale. There will be vendors, demonstrations, and giveaways. Don’t miss this exciting weekend to find the horse you have been looking for! Visit our websitewww.greatamericantrailhors
esale.com for more information
- April 7-9 Friday-Sunday: Burkeville Trail Ride 3637 Cary Shop Rd, Burkeville, Virginia 23922 This trail ride is a fundraiser for Little Nottoway River Hunt Club. Prices are $40 per person and children 12 and under $25. 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. https://www.facebook.com/burkevilletrailride/
- April 8 – Bull Run Hunt Spring Hunter Pace, Locust Hill Preserve, Rapidan, VA – Have a great time competing in a relaxed, fun pace over courses that are approximately 6 miles. All jumps are optional and can be ridden around or through a gate. The marked course will wind through beautiful open farmland and wooded trails and will be marked well enough that you DO NOT need to walk them. Division teams will be judged on optimum time for their division which will be: hunt, junior (at least one junior under the age of 16), and pleasure. First place prizes and ribbons through sixth place will be awarded. Entry Fees: $50 each adult, $25 each junior under 16 years. Entry forms must be submitted with fees, and negative coggins. You may download waivers from hunt websites or sign them when you register on the day of the ride. Info: http://www.bullrunhuntclub.com/spring-hunter-pace/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/100396690460546/. For additional information, please contact Rosie Campbell at 540.672.5128
- April 13 – Battlefield Equestrian Society Bluebell Rides, Field Of Dreams, Centreville, Virginia, Please RSVP as soon as possible so that we will know how many to plan for. Rides are rain or shine. You make your own weather decisions. To RSVP or for more information, email the ride secretary, Janet Pastrick, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 703-273-0526, battlefieldequestriansociety.org/,
- April 14-16 Friday-Sunday: Lake Gaston Fire Department Spring Benefit Wine Ride in Bracey VA, http://www.lgvfdwineride.com/
- April 15 – Battlefield Equestrian Society Bluebell Rides, Field Of Dreams, Centreville, Virginia, Please RSVP as soon as possible so that we will know how many to plan for. Rides are rain or shine. You make your own weather decisions. To RSVP or for more information, email the ride secretary, Janet Pastrick, at email@example.com, or call 703-273-0526. , battlefieldequestriansociety.org/,
- April 16 – Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride, Uncle Tom’s Park Ride, For more information, visit http://www.strha.net/rides.html or call Gary Wilson (540) 758-9045
- April 21-23 Friday-Sunday: Genito Trail Ride in LaCrosse VA https://www.facebook.com/events/1773136819676297, – 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- April 21-23 – Fleetwood Spring Trail Ride, Fleetwood Community Center, Roseland, VA, https://www.facebook.com/events/366209183743765/
- April 23, – Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride, Fadely Farm Ride, Edinburg, VA, Visit http://www.strha.net/rides.html or call Leader: Randy Fadely 540-984-4332
- April 28-30 – Friday-Sunday: Bull Run Hunt Trail Ride, Locust Hill Preserve, 8070 North James Madison Highway, Rapidan, VA 22733 LIMITED NUMBER OF SPOTS! Come camp with your horse and friends while riding through some of the most gorgeous hunt country in Virginia! All proceeds go to Bull Run Hunt for the care of the hounds and management of the territory. Spots Limited! $70 for Adults , $45 for 12 & Under, $35 for Non-Riders. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Schedule Friday, April 28: 7 mile short ride (no meals provided) – Saturday, April 29: 15 mile or 20 mile ride, Meals provided – Sunday, April 30: Breakfast provided, 12 mile ride, http://www.bullrunhuntclub.com/weekend-camp-ride
- April 29-30 – Pleasant Grove Trail Ride, Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra, Virginia, (434) 987-2233, email@example.com, http://fluvannacounty.org/services/parks-and-recreation/events,
- April 29 – Benefit Trail Rides of VA Benefit ride for MS at Graves Mountain, www.benefittrailridesofva.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-325-2196
- April 30 – Battlefield Equestrian Society Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride, Manassas National Battlefield Park, http://www.battlefieldequestriansociety.org
- May 5-7 – Amelia Springs Trail Ride in Jetersville VA http://www.ameliaspringstrailride.com/, or https://www.facebook.com/Amelia-Springs-Trail-Ride-180159262008656/ The Amelia Springs Trail Ride offers fun for all ages. We have trails for both experienced and inexperienced riders. All trails are marked, however some trails are longer than others. The trails come as short and medium/long, and are marked as so. There are wash stations available for the horses and outdoor showers available for people. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on leashes. Please NO dogs on trails! And also please NO stallions! Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Boy Scouts of America
- May 6- STRHA Judged Trail Ride Crystal Crown Series , Walnut Hill Farm (Bob & Betty Kerns’ Farm) Woodstock, VA. Ride Secretary – Susan Markofski at email@example.com 304-874-3424 home phone and 703-785-7649 cell phone for day of the ride emergencies. http://www.strha.net/2017-crystal-crown-judged-trail-ride.html
- May 6 – Derby Day Ride at Belmead Stables and Riding Club, Powhatan, VA 804-598-4907, http://www.belmeadstablesandridingclub.com
- May 19 – Trails of Hope Benefit Trail ride for Cystic Fibrosis, Genito Trails, Lacrosse, Va, 757-651-9012, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.facebook.com/events/301678933561214/ Additional Details: Join us for a fun filled weekend of trail riding in the beautiful wooded trails of Genito. Approximately 18 miles is long ride and the short ride is 14 miles. Music and dancing, raffles, vendors, T-shirt sales and catered meal on Saturday night . Cowboy service Sunday morning and photographer on site. All proceeds benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
- May 20-21 – Eastern Shore Trail Ride, The Ride is limited to 250 riders and horses, and registration is in advance only, submit registration after March 15, no earlier. 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 only, dinner at camp Saturday night and camping at our beautiful and private campground. 100% of the proceeds benefit Company 16 of the Northampton Fire and Rescue Company. The trail wranglers donate all of their time and fuel and equipment costs. Your entire donation goes to the Northampton Fire and Rescue Company 16. http://easternshoretrailride.com/
- May 13-14 – Annual Ride for Hope Trail Ride for Halifax County Cancer Association, The trail ride/wagon train will begin on Saturday, May 13 at 10:30 am.Dinner will be served at approx. 5:00 Saturday night. A small auction will be held after dinner and Matt Boswell and the HBB will begin around 8. Primitive camping is available all weekend and a cowboy church service is available to everyone Sunday morning before heading out. Friday night, The High Rock Ramblers will perform @ 8! We are working closely with the Halifax County Cancer Association so that you can pre-register and pay the Cancer Association directly. Stay tuned for more details as they develop! Riders $25 donation and non-riders $15 donation. https://www.facebook.com/events/1276099525810941/
- May 14, Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride, St Jude’s Ride at Uncle Tom’s Park, Woodstock, Visit http://www.strha.net/rides.html or call Randy Fadely and Ellie Hamman 540-984-4332
- May 26 – May 29, 2017 – Easy Does It Ranch Benefit Trail Ride, Shangrila Guest Ranch, South Boston, Virginia, 434-517-0888, email@example.com, www.shangrilaguestranch.com/trail-rides, Additional Details: May 26-29 Memorial Weekend Shangrila Guest Ranch 3219 Cluster Springs Road, South Boston, Virginia 24592 $30 Saturday Ride, Dinner; $15 Saturday Dinner Only, $20 Sunday Ride. Primitive camping included. Ride Saturday and Sunday (Two different trail routes). Saturday approx. 15mi, Sunday approx. 10mi. Rides start at 10am. Some road crossings but no road riding. Saturday chuck wagon dinner. Raffle & door prizes. Trail Ride to benefit Easy Does it Ranch – nonprofit camp for recovering teens.