Trail Riding in Virginia

Finally, spring is approaching and the season for trail riding commences! 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!

Crystal Crown Series 2014
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), the Shenandoah Trail Riding and Horseman’s Association (STRHA; www.strha.org), the Clifton Horse Society (CHS; http://www.cliftonhorsesociety.org/inside.htm), and the Nokesville Horse Society (NHS; www.nokesvillehorsesociety.org).

The Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride series schedule includes April 27, May 3, and October 19 (dates for the Clifton Horse Society and Snickersville Hounds will be determined at a later date). Refer to the section of this article titled “Trail Rides for 2014” 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.

The Virginia Trail Riders Spring Competition, an ACTHA event, will be held April 7–10 at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA. Competitive Trail Challenge© events scheduled for Virginia include March 15 at Healing Strides of Virginia in Boones Mill, April 5 at Dogwood Farm in Axton, and April 25–27 at Cedar Run Ranch in Cumberland. Refer to the section of this article titled “Trail Rides for 2014” for specific information about the 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 27 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.

Nokesville Horse Society
http://nhsinc.tripod.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
www.princegeorgeridingclub.com
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.

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.

Shenandoah Trail Riding and Horseman’s Association
http://strha.org
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
http://svhorses.smallbizdepot.com
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
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 partners in the competitive Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride series and hosts an annual Memorial Day benefit ride in Loudon 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 2014

March

  • March 1: The SouthEastern Association of Trailriders ride at York River State Park, Williamsburg. Ride begins at 11 a.m. For more information, contact www.seat-va.org .
  • March 15: Healing Strides Competitive Trail Challenge (CTC), Boones Mill, VA. Ride benefits Healing Strides of Virginia Therapeutic Riding Center. For more information, contact Carol Young (540.334.5825) or email info@healingstridesofva.org.
  • March 16: Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride, George Washington National Forest, Signal Knob trail. For more information, visit www.strha.org or call 540.984.7297.
  • March 23: Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride, George Washington National Forest, Uncle Tom’s Park. For more information, visit www.strha.org or call 540.984.7297.
  • March 27–30: Burton’s Bayside Farm Trail Ride to benefit the Special Olympics of the Eastern Shore, Cheriton, VA. Lunch provided on trail and dinner with live music. Gates open Thursday at noon for camper arrival (primitive camping). Cost is $40 per person; contact Sandra Taylor (757.414.1212) or Ben Burton (757.331.0828) for more information.
  • March 27–30: The SouthEastern Association of Trailriders ride and campout at Staunton River State Park, Scottsburg. For more information, contact Kim at 757.536.7888 or group website at www.seat-va.org .
  • Changed to March 28-30: Fort Pocohontas Trail Ride, Charles City County, VA. The Virginia Horse Council and the Virginia Quarter Horse Association will be co-hosting a trail ride at Fort Pocahontas. Come for the day on either Saturday or Sunday, or primitive camp the weekend with most meals provided. An AQHA trail challenge will also be held, open to all breeds. For more information and price details, contact Cathette Plumer at 804.370.8631 or Cathette@aol.com (see also the VQHA website at http://myvqha.com ).
  • March 28–30: The Trails of Hope Ride at Genito Trails, LaCrosse. VA. Ride benefits Ava Crow and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cost is $35 per rider; $15 for children 10 and younger. Gates open noon on Friday. For more information, contact Sharon Dugan (757.567.5354; N2_horses2@yahoo.com) or Robyn Crow (757.651.9012; robyncrow@gmail.com), or https://www.facebook.com/TrailsOfHopeRide.
  • March 29: Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association hawk trail ride. For more information, visit www.strha.org or call 540.984.7297.
  • March 29: Belmead Stables and Riding Club spring hunter pace, Belmead on the James, Powhatan; VA. Ride begins at 9 a.m. with lunch included at noon. Member cost: $25/person with free camping; nonmember, $25/person with $15/trailer for camping. For more information, contact Marilyn Catlett at 804.598.4907 or email marilyn_catlett@mindspring.com.
  • March 30: The Battlefield Equestrian Society (BES) bluebell ride, Bull Run, Manassas, VA; www.battlefieldequestriansociety.org .

April

  • April 4–6: SouthEastern Association of Trailriders ride benefitting Little Nottoway Hunting Association, Burkeville, VA. Cost is $40 per rider; $25 for ages 12 and younger. For more information, contact David Simms at 434.480.9093 or https://www.facebook.com/events/510254219088920.
  • April 5: Dogwood Farm Competitive Trail Challenge (CTC), Axton, VA. Ride benefits Tackfully Teamed Riding Academy, Inc. Contact Ann Walker (276.650.3836) or email widgetdwf@embarqmail.com.
  • April 6: Belmead Spring Competitive Trail Challenge (CTC), benefitting Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center, Belmead on the James, Powhatan, VA. Participants ride on marked trails; six miles of trails are marked for Saturday’s American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) ride and are not available for Friday’s trail ride. The entire trail system is open for riding on Sunday to all participants. For more information, contact Lisa Parkhurst (804.445.4512); belmeadacthactc@gmail.com.
  • April 6: NAS Oceana Stables trail event, Virginia Beach, VA. Groups will be staggered; first group to leave at 9 a.m. Cost: $50/person, includes ride, lunch, and t-shirt. Riders younger than 13 must be accompanies by parent/guardian. For more information, contact Oceana Stables, 757.433.3255 or ocstables@mwrma.com.
  • April 7–10: Virginia Trail Riders Spring Competition (an American Competitive Trail Horse Association event), The Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, VA. A choice of 4 categories in which to register to ride. There is a 3-day, 100-mile; a 50-mile; and a pleasure ride. The Homestead Resort offers three different rates for lodging. For more information, contact Carol Easter (434.984.1212) or website http://virginiatrailridersinc.com.
  • April 11–13: Old Store spring trail ride, Gasburg, VA. Arrive Friday at noon; event ends Sunday at 3 p.m. Lunch on trail for donation; dinner provided Sat. night. Cost: $35/person day of event ($15/rider younger than 14). Primitive camping. Gates open at noon on Friday; ride begins at 11 a.m. Saturday. Fresh water available for horses at campsite and lunch area; lunch served at midpoint of ride; dinner at 5 p.m. Contact Jarrett Henderson for more information: 252.245.0888 or jmh2210@yahoo.com (or https://www.facebook.com/OldStoreTrailRide).
  • April 12: Trail ride to benefit Central Virginia Horse Rescue, at Millstone Farm, New Kent, VA. Multiple trails; $35/rider includes lunch; $10/nonriders. Gates open 8 a.m.; riders must return by 3 p.m. For more information, call 804.356.2182 or vpollock60@gmail.com.
  • April 12: Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride, George Washington National Forest, moonlight ride from Laurel Run. For more information, visit www.strha.org or call 540.984.7297.
  • April 13: Pleasant Grove Trail Ride, Palmyra, VA. Approximately 12 miles; barbeque lunch is served at halfway point (from 12–1:30 p.m.). After lunch ride continues or riders can return to their trailers. Cost is $30 per rider; current Coggins required. Primitive camping Friday only ($15 per trailer). Children between the ages of 12–17 must be accompanied by an adult and wear a helmet. For more information, call 434.589.0577 or website at http://www.pleasantgrovetrails.com/Home.html.
  • April 16: Clifton Horse Society bluebell trail ride, Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. For more information, contact Marilyn Catlett (804.598.4907; marilyn_catlett@mindspring.com ) or the group website at www.cliftonhorsesociety.org .
  • April 18–20: True Story Acres trail ride to benefit Lake Gaston Fire Department, LaCrosse, VA. Rosemont Winery will have a wine tasting $5/person (hitching posts at winery for horses; purchases will be delivered). Lunch will be provided on the trails by the Lake Gaston Hunt Club. Admission $35 per rider, includes dinner Saturday and music Friday and Saturday night. Camping available Friday and Saturday nights. For more information, call Christy (434.917.2467) or Beth Quinn (434.917.3348), or https://www.facebook.com/pages/True-Story-Acres-Trail-Ride/785700561457799.
  • April 19: Belmead Stables and Riding Club spring scavenger hunt, Belmead on the James, Powhatan; VA. Ride begins at 9 a.m. with lunch included at noon. Member cost: $25/person with free camping; nonmember, $25/person with $15/trailer for camping. For more information, contact Marilyn Catlett at 804.598.4907 or email marilyn_catlett@mindspring.com.
  • April 20: Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride, Oak Ridge Ranch, Edinburg, Va. For more information, visit www.strha.org or call 540.984.7297.
  • April 25–27: SouthEastern Association of Trailriders Genito trail ride, LaCrosse, VA. Ride to benefit Brodnax United Methodist Church. Cost is $35 per rider (12 and younger, $15). Gates open Friday at noon; primitive camping water, provided for horses. Lunch provided on trail for a donation. Dinner provided Saturday night. For more information, contact Nelson or Chyrel Baird 434.729.9141 or 434.774.1332; email nelsonandchyrelbaird@embarqmail.com.
  • April 25–28: Cedar Run Ranch ACTHA competitive trail ride challenge with Kenny Harlow, Cumberland, VA. Portion of proceeds to support Heartland Horse Heroes (a PATH Intl. therapeutic riding facility in Dillwyn, 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, email Kenny@kennyharlow.com or call 434.983.2221.
  • April 26: Mechanicsville Riding Club trail ride to benefit St. Jude’s, Millstone Farm, Quinton, VA. Gates open at 8 a.m., ride is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. For more information, contact Debbie Middleton at debbie.middleton@sscoop.com or visit the MRC website at www.mechanicsvilleridingclub.com.
  • April 26: Fifth annual Ride for Hope, South Boston, VA. A trail ride and wagon train to benefit the Halifax County Cancer Association. Cost is $20 per person (includes dinner), $10 nonriders, free for children younger than 12. Ride begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Jaime (434.579.0355), or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/585259201553044/?ref=22.
  • April 27: The Battlefield Equestrian Society (BES) Crystal Crown judged pleasure ride, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas, VA; www.battlefieldequestriansociety.org .

May

  • May 2–4: 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 3: Shenandoah Trail Riding and Horseman’s Association (STRHA) Crystal Crown judged pleasure ride, Shenandoah Valley, VA; http://www.strha.org .
  • May 9–11: 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 .
  • May 10: Belmead Stables and Riding Club relay for fun ride, Belmead on the James, Powhatan; VA. Ride begins at 9 a.m. with lunch included at noon. Member cost: $25/person with free camping; nonmember, $25/person with $15/trailer for camping. For more information, contact Marilyn Catlett at 804.598.4907 or email marilyn_catlett@mindspring.com.
  • May 16–18: Andora Farm and Stables Fourth 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 17: Lonesome Dove Therapeutic Riding Center trail ride, Belmead on the James, Powhatan; VA. Trail ride is a fundraiser for the therapeutic program dedicated to veterans. Sign-in between 9 a.m. and noon; trails open 9:30 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact program director Clint Arrington (804.357.9524 or email ldequestriancenter@yahoo.com; www.ldequestriancenter.com).
  • May 18: Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association trail ride for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, George Washington National Forest, Uncle Tom’s Park. For more information, visit www.strha.org or call 540.984.7297.
  • May 23–25: Montebello Volunteer Fire and Rescue benefit trail ride, Montebello, VA. Call 540.377.2145 for information or sites.google.com/site/montebellotrailrides/home.
  • May 18–20: Central VA Horse Rescue Benefit ride, La Crosse, VA. Rosemont Winery will have a wine tasting $5/person (hitching posts at winery for horses; purchases will be delivered). Lunch will be provided on the trails by the Lake Gaston Fire Department; dinner at 5:30 and music at 7. Admission by donation ($20 minimum per person, which includes dinner Saturday and music Friday and Saturday night). Camping available Friday and Saturday nights. For more information, call Christy (434.917.2467) or Beth Quinn (434.917.3348), or http://www.centralvahorserescue.com/benefit-trail-ride/.
  • May 25: United States Trail Ride, Inc., annual Memorial Day benefit pleasure trail ride, Middleburg, VA. For more information, contact trail ride coordinator Diane Connolly (dconnolly24@gmail.com ); see USTR website at www.ustrailride.org
  • May 31: Richmond Ride, 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, contact Sue Mullins at slgmramsey@gmail.com or group website at http://www.frmsva.com/index.html.

June

  • June 6–8: 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.
  • June 13–15: Bull Run Hunt’s Camping Weekend, Locust Hill Preserve, Rapidan, VA. All proceeds go to Bull Run Hunt for the care of the hounds and management of the territory. First time this territory will be open to weekend trail riders. Cost is $70 for adults, $45 for children 12 and younger ($35 for nonriders). For more information, contact 540.825.8447 or 804.366.9728; http://www.bullrunhuntclub.com/weekend-camp-ride.
  • June 26–29: VA Paint Horse Club trail ride and campout, James River State Park, Gladstone, VA. . Potluck to follow ride for those interested (bring main dish, side dish, or dessert to share and your own drinks) and optional tubing on James River. Optional camping Thursday through Sunday at Horseshoe Campground; bath house, 20 stalls, and 10 hook-ups with electric and water. All are pull-thru sites. Campsites run $27/night with maximum six people and two vehicles (truck and trailer counts as two). Stalls are $9/night and a $5 one-time reservation fee. Ride begins at 11 a.m. For more information, contact trail ride coordinator Kim Burnop (757.536.7888, burnopranch@yahoo.com) or visit the VPHC website at http://virginiapainthorseclub.org .
  • June 28: Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad ride at Millstone. For more information, contact Sue Mullins at slgmramsey@gmail.com or group website at http://www.frmsva.com/index.html.

July

  • No trail rides posted as of Feb. 14, 2014.

August

  • No trail rides posted as of Feb. 14, 2014.

September

  • Sept. 19–21: 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.
  • September: Sixth Annual Central Virginia Ride for the Cure® for Susan G. Komen. Trail ride to benefit breast cancer research. Date for event not set at time of publishing; contact the website for specific information: http://komencentralva.org/get-involved/ride-for-the-cure.

October

  • Oct. 3–5: 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.
  • Oct. 18: Belmead Stables and Riding Club ACTHA Halloween ride, Belmead on the James, Powhatan; VA. Sign-in between 8–9 a.m.; trails open 10 a.m. Lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Marilyn Catlett at 804.598.4907 or email marilyn_catlett@mindspring.com.
  • Oct. 19: Nokesville Horse Society (NHS) Crystal Crown judged pleasure ride, Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA. Contact Kim Jones (540.937.0906) or email ksjones07@yahoo.com.
  • Oct. 24–26: 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. 23 at 2 p.m. Trophies for oldest horse, youngest rider, and Halloween costume. Contact Deb Miloslavich at honeymoonhollow@hotmail.com for more information.

November

  • Nov. 15: Belmead Stables and Riding Club “scrabble” ride, Belmead on the James, Powhatan; VA. Ride begins at 9 a.m. with lunch included at noon. Member cost: $25/person with free camping; nonmember, $25/person with $15/trailer for camping. For more information, contact Marilyn Catlett at 804.598.4907 or email marilyn_catlett@mindspring.com.

December

  • No trail rides posted as of Feb. 14, 2014.

2 Responses to Trail Riding in Virginia

  1. Duane Martin

    I really like the list of trail rides for the region. How often is it updated?

  2. Horse Talk Staff

    Hi Duane – we compiled this list in the spring. There are a fair amount of trail rides coming up in the fall that are listed in the article and you can also check our Calendar page under Other Events for more. We update the Calendar page daily.

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