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Spring has arrived early at the Virginia Horse Center. The grass is greening up, horses are getting frisky, and the trees are budding. Just like spring we are beginning again, after thirty years, we are looking forward to a better and newly improved Virginia Horse Center and the future is very bright.
The Hilltop rings project, a loving effort to memorialize former president of the Virginia Horse Shows Association Sandy Gerald, has been completed to debut during the Lexington Spring Series. The Virginia Horse Center has refitted Arena B and the adjacent schooling Arena A with new Kruse Cushion Ride (KCR) footing to improve the showing experience for both horse and rider.
The Virginia Horse Center is pleased to once again host two premiere grand prix events to capstone the Lexington Spring Festival. The $30,000 Rockbridge Grand Prix on Saturday, April 29th, and the $30,000 George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Grand Prix on Saturday, May 6th, will both cap off the exciting hunter/jumper action as athletes race to victory.
The kick-off of the 2017 Lexington Spring Premiere is quickly approaching and athletes are preparing for the $3,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby which will take place on Friday, April 28th at 5pm. The Virginia Horse Center will host the Lexington Spring Premiere from Wednesday, April 26th to Sunday, April 30th, immediately followed by the Lexington Spring Encore Wednesday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 7th.
The Stonewall Country Horse Show, benefitting the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, is proud to offer two hunter/jumper shows at the Virginia Horse Center Jan. 19-22 and Feb. 3-5.
VHC Closed December 17, 2016 - January 3, 2017
At the most recent Board of Directors meeting on September 13, 2016, the Virginia Horse Center Foundation (VHC) launched and approved an inaugural Advisory Board whose members will enable the VHC continue to strengthen its outreach into the equestrian community.
Over 500 horses across 30 divisions competed at the Virginia CCI/CIC and Horse Trials yesterday at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington and the first winners of the week emerged.
The Board of Directors of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation (VHC) met on Sept. 13, 2016 to discuss several topics including budget proposals, upcoming events, fundraising initiatives, and the vote for new board member Charles 'Chuck' Grossman. The meeting, the first annual Board of Director's meeting of the 2017 fiscal year, also recapped the 2016 fiscal year and the many incredible improvements the VHC have made as an organization.
It is with heavy hearts that the Virginia Horse Center Foundation community mourns the loss of one of its founding members, Stephen 'Steve' Cushing McBroom on October 11, 2016.
The Virginia Horse Center was proud to host juniors from around the state at the 2016 State 4-H Horse & Pony Show Sept. 15 - 18. Riders competed in a variety of disciplines from hunt seat to western to dressage in addition to numerous other contests and events.
The Virginia CCI/CIC and Horse Trials (VHT) at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va. has several exciting developments in store for the October 27-30 competition. This event serves as the 2016 Area II Championships for Beginner Novice through Intermediate levels, and the VHT team is preparing to host a CCI2* for the first time in addition to the established CIC2* and CCI*.
The Virginia Horse Center will be welcoming any horses that need to be evacuated due to Hurricane Matthew. The hurricane is expected to make landfall on the eastern coast of the U.S. on Thursday morning and effect Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina over the weekend.
The Virginia Horse Center has a full slate of offerings on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. The day will be filled with fun for the whole family! Events include a performance by Fairland Ferguson, the 2016 Fall Fashion Fair as well as the House Mountain Hunter and Jumper Show.
The Virginia Horse Center hosted the second inaugural Virginia Hunter Championships on Tuesday, August 9. The program designed to foster, promote, reward and encourage hunter competition at independent horse shows throughout Virginia was once again a huge success and the planning for next year has already begun.
After four days of elite competition at the picturesque Virginia Horse Center, Haley Redifer rode away with the tricolor ribbon and victory in the 2016 Virginia Horse Show Association (VHSA)/EMO Medal Finals aboard her new mount, Ballon. The Lexington National Horse Show hosted top athletes and trainers from across the country, wrapping up competition on August 14.
The Virginia Horse Center (VHC) is thrilled to be welcoming Fairland Ferguson to its historic facility on Saturday, Oct. 8 for an afternoon filled with extraordinary entertainment. Spectators can expect to see an up close demonstration from the Staunton, Va. native and her amazing horses at 12:30 p.m., as well as join an exclusive question and answer session with her.
The Virginia Horse Center (VHC) Foundation is excited to announce that Amazon.com will donate to the VHC anytime you shop online for your favorite things. Thanks to AmazonSmile, you can designate the VHC as your charity of choice, and in return, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the world-class facility.
An impressive crowd of over 1,000 spectators turned out Saturday night to see Virginian Brooke Kemper and her own Classified, a 12-year-old Holsteiner Thoroughbred gelding, take home the win in the $25,000 Grand Prix of Roanoke. The evening class was the highlight of the show that this year found a new home at the Virginia Horse Center.
Community involvement is crucial to the success of the Virginia Horse Center (VHC). This was evident at a recent fundraising event co-hosted by Mrs. Magdelan Bryant and Michael and Karen Crane at Bryant's Locust Hill Farm in Middleburg. The small group who assembled in gorgeous weather with wonderful views at the historic manor home was engaged and excited about the rebirth of the Virginia Horse Center. Speakers included VHC President Ernie Oare, CEO John Nicholson and Treasurer Tim Harmon.
The historic Roanoke Valley Horse Show show has found a new home in the Virginia Horse Center, and is excited for this year’s competition held from June 20-25, 2016. Highlight events during the multi-discipline event for exhibitors and spectators will include the highly anticipated $25,000 Grand Prix of Roanoke on Saturday June 25, and the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Chatham Hall on Friday June, 24
The Inaugural USEA Intercollegiate Championship came down to a nail-biting finale with the first and second place teams separated by less than a point. It was The University of Georgia (UGA) Red Team who hunkered down this weekend to finish victorious, walking away with the top spot. The Bulldogs won on a combined score of 99.06, advancing ahead of the overnight leaders, Clemson University, on the final day of competition.
The Virginia Horse Center is excited to announce that it will be hosting the 2017 Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals in Lexington, Virginia April 21-23.
IEA Nationals is hosted in different locations each year to allow members to travel to different parts of the country, experience different horses and horse communities, and allow various IEA zones and the teams within them to showcase their horses. For 2017, Zone 3 was chosen zone, and the Virginia Horse Center was the perfect fit.
The Lexington Spring Encore at the Virginia Horse Center always draws the country’s leading competitors for its premiere hunter/jumper event. This weekend, Colombia’s Manuel Torres and Christofolini H took home the top spot in the $30,000 George L. Ohrstrom Grand Prix on Saturday besting a field of sixteen.
Mary Lisa Leffler and Bling Bling are kicking off the spring show season in winning form at the Virginia Horse Center. After earning a win in Ocala and a win in Atlanta, the duo can now add winning the $30,000 Rockbridge Grand Prix during the Lexington Spring Premiere to their growing list of accomplishments.
With a full-range of classes offered and great facilities, Saddlebred, Hackney and Roadster trainers already have good reason to plan to attend the Bonnie Blue National, Roanoke Valley and ASHAV Horse Shows at the Virginia Horse Center. Now, the Horse Center is giving one more reason to plan to attend these shows for 2016 — a newly instated, and lucrative, trainer incentive program!
Join us for a ‘Paint Nite’ to support Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding!
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Where: Virginia Horse Center Mezzanine
When: March 17, 20016
Why: Because Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding needs your support
How: Register now at Night Nuzzling Paint Nite
The Roanoke Valley Horse Show will return in 2016, but this time the historic horse show has found a new home in the Virginia Horse Center.
The horse show, previously held at the Salem Civic Center, was founded in 1972 and continued for 43 years, but insufficient funding for the charitable show caused the event to be cancelled in 2015. Now, the Virginia Horse Center is thrilled to play a part in bringing back the popular horse show, to be held from June 20-25, 2016.
When Donna Martin and the 'VHC Equestriennes' set out to raise money for the Virginia Horse Center through a trailer raffle, they knew that together they could ultimately fundraise at least $35,000 to go directly to the Horse Center. Now, thanks to all of their incredible hard work, a fortunate twist of fate and the great generosity of the raffle winner, it was announced Tuesday that $50,000 would be donated to the Virginia Horse Center as a result of the fundraising efforts.
The Virginia Horse Center Foundation will be closed for the holidays from December 19 until January 4, 2016.
We wish all of you the Happiest of Holidays and the very best for the New Year!
Several months ago a group of dedicated horsewomen came together to take on a large task: selling 500 tickets for a raffle to raise funds for the Virginia Horse Center. Now, with all 500 tickets sold, the "VHC Equestriennes" will be drawing the grand prize winner of a brand-new horse trailer or $15,000 cash at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Virginia Horse Center.
Since the inception of the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Intercollegiate Program in 2014, 31 colleges and universities have affiliated with the USEA to show their support and involvement. Many of these schools have competed in Collegiate Team Challenges at various Events including Virginia Horse Trials, Chattahoochee Hills, Twin Rivers, ESDCTA New Jersey Horse Trials, University of New Hampshire Horse Trial, Poplar Place Farm and FENCE. There has not been an overall Intercollegiate Championship, until now! The USEA is pleased to announce that the Virginia Horse Trials will host the inaugural USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Team Championship in 2016.
On Halloween weekend I took my first trip to the Virginia Horse Trials, anxious to see for myself what everyone had described as a gorgeous venue with a 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I intentionally left my camera at home, however, because for the first time in a long time, I would be attending a competition as a rider instead of a photographer.
A conceptual plan to develop youth sports fields at the Virginia Horse Center and a capital improvements plan to address the VHC’s maintenance needs were both approved Monday by the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors.
It looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
The city of Lexington will continue to provide more funding to the Virginia Horse Center through an additional lodging tax. At the same time, in a gesture of reciproc- ity from the horse center, the city could benefit from a new shuttle service provided by the center to transport horse- show participants back and forth to area hotels and the downtown.
For those looking to purchase a new trailer of any kind, the time to buy is now. For a very limited time only, buyers purchasing a trailer from Blue Ridge Trailer Sales could also walk away with $15,000 cash.
For every new, tandem axle trailer purchased through Blue Ridge Trailer Sales, located in Ruckersville, Virginia, the buyer will also receive an entry into the Virginia Horse Center raffle for their chance to win a brand-new 2015 Platinum Coach Bumper Pull 2 Horse Trailer or $15,000 cash. Only 500 total tickets are available, increasing entrants odds of winning, and less than 200 tickets remain and will go quickly.
Nestled across the state of Virginia in beautiful venues are some of the country's most historic, traditional horse shows, but in recent years, many of these stand-alone shows have seen a decline in participation.
Keeping Virginia horse shows thriving and rewarding the riders and trainers who participate in them is the concept behind the all-new Virginia Hunter Championships, held for the first time on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Virginia Horse Center.
Mary Elizabeth Cordia has been competing in the Virginia Horse Show Association (VHSA) Finals for several years, leaving nearly every time with an impressive second place finish. However, until this year a VHSA Finals victory had escaped the young rider.
Betty and Ernie Oare just purchased Attila a month ago, and Winn Alden only sat on the gelding for the first time on Friday, but following the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Lexington National Horse Show, the owners, rider and talented gelding seemed every bit the veteran winning team.
Sarah Boston, 15, worked hard throughout the year to qualify for the Virginia Horse Show Association (VHSA) Children's Hunter Seat Medal Final, so when she broke her foot a few weeks out from the final, she was not going to let that stop her.
"On a sunny day 50 years ago this summer, Betty Oare jumped in her first, and only, grand prix on a grass field in
Ohio. The day wasn’t just significant for Oare and Navy Commander, who was a wedding gift from her husband Ernest M. Oare and a consistent winner in the working hunters; it was also the first grand prix in the United States, attracting 10,000 spectators.
Betty’s remained an integral part of the sport’s history since that memorable day in Cleveland, and this summer she and Ernie returned to the Chagrin Valley Horse Show (see p. 78) to serve as hunter judges for the same event."
The state of Virginia is home to some of the nation’s longest standing and most historic hunter horse shows. And now the Virginia Hunter Championships offer an added incentive for riders and trainers competing at these notable shows within the commonwealth.
Beautiful weather, great music (and enthusiastic dancing), more vendors and food, an ideally self- starting and reliable fair committee − and above all, better attendance.
In short, according to director Deborah Work, this year’s Rockbridge County Fair − more prop- erly, the Rockbridge Regional Fair and Farm Show − was a resounding success.
If you spend any time at the Virginia Horse Center (VHC), you're bound to come across Gardy Bloemers. She may be competing in the dressage arena, advising the management on a fundraiser or helping sell raffle tickets, but one way or another she is sure to be engaged in an activity that benefits the center.
Virginia Horse Trials, a long time destination event for East Coast eventers, announced Monday that international course designer John Nicholson will take over as the new FEI cross country course designer, beginning with the event’s staple FEI competition set to take place October 30 – November 1, 2015.
Harold Chopping's spring schedule has him traveling up and down the east coast, but this year he made sure to add a stop at the Virginia Horse Center - a stop that he is glad he made. During the Lexington Spring Premiere, Chopping rode to the win in the $25,000 George L. Ohrstorm Jr. Grand Prix and finished second in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.
When Brooke Kemper first started showing at the Virginia Horse Center, it was aboard ponies in a ring on top of a hill. The Horse Center did not yet house its large Anderson Coliseum, and Kemper was not yet clearing the five-foot fences that she so easily sails over today. Both Kemper and the Virginia Horse Center have come along way since the childhood days that Kemper fondly recalls spending there.
The Sallie B. Wheeler/US Hunter Breeding National Championship - East Coast showcases many of the highest quality young horses in the country, and this summer they are coming to the Virginia Horse Center.
The Virginia Horse Center Foundation Board of Directors has ratified John Nicholson as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Virginia Horse Center.
Following his highly successful 17-year tenure as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park, Nicholson joined the Virginia Horse Center management team in May 2014, first as a consultant and most recently as the interim CEO, before officially assuming the CEO office.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe made his first visit to the Virginia Horse Center on Monday, April 6. McAuliffe arrived by helicopter on Monday afternoon to address a crowd of more than 100 visitors gathered in the Horse Center’s Appomattox Mezzanine overlooking the Anderson Coliseum.
Lexington, VA - March 25, 2015 - In June 2014, the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of allocating an additional one percent of the local occupancy tax to the Virginia Horse Center (VHC) for a two-year period. On Monday night, March 23, 2015, the Board of Supervisors again unanimously voted in the Virginia Horse Center's favor, this time extending the term of the additional one percent occupancy tax from two years to five years.
After conducting a thorough search, the Virginia Horse Center (VHC) has named Leigh Anne Claywell as the new Chief Operating Officer of the Horse Center.
Imagine donating $100 to the Virginia Horse Center (VHC) and in exchange receiving $15,000 or a brand-new horse trailer for you. Thanks to the work of a committed group of VHC supporters that is exactly what could happen.
In a major announcement from the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) the Virginia Horse Center (VHC) has officially been awarded the bid for the 2015 AQHA Nutrena East Level 1 (Novice) Championships.
The AQHA East Level 1 Championships will make the move from Murfreesboro, Tennessee to Lexington, Virginia for the 2015 edition of the show, to be held September 30 - October 4.
The Virginia Horse Center cleared one hurdle last week in its bid to place in a conservation easement 77.6 percent of the VHC campus, or 445 of 573 acres. The Rockbridge County Economic Development authority gave its approval for the easement, expected to generate $1,980,000 in proceeds from tax credit sales through the Virginia Land Preservation Tax Credit program.
If all of the necessary approvals for the easement can be secured, the nearly $2 million that would be gained would be used to pay down the principal of an $11.5 million loan the horse center took out several years ago with the USDA to consolidate the center's various capital debts. Paying down the principal by this amount would lower the annual debt payments on the USDA loan from $604,555 to $501,219.
LEXINGTON, VA - LEXINGTON, Va (WSLS 10) - Hundreds of dogs and their handlers competed in the 5th annual Dog Agility Trial in Lexington this weekend.
The trial chairman says two clubs hosted the event, the Star City Canine Club and the Dog Owners Club.
This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Fall Virginia Horse Trials at the Virginia Horse Center, and the event, to be held Fri., Oct. 31 - Sun., Nov. 2, is on track to be one of the biggest competitions to date.
"We have 570 horses coming in for Beginner-Novice level through the CIC2*," said founder and manager ofthe Virginia Horse Trials, Brian Ross. "We have quite an international field of riders. Phillip Dutton is coming in and a few other top riders such as Lynn Symansky."
Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center is pleased to announce a screening of “Riding My Way Back.” The new award winning, short documentary about the powerful healing of therapeutic riding for a veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury will be screened at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. in the Horse Center’s Mezzanine. Tickets are available for $5.00 at the door with proceeds benefiting Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center. Light refreshments will be provided.
The Col. Bengt Ljungquist Memorial (CBLM) Championship is one of the oldest, most historic dressage championships in the United States, and this weekend, the annual show returns to the Virginia Horse Center for its 32nd year.
Hunter competitors could be riding away from this weekend’s House Mountain Horse Show at the Virginia Horse Center with more than just a beautiful ribbon and a positive show experience. For the first time, the Virginia Horse Center (VHC) is pleased to present the $1,000 VHC Hunter Classic.
The Virginia Horse Center Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Joining the Board as the Horse Center continues to expand its team of top-notch industry professionals and leaders are Bill Heizer, Tim Jennings and Brian Ross.
In just three days, Normandy, France will transform into a hub of the world's best horses and riders in all eight of the FEI disciplines as the equestrian world ushers in the start of the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG).
The Virginia Dressage Association (VADA) has long been a supporter of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, and now, in recognition and support of the direction that the Virginia Horse Center (VHC) is heading, VADA members have voted in favor of a $12,000 donation to the Horse Center.
We are pleased to announce that the Middlebrook General Store team raised the most money for the Turn Up the Lights campaign!
The Virginia Horse Center is an evacuation site for horses. Please call 540-464-2966 for reservations and more information.
The VHCF's Lexington Spring Premiere voted Members' Choice show.
Krista Hodgkin is named manager of Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show series.
Q&A with Nina Ligon of Esmont, Virginia covering her career and her experiences at the London Olympics.
Participate in this unique informational and hands-on trailer safety seminar on September 23 from 1-4pm.
Enjoy ten area farms while supporting the Virginia Horse Center through the VHCF Equestriennes 2012 Barn Tour!
The VHCF is pleased to announce a new sponsor partnership with our neighbor - Cool Spring Organics Market & Cafe
We are thrilled to welcome Devils Backbone Brewery to the VHCF family!