This weekend is the Virginia 4-H State Championship Horse Show at the Virginia Horse Center. It opens Thursday evening with a Reining qualifier class and Hunter Showmanship in the coliseum. If you like your day watching at the horse show to be broken up by plenty of variety, this is a great place to go watch. Not only have these youth exhibitors from across the state worked very hard to get to the state show, there’s plenty of different types of action going on throughout the day. Even the most hardcore horse show fans can get a little fatigued after hours of the same discipline cantering along in front of them. But at the state 4-H show there are 4 arenas running at the same time. For instance, on Saturday around noon, the Coliseum will be the site of Western Horsemanship, while in other arenas you can watch Driving, Hunter horses or hunter ponies. Find the full show schedule for more on class times and arenas.
If AQHA is more your cup of tea, you’ll have to travel all the way over to Doswell, Virginia, for the Virginia Bred Futurity at Meadows Event Park, which is just north of Richmond. The stallions involved in the Virginia-bred program for 2014 and last year’s results, including payouts, can be found here. Beyond the futurities there is also a full show. Find the schedule here.
Also on Saturday, the Blue Ridge Eventing Association is hosting an Eventing clinic with Ashley Adams, who has been competing in the top levels of the sport for more than a decade with an emphasis on starting young horses. The clinic is free to audit and $100 to ride.