GET YOUR HORSE FIX: Equestrian events happening now through this weekend (Oct. 4-5) near Roanoke, Va.

2011 USEF Horse of the Year Sjoerd, the first and Friesian in history to win that honor . Photo courtesy ThreeDayRanch.

Virginia Horse Center

The tenth-annual Friesian Grand Nationals are taking over the Anderson Coliseum this weekend. It began Wednesday with Dressage in the morning and trail in the evening. Thursday will spotlight breeding in the morning and afternoon and shift over to driving and pleasure classes in the evening. Friday morning will shift back to dressage and then back to pleasure and driving classes in the afternoon and evening. There will also be a costume class on Friday afternoon. More of the same, including World Championship classes, will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Find a full schedule here.  Watch for photos soon on The Roundup blog.

Costume class participants

Also at the horse center, Therapeutic Riding Assoc. of Va. Fall Horse Show will be held. The annual show for riders with disabilities will feature a variety of classes including dressage, equitation, obstacles, pole bending, costume and United Professional Horseman’s Association classes.


Walnut Spring Stables on Glade Road in Blacksburg is holding an open show starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Hunter, over fences, Western, Reining and gaming classes will be offered. The showbill can be found here.



There are three huge horse shows coming up on the schedule within easy driving distance to Southwest Virginia. As mentioned above, the All-American Quarter Horse Congress is kicking off Thursday, Oct. 2 and runs through Oct. 26. In Columbus, Ohio, this show is a 6-hour drive and well worth it with unmatched shopping opportunities for all things horse as well as the world-class AQHA competition. Single day admission is $25 PER VEHICLE (Daily parking on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays is only $15) or $70 PER VEHICLE for the entire show.

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show is Oct. 9-18 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. The largest multi-breed show in the country includes the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National and the Pessoa/USEF National Hunter Seat Medal Final. Admission prices and ticket information can be found here.

The Washington International Horse Show will kick off in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 21.Highlights include the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix and the prestigious Equitation Finals for junior riders. Tickets are required and can be purchased here.

More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter, and equitation competition during the six-day event. Highlights include the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, The $25,000 Puissance (high jump) presented by The Boeing Company, and the WIHS Equitation Finals for the country’s top junior riders. – See more at:
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Hunt Night Monday is full of interesting and entertaining classes. Shown here in perfect harmony are the Hunt Team winners, Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds. Photo ©

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