GET YOUR HORSE FIX: Equestrian events near Roanoke, Va., Oct. 18-19

VIRGINIA HORSE CENTER

This weekend the center is hosting the Virginia Dressage Association‘s championships, one of the oldes dressage championships in the United States. The show runs Thursday through Sunday. Highlights include the Intermediaire I Musical Freestyle Finals at 7:30 p.m. Friday and theGrand Prix Musical Freestyle at 9:24 p.m. on Saturday.

“The show is named after Col. Ljungquist who was one of the dressage pioneers in this country. It was started 32 years ago, and it was essentially the first regional championships in the country,” show manager Dianne Boyd said. “This year we have more than 350 entries. We are running three championship rings with a total of seven separate rings and two major night classes.”

Prior to the start of Saturday night’s freestyle is the extremely popular Doggie Costume Show.

FOREST, VIRGINIA

The Willow Creek Open Horse Show will be held Saturday at Willow Creek Farm in Forest. The show will offer a variety of English and Western pleasure classes. Find a show flyer here, including directions to the show.

GREEN HILL PARK, SALEM, VIRGINIA

The Blue Ridge Eventing Association will hold Horse Trials, Combined Tests, & Dressage Show on Sunday.

ONLINE

It’s a great weekend for horses if you don’t feel like getting off your coach. The All-American Quarter Horse Congress is streaming live on iEquine.com. Highlights this weekend include the 2-year-old western pleasure Stakes limited finals on Saturday in the Celeste Center, Halter Mares all morning in the Coliseum, and the Open Western Pleasure Maturity Finals in the Coliseum Saturday night. Sunday will include hunter under saddle and western pleasure classes, including the Novice Amateur Western Pleasure Sunday night in the Celeste Center.

Also streaming live this weekend on usefnetwork.com is the Pennsylvania National Horse Show from Harrisburg, Pa. Saturday night is the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National. But you need not wait for the weekend, both prestigious shows are streaming live all week long.

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