Get your horse fix: Equestrain events in the Roanoke region this weekend (March 14-15)

Hat City, owned and ridden by Lauren Moran at the
Thoroughbred Celebration Show in 2014..
Photo Credit David Bell/RideOnSports Photography

Did I really just see daffodils blooming in Roanoke? Dare I hope that my pasture is turning ever-so-slightly green? Can I let myself believe that spring is here? I know at our house we are certainly hoping so as ice gives way to mud. My riding areas are much too water-logged to get any time in the saddle. So here are some events around our region where you can hopefully find drier footing and horses coming out of our winter hibernation.


This weekend is the center’s annual Thoroughbred Celebration Spring Show in the Coliseum and Wiley Arena. The two-day Hunter/ Jumper series is for horses who are either off the track or bred to race. Meg Rhodes will judge hunters. Leslie Brown will judge jumpers. Both days start at 8 a.m. Find a prize list and schedule of classes here.


The Southwest Virginia Dressage Association will host it’s Educational Sunday at 8 a.m. March 15 at Flanagan Stables in Christiansburg. Lynne Gilbert (competitive endurance rider) will discuss long-distance riding. Heather Hilgartner, DVM (of Windover Equine Services) will discuss lameness in dressage horses. Wayne Jones (Owner of Star-Ro Trailers) will  discuss trailer safety. Roddy and Sally Moore (Storey Creek Farm) will be discuss training and driving draft horses. Used tack sale also planned. The event is free, so bring a chair and learn something new.


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