GET YOUR HORSE FIX: Equestrian events in the Roanoke region this weekend (March 21-22)

We are excited for the AQHA to roll into the Virginia Horse Center this weekend, but that’s not the only show in town (or even the only event at the horse center) if that’s not your cup of tea.And if you don’t feel like going out, we’ve got online options listed too.


  • AQHA: The Virginia Quarter Horse Association is holding is annual Spring Breakout show at the horse center this weekend. Larry Little, Judd Paul, Tony Burris, Rhonda Replogle will judge. The show will start at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will open with trail, move to hunter classes, pleasure driving, western riding, ranch horse pleasure and reining later in the day. Sunday will open with halter and showmanship and then move to western pleasure and horsemanship classes. Find a complete class schedule here.
  • CLINIC: Mary Babick will be presenting a two-day clinic, organized by the Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association (SWVHJA) this weekend. Babick’s two-day hunter and equitation clinic will offer three sections including a 2’6″ hunter section, a 3′ hunter section and a 3′ equitation section.    Riding spots are filled but auditor spots are still available.  Audit tickets are available for $150/day or $250 for both days, and TCP participants may register to receive credits for $300. Babick, of Freehold, NJ, has trained students and horses out of her Knightsbridge Farm, earning victories and  at such shows as Devon, the Penn National, Washington International, U.S. Pony Finals and the North American Junior and Young Rider Championship. Babick’s students have earned many state, zone and national championships, from the small pony to the national equitation finals and the junior and amateur-owner jumper sections.


The Leslie Morris Breast Cancer Benefit Horse Show will be Saturday at the Patrick Henry Girls Home, 1039 Brookneal Hwy, Rustburg, Va. Show starts at noon, gates open at 10 a.m. (About 1 hour from Roanoke) Show is casual and participants are invited to wear pink or their fanciest show clothes.



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