GET YOUR HORSE FIX: Equestrian events in the Roanoke region this weekend (April 25-26)

The horses are preparing for the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park. Photo via Facebook

In the international world of horses, this weekend is all about the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Attending this premiere combined training competition is easily doable from Roanoke via a 6-hour road trip. If you can’t make the trip and still want to watch, it’s also being streamed live on USEFnetwork.com.

The competition gets underway Thursday at 9 a.m. with Dressage and runs through Sunday. Friday will feature more Dressage tests. Cross country will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and the competition closes on Sunday with showjumping at 1 p.m.

If you’re on the grounds, there’s plenty to do throughout all three days at the Horse Park. A full schedule can be found here. Tickets are required to attend the event. Sunday’s showjumping phase is already sold out.

The Kentucky Reining Cup will also be held at the horse park at 6 p.m. on Friday and also will be streaming live.

Of course, for those of us staying closer to home, there are events happening right here as well.

VIRGINIA HORSE CENTER

The Lexington Spring Premiere “AA” show is at the horse center from Wednesday April 22 to Friday, April 26. The hunter/jumper show’s highlights include a $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby at 5 p.m. on Friday evening and $25,000 Rockbridge Grand Prix at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

OPEN SHOWS

The Franklin County Trailblazers Horse & Pony Show is Saturday at Ginther Farm in Sontag, Va. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the show starts at 9 a.m. Chuck Nifong will judge. The show will include hunter classes on the flat and over fences, gaming classes such as barrel racing and the flag race and western pleasure and horsemanship classes. Find a show bill here.

A LOOK AHEAD

Photo by Bedford Hunt Club

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