GET YOUR HORSE FIX: Equestrian events in the Roanoke area August 1-2


The Eastern Arabian Horse Show & East Coast Championships will be held Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 2 at the Virginia Horse Center. Michele Blackwell-Betten, Oliver Brown, Phoebe Devoe-Moore, Nicky Vogel and Gwen Ka’awaloa will judge the Eastern Arabian Horse Show. Wendy Gruskiewicz, Kevn Price, Dawn Coons, Grace Greenlee, David Schmutz,Phoebe Devoe-Moore, Gwen Ka’awaloa and Nancy Ashway will judge the East Coast Championship classes. In honor of the late Sue Eves, a perpetual trophy has been established in her honor to be awarded to the Purebred Arabian earning the most points in Sport Horse In Hand and Sport Horse Under Saddle classes, combined, at the East Coast Championships. The show will also include a Egyptian Arabian Performance Challenge. A detailed class list can be found here.  And if you are curious about Egyptian Arabians, find an article here by The Roanoke Times on a local breeder.


  • Horseplay 4-H Benefit Show, will be held Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Alphin-Stewart Arena at Virginia Tech. This show is also Blue Ridge Horse Force sanctioned. The show begins at 10 a.m. and has a variety of flat and over-fences classes. The afternoon session, which won’t start before 2 p.m., also includes several dressage seat equitation classes, leadline and showmanship.


    A few auditor spots are still available for the Julie Winkel Clinic (hunt seat equitation), Tuesday, Aug. 4, Virginia Horse Center. Winkel is a trainer, judge, and popular clinician. She’s trained and shown hunters and jumpers to the top levels, nationally and internationally, and has had many grand prix wins and hunter championships throughout her career.


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