GET YOUR HORSE FIX: Equestrian events in the Roanoke area Aug. 22-23

The Cross View Horse Show Series continues this weekend with Dog Days of Summer.



  • Watch Clinton Anderson put one of his horses through their paces as his Walkabout Tour comes to the Virginia Horse Center Aug. 22-23. The Downunder Horsemanship method of horse training is based on mutual respect and understanding and gives horse owners the knowledge needed to become skilled horsemen and train their horses to be consistent and willing partners, according to his Website. Tickets are required to attend the clinic:  $50, 12 and under are admitted free. Day 1 of the clinic includes: Philosophy Behind the Method, Roundpenning, Gaining Your Horse’s Respect on the Ground,and Advanced Riding.Day 2 includes: Tricks and Liberty,Desensitizing Your Horse to Spooky Objects,Advancing Your Groundwork,Gaining Respect Under Saddle, and Trailer Troubles. 
  • Richard Winters Horsemanship Clinic with Cattle, Aug. 21-23, Crockett, Va. Join NRCHA World Champion Richard Winters for a Horsemanship Clinic at Dreamweaver Farms in Crockett, Va. Spectators are welcome for $25 a day.
  • Equi-Fest at the Sedalia Center, 9 a.m. on Aug. 22 at the Sedalia Center in Big Island, Va. Featuring a variety of demos including the Bedford County Hunt, Natural Chimneys Jousting Club and Mounted Shooting. Plus find vendors, concessions, musical performances, pony rides, a petting zoo and a tack swap. Free admission, $5 parking per car.


Clinton Anderson’s Walkabout Tour will be the big show at the VHC this weekend. But it’s not the only thing going on. The USEF/PFHA double pointed Paso Fino horse show in the East Complex and the American Connemara Pony Society Region III Show will be in Barn 5 and Northern Arena.

And next week, moving in on Monday, Aug. 24, the IALHA Andalusian Nationals comes to the horse center. Tuesday, Aug. 25, will include the Virginia Open Breed Dressage Show. Among many other classes, this show will include Working Equitation, a discipline based on the tradition of field work on ranches. Some might describe it as Trail Class on steroids.  Working Equitation is scheduled for Wednesday in Fletcher Arena. Find a video example below of 2012 Andalusian Nationals Working Equitation Champion.



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