GET YOUR HORSE FIX: Equestrian events in the Roanoke area Aug. 29-30


Novelisto, who starred in “A Winter’s Tale” will be part
of a mini-clinic with Hollywood horse trainer Rex Peterson at the
Virginia Horse Center on Saturday evening..


  • Sallie B. Wheeler East Coast Hunter Breeding National Championship, Aug. 28-29: The Sallie B Wheeler/US Hunter Breeding Championship was created to increase awareness of the Hunter Breeding division and provide an arena for handlers, owners, and breeders to showcase their talented young horses. It offers two championships, East and West. The same judges officiate at both. Classes are judged on conformation, way of moving, quality, substance, and suitability to become hunters.
  • Young Horse Festival, Aug. 28-29: The Young Horse Festival is held in conjunction with the Sallie B. Wheeler/US Hunter Breeding Championship Event. Both events will take place in Wiley Arena.
  • IALHA Andalusian Nationals, Aug. 24-29: The Andalusian National Championship continues this weekend in the Coliseum. On Saturday at 5 p.m. a Hollywood Trick Training mini-clinic will be held with top trainer Rex Peterson. Peterson trained Novelisto, Hidalgo, Black Beauty and many other famous horses for the the silver screen. “Hidalgo” star RJ Masterbug and “Winters Tale” star Novelisto will appear. This event is free and open to the public. Saturday evening’s session will follow and includes a variety of classes including costume classes, driving, saddle seat and Western. 


  • Astride with Pride Benefit Horse Show, Aug. 29: The 12th annual show will be held Saturday at the Pine Spur Hunt Club showgrounds in Vinton, Va. The show will include halter, Western, hunter, English, Youth, driving, Draft, Saddlebred and Arabian classes. Find a show bill here.
  •  New London Horse Show Series, Sept. 5 (postponed from June 6): New London will hold the third show in its series at Coyote Crossing Cattle Company (4178 Headens Bridge Rd.) Bedford. Lauren Maddox will judge.
  • Sprouse’s Corner Ranch Series Summer Horse Show, Aug. 29,: The horse show series continues in Buckingham, Va. (16680 W James Anderson Hwy.) Ken Davis will judge. The show is Blue Ridge Horse Force sanctioned and counts toward year-end high points for the series.


The Bedford County Fair is back and on Friday it includes several equestrian demonstrations.

  • 1:30pm – Plowing and seedbed preparation with draft horses BEA members
  • 1:30pm – Presentation by Bedford Hunt Club
  • 2:00pm – Horse Shoeing Demonstration by Dr. Hilgartner
  • 3:30pm – Side Saddle Riding by Heidi Opdyke
  • 4:00pm – Logging with draft horses by India Nichols
  • 4:00pm – Equine dentistry talk and demonstration by Heather Hilgartner
  • 5:00pm – Parade of breeds by various people 


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