GET YOUR HORSE FIX: Equestrian events in the Roanoke region over Labor Day weekend

A Gorgeous Love Story competes in Showmanship during the 2013 APHA Color Classic.
The annual show will be held this weekend at the Virginia Horse Center.


  • The Paint Horse Association will bring a bit of color to the horse center this weekend with their annual Color Classic Futurity Show. The show opens Friday, Sept. 4, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 6. The show will be held in the Coliseum and will be judged by Chris Jeter, April Devittm, Eric Hubbard and Robert Dehn. Friday’s classes will be trail and barrels before launching into halter and the hunter classes on Saturday. Western classes will be run on Sunday. View photos from the 2013 show.
  • Hear the Beat Horse Show, will be held Sept. 6 at the Virginia Horse Center. This show is Blue Ridge Horse Force sanctioned and a Franklin County and 4-H qualifying show. It features a variety of Hunter, Western and Equitation Classes. The show is a fundraiser sponsored by Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding and the Virginia Horse Center Foundation. Proceeds go to Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Dora Winn will judge.
  • Dressage with a View: The local dressage schooling show will be held in Wiley Arena. 
  • Maury River Hunter Pace will be held in the cross-country field at the center. Contact for more information.


Unlike horses, mules jump from a standing start.
Photo courtesy Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.



The East Coast Stock Horse Association Fall Roundup Show will be Sept. 5-6 in Reva, Virginia. (5229 Homestead Trail) This show includes Ranch Riding, Working Cow Horse and Reining classes. 


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