Botetourt County Horseman’s Association to host clinics, speaker

Update: The BCHA has postponed this event due to inclement weather in the forecast this weekend. A new date has not yet been set by the association.

The Botetourt County Horseman’s Association will host two events in October for area horsemen.

George Schaefer will hold a shortened version
of his Natural Horsemanship clinics.

On Sunday, Oct 4, the club will hold a Lunch & Learn event at the Green Hill Equestrian Center near Salem in Roanoke County. A hunter pace, a Dressage clinic with Gabi Hooten and a Natural Horsemanship clinic with George Schaefer are scheduled. There will also be a tack sale on the grounds. Bring your own table, tent, or tailgate. $5 for a spot and no reservations are necessary, just check in at the registration desk. Vendors and individuals are welcome. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a large animal rescue sling for Botetourt County Fire & Rescue in Fincastle.


  • BCHA Members: $5  for the day, includes lunch. (Must have active membership as of October 1st)
  • BCHA Member Guests & Member Renewals: $20 for the day, includes lunch and a year individual BCHA membership
  • General Public: $25 and it includes lunch and a year individual BCHA membership.

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the club will have Robin Tilghman, of the American Competitive Trail Horse Association, speak at their regular monthly meeting. Learn more about ACTHA and bring your questions. Open to both members and the public at 7 p.m. at Bellacino’s in Daleville.

ACTHA recently held a ride at the Explore Park in Roanoke County where more than 60 riders traveled
from across Virginia and North Carolina to compete but there have been few other events locally.

On Sunday, Nov. 8, the BCHA is planning a Fall Hunter Pace at 5300 Lithia Rd., Buchanan.
Four divisions will be offered:

  • Open:  cover the course at optimal time with 18 fences at 2 feet
  • Hunter Pleasure: walk, trot, canter with minimum of 10 fences at 2 feet – Honor System
  • Trail:  ride course at your leisure; 1 trail obstacle required
  • Gaited Trail 

Registration begins at 10 a.m. Open Division will ride first, starting at 11 a.m., other divisions will follow. 
Hunter Pleasure division will not begin before noon. Trail will run last. Ribbons will be awarded to the top six teams in each division, with teams consisting of two to four horse/rider pairs.

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