Double check horsey plans for the rainy weekend

The AQHA Novice Championships – East Horse Show continues this weekend at the Virginia Horse Center.

This weekend had lots of horsey offering in the area, but Mother Nature had other plans and now many of those events are canceled due to forecasts of significant to extreme rain for our area.

The Botetourt County Horseman’s Association has postponed their Lunch & Learn event. The state horse shows at the Virginia State Fair were canceled as well. If you had plans with your horse this weekend, you should definitely double check with organizers.

Franklin County Fair’s horse show, which was postponed last week until Oct. 3, is also canceled. The fair is attempting to reschedule the show for Saturday, Nov. 14.

Outside the barns at the horse
center on Tuesday. Photo via Facebook.

The AQHA Novice Championships – East show continues at the Virginia Horse Center. Some water has infiltrated the barn aisles and things are quite soggy at the center, but most of the participants seem to be keeping a sunny attitude. Reports that the horse center have included that there are plenty of covered areas to ride. Find a schedule of this weekend’s classes here.

If you’re stuck inside watching the rain pour down on us outside, the Quarter Horse Congress opened on Oct. 1 and has live feeds from each of its arenas (provided by iEquine.com) for the duration of the show, which runs through Oct. 25. This weekend will feature a variety of reining and cutting classes. Cutting will be on the Coliseum feed. Reining will be on the Celeste Center feed. You can download a complete schedule for the show here.

Also streaming online through the USEFnetwork, the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – East will be broadcast Saturday and Sunday from Gladstone, N.J.   The Talent Search is an equitation competition that tests a rider’s ability to ride a jumper style course effectively while maintaining the classic American forward style of riding. View the competition’s Prize Book for more information.

Roanoke is expecting between 2 to 6 inches of rain through Saturday night. Please heed warnings and take precautions for your animals and your families if flooding should occur.

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