GET YOUR HORSE FIX: Calendar of Equestrian events near Roanoke, Va., for Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Sara Siegel and Subtle Contrast. Photo by USEA

Weekend highlight: Several hundred eventing riders from around the country will be at the Virginia Horse Center for the Fall Virginia Horse Trials and Area II championships from Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Competitors (from beginner novice to 2-star) will enjoy improved footing, brand new courses designed by John Nicholson (in his United States debut), an elaborate rider party on Saturday evening, outdoor show jumping and $4,000 in prize money for the international classes. But there’s more to the combined training event than just the competition. A week-long extravaganza will include:

  • Clinic with New Zealand 4-star Event Riders Tim and Jonelle Price, along with the United States’ own 4-star standouts Sharon White and Doug Payne on October 27-29.
  • Horse-and-rider combinations will have the chance to participate in schooling rounds on Thursday prior to the event in dressage and show jumping. The schooling rounds are open to all riders, not just those that choose to compete over the weekend in the trials.

Admission and parking are free to all spectators. Dogs and children are welcome, but please keep your dogs on a leash.




  • Horse Head Wreath Workshop, 10 a.m. on Nov. 14 at the Blue Ridge Public Library (For more information or to register contact:  Delila Spradlin at, Only 15 spots will be available. $30 deposit required to reserve space.)


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