GET YOUR HORSE FIX: Calendar of equestrian events near Roanoke for December

Shakkira Jubellee (Bellagio RCA x True Aura by True Colours)…one of the beautiful
Arabians you will meet at our “Christmas With Arabians” event this Saturday. Photo via Facebook.

Things are winding down on the calendar as we enter the holidays. This weekend you’ll find a Mountain State Rodeo Winter Series (Dec. 4-5) at the Virginia Horse Center and Christmas with Arabians program in Buchanan from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 5, learn how it’s possible to build a business around these exquisitely beautiful horses, even if you don’t own a farm. RSVP (required to save your spot) or get more info at or

Also a Lucinda Green Clinic has been scheduled for Jan. 24 at Penmerryl Farm’s Equestrian Center in Greenville. Email for registration forms. Price is $150 for small group jumping lessons on cross country technique. Lunch is included. Lucinda Green’s clinics have received high praise, including “She teaches you and the horse to be independent, yet work together. Lots of helpful take-home skills and lots of praise and encouragement!” from one recent participant. And another said, “I think every eventer should ride with Lucinda at least once in their lives!”

On Dec. 12, don’t miss the Hear the Beat Horse Show — Christmas Edition at the Virginia Horse Show, benefiting Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center. The show will include fun classes like a costume contest, an ugly sweater class, an eggnog class and much more, plus enjoy a Christmas bazaar, farmer’s market, silent auction and chili dinner. Danielle Toms will judge. Be sure to check the prize list to see the list of fun classes planned.

Also on Dec. 12, a IBRA barrels and poles show will be held at Old Grey Mare Arena in Raphine, Va. The exhibition will start at 11 with the classes immediately following.

To round out the holiday season with your horse, ride with the Franklin County Equestrian Club Reindeer Games Competitive Trail Ride on Dec. 26 at Waid Park in Rocky Mount. Registration at 10 a.m. and ride at 1 p.m. Ride is about 2 1/2 miles long with five obstacles. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st through 6th place. $5 members, $15 non-members.


Like Roanoke Equestrian on Facebook for continued updates on horse shows in the area. Have a show coming up? Contact us at to add it to our calendar.

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