We might be still in the middle of winter, but there’s plenty of events to take care of those horse cravings despite the chilly temperatures.
Weekend hightlight: Green Hill Park Equestrian Center near Salem is opening its 2016 season with the first in the Winter Series Fun Shows. On Sunday, Jan. 17, the center will hold a 26-class show beginning at 11 a.m. The classes range from Showmanship and Egg & Spoon to Western Pleasure and the Slow Race (some would argue this is the same class). Nancy Troutman will judge. Call 540-387-6256 or check www.ghpec.org by 9 a.m. Sunday if weather is questionable. A message will be on the answering machine if show is canceled.
Other local weekend events:
- Bridgewater College and Glenmore Hunt Pony Club Horse Show, Jan. 16, Bridgewater College Riding Center, Weyers Cave, Virginia (SWVHJA sanctioned)
- Jumper Derby: Eventing In Virginia & College Team Challenge Team Challenge, Jan. 16, Virginia Horse Center, East Complex
- Ranch Riding Clinic with Steve Meadows, Jan. 16-17, Virginia Horse Center Barn 5 Arena — Ride with Professional Horseman, AQHA Judge and Champion Trainer Steve Meadows.
More of a fair weather rider who prefers not to shiver while you canter around the arena? The USEFnetwork has lots of events On Demand for free viewing, including the latest George Morris Horsemanship Clinic (although without George Morris). Or hone your Western horse’s training skills using TheHorseTrainingChannel.com. which for a monthly subscription offers access to more than 80 clinics.