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.
Looking ahead? Check out our Calendar page. If we missing an event, please let us know at Roanoke.Equestrian@gmail.com. Check the calendar often for updates as more shows are scheduled for 2016!
We just had our first messy snowfall and the recent single-digit temperatures here in the Roanoke Valley may have you feeling a bit fuzzy, but that doesn’t mean the horse world has ground to a stop. And now when your own horse activities may have slowed down for the winter is when you just might need that horse fix the most. Here are this weekend’s activities, plus some things to look forward to.
VIRGINIA HORSE CENTER
- The Stonewall Country Horse Show: This show is USEF “A” rated Hunter and Jumper horse show. This event is owned and operated by the VHCF and managed by Leslie Brown and will be held in the Anderson Coliseum and the East Complex arena. Judges are Phoebe Sheets and Downing Nyegard. Find a schedule of classes on the prize list. Note: Braiding is optional in all classes and divisions. The show will open Thursday at 7 a.m. with Working Hunter classes all day in the Coliseum. On Friday, Working Hunters will be in the Coliseum and Jumpers in the East Complex. Saturday will feature Children’s Hunters and Amateur Hunters in the Coliseum for the morning and afternoon with Open and Junior Working Hunters toward the end of the day. The East Complex will host pony hunters and short stirrup classes throughout the day with much the same schedule layout for Sunday as well. This show benefits the VHCF, an facility that has become incredibly important in the Virginia’s horse industry. This show will repeat on Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the VHC.
- Winter Schooling: If you are simply seeking for a great place to ride during the winter months, the Virginia Horse Center is open for schooling through March 1. Call the Stable Office at 540-464-2966 for reservations.
- Maryland Horse World Expo: (4 hour drive from Roanoke) The Horse World Expo will return to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland, this weekend. (4 hour trip from Roanoke) Daily admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 6-12. Younger than 6 are free. The Expo includes seminars, clinics, demonstrations, stallion avenue and parade of breeds, and of course shopping. This year’s speakers include Roxanne Bowman on saddle fitting, Olympian (Eventing) Stephen Bradley, Dana Bright on Driving, Kenny Harlow on training and AQHA judge and auction manager Mike Jennings on Buying and Selling horses. For a full list of speakers visit www.horseworldexpo.com/MDbios.shtml.
- Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Clinic featuring Bernie Taurig at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky on Monday. (5 1/2 hours drive from Roanoke)
- Dressage Clinic with Britta Johnston, Understanding, Starting and Perfecting the Flying Change: A lecture discussing the flying change will begin at 12:30 p.m., Saturday at Capriole Farms in Catlett, Va. (3 hours drive from Roanoke) Horses working on flying changes will follow. Rides: $90 for a 45 minute lesson $20 for day stall, limited number. Auditors: $10.
- Polar Bear School Show, Feb. 14-15, Virginia Horse Center East Complex
- Stonewall Country Horse Show, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Virginia Horse Center
- Green Hill Winter Series II, Feb. 1, Green Hill Equestrian Park, Salem
- Hollins Spring Welcome Horse Show, Feb. 26 – March 1, Virginia Horse Center
- Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, March 5-8, Harrisburg
- Spring Breakout AQHA Show, March 21-22, Virginia Horse Center
- Virginia Horse Festival, March 27-29, The Meadow Event Park, Doswell, Va.
- Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, April 25-26, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Ky.
- Watch the 2015 George Morris Horsemaster Session on demand at USEFnetwork.com.