Cross View Horse Show holds July installment of its 2017 series

CrossViewBLOG-0306The Cross View Horse Show series continued last weekend at Green Hill Park Equestrian Center with a two-day horse show. Saturday featured hunters/jumpers and Sunday featured an all-breed open horse show with a special division of gaited horses.

The Cross View series is a great show for all levels of riders looking for a well-run show with a low-pressure, community atmosphere. Along with the competition, vendors also camped out in the grassy section between the two arenas.

Green Hill Equestrian Center offers three arenas with dirt footing. There is a large field across from the arenas for easy trailer parking, even for the largest of rigs. There also limited stalls available. The Green Hill venue does get hot in the summer with limited shade, so bring your pop up canopies or consider arriving early to secure a spot near the woods.

The show moves along fairly quickly. On Sunday, the gaited horses and model/showmanship started the show in separate arenas. The gaited portion was completed by 11 a.m and featured Rocky Mountain Horses, Tennessee Walking Horses, Saddlebreds and Peruvian Pasos among the horses shown.

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Turnout was good considering the heat in July. Youth classes were particularly well attended with 10-15 in the youth pleasure classes. However the adult classes on Sunday weren’t as well attended and the English pleasure division had just one adult showing this time. Classes run $9/class.

Cross View would hold the last show in its 2017 series on Sept. 23-24 at Green Hill Equestrian Center, where it will crown the high point winners for the entire series.

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Cross View Open Horse Show has something for everyone

Halter. Showmanship. Leadline. Coached classes for new/young riders. Classes for beginner riders. English Pleasure. Western Pleasure. Ranch horses. Trail. Miniature horse jumping. Miniature horse trail. English equitation. Stock seat equitation. Speed. Racking. There was a class for every kind of horse at the Cross View Rock & Roll Open Horse Show.


Just along for the ride with your horse-crazy companion? (Or like my daughter, dragged along with your mother.) There was stuff for you, too! Corn hole and roping practice was a fun diversion from the horses going round and round.

Gillian Davis won the day’s Go As You Please Jackpot class on her red roan quarter horse gelding, The Roan Rangger (registered AQHA as VS Red Solo). And they were winners in many other classes throughout the day and won the Western high point award under judge Ken Davis.


Turnout was good for the show, with many English youth classes with more than 10. Adult riders typically saw 3 or 4 entries. The Western Pleasure classes were a bit smaller, with between 2 and 5 entries, typically. However, the Ranch horse classes had over 5.

The Cross View Show Series will continue on June 25-26 with the Aloha Shows. Katie Jackson, owner of Sneek A Peek Farm in Spotsylvania, Virginia, will judge the hunters on June 25 and Beth Gouthro of BMG ShowHorses will judge the open show.


GET YOUR HORSE FIX: Equestrian events near Roanoke, Va., Jan. 16-17

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 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:


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 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 Check the calendar often for updates as more shows are scheduled for 2016!