Virginia Horse Center in the News

Lexington Spring Welcome on Deck!

February 15, 2024

February 29 – March 3, 2024 n addition to our roster of class offerings, we’re delighted to announce the addition of two new fun exhibition classes scheduled for Saturday night, March 2. The Adult Leadline Exhibition. That’s right, riders, it’s time to saddle up your mom, dad, groom, grandparent or trainer for this fun-filled competition. Riders will be judged at the walk, and safety attire is required. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative, most correct hunter attire, most original,…

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Unregulated Gambling Devices Pose Risks to Virginia’s Horse Industry

February 8, 2024

Key Concerns regarding Gray Machines in Virginia: Additional Articles:Keep ‘Gray’ Machines Out of Virginia ( Skill Game Legalization Hits House Roadblock ( As stakeholders in the Virginia horse racing community, it is imperative that we join forces to address this issue promptly. Here’s how you can help: Contact your Legislator!Spread Awareness: Share this information with fellow horse enthusiasts and industry professionalsAdvocate for Regulation: Support efforts to regulate and monitor gambling activities. LEARN MORE

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VHC Eventing Starter Trials and XC Schooling on Deck! … and VHC Eventing Schedule

February 7, 2024

Attention Eventers! We are pleased to announce that the Starter Trials and XC Schooling will occur at the Virginia Horse Center March 23-24. Entries will open on February 13th and close on March 12th. This is a great opportunity for horses and riders to gallop over the beautiful cross-country field featuring new obstacles for all levels, school in the Dee Dee Arena and experience Attwood footing, and fine tune your dressage tests, all while overlooking the incredible Blue Ridge Mountains. The Virginia Horse Center…

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Lexington Spring Welcome

January 31, 2024

February 29-March 3Entries postmarked by 2/24 will not incur a $35 late fee. OFFICIALSJudges: Anne Scinta Louise and John RoperSteward: Dorothy TrappCourse Designer: Chris Wynne ENTER ONLINE PRIZE LIST RESERVE YOUR STALL(S)

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2024 VHC Calendar of Events

January 31, 2024

We are pleased to announce that the 2024 Virginia Horse Center Calendar of Events is now available!Those events denoted with a red asterisk are produced to benefit the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For complete show information, please click here.For customized sponsorship and vendor information, please contact Lisa Davis Engel.  Visitors are always welcome, and we look forward to seeing you at the Virginia Horse Center, the pride of the Commonwealth!

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Equus Survival Trust

January 9, 2024

The Virginia Horse Center Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that owns and operates The Virginia Horse Center. We are funded entirely by event rentals and donations from our fans and supporters. If you love what we do, please consider a donation at the level you are comfortable with. DONATE TODAY!

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Stephen Shank Appointed as Virginia Horse Center Foundation CEO

December 18, 2023

The Board of Directors of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation has announced that Stephen Shank has been appointed as the new CEO of the Foundation, effective March 26, 2024. Steve succeeds Glenn Petty, who will leave his position at the Horse Center effective April 30, 2024, to focus on his own Triangle Farms and support his wife, Joan. etty commented, “I am committed to making this a smooth transition and getting Steve started off on the right foot through introductions…

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Coliseum Competition in the Heart of Horse Country

November 28, 2023

The Virginia Horse Center is busy planning for the upcoming Lexington Country Horse Show 1 and the Lexington Spring Welcome at the Virginia Horse Center. The shows are USEF “National” Rated and recognized by the NCHJA, VHSA, MHSA and SWVHJA and includes qualifying classes for the Virginia Hunter Championships, presented by Markel, and the Amy Y. Reistrup Equitation Challenge. Classes will be held in the Anderson Coliseum and in the Reel Arena. No matter the weather, we’ve got you covered! “As a benefit for the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, we…

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 16, 2023
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SAVE THE DATE! Lexington Country Horse Show and Lexington Spring Welcome

November 9, 2023

Lexington Country Horse Show January 18 – 20, 2024 National A Judges: Keith Hastings and Heide Cascario Lexington Country Spring Welcome February 29 – March 3, 2024 National A Judges: Anne Scinta Laise and John Roper Show Manager: Glenn Petty 303-513-8467 Email Glenn

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VHC Eventing — It’s a Wrap!

November 7, 2023

VHC Eventing presented by Capital Square wrapped up on Sunday after an action-packed event which saw more than 400 horses compete at all levels. READ MORE

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Tim Bourke (IRL) and Bon Vivant DSF win the CCI 2*L

November 6, 2023

Tim Bourke (IRL) and Bon Vivant DSF, owned by Jill Smith won the CCI 2*L with a score of 28.6. Tim Bourke has been catch riding Bon Vivant DSF [V] who belongs to Jill Smith. “Since Jill is pregnant, the goal has been to put some mileage on V,” he said. According to Bourke, this is V’s second or third 2*L. “He is a Canadian bred horse and super-fast. I’m happy for the whole team behind him. Jill’s groom Sara Lujano did a fantastic job caring…

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