Virginia Horse Center in the News

Lexington National 2023

July 19, 2023

The Lexington National prize list is online, and entries are open! Click here for the schedule and reserve your stalls now! The Lexington National takes place August 9 -13 and is the final installment of the Virginia Festival of Champions which benefits the Virginia Horse Center Foundation. For hunters, the WCHR show will also include some exciting new additions, including a Derby Day in the Sandy Gerald Arena scheduled for Friday, August 11. Derby Day kicks off on Friday with the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by the Heisley…

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Founders Celebration

July 12, 2023

“Otis Mead and his team of some 90 people in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County delivered for the legislators a finely crafted binder of information on the Rockbridge site, and a team-produced video capturing Rockbridge County’s history, its incredible mountain vistas-showing off a whole culture. It was no stroke of luck that brought the Virginia Horse Center to Rockbridge County. It was the work and the will of a creative bunch of people, led by Otis Mead III, who…

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VHC Status Update on EHV-1 Decontamination

June 30, 2023

LEXINGTON, VA. As we reported in our press release of June 24, 2023, every stall and all grounds equipment, such as Bobcats, tractors, muck buckets, rakes, etc. have been sanitized by a Virginia State Veterinarian-designated team which began Monday, June 26. According to Dr. Abby Sage, Veterinarian, VDACS Office of Veterinary Services, “The coordinated effort with the show management staff facilitated a quick and thorough response. All barns have been disinfected and the Virginia Horse Center is safe for upcoming shows.” Facts…

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VHC Status Update on EHV-1 Announcement

June 24, 2023

LEXINGTON, VA. As we reported in our press release on June 22, 2023, The Virginia Horse Center has navigated the recent Equine Herpes Virus exposure by following the instruction of the Virginia State Veterinary Office supported by the VHC Biosecurity Protocol and several veterinarians onsite. The goal has been to ensure the safety of the horses at the VHC and to keep the owners, trainers, riders and handlers of the horses informed of the procedures needed to do so. As of…

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VHC Response to EHV-1 Announcement

June 22, 2023

LEXINGTON, VA. On June 22, the State Veterinarian’s Office of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) was informed two horses from the same barn tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), the virus that causes Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy. The infected horses were stabled at the Virginia Horse Center during the Shenandoah Classic [Saddle Horse Show]. Both horses were immediately moved off the grounds when they first exhibited symptoms. One horse is receiving medical care and is stable. The other…

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Thank you to the sponsors of VHC Eventing presented by Capital Square

June 12, 2023

Lexington, Virginia: The Virginia Horse Center and Virginia Horse Center Eventing are pleased to announce that the inaugural VHC Eventing presented by Capital Square was a huge success. We are so thankful for the outpouring of support and positive words about our event. Virginia Horse Center Eventing is especially thankful to Louis Rogers, an avid equestrian, founder, and co-CEO of presenting sponsor Capital Square. Capital Square’s support contributed to the VHC’s ability to produce this highly acclaimed international event. Roxanne Booth, VHC…

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VHC Eventing Presented by Capital Square Wrap Up

May 29, 2023

Lexington, Virginia: Virginia Horse Center Eventing presented by Capital Square wrapped up yesterday after a fun-filled weekend of top competition. The Virginia Horse Center welcomed riders of all levels from Olympic to beginner eventers. The course updates and world-class officials made the inaugural VHC Eventing, presented by Capital Square memorable. The entire VHC Eventing management team and the Virginia Horse Center appreciate all who competed at this weekend’s event, and we look forward to welcoming you back in November! READ MORE

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Capital Square Spotlight on Annie Eldridge & Ariel Grald

May 19, 2023

Lexington, Virginia: Capital Square, the presenting sponsor of Virginia Horse Center Eventing, recognizes those dedicated to the sport of eventing, which includes owner Annie Eldridge and rider Ariel Grald. Eldridge owns Setters’ Run Farm, and Grald is a top international eventer and an integral part of the Setters’ Run team. Setters’ Run will have the following entries, all piloted by Grald, competing at this year’s VHC Eventing, presented by Capital Square: CCI2•SAdagio’s Nobility, a 2016 Bay Holsteiner GeldingBelline Cavalry Man, a 2015…

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Lexington Spring Encore—That’s a Wrap!

May 8, 2023

The Virginia Festival of Champions’ Lexington Spring Premiere and Encore wrapped up today after two successful weeks at the beautiful Virginia Horse Center. Thank you to everyone for contributing to the show’s success. The Lexington Spring Premiere and Encore benefit the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Thank you to our generous donors! The Virginia Horse Center embraces southern hospitality and thanks to our hospitality donors, the shows were able to serve it up for the benefit of all…

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Mahalo and Ashley Foster Worthington Win the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

May 6, 2023

The $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty kicked off the hunter competition today in the Wiley arena under sunny skies. Twenty-six horse and rider teams went on the hunt for the blue over a course designed by Nancy Wallis of Lambertville, New Jersey. Wallis said she designed both courses with a lot of options. “For the Classic round, the lines didn’t really have a related distance and there was only one measured line in the two strides.…

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Goliath and Addison Reed Win the $15,000 Welcome

May 4, 2023

History repeated itself during the Lexington Spring Encore when Addison Reed rode Reed Training & Sales’ Goliath to the win in the $15,000 Welcome, just beating out Marylisa Leffler and Rolling Acres’ ZaZa Z. The course was designed by Ken Krome and the second-round time was set at 48 seconds. Of the eighteen horse and rider teams, eleven advanced to a second-round opportunity. David Matisz and his own Nero Uno were first in the order of go and posted a clear second round in 40.015…

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The Lexington Spring Encore is Underway Chime Shines in the 3’6″/3’9″ Hunters

May 3, 2023

The Lexington Spring Encore got underway today at the Virginia Horse Center for the second installment of the Virginia Festival of Champions. Highlights in the Wiley Arena included the 3’6/3’9” Green Hunters. Chime, owned by Dorli Burke and ridden by Ashley Foster took home the blue ribbon in two of the over fences and in the under saddle class. Foster has been riding Chime since the Baby Greens and they have been together for a while. Her owner, Dorli Burke shows her in…

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