Virginia Horse Center in the News

Lexington Spring Premiere Crowns the Champions

April 29, 2024

Grand Hunter Champion Daniel P. Lenehan Trophypresented by Virginia Horse Center  Above photo caption: On Point, owned by Alisa Berry and ridden by Jason Berry; Photo credit: Teresa Ramsay Green Conformation Hunter Champion The Robert W.H. Mish, Jr. Perpetual Trophy presented by the Virginia Horse Center The J. Arthur Reynolds Perpetual Trophy presented by the Virginia Horse CenterLeading Hunter Rider Katie Cooper Read and see photos of moreChampions

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Addison Reed Pilots “Keina” to Victory in the $25,000 Rockbridge Grand Prix

April 29, 2024

Sanmar Farm’s Keina, ridden by Addison Reed, won last night’s $25,000 Rockbridge Grand Prix in an exciting jump off to the crowd’s delight and Keina’s owner, Sandra Ruiz. Ruiz said, “I am so excited! I’m excited to have such a nice horse; it’s amazing!” With a first-round time allowed set at 79 seconds, four would advance to the jump off. Reed had three of the four rides, and her rival Marylisa Leffler and Rolling Acres’ ZaZa Z rounded out the four finalists. Reed…

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Triple Crown • Derby Day Success

April 29, 2024

Special Win for Sidenote EMO Stables’ Sidenote, ridden by Jason Berry of Verona, Virginia, won the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by the Heisley Family Foundation, with an overall score of 179.5. According to Ernie Oare, “This was pretty special. Ted [Sidenote] is Betty’s ride, and she’s won so much with him. The course was just beautiful on top of the hill in the Sandy Gerald Arena and Jason did such a nice job.”  Betty Oare added, “I always say, Ted must have fallen from heaven to…

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Lexington Spring Premiere • Day 2

April 27, 2024

Goliath Wins the $10,000 Welcome! Congratulations to Addison Reed of Mechanicsville, Virginia, for winning Thursday’s $10,000 Welcome Stake 1.35m with Reed Training & Sales, LLC’s Goliath. The pair were the first to go in the Dee Dee arena and after posting a clear first round, set the time to beat in their second round at 33.173 seconds, well within the 45 seconds time allowed. Reed rode four horses in the Welcome and advanced three of them to a second round. “I’m…

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The Lexington Spring Premiere is Underway!

April 27, 2024

As the first installment of the Virginia Festival of Champions, the shows are recognized by the NCHJA, VHSA, MHSA and SWVHJA, Take2 Thoroughbred, and include qualifying classes for the Virginia Hunter Championships presented by Markel, and the Amy Y. Reistrup Equitation Challenge. It will be an action-packed week, so stay tuned for all the daily highlights. The schedule, prize list and entries are all available online. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Virginia Horse Center! THE MARKEL WELCOME PARTY! Markel sponsors the Virginia…

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ENTER TODAY!

March 30, 2024

Lexington Spring PremiereApril 24-April 28 Lexington Spring EncoreMay 1-May 5 It is time to enter the highly anticipated Lexington Spring Premiere and the Lexington Spring Encore. The prize list is online, and the Lexington Spring Premiere and Lexington Spring Encore schedules are available. Reserve your stalls and contact the Stable office at 540-464-2966 to order your bedding. New this year, exhibitors can pre-order feed for delivery at the shows.  Exhibitors may pre-order their feed up until April 12. All feed requests will be billed to your stall and bedding accounts. Please place your orders in time to…

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What’s New at the Virginia Horse Center?

March 22, 2024

Attention Eventers! Have you seen all the improvements made on the Virginia Horse Center Cross Country Course?  The water jumps have been improved, a new ditch was added, and one of the old bank complexes has been updated for the Training and Modified course.  Stalls have been resurfaced, and stall mats have been installed! Join us for XC Schooling and the Starter Trials and experience it yourself!

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VHC Eventing Starter Trials and XC Schooling

March 22, 2024

March 23–24, 2024 Note: Schooling time change For those joining us for schooling on Saturday, March 23, we have updated our schedule. Schooling will start at 12 pm and run through 4 pm.  The dressage arenas, show jumping course, and Sunday’s cross-country courses [all flagged as well as some additional fences not on the course] are open to school. For only $100, school all three phases.  This is your chance to get tuned up and check out the improvements made to…

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VHC Eventing Starter Trials and XC Schooling on Deck!

March 11, 2024

March 23-24, 2024 Attention Eventers! Have you seen all the improvements made on the Virginia Horse Center Cross Country Course? The water jumps have been improved, a new ditch was added, and one of the old bank complexes has been updated for the Training and Modified course.  The upcoming Starter Trials and XC Schooling on March 23-24 is your chance to check it out! Entries are open and will close on the 13th. Avoid late entry fees by entering today. On Saturday,…

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March 1: The rest of the story …

March 1, 2024

Qualtrics Survey Winners! The 2023 Qualtrics Survey helped us obtain information in order to better identify and serve our customers. This information will also be used by the philanthropy department when applying for grants, and for our sponsorship team when creating proposals for prospective sponsors.  The Qualtrics Survey participants were invited to enter to win either a $100 Gift Card, or a free stall for use at a VHC-owned event and were randomly selected. Our lucky winners were: Margaret Samdahl…

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Estate Planning for Horse Owners

March 1, 2024

Beyond the Bridle: Estate Planning Considerations for the Horse Owner By Elizabeth M. Horsley We are delighted that Virginia Horse Center Foundation Board Member Elizabeth M. Horsley contributed to our March VHC Newsletter. Elizabeth is counsel at the Richmond law firm of Christian & Barton, L.L.P., where she focuses on estate and trust administration and planning and is also active in Virginia’s equestrian community. According to Horsley, I was consulted recently about establishing a trust for the care of a horse…

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Board of Directors Spotlight

March 1, 2024

Congratulations to VHC Board Member Chris Wynne for being featured in the March issue of Sidelines Magazine.

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