Virginia Horse Center in the News

Facility Updates

March 1, 2024

ATTENTION EVENTERS! BIG NEWS FOR YOU! The cross-country course has seen some major improvements thanks to the work of Tyson Rementer.   Rementer said, “We had a wildly productive visit to the VHC in January. We knocked off several great new upgrades along with course designer Jay Hambly and my building partner Levi Ryckewaert.” Rementer shared the details about the cross-country improvements: “For starters, the water jumps on both the Oak Hill course and Horse Center courses were modernized with new…

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Upcoming Virginia Horse Center-Owned Spring Events

March 1, 2024

This year, the spring calendar is packed again with Virginia Horse Center-owned events, all produced to benefit the Virginia Horse Center. The season kicked off with the Lexington Spring Welcome, which will conclude on March 3rd. Next up is the VHC Starter Trials and Cross Country Schooling, scheduled for March 23-24. VHC Board President, Roxanne Booth, leads the way for all eventing competitions at the Virginia Horse Center and we are thankful for the countless hours she devotes to these events. …

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Welcome, Stephen Shank, the New CEO of the VHCF

March 1, 2024

The Virginia Horse Center bids farewell to CEO Glenn Petty and welcomes newly appointed CEO Stephen Shank. An accountant by profession, Shank earned associate degrees in math and science from Niagara County Community College in 1985, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Niagara University in 2003, and a Master of Business Administration in accounting from Niagara University in 2005. Shank most recently served Alfred University in Alfred, New York, as Head Coach and Director of the Equestrian Program since 2015.…

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Mid-Atlantic Dressage Festival and Lexington CDI3* • May 16-19

February 29, 2024

The Virginia Horse Center (VHC) is excited to announce the return of the Mid-Atlantic Dressage Festival & Lexington CDI3* (MADFest) on May 16-19. This is the third season of this international caliber event, consisting of a National and International Dressage Show. We are pleased to share that Täkt Saddlery will join us again as Presenting Sponsor in 2024. Joanna Gray-Randle, Founding Partner and Executive Vice President of Täkt Saddlery, expressed her excitement:  “MADFest embodies all of the best qualities of competition and camaraderie and…

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Jumps by Fuzzy

February 20, 2024

Check out the Virginia Horse Center Clearance Sale

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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 (richmond.com)Virginia: Skill Game Legalization Hits House Roadblock (richmond.com) 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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