Spend the Day or Make a Weekend Out of It!
"Now more than ever, the relationship goes beyond economics—we consider the Virginia Horse Center a community partner. In addition to providing a venue where residents can enjoy equine events, the Virginia Horse Center shares its grounds with the community, from the utilization of the mezzanine for meeting space to the larger facilities and grounds for the Farmer’s Market, youth agriculture, and the County Fair. When such local needs
arise the VHC asks only, “How can we help?”
Our relationship has never been stronger, as we collectively recognize and celebrate the unique opportunities afforded by being home to Virginia’s premier equestrian center. "
—Spencer Suter, Rockbridge County Administrator
Visit the Virginia Horse Center
We understand that planning a trip can be quite an undertaking, and have tried to compile everything our
visitors might need in this section.
Please use the helpful information provided here to make arrangements, take advantage of the surrounding county and city of Lexington, and to make lasting memories with your family, friends, and animals.
- Check out the calendar of events to see what interests you as a participant or spectator.
- Take advantage of our accommodations and dining recommendations.
- Make sure to check the weather before you pack.
- Don't forget to make time to visit our many wonderful area attractions.
We also offer tours of the facility. If you are interested in this, please email Matt Crookshanks or call 540-464-2952.
First Time Visitor to the VHC?
Where to park? As you come in the front entrance, turn right. You will see plenty of parking in front of the Anderson Coliseum.
Where to go? Print out a map of the center before you come. Stop by the Welcome Center to find out what is going on and where to go.
Hours of Operation
8:30 am–5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Staff can be contacted at the Administration Office and the Stable Office/Welcome Center during these hours.
- During events, the Stable Office/Welcome Center is generally open 8:30 am–8 pm. Specific hours, subject to event size and overall activity on-grounds, are posted at the Stable Office/Welcome Center weekly.
- Event hours are determined individually and can be viewed on our calendar of events.
- Event participants may access the VHCF on a 24-hour basis during their event with Security notification.
- Recreational walking hours (a program partnership with Let’s Move Lexington) are 8 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday.
Admission is generally free and open to the public. Events like the rodeo, concerts, specialty training clinics, and the Rockbridge Regional Fair & Farm show carry a charge. Please check the specific event on our main calendar for details.
From the North: I-81 South to Exit 191. Proceed on I-64 West 1/2 mile to Exit 55. Turn right on Route 11 North, and immediately left on Route 39 West. The Virginia Horse Center is one mile ahead on the left.
From the South: I-81 North to Exit 191. Proceed on I-64 West 1/2 mile to Exit 55. Turn right on Route 11 North, and immediately left on Route 39 West. The Virginia Horse Center is one mile ahead on the left.
From the East: I-64 West to I-81 South. I-81 South to Exit 191. Proceed on I-64 West 1/2 mile to Exit 55. Turn right on Route 11 North, and immediately left on Route 39 West. The Virginia Horse Center is one mile ahead on the left.
From the West: I-64 East to Exit 55. Turn left on Route 11 North, and proceed 1/4 mile to stoplight. Turn left on Route 39 West. The Virginia Horse Center is one mile ahead on the left.
The Lexington-Rockbridge area has a wide offering of accommodations. Please locate the type of accommodation you are interested in below.
Whether you are looking for an economy hotel or a upscale brand, whether you are looking for convenience to the VA Horse Center & the area attractions or simply a quiet sleep night, the Lexington Group of Hotels have got you covered. All of our hotels offer a home away from home feel with modern amenities & free Wi-Fi. Whether you are traveling alone, with family or group, our standard rooms as well as spacious suites* are designed to meet your needs. You can start your day with refreshing & healthy, hot or continental breakfast & fitness center facility*. We value our horse center guests and accommodate their requests such as early breakfast hours & pet friendly rooms*. After a tiring day, you can unwind in our heated pool* & spa* and relax in our comfortable beds. Our meeting rooms*/banquet facilities* can take care of your business & group requirements. We offer Special Horse Center rates & welcome you to stay with our Lexington Group of Hotels:
The Natural Bridge and the Natural Bridge Park Historic Hotel are iconic centerpieces in Americana and should not be missed when attending a Virginia Horse Center Event.
Enjoy a balcony view of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, sip wine on the veranda, enjoy a cool morning hike, take in the spectacle of our area's 500 million year old natural bridge, and step back in time and experience a truly one of a kind full-service experience that is found nowhere else on this earth.
Located 15 minutes from the VHC, the Natural Bridge Historic Hotel is the Lexington area’s premier full-service historic hotel located at the future Natural Bridge State Park. With so many events at the Virginia Horse Center, rooms will go fast, so book now and book often for your Virginia Horse Center event days. Boarding nearby is available, ask reservationist for details.
Book Online or call 1-800-533-1410
The Georges occupies two historic buildings on opposite sides of Main Street in the center of charming downtown Lexington. Our boutique inn offers casually luxurious guest rooms and suites, delicious food made with regional ingredients, and traditional Virginia hospitality— all in an environment that carries the history of the last few centuries, but with every modern amenity and convenience of today. The Georges is home to Haywood’s piano bar, a casual restaurant offering bistro cuisine, great wines and cocktails and entertainment nightly, as well as TAPS lobby lounge, serving the legendary Buffalo Creek Burger, salads, sandwiches, creative cocktails and craft beers.
Personal service and attention to detail are the defining elements of The Georges. Each room is custom designed and furnished to make you feel completely comfortable whether you’re visiting for a night, the weekend, or enjoying an extended vacation. While no two rooms are alike, all of our accommodations come with the same wonderful amenities like Frette bed linens and Peacock Alley blankets, luxurious bathrooms with custom tile work and walk-in showers, complimentary high-speed internet access, newspapers delivered daily, gourmet breakfast and afternoon refreshments. Just 5 minutes from VHC, The Georges welcomes you in boots and hats and offers shuttle service and boxed lunches upon request. Please inquire about special Horse Center rates.
Book Online or call 540-463-2500
Bed & Breakfasts
Take advantage of the breathtaking scenery and generous hospitality of southwest Virginia by staying in one of many notable Bed and Breakfast establishments. This type of accommodation is a great idea for “support staff” like friends and family in town to watch and enjoy your competition.
Rebecca’s at Sunny Brook Farm
Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Sunny Brook Farm provides the perfect pastoral setting for your visit to the scenic Shenandoah Valley. The farm is situated on a historic 17-acre working horse farm minutes from downtown Lexington home to Washington & Lee University, Virginia Military Institute, and the Virginia Horse Center. Featuring all the peace and quiet of the country, with the convenience of being close to historic sites, attractions, recreational activities, restaurants, galleries, and shops, we look forward to welcoming you.
Next door is Carol’s Cottage which has 3 bedrooms and two baths. The Cottage sleeps 6 in beds.
The Cottage is also listed on Airbnb, VRBO (listing number 590464) and Trip Advisor.
For more information or to make a reservation, please contact us through the sites listed above or by phone/email. Bernieshaw10@comcast.net.
Proudly owned and operated by Bernie and Carol Shaw
Comfortable accommodations located within walking distance of the Virginia Horse Center and 3 miles from Lexington, Virginia.
The Guesthouse is the former Rider’s Rest B and B. Same Owner!
A longtime favorite among Horse Center participants, we now rent the house as a self-catering venue. With 4 bedrooms and bathrooms, the house can sleep 11 in beds.
The Guesthouse is located on Airbnb, VRBO (listing number 501154) and Trip Advisor.
We offer camping facilities here at the VHCF with water and electric hook-ups in two camp ground areas on-site. Conveniently located on the northeastern and southwestern corners of the facility, each area is within walking distance of the barns and the Anderson Coliseum. Showers are located in the East Complex and a dump station is provided.
Camping with hook-ups: $40 per night.
Tent and generator camping: $20 per week.
Make Reservations online.
Please call 540-464-2966 with any questions.
Additional Local Campgrounds
487 Maury River Road, Lexington, Virginia 24450‐3374
Phone: 540‐464‐2950 / Fax: 540‐464‐2999 /Board Login
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