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October 5, 2022

Virginia Horse Center Foundation Names Colonel David R. Lands to Board Of Directors

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August 17, 2022

Virginia Festival of Champions 2022 Wraps Up With Lexington National

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July 8, 2022

Virginia Horse Center Featured in Business View Magazine

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June 2, 2022

VHCF Announces New Chief Development & External Relations Officer

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May 23, 2022

It’s A Wrap: 2022 Mid-Atlantic Dressage Festival & Lexington CDI2

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April 15, 2022

Nutrena Named Official Feed of the Virginia Festival of Champions

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January 11, 2022

VHCF Announces Inaugural Mid-Atlantic Dressage Festival & Lexington CDI 2*

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September 10, 2021

unTacked- The Equestrian Lifestyle Magazine Guide To Lexington

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September 8, 2021

Kym K. Smith/USHJA Young Hunter Pony Championships Press Release

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August 16, 2021

Virginia Festival of Champions 2021 Wraps Up With Successful Lexington National Horse Show

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August 15, 2021

Day 4 at the Lexington National: Smith Wins $10,000 Nutrena Jumper Classic

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August 14, 2021

Derby Day at the Lexington National, Day 3: Alan Lohman Pilots Carero to the Win!

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August 13, 2021

The Lexington National, Day 2: Jesse Smith wins the $2,500 Nutrena Welcome Stake with Nadav

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August 12, 2021

The Lexington National Is Underway! Virginia Hunter Championship Results Are In

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May 2, 2021

117th Annual Keswick Horse Show To Be Held At VHC

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February 10, 2021

John Nicholson Announces Retirement- Virginia Horse Center Foundation Plans Leadership Transition

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July 15, 2020

VHC Competitors Enjoy Trail Riding after a Day of Competition

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July 15, 2020

VHC Receives High Praise for Covid-19 Guidelines Compliant Show

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June 4, 2020

VHC Prepares to Open with Bonnie Blue National Horse Show

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May 12, 2020

UPHA Bonnie Blue National Horse Show Rescheduled for June 17-20

The Virginia Horse Center is pleased to announce that the UPHA Bonnie Blue National Horse Show, previously scheduled for May 7-9, will take place on June 17-20.

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May 4, 2020

Virginia Horse Center Sees Financial Benefits From Horse Race Wagering

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April 3, 2020

Virginia Horse Center Announces Closure through June 10, 2020

NEWS RELEASE                                                                             For Immediate Release
April 3, 2020
Contact: Jennifer Donovan
434-996-4380
JDonovan@horsecenter.org

Virginia Horse Center Aggressively Pursuing Rescheduling Shows

Lexington, Virginia, The Virginia Horse Center Foundation (VHCF), reports that it will remain closed in order to comply with Governor Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Five (see link below) which directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances through June 10, 2020 unless amended or rescinded by further executive order.

It is VHCF’s goal to reschedule these shows as soon as it is safe to do so.  “We are so grateful to all of our exhibitors, trainers, vendors, donors and friends for their cooperation during this most difficult and unprecedented time,” said CEO, John Nicholson.

The VHCF will continue to make updates as information allows.

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March 17, 2020

Virginia Horse Center Announces Two-Week Closure As Precautionary Measure

Lexington, Virginia

The Virginia Horse Center Board of Directors has elected to close the facility temporarily due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For additional information, please read the Press Release HERE

March 12, 2020

Virginia Horse Center CEO John Nicholson Issues Statement Regarding Coronavirus

Lexington, Virginia

The Virginia Horse Center is currently continuing to adhere to its full schedule of events. To read more, please read the recently released statement HERE

’February 28, 2020

Virginia Horse Center’s Economic Impact Delivers $94.9 Million to Commonwealth in 2019

Lexington, Virginia

The Virginia Horse Center is pleased to announce that an economic impact study performed by Chmura Economics & Analytics demonstrates the vast economic impact of the Virginia Horse Center. According to the report, operations and capital spending, organization of events and visitors to all VHC events by the VHC were responsible for $94.9 million in economic activity, supporting 896 jobs. You may read more HERE in the press release.

A Wonderful Weekend: Sunday Recap

By admin | May 27, 2024 | Comments Off on A Wonderful Weekend: Sunday Recap

at VHC Eventing presented by Capital Square The above photo is of Ashton Benefiel and Libris Charlotte. Photo by Sally Spickard. The competition wrapped up Sunday to cap off a…

Stars Align on Day One of VHC Eventing presented by Capital Square

By admin | May 25, 2024 | Comments Off on Stars Align on Day One of VHC Eventing presented by Capital Square

Photo above: Ariel Grald and Adagio’s Nobility. Photo by Sally Spickard. A thrilling day of competition has ended as VHC Eventing, presented by Capital Square, officially got underway on Friday,…

VHC Eventing Presented by Capital Square

By admin | May 25, 2024 | Comments Off on VHC Eventing Presented by Capital Square

Following the First Horse Inspection, which kicked off the competition at VHC Eventing, presented by Capital Square, its green lights and all systems go. The Ground Jury for the CCI2*-L…

Smiles and Sunshine on Saturday at the VHC Eventing presented by Capital Square

By admin | May 25, 2024 | Comments Off on Smiles and Sunshine on Saturday at the VHC Eventing presented by Capital Square

A visit to Virginia Horse Center is a worthwhile experience, even if you aren’t a “horse person”. Operating with the aptly chosen tagline “Eventing with a View”, the venue offers…

The Jacqueline and George Ohrstrom, Jr. Barn Dedication

By admin | May 11, 2024 | Comments Off on The Jacqueline and George Ohrstrom, Jr. Barn Dedication

Pictured above [L-R] Mr. Will Phipps of B&D Builders, Ms. Anjela Carroll, Mrs. Jacqueline Ohrstrom, Mrs. Roxanne Booth cutting the ribbon on the newly dedicated Jacqueline & George Ohrstrom, Jr.…

Enter by Midnight Tonight! for VHC Eventing presented by Capital Square

By admin | May 7, 2024 | Comments Off on Enter by Midnight Tonight! for VHC Eventing presented by Capital Square

Enter by midnight tonight for VHC Eventing, presented by Capital Square, with no late fees For information and entries, please click here.USEF Endorsed/USEA RecognizedT, TR, N, BNUSEF/USEA RecognizedCCI2-L, CCI3-S, CCI2-S, CCI1-L, I, P,…

Congratulations! Lexington Spring Encore Champions!

By admin | May 7, 2024 | Comments Off on Congratulations! Lexington Spring Encore Champions!

The Lexington Spring Encore wrapped up Sunday after a full week of competition, special events and southern hospitality. Congratulations to all riders and owners, and thank you to everyone who…

“Emerald Bay” Wins the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

By admin | May 6, 2024 | Comments Off on “Emerald Bay” Wins the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

The $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by the Heisley Family Foundation, kicked off the Triple Crown Derby Day in the Sandy Gerald Arena. As the second horse and rider team to…

Addison Reed Repeats Winning Performance in the $10,000 Welcome

By admin | May 3, 2024 | Comments Off on Addison Reed Repeats Winning Performance in the $10,000 Welcome

Above photo caption: Addison Reed [pictured on Doc Di Villigana standing in for Goliath], Photo © Teresa Ramsay Addison Reed and Reed Training & Sales Goliath turned in a repeat winning performance in the $10,000.00…

The Lexington Spring Encore is Underway 

By admin | May 2, 2024 | Comments Off on The Lexington Spring Encore is Underway 

Above photo caption: Chris Wynne and Teri McLeskey’s “Landon”. Photo © Teresa Ramsay The opening day of the Lexington Spring Encore kicked off today under beautiful sunny skies, and it’s…

Lexington Spring Premiere Crowns the Champions

By admin | April 29, 2024 | Comments Off on Lexington Spring Premiere Crowns the Champions

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…

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

By admin | April 29, 2024 | Comments Off on Addison Reed Pilots “Keina” to Victory in the $25,000 Rockbridge Grand Prix

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…

Triple Crown • Derby Day Success

By admin | April 29, 2024 | Comments Off on Triple Crown • Derby Day Success

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…

Lexington Spring Premiere • Day 2

By admin | April 27, 2024 | Comments Off on Lexington Spring Premiere • Day 2

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…

The Lexington Spring Premiere is Underway!

By admin | April 27, 2024 | Comments Off on The Lexington Spring Premiere is Underway!

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…

ENTER TODAY!

By admin | March 30, 2024 | Comments Off on ENTER TODAY!

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…

What’s New at the Virginia Horse Center?

By admin | March 22, 2024 | Comments Off on What’s New at the Virginia Horse Center?

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…

VHC Eventing Starter Trials and XC Schooling

By admin | March 22, 2024 | Comments Off on VHC Eventing Starter Trials and XC Schooling

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…

VHC Eventing Starter Trials and XC Schooling on Deck!

By admin | March 11, 2024 | Comments Off on VHC Eventing Starter Trials and XC Schooling on Deck!

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…

March 1: The rest of the story …

By admin | March 1, 2024 | Comments Off on March 1: The rest of the story …

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…

Virginia Horse Center Plans State-of-the-Art Riding Arena

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Lexington, Virginia — The Virginia Horse Center Foundation announces the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors, as they join the full slate of officers and board members for fiscal year 2018/2019. Joining the Board of Directors are Judith Heisley Bishop, Roxanne Booth, Steve Meadows, Lynn Rice and Jeffry Sterba.

“We are very excited to welcome these five individuals. They each bring a unique set of perspectives from their experience with different disciplines as equine professionals, owners or amateur competitors and from those gained as professionals outside of the horse world,” said Gardner Bloemers, President of the Board.