In case you missed this information on our Farms site, for your convenience below is access to information about Charlottesville equestrian activities and your Virginia horse community links. Just let us know if you’d like additional information as well.
Horse Shows and Associations
There are many opportunities for you to participate in horse shows in the Charlottesville VA area. Below is a list of the major Virginia horse shows, as well as the local and regional associations that govern them.
Keswick Horse Show & Hunt
Middleburg Classic Horse Show
Virginia Horse Center
Battlefield Horse Show Association
Virginia Horse Show Association
Central Virginia Show Jumping Association
Three Day Eventing
Equestrian Eventing (3-day eventing) is a sport that displays the horse and rider’s versatility, discipline, and athleticism. As the name implies, eventing takes place over 3 days, both on level ground and jumping over fences. The 3 areas of eventing are dressage, cross country, and show jumping.
Eventing requires extensive training, and below are VA equestrian training facilities for Charlottesville horse farms plus links to major eventing competition venues in the area available for training and schooling.
Plain Dealing Farm
Virginia Horse Trials
Central VA Combined Training
Commonwealth Dressage & Combined Training
The term Dressage means “trained” and in dressage the horses are extensively trained to perform precise movements that respond to the rider’s subtle commands. Both horse and rider are beautifully groomed to display their excellence. The ideal horse community found in the Charlottesville region attracts top equestrian athletes, thus many award-winning dressage horses enjoy the horse farms and estates here.
Central VA Dressage
University of Virginia Dressage
Stonebridge Equestrian Center
Virginia Summer Dressage
Dressage Training Facilities in VA
Basic Dressage Movements
Everyone can enjoy an afternoon watching a local equestrian polo club match if they live near Charlottesville. It’s a great local tradition that strongly supports our horse community and also provides the public with an opportunity to join the tailgating parties while appreciating the beauty of our Central VA area. Our equestrian polo matches are hosted in some of the region’s most gorgeous settings and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Twilight Polo at Great Meadows
UVA Polo Club
The historic farms and estates of Charlottesville and Central Virginia are at the center of our strong equestrian culture, and horse races in Virginia are exciting to watch. Whether you prefer steeplechase or point to point racing, the race circuits are active in Spring and Fall here. You will see that the culture of horses is at the very heart of Virginia life, providing extra purpose to the majestic estates of Albemarle County and their active equestrian community. Even non-equestrians look forward to the tailgating opportunties in order to spend cherished time at the estates for the races.
James Madison Montpelier Estate Races
Middleburg Spring Races
Virginia Gold cup
Virginia Fall Races
Virginia Steeplechase Association
Virginia Racing Commission
Anyone who has attended a Virginia fox hunt has seen horses and riders at their best. It’s a tradition-bound sport, known as riding to the hounds because the hounds lead the riders on their journey. Charlottesville is ideal for equestrian activities such as foxhunting because the sport has deep roots of tradition in Virginia as well as the support of many hunt clubs. Many Virginia estate owners share riding privileges with their neighbors over vast acreage in the beautiful countryside of Central VA, so hunts may begin at the local horse farms and other take place in the neighboring counties. Foxhunting attracts riders from many states who want to be able to participate. Below are links to the major hunt clubs around Charlottesville so that you can check out their latest hunt schedules.
Deep Run Hunt Club
Farmington Hunt Club
Keswick Hunt Club
Oakridge Hunt Club
Thorton Hill Fort Valley Hounds
Virginia Hunt Week
Virginia Field Hunter Championships
Tack Store Supplies
Most of the local Charlottesville equestrian stores below carry the tack basics that you need to take care of your horse, but the best part is many of them also have horse themed gifts and attire. After all, isn’t looking good half the fun of riding? There are other online sources like Smartpak or Bit of Britain, but if you live in our area you’ll likely find everything you need locally.
Middleburg Tack Exchange
The Tack Box
In case you’re new to equestrian activities, the term “Tack” covers the attire and equipment that are necessary for horseback riding …. items like saddles, riding boots, helmets, bits and bridles, and gloves.
There are many wonderful large animal veterinary clinics and veterinary doctors who serve the Charlottesville and Central Virginia region. It’s great when these vets show up at your farm to provide a range of care…. from routine vaccinations and periodic checkups to emergency and birthing assistance. The Charlottesville equestrian community is so well established and reputable that the area also boasts some of the top lameness clinics and veterinarians as well.
Keswick Equine Clinic
James River Equine Services
Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center
Old Dominion Equine Associates
Virginia Herd Health Management
Camps and Kid’s Programs
Charlottesville has plenty of horse activity that can keep even the youngest equestrian enthusiast entertained. For instance, there are camps and organizations in Albemarle County below, and our 4-H club meets at various Charlottesville horse farms each month. Some horse camps target specific youth groups, such as New Meadow overnight camp for girls and Camp Horizons for girls.
Virginia Pony Clubs
Iron Mountain Horse Camp
New Meadow Girls Equestrian Camp
The Charlottesville area is one of the most beautiful in the world and you’ll love exploring by horseback. Not only are there many parks and wildlife areas that provide trail riding opportunities for local equestrians, but there are also local clubs and competitive horseback trail riding groups and organizations. Many properties are bordered by parks like the Shenandoah National Park where an all-day ride out will leave you amazed at the beauty of the Virginia.
Virginia Trail Riders
Bear Creek Lake State Park
High Bridge Trail State Park
Holliday Lake State Park
James River State Park
Pocahontas State Park
Robbins Nest Farm
American Competitive Trail Horse Association