Friday, April 18, 2014

BREA HT, CT and Dressage Schooling Show GHPEC May 3, 2014

Please join the Blue Ridge Eventing Association on 5/03/2014 at Green Hill Park Equestrian Center in Salem Virginia

HT?CT: Green, Advanced Green, Beginner Novice, Novice, Training Dressage: USDF Intro-USEF Level 2
x-rail CT and Western Dressage to be offered as well

Ribbons through 6th place per division with high/low point awards for the day.

Form more information about the show and sponsorship opportunities contact 

Become a member of Blue Ridge Eventing Association by visiting or find them on Facebook  Concessions and a local BBQ vender will be on hand the day of the schooling show.

Ragan Roberts Jumping Clinic May 11- Easy Wind Stables

The Ragan Roberts Jumping Clinic hosted by the Blue Ridge Eventing Association will be held on May 11, 2013 at the Easy Wind Stables located at 3850 Horse Farm Road in Blacksburg, VA 24060

Video Quipit L.F. riden by Ragan Roberts at the Kentucky Sping 1
This round is from class 451 - Commonwealth Grand Prix
CS12* 1.50m and finished 5th out of 29 riders

 Please join the Blue Ridge Eventing Association in welcoming Ragan Roberts!

Ragan has trained jumpers qualifying for the Prix de States in Harrisburg PA; trained hunters that qualified and competed in Devon, Harrisburg and Washington. His riders have won Zone finals in Medium Pony, Large Pony, Children’s Hunter, Junior Hunters, Amateur Jumpers and Junior Jumpers. He has also coached riders in the USEF Medal Finals as well as the Maclay Finals. Ragan spent several years in Europe showing and was a previous member of the USEF Nations cup team.

Since importing his latest jumper, Quipit LF, in late 2009, Ragan has developed this young horse to the level of a top tier grand prix competitor. They have had many top ten finishes since 2010. Ragan and Quipit were also successful in the open jumper division at Spruce Meadows, Canada, and on the fall indoor circuit, including the Pennsylvania National, the Washington International and the National Horse Show in Kentucky. Ragan has recently moved to south west Virginia and looks forward to becoming an integral part of the equine community.

 For further information, please contact Samantha Erwin: 270-438-9074 

Click here for registration and specific details

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hear The Beat Horse Show

Hear The Beat Horse Show will take place on Sunday morning  May 11, 2014 starting at 8:00 am at the Virginia Horse Center East Complex Arena.

All proceeds for this show benefit Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc

This show is sanctioned by the Blue Ridge Horse Force and FCEC.

Judge: Danielle Toms  Click here to view the class schedule

Sprouse's Corner Ranch Spring Benefit Horse Show - May 3, 2014

The Sprouse's Corner Ranch Spring Benefit Horse Show will kick off on Saturday May 3 (rain date Sunday May 4), 2014

This is a 4-H Qualifying horse show.

This horse show is sanctioned by the BRHF and the VWRHOA

Horse Show start time is at 9AM

Sprouse's Corner Ranch is located at 16680 W. James Anderson Hwy in Buckingham, VA

Judge: Shane Moran of Flemingsburg, KY

Click here to view the class list for this show. 

CANCELLED - Bedford County Hunt Spring Show April 19, 2014 Randolph College Riding Center

This show has been CANCELLED!

The Bedford County Hunt Spring Show will be held Saturday April 19 at the Randolph College Riding Center starting at 8:30am.

Schooling will continue until 8:00 am
Judge: Anne Walker
Course Design by Chris Mitchell
This horse show is sanctioned by the Blue Ridge Horse Force but you do not need to be a member to participate.

Click here to view the class list for this horse show.

Who Needs a Therapist?

Who needs a therapist when you have a horse?

Twin Horses Beat The Odds


Harrah,OK - Two six-day-old babies beat the odds in Harrah, Oklahoma and we're not talking about humans babies. We're talking twin horses!
"It's just so cool. I mean you just kinda go, really there's two," says the horse's owner, Terry Leach. Terry Leach feels like shouting her excitement to the world.

She continues, "I know I've got baby girls, I've got grand babies." She says there's nothing better than watching young horses test out their legs and explore their new world. "So this is the first time they've ever been outside.

Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29
They're playing and having a good time, says Leach. Seeing baby horses playing isn't new to Leach. But seeing healthy twin horses is something she'll probably never see again. "One in 10,000 horses will have twins and only about 20% of those will survive. Even one of the pair of twins.

It's very unusual for horses to have twins," explains Dr. Mike Steward of Shawnee Animal Hospital. Dr. Mike steward treated the horses 24 hours a day for five days after they were born and it wasn't easy. They needed blood transfusions and wouldn't eat. He says, "we had to tube the babies with milk every 4 hours for the first 3-4 days."

 Dr. Steward says he was determined to make sure the twins survived. He wanted these special girls to be the rare ones that actually made it. "It's very rare that they even live more than a couple of hours. I mean they're 6 days old, "says Leach. Dr. Steward says it is a miracle. "To see them play and buck and love life. So it makes it all worthwhile." Read more:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bedford County Hunt Spring Horse Show - April 19, 2014 - Randolph College Riding Center

The Bedford County Hunt Spring Horse Show will be held at Randolph College Riding Center on Saturday April 19, 2014 starting at 8:30am. This show is sanctioned by the Blue Ridge Horse Force but you do not need to be a member of the BRHF to participate. Click here to join the Blue Ridge Horse Force. 

Schooling will be offered until 8:00am. Judge: Ann Walker  - Course Design by Chris Mitchell

Date: April 19, 2014 starting at 8:30 am
Location: Randolf College Riding Center located at 4762 Hawkins Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24503
Phone: (434( 384-3231

Click here for show schedule. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Virginia Quarter Horse Classic Starts today at the VHC

The Virginia Quarter Horse Classic kicks off today at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. It looks like the weather is going to be perfect!

The Virginia Quarter Horse Classic show will be held April 10-13 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. For those who wish to enter the Hylton Maiden Class or the Harris Leather Versatility Horse Challenge, the printable entry form can be found here.

Exhibitors are reminded that the deadline for registration in the Hylton Maiden class is March 15th. Late registrations will be accepted up to 5:00pm on April 11th, but there will be a $500 late fee.

Click here to view the show classes and schedules

Anything is Possible

Senate Committee Approves Bill to Protect Tennessee Walking Horses from Abuse

From the 4-09-2014

Congress moved one step closer to protecting horses from the cruel practice of “soring” when the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 1406/H.R. 1518) today by voice vote. The PAST Act will end the decades-long abusive training method of soring, which involves the use of chemicals and devices on the legs and feet of Tennessee walking horses to force them to perform the high-stepping “Big Lick” gait. 

Keith Dane, vice president of equine protection for The Humane Society of the United States, said: “Horse soring is a disgrace, but growing momentum for the PAST Act means that reform is within reach. Today’s committee action was a significant step forward. Congress should ensure a sound future for Tennessee walking horses by passing this legislation on the Senate floor without delay.”
The HSUS and Humane Society Legislative Fund expressed their thanks to Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Mark Warner, D-Va., for their leadership on S. 1406, and to Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., Ranking Member John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., for their support during today’s committee markup.
The PAST Act will fortify the federal Horse Protection Act, which was passed in 1970 but contained loopholes that have allowed soring to thrive in factions of the Tennessee walking horse industry. The bill’s needed reforms include eliminating the failed industry self-policing system, banning devices used in the soring process from the show ring, and strengthening penalties to provide a meaningful deterrent against abusing horses to cheat at horse shows. 
The PAST Act is co-sponsored by 51 Senators and 269 Representatives. It is endorsed by the American Horse Council and more than 50 other national and state horse groups, the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, and state veterinary groups in all 50 states, key individuals in the Tennessee walking horse show world, and many others.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Clinic Classic Horse Show - Saturday April 12, 2014 at Spring Valley Farm in Moneta VA

The Clinic Classic Horse Show will be held Saturday April 12, 2014.

This horse show is Sanctioned by the Blue Ridge Horse Force and Franklin County Equestrian Club, PAC Approved

Date and Times: Saturday April 12, 2014 Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. - Show starts at 9:30 a.m. 

Location-Spring Valley Farm, 1191 Horseshoe Bend Rd, Moneta, Virginia

Entry Fees-$10.00 per class or $75 (per horse/rider combination) to show all day Ribbons through 6th Place Judge: TBA

Stalls available for Friday and Saturday for $10 a day 
Contact show manager by April 10 to reserve stalls:
Show Manager: Free Clinic of Franklin County 336-648-7226
Office Manager: Franklin County Equestrian Club 540-420-8169
Concessions and Restrooms inside Auction House

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Cross View Show Series Dates Announced for 2014

The 2014 CrossView Show Series kicks off this Saturday on June 28 (Hunter/Jumper) and June 29 (Open) at Green Hill Park Equestrian Center in Salem VA. This weekends shows is NOT sanctioned by the Blue Ridge Horse Force nor do you have to be a member of the BRHF to participate. 

Most of  following shows on the CrossView Show Series will be sanctioned by the Blue Ridge Horse Force accept for June 28 and August 23 will NOT be BRHF Sactioned. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Volunteers caring for horses of landslide victim

When it comes to the horse community coming together to help a fellow equestrians, they always rally to the cause. This is why I have always enjoyed being a part of our horse community here in the Roanoke Valley.

The following news story from highlights such a person in Washington state. This news story shows how communities can come together in times of need. There is hope for us after all!
 ~ Christina - HorseVa 

Volunteers caring for horses of landslide victim By Rob Piercy / King 5 News

ARLINGTON, Wash.— While an army of volunteers digs through the mud and debris searching for victims, there are other volunteers doing another important job. They're helping care for the animals left behind.

There are so many unsung heroes in the landslide tragedy. Alexis Blakely is one of them. Alexis is a full time college student who’s helping to care for the horses of one the slide victims. Her day begins before the sun comes up and it won’t be over until long after it sets. On a small ranch just a mile and a half from the slide zone, Alexis Blakey has a job to do. “This is Summer Raffo’s farm and she has all the horses here,” she said.
Alexis met Summer when they both volunteered out at the Darrington rodeo. “Summer was the type of person where, you know, she was always there and would help anyone even if she didn’t know them at all,” said Alexis. Summer was on her way to help a friend with horses when the landslide buried her car, killing her. “She loved horses and she loved caring for them,” said Alexis. The day after the slide, Alexis knew it was her turn to help. She rounded up supplies and volunteers to care for Summer’s 16 horses. Every day after classes at Everett Community College, Alexis is at the farm.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Open Dressage Schooling Show - VHC - April 5-6, 2014

Open Dressage Schooling Show Category:

Date:  Dressage 4/5/2014 - 4/6/2014

This show will be held in conjunction with the Old Dominion Region Pony Club (ODRPC) Dressage Rally. 

Contact: Terry Abrams

 Judges: Beckie Mitchell and Harriet Peterson

 Prize List and Entry Blank 

 Location Northern Arena

Closing Date: 3-31-2014

The Maury River Hunter Trial

The Maury River Hunter Trial will take place at the Virginia Horse Center on 4-5-2014. This is an Eventing show. Hunter Trials on the VHCF cross country course.

Contact Brian and Penny Rose for more information at 540-348-1152 or email

Location: Cross Country Field and Mead Hill.