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

From www.myfoxfilly.com

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: http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/25231288/rare-twin-horses-born#ixzz2ytRVEjJH

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 humanesociety.org 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: ellen@bernardhealthcare.com
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 King5.com 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.

To read the full story, click here to continue to www.king5.com/news

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 terryjabrams@yahoo.com

 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
vht@cfw.com

Location: Cross Country Field and Mead Hill.

Old Dominion Gaited Horse Association Classic

Category: Breed Shows - Old Dominion Horse Association Classic Horse Show will take place at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington VA on 4/4-4/5



Dates:  4/4/2014 - 4/5/2014
Contact: Tom Gossard Email: tom-gossard@hotmail.com
Contact: Alice Martens Email: alice@truckequip-va.com
Arena: Location East Complex

Great American Trail Horse Sale and Competition

The Great American Trail Horse Sale will take place next weekend at the Virginia Horse Center. This is a unique annual horse auction and trail competition for all breeds of horses.

Photos from greatamericantrailhorsesale.com/consignment_photos

Dates 4/4-4/5/2014

Horses will be priced for all budgets. There will be a Trail Challenge competition open to the public on Saturday evening following the Trail Horse Sale. 

Friday 4/4/2014 $2000 Trail Competition 
This competition is open only to horses consigned to the sale.

Contact: Turnbull Equine Productions at 704.272.9359
Email: ga.trailhorse@gmail.com 
Website: www.greatamericantrailhorsesale.com 

Arena: Location Anderson Coliseum