Culpeper’s Horse Briefs for the week of June 21

Show at Warrenton June 24
Cedar Spring Farm will host a Short Circuit show June 24 at the Warrenton Horse Show grounds. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. Riders get the benefit of a final schooling com.

St. Jude weekend ride in Berryville
Pony To Go Ranch in Berryville will host a weekend ride June 22-24 to benefit the St. Jude’s childrens’ charity. Participants can camp overnight, with stalls or stake-out space available for horses. Meals will be catered. Call for registration details: (717) 830-8528.

93rd annual Pony Show starts next week
The A-rated Warrenton Pony Show celebrates 93 years when renewed June 27-July 1 at the historic Warrenton Horse Show grounds on Shirley Avenue. Classes, which range from leadline through junior and amateur hunter, begin at 8 a.m. each day.

Piedmont trail ride Saturday
The Piedmont Foxhounds will host a summer trail ride this Saturday, June 23 at 9 a.m. at the Royer farm in Upperville. Another ride is next Saturday, June 30, at at Rock Hill Farm in Upperville.
Call (540) 592-7199 for information.

Stock horse challenge in Culpeper
Cornerstone Horsemanship in Culpeper will host a June 23-24 trail challenge clinic and competition, a July 7-8 despooking clinic, and another stock horse show Sept. 15. Details are at

Sunday show at Summerduck Run
Summerduck Run Farm in Culpeper will host a Virginia and Battlefield Horse Shows Association hunter show this Sunday, June 24. There will be junior, amateur and open hunter derbies with prize money.
Details are at (540) 825-6177.

Ride with the Black Horse Cavalry

The Black Horse Cavalry re-enactment unit will host a guided historical ride at the Manassas Battlefield National Park this Sunday, June 24. at 9 a.m., members of the 4th Virginia Cavalry Unit H will demonstrate battlefield maneuvers and then lead an interpreted ride across the extensive and historic trails of the park.

Lunch is provided after the two-hour ride.

The Black Horse was initially formed in Fauquier County in 1859 as an independent volunteer cavalry company. The unit guarded John Brown at Harper’s Ferry prior to his execution. With the secession of Virginia from the United States, it was mustered into the service of the Commonwealth of Virginia in May of 1861. At the first battle for Manassas, the Black Horse initially guarded the commander but was later released to pursue the retreating Federals. The roster of the Black Horse included many young Fauquier residents who honed their skills for years before the War in foxhunting and at the jousting tournaments held in Fauquier Springs. The present Black Horse troop was founded in 1972. They participate in Civil War battle reenactments, living histories, presentations for the public and films.
Groups will be divided into groups with two mounted historians.
Call to reserve a space: (703) 754-4981 or E-mail

Polo featured at new NSL exhibit
“Chukkers: the Sport of Polo in Art” is on display at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg. The exhibit is curated and researched by Horace Laffaye, Daniels Fellow 2009-2010 and an authority of the history of polo.
A free “Evening at the Museum” event is set for Thursday, July 12 from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Call (540) 687-6542 for details or log onto

Morgan show at Rose Mount
The Old Dominion Morgan Horse Association will host a show June 30 at Rose Mount in Spotsylvania. For prize list and entry forms, log onto The show benefits the Solitude Morgan Horse Rescue.

Favorite wins $500k Turf Cup
Turbo Compressor scored an impressive victory Saturday in the eighth running of the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs. The Todd Pletcher trainee was sent off as the 5-2 betting favorite in the 11-horse field.
Part of a three-stakes card, Snow Top Mountain won the Grade III Edward P. Evans All Along Stakes. Action Andy won the $50,000 Da Hoss Stakes.
On Sunday at Colonial, Marethon Stable’s favored Eastern Starlett set all the pace for a $15,000 maiden special weight hurdle score. Loring Heard, a former longtime resident of Middleburg, owns Marethon, now based out of Georgia. Eastern Starlett is trained by Loudoun native and former champion jockey Arch Kingsley Jr.
In the $10,000 hurdle, Upperville’s Bruce Smart claimed 10-length victory with his New Mambo, trained in Millwood by Jimmy Day and ridden by Clarke-based pro Jeff Murphy.