Horse Briefs For May

Horse Briefs for May

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Virginia Thoroughbred prize party planned
The Virginia Gold Cup Association, Virginia Horse Industry Board and Virginia Thoroughbred Association will co-host the Virginia Thoroughbred breeders’ awards party May 2 at Great Meadow in The Plains. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Early wagering will be available for the next day’s Virginia Gold Cup pari-mutuel meet, and the Kentucky Oaks 3-year-old filly classic will be televised.
E-mail, call (434) 326-9816 or log onto to reserve tickets.

Mosby ride
Historic trail follows Civil War pathways
The Mosby Heritage Area Association will host a guided historic ride this Sunday, May 4 from Claybrook near Rectortown. Outfitted Civil War re-enactors will lead a trail ride through areas formerly commanded by Confederate General John Mosby and lands occupied in 1862 by Union General George McClellan.
Lunch follows the ride with a lecture by members of the Gray Ghost Interpretive Group.
Log onto to sign up.

Britta Johnston to teach horses, riders at all dressage levels
International-level dressage rider and instructor Britta Johnston will teach a dressage clinic May 10 at her Mountain Vista Farm in Amissville. Call (540) 764-0004 to sign up.

Trail series
Old Dominion Hounds hosts open rides in May
The Old Dominion Hounds will host a series of open guided trail rides in May. The two-hour rides are set at a walking-only pace, all begin at 9 a.m. and all are followed by a potluck lunch.
Ride dates and locations are: May 10 from the club’s kennels near Orlean; May 17 from Houyhnhmn Farm near Hume; May 24 from Foxhall Farm near Flint Hill; and May 31 from Hunter’s Rest near Flint Hill.
Call for details, directions or more more information: (540) 64-2929 or find ODH on Facebook.

Horse trials
Unique event allows ‘help,’ coaching while on course
Organizers at the May 10 Elysian Hills Starter Horse Trial near Marshall have hit on a unique competition model that lets young and inexperienced competitors – horse and human – get a little help while on course. Trainers may ride along with students on cross-country, and young horses are even allowed to have “a lead” from a stablemate to help them learn to perform on their own.
Log onto to enter.

Mid-week shows planned at Warrenton showgrounds
The Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Traiing Association will host a series of weekday afternoon dressage shows at the historic Warrenton Horse Show grounds on Shirley Avenue near old town. Riders can select any dressage or eventing test.
Show dates are May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11.
Log onto or call (70) 779-0472 for details.

Dog trials
Border Colllie event in Goldvein
Dawgwood Farm in Goldvein will host a two-day Border Collie herding dog trials May 10 and 11. Competition is sanctioned by the American Herding Breed Association, the U.S. Border Collie Association and the Virginia Border Collie Association. Log onto for details.

Bull riding
Oakland Heights offers rodeo events all summer
Oakland Heights Farm near Gordonsville will host bull riding events May through September. Shows begin at 5:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month – May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 13.
Oakland Heights will also have Tuesday evening shows June 24, July 1, 15, 22 and 29, and Aug. 12.
Log onto for information.

Trail rides
Snickersville, Clifton schedule events
The Clifton Horse Society will host an open trail ride May 17 at the State Arboretum near Millwood. The two-hour marked trail is open at 10 a.m.
CHS is also hosting a “beginner trail ride” clinic May 18 at the Nokesville Park, as well as a May 31 ride, co-hosted by the Mason Neck Coalition, at Gunston Hall in Lorton.
Call (703) 250-6188 or log onto for details.
The Snickersville Hounds will host a series of open summer evening trail rides. Dates and locations for the 6 p.m. rides are: May 23 at Sunny Bank Farm near Middleburg, June 6 at Creekside, also near Middleburg, June 27, July 4 and July 25.
A potluck picnic follows each ride.
Snickersville will also host a Crystal Crown Judged Pleasure Ride trail competition July 12 at Glenwood Park. Details on any Snickersville event can be found online at or call (540) 687-5747.