Stonewall Country Horse Shows Kick Off at the Virginia Horse Center This Weekend
Lexington, Va. – Jan. 17, 2017 – Each winter, the Virginia equestrian community looks forward to the Stonewall Country Horse Shows at the Virginia Horse Center. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, these events, which benefit the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, offer two hunter/jumper shows at the facility from Jan. 19-22 and Feb. 3-5. This year, the Stonewall Country series will also feature USHJA Outreach classes for exhibitors interested in bringing along their young horses to school before the summer show season begins.
The Stonewall Country Horse Show series offers Virginia and Mid-Atlantic residents an opportunity to compete in a National rated horse show environment with two indoor rings and many indoor schooling options. A complete schedule and list of classes is available here.
Virginia Beach based trainer and USEF “R” judge Chris Wynne is enthusiastic about the opportunities that these shows provide for those who are not able to travel to Florida for the winter.
“We enjoy these shows because it’s such a friendly hometown atmosphere,” Wynne said. “The exhibitors and trainers all contribute to this, everyone really enjoys each other at these shows. The management does a great job putting on really nice shows with great courses and jumps and an indoor environment that prepares us well for later in the season.”
The National rated Stonewall Series will feature professional and amateur divisions for both hunters and jumpers. Competitors who are trying to earn valuable equitation qualifying points will also have the opportunity to do so in the WIHS, ARIAT, and THIS National Children’s Medal classes. Many of these same classes are also qualifiers for the Amy Ylvisaker Reistrup Equitation Challenge, which is held annually at the Lexington National Horse Show in August.
With the addition of USHJA Outreach classes this year, horses and riders who are not as experienced in the show ring will also be able to compete in classes that are offered at a discount in both class fees and stabling fees.