Charlottesville, Albemarle and the surrounding area is the perfect
location to live the equestrian lifestyle. Whatever aspect of the sport
interests you, the opportunity to practice it is here.
The area has a long tradition of fox hunting and the enthusiast
could hunt five days a week if desired. The Keswick Hunt is located on
the east side of Charlottesville; hounds go out Monday, Wednesday, and
Saturday. The Farmington Hunt located in western Albemarle goes out
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The two hunts also offer hunter trials,
hunter paces, summer trail rides, and put on point to point races.
For those who enjoy hunting and hound work but don't ride, there is
the option of beagling. The Farmington Beagles are a subscription pack
of foot beagles which meets on Sundays from October through March.
If your interest lies in the hunter-jumper world, the area abounds
with good stables at which to board your horse offering quality
instruction. There is an "A" horseshow within a two hour drive of
Charlottesville almost every week of the year. There are also many
associate level shows to choose from as well. In addition there are
thriving dressage and eventing communities.
Polo is also a popular activity. The University of Virginia has a
competitive college level team and a facility south of town. There are
also opportunities to play on the club level as well. A tailgate picnic
while watching polo is an enjoyable way to spend a summer evening.
On beautiful spring and fall afternoons, Virginia has a full
calendar of point to point and steeplechase meets. The challenging
Foxfield Race Course, located 6 miles outside of Charlottesville, has
spring and fall race cards. For the flat racing fan Colonial Downs Race
Course is an easy commute and has thoroughbred racing for two months in
Not to be forgotten, there are plenty of opportunities for the
aspiring young horseman. Several area stables have summer day camps and
many stables offer instruction for beginners of all ages. There are
many local horse shows which include "short stirrup" divisions for
aspiring young riders. The Hoof And Woof 4H Club has many activities
for children and teens ranging from horse shows, gymnkanas, horse bowl,
horse judging competitions, hippology, and community service projects.
The pleasure and trail rider has plenty of opportunities to enjoy cammeradery while enjoying the scenic Virginia countryside.
Whatever equestrian activity you enjoy the
Charlottesville-Albemarle area can provide it. Make your new home in
the heart of Virginia horse country.