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Farm Tour This Weekend!

May 15, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Farm Tour This Weekend!
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Spotlight on… Golden Dreams Therapeutic Riding Center at Baileywyck Farm

Come visit Golden Dreams Therapeutic Riding Center at Baileywyck Farm during this weekend’s Loudoun County Farm Tour, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Individuals with almost any cognitive, physical and/or emotional disability can benefit from therapeutic riding via safe and supervised interaction with horses. Riding lessons are taught by certified riding instructors assisted by up to three volunteers per rider. In its nearly five years of operations, Golden Dreams has had a positive impact on the lives of many children and adults with special needs in Middleburg and the surrounding area. … Continue Reading

Robert Duvall to Present Trophy at the 87th Virginia Gold Cup

May 1, 2012 Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Robert Duvall to Present Trophy at the 87th Virginia Gold Cup

A crowd of 50,000 will gather at Great Meadow Saturday, May 5 to celebrate the 87th running of the Virginia Gold Cup, one of the largest steeplechases in the US, and one of the D.C. region’s largest outdoor events.

Robert Duvall, Godfather actor and friend of the races, will present the trophy to the winner of this year’s Virginia Gold Cup race. The race is fifth on the schedule and will run at approximately 3:45 p.m., with trophy presentation to follow. … Continue Reading

Here Come the 4H Cantelopers!

August 4, 2011 Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Here Come the 4H Cantelopers!
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The Loudoun County Fair starts off every year on Sunday with the 4H Cantelopers Horse Club kicking up some dust for the Opening Ceremonies with their lively drill team and presentation of the colors.

The Cantelopers work hard all year long raising monies through sponsorships of horse jumps which feature sponsors’ advertisements. The jumps are painted and banners are raised high for all to see. This makes for fun during the Gamblers Choice competition, where each jump or obstacle equals a number of points based on the sponsor’s donation.

Oldest Horse Show in the Nation Celebrates 158 Years

June 2, 2011 Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Oldest Horse Show in the Nation Celebrates 158 Years
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Since 1853, equestrians, horse breeders and spectators have gathered under the Grafton oaks in Upperville to admire some of the nation’s most talented horses and riders. The Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS) is the oldest horse show in America. It was founded to encourage better breeding of horses.

The one-day show, which began with a few breeding classes, has grown into a weeklong tradition with classes for children, adults and families. Each year beneath the oaks at Grafton Farm, more than 2,000 horse and rider combinations compete throughout the week. The show raises funds for the Upperville Volunteer Fire Department and other area charities. … Continue Reading

State Veterinarian Urges Strict Biosecurity Due to Equine Herpes Virus-1 Outbreak

June 2, 2011 Equestrian Comments Off on State Veterinarian Urges Strict Biosecurity Due to Equine Herpes Virus-1 Outbreak

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourages all horse owners to go to its website, www.vdacs.virginia.gov, for updates on the outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) in several western states. A horse button on the homepage will take readers directly into the EHV site which contains updates on the situation, as well as fact sheets and biosecurity information. VDACS recommends that horse owners and managers be aware of the signs of EHV-1 and practice good biosecurity to limit the spread of infection. Horse owners should also consult their veterinarians about the immunization status of their horses.

Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with VDACS, says that to date, he is not aware of any Virginia horses infected with EHV-1 or of any horses that have come in close contact with infected horses. “It’s always a good idea for horse owners to practice good biosecurity,” he said, “but it is especially important whenever we have an outbreak of a highly contagious disease. I urge every horse owner, stable owner, equine event planner and everyone else who comes in contact with horses on a daily basis to be extra vigilant. We have seen a very high level of cooperation from federal officials and the affected states and I am cautiously optimistic that the current outbreak will not spread to Virginia. But the reality of our global world is that livestock owners must be constantly vigilant and observe strict biosecurity practices to protect our flocks and herds.” … Continue Reading

U.Va. Study: Horses Give State Economy a $1.2 Billion Ride

March 29, 2011 Equestrian Comments Off on U.Va. Study: Horses Give State Economy a $1.2 Billion Ride
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The horse industry in Virginia has an annual economic impact of $1.2 billion, according to a study prepared by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and funded by the Virginia Horse Industry Board.

“The equine industry’s influence is felt in all parts of the state,” said U.Va. economist Terance J. Rephann, who headed the study – the findings of which were announced Friday by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “We see a very positive effect on jobs, recreation, tourism, retail sales and state and local taxation.

“The horse industry in Virginia generates $65.3 million in state and local taxes,” Rephann said. The value-added income is $670 million, he noted, explaining that this economic measure is similar to gross domestic product.

Though the $1.2 billion annual economic impact to the state is sizable, the equine-related state tax revenue of $37 million is a very small part of overall general fund tax revenue of about $15 billion for fiscal year 2011 ¬ about two-tenths of 1 percent, Rephann said. It provides about the same proportion of local government revenue, he said.

Key findings from the U.Va. equine survey include:

  • The horse industry’s largest areas of economic impact continue to be in Northern Virginia, with more than 1,600 horse-related jobs in Fauquier and Loudoun counties.
  • The largest employment impact in the state is in Rockbridge County, the location of the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington. More than 1,330 jobs are industry-related in Lexington and Buena Vista.
  • The industry generated more than 16,000 jobs in 2010 in Virginia, with the greatest effects in the agricultural and agricultural services sectors, and a lesser effect in the areas of trade and construction.
  • Horse owners spend $873 million annually on horse-related expenses, including feed and bedding, boarding, training, tack, capital improvements and labor. These expenses average $4,060 per horse.
  • Nearly 1,200 horse shows and events were held in Virginia in 2010, generating $25 million in revenue.
  • Some 939,000 people attended Virginia horse shows and competitions last year. Out-of-state participants spent an average of $3,100 per event.
  • Virginia’s equine population ranks 12th in the nation.
  • According to the Census of Agriculture Statistics, while the number of farms in Virginia decreased between 1997 and 2007, the number of farms with horses actually increased from 10,972 to 13,520 during that same period, offsetting a more significant decline in farms in general.
  • Virginia has an estimated 215,000 equines and some 41,000 equine operations.

“While I am glad to see these very impressive figures on the economic impact of the horse industry in the commonwealth, I didn’t need a statistical survey to prove how important horses are in Virginia,” said Matthew J. Lohr, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “My father-in-law has three horses on his farm, and both of my children enjoy riding them around his property. Horses add so much to our lives on a personal level, but when I look at the big picture, I see just how much they contribute to our state’s economic well-being, as well.”
The full study is available on the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center website [http://www.coopercenter.org/econ], and highlights of the survey can be found on the Virginia Horse Industry Board website [http://www.vhib.org].

The Virginia Horse Industry Board, based at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, comprises 12 representatives from various sectors of the industry throughout the state. The board’s mission is the promotion and economic development of the equine industry in the commonwealth.

Gold Cup Celebrates 86 Years

March 17, 2011 Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Gold Cup Celebrates 86 Years
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One of the nation’s largest steeplechase races celebrates its 86th anniversary this year on Saturday, May 7. Approximately 50,000 people will gather at Great Meadow in The Plains to socialize and watch some of the finest horses in the world compete over the lush green course. Held every year on the first Saturday in May (the same day as the Kentucky Derby), the Virginia Gold Cup enjoys a spectacular setting in the heart of Virginia horse country with the Blue Ridge Mountains serving as the backdrop. … Continue Reading

Firestone to Hold Riding Clinic at Foxcroft

April 24, 2009 Equestrian Comments Off on Firestone to Hold Riding Clinic at Foxcroft

April 24, 2009

Next weekend The Foxcroft School will host a riding clinic by Alison Firestone Robitaille, a 1995 Foxcroft graduate and a longtime member of the U.S Equestrian Team. Robitaille has represented the United States in many competitions, including the 1999 Pan American Games, where she helped earn the team Silver Medal, and the 1998 World Equestrian Games, where she was the top-placed U.S. rider. In 1997, Robitaille was one of 12 riders to contribute to the USET’s victory in the inaugural Samsung Nations’ Cup World Series. She was named Leading Rider of that series and 1997 Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

On Saturday, April 25, Robitaille will focus on the flat work critical to successfully negotiating courses, including poles and small jumps. On Sunday, April 26, she will concentrate on more formal course work. Space is still available for the two sessions, which will be held in the recently refurbished indoor arena on Foxcroft’s Middleburg campus. The clinics are open to the public as well as to Foxcroft students. To reserve a spot, call the Foxcroft Riding Department at 540-687-4582.

Fluke Kills Horse and Injures Fans

March 27, 2009 Equestrian Comments Off on Fluke Kills Horse and Injures Fans

March 27, 2009

This year’s Piedmont Races at the Upperville Show Grounds ended in a way
no one could have expected.

It was no surprise that Quick Line led the field to the finish and crossed the line first: he won the Blue Ridge Races and came in second at Casanova earlier this season. But on Saturday the 13-year-old gelding suffered a ruptured aorta in the final second of the race and careened out of control as he crossed the finish line, trampling through a tailgate party.

Five spectators were injured; two were taken to Winchester Hospital, two were airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital, and one was treated at the scene. When the horse collapsed, jockey Noel Ryan was thrown through a fence.

Piedmont Equine Practice veterinarian Paul Diehl said that he knew the horse had suffered a heart attack as soon as it began to stagger. “He went down very quickly,” Diehl said. “I ran forty yards but he was already dead when I got there.”

Ryan and co-owner Julia Butcher were devastated by the horse’s death. They bought Quick Line in October and had recently taken him for a physical, which showed no health problems. But horses are vulnerable to sudden heart attacks just like people, according to Diehl. Ryan confirmed that last year he saw a horse drop dead playing polo.

Loudoun Fire and Rescue did not release the names of the victims, and as of this writing their condition is unknown.


 

 

 

 

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Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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