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Lexington, Va. – December 22, 2016 – The Stonewall Country Horse Shows are returning to the Virginia Horse Center in 2017 for its 25th anniversary. The events, which benefit the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, will 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 County 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.
“I am really looking forward to competitors being able to show on the refreshed footing in both the Coliseum and East Complex this year,” said Leslie Brown, manager of the Stonewall Series. “The Virginia Horse Center has been really focused on making sure that the footing is perfect for every competition and we are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather doesn’t offer any distractions.”
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.
“It is very exciting to be able to host events like the Stonewall Country Horse Show Series at the Virginia Horse Center,” noted CEO John Nicholson. “Many riders and trainers want to continue showing throughout the winter months, and the Coliseum at the Horse Center offers the perfect venue. The USHJA Outreach classes are an exciting new addition that opens up the sport to many levels of competitors. We look forward to celebrating the Stonewall Country Horse Show Series 25th anniversary in 2017.”
To learn more about the Virginia Horse Center, please visit www.horsecenter.org.