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According to a USDA 2007 census of Agriculture, Virginia horses accounted for about $46.9M dollars of agricultural sales, ranking it 7th in the U.S. these horses sold came from 2,247 farms, indicating an average of $20,862/farm. Although the state ranks 12th in terms of sales, it reportedly houses about 170,000 horses, making it the 5th largest equine state. Virginians spent an average of $3,642 per horse per year.

The leading breeds in Virginia are Quarter horses (49,000) and thoroughbreds (30,900).
THE TOP FIVE COUNTIES ACCORDING TO EQUINE POPULATION ARE (1) Loudoun 2. Fauquier 3)Albemarle 4)Bedford and tied for 5th are Clarke, Augusta, and Washington.

The leading breeds in Virginia are Quarter horses (49,000) AND THOROUGHBREDS (30,900).
THE TOP FIVE COUNTIES ACCORDING TO EQUINE POPULATION ARE (1) Loudoun 2. Fauquier 3)Albemarle 4)Bedford and tied for 5. are Clarke, Augusta, and Washington.
Loudoun County, located just 35 miles northwest of Washington D.C., is the northernmost county in the State of Virginia.  It is estimated that up to 70,000 spectators come to Loudoun County each year to enjoy the spectacle and thrill of major competitions, races and horse trials. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah River are to the west of Loudoun, the Potomac is to the north and the Shenandoah Valley is to the south. Because of its location, the county is home to fast-growing upscale suburban centers, pastoral rural villages and the story of our nation.

MIDDLEBURG: The Kennedys rented a farm in Middleburg as one of their presidential retreats. Here, Jackie, an accomplished equestrian who rode with the Piedmont Fox Hounds and Orange County hunts, was often photographed with the children riding. Up until her death, Jackie was often seen in the Middleburg area and her daughter, Caroline, sometimes visits. It is one of the few remaining large rural areas that exist so close to a major city.

Middleburg calls itself “the nation’s horse and hunt capital” because it is home to so many horses and equestrians. Riding boots, breeches and horse trailers are common sights. This area has been horse country since its beginnings.

Virginia’s foxhunting tradition was born in Middleburg around 1748 when Thomas the sixth Lord Fairfax set up the first pack of foxhounds in the English manner of the order of the present-day hunt. Today, there are 10 active hunts in the Hunt Country proper. The members of the hunt clubs usually ride with the hounds three times per week during the season which runs fall through spring.

The steeplechase, or racing over fences, is another passionate pursuit, which purportedly got its start in the hunting fields. Hundreds of years ago, a duo of Irish hunting enthusiasts raced cross-country, using church steeples as landmarks, to determine who had the faster foxhunter. Point to point racing is also a popular sport. Its season runs from February through May.

More than a half million horse lovers and admirers travel to the Virginias each year to enjoy a
and participate in numerous events, shows, hunts, races, and trail rides



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Horse farm is in S.W.Virginia, Washington County, 15.76 acres with a 16 stall barn, indoor and outdoor arenas, round pen, 4 pastures, 6 turnouts. Attached 3/2 residence plus 2 room apartment.
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 Virginia offers over 285 public access horse riding trails across the state. It is not surprising that recreation and trail riding is the number one use for Virginia horses. Trails are located throughout the state at a multitude of public locations including state parks, national park, historic battlefields, and city parks and cover a variety of terrain from sandy and hilly, to mountainous, flat and rough. For more information about trail riding in Virginia, visit the Virginia Horse Council website: www.virginiahorsecouncil.org

Long before Secretariat won the Triple Crown and the wild ponies in the factual book, Misty of Chincoteague, became famous, Virginia's horse industry had already established itself as the birthplace of some of America's first horse legends and breeds. In fact, Virginia's partnership with horses began back in 1610 with the arrival of the first horses to the Virginia colonies.

Forward thinking Virginia colonists began to improve upon the speed of the short stocky native horses acquired from the Indians by introducing some of the best early imports from England to the local bloodlines. Brought to the Old Dominion before the English Stud Book was established, Janus was an instrumental sire in improving these local running horses. Many breed historians consider these first improvements to native stock as the true beginning of the American Quarter Horse.

As Colonial Virginia prospered, horse breeders imported more of the new English breed, the Thoroughbred, to blend with the local American bloodlines and fast Indian ponies. Bulle Rock, the very first imported Thoroughbred, arrived in Virginia in 1730. Diomed, an English racing legend, sired enough progeny to be considered the father of the American Thoroughbred.

 Great Meadow was founded nearly 25 years ago on a vision of open space preserved for the community’s enjoyment of equestrian and field sports. Great Meadow was also to provide a permanent home for the crown jewel of steeplechase racing, the Virginia Gold Cup. Today, a variety of sports and activities call Great Meadow home, highlighting how important open spaces are to the maintenance of a healthy community.

Annually, Great Meadow hosts dozens of events; the two largest and most recognized being the May and October Gold Cup races. Crowds cheer as horses and riders seem to fly across the greenery in search of fame, fortune and the chance to drink champagne from the famous Gold Cup trophy, but horse racing is not the only way to feel your heart race at Great Meadow.

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