Another Successful Season in the Bag

Can it be November already? Hoofbeats finished another successful riding season last month. It was full of highlights.┬áVA Special Olympics, the Baroque horseshoe, and the Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center of Virginia Show are just a few. Stay tuned for stories and pictures from all these events! More good news, we will soon be publishing a web series on the hearts and faces of Hoofbeats. Come meet the volunteers, staff, riders, and horses that make up our family. These profiles will feature stories, interviews, and pictures. Maybe one will be about you! Definitely stay tuned. Also, don’t forget to follow the new Hoofbeats Twitter @HoofbeatsTRC.

We hit the ground running!

Pony Club girls head back to the barn for turnbacks

Pony Club girls head back to the barn for turnbacks

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The trail   (fields of flowers!) designed by Maria Pennine.

The trail (fields of flowers!) designed by Maria Pennine.

The Virginia Military Institute , Washington & Lee and James Madison University were out in force!  We love our volunteers!

The Virginia Military Institute , Washington & Lee and James Madison University were out in force! We love our volunteers!

the Rockbridge Hunt Pony Club girls cheer on the Special Olympics!

the Rockbridge Hunt Pony Club girls cheer on the Special Olympics!


Hoofbeats hosted a Special Olympics Session starting March 1 to ready a team to go to the VMI Games to represent the Equestrian Venue. At the same time, the Rockbridge Hunt Pony Club began practice for the Old Dominion Region Dressage Rally the same weekend! Riders from RHPC came early and stayed late helping with Sova lessons. On Friday, April 5th, a four man team arrived at the VHC show grounds at 6:00am to start their competition. On Saturday at 9:00, the rest of our therapy herd and 19 Special Olympians arrived to start their competition!
Everyone did an outstanding job including all riders, all horses, all volunteers, and all of our families, to make everything run smoothing at both venues! The RHPC girls placed second overall in Horse Management and fourth overall in riding. Danielle Midkiff won championship overall in Equitation,Dressage,and trail at the Sova show. Lynda McGarry was the judge this year for Sova. Thank you, Lynda! And Linda Clemments was the hostess with the mostest for the after show Dinner and Dancing! Thank you to everyone who made this great weekend happen! Special thanks to the Lexington Presbyterian Ladies for the wonderful new games and equipment that made the show so colorfull and fun!

2014 Here We Go!

First Day Back!

First Day Back!


It has been a crazy winter! Let’s hope the Spring and Summer are more what we are used to! Hoofbeats began the session on Saturday March 1 with the Special Olympics team members in lessons and the Rockbridge Hunt Pony Club Dressage Rally team at their first practice as well. Our horses are very hairy and we all feel a little rusty but it was fun to get back in the saddle and especially wonderful to see everyone again!
Many thanks to our terrific and dedicated volunteers, and to all of our new ones, for coming out to help! Also many thanks to the Lexington Presbyterian Ladies for all the much needed new equipment and games!

Tentative Schedule for 2014!

Pat and I are hard at work planning for 2014!

Pat and I are hard at work planning for 2014!

Jan./Feb. RHPC Quiz prep.
(Note the word “Tentative”! This is what I know right now but more is to come, I am sure!)
Feb. ODPC HB/HA prep.
March 1- April 6 Special Olympics Session
April 5-6 ODPC Dressage Rally
April 6 Special Olympics
April 12- June 6 First Session of Riding Lessons
May 11 Hear the Beat Horse Show Fundraiser
May 31 Dressage with a View (invitational show team)
June 1 Hear the Beat Horse Show Fundraiser
June 7 Dinner Theater “It’s a Circus!”
June 17- Aug.8 Second Session of Riding Lessons
June 28 Commonwealth Games at the VHC (Invitational Show Team)
Aug. 9 Games Rally and Breakfast
Aug. 29-31 Baroque Equestrian Games (Invitational Drill Team)
Sept. 2 – Nov. 1 Third Session of Riding Lessons
Sept. 7 Hear the Beat Horse Show Fundraiser
Sept. 8 Dressage with a View (Invitational Show Team)
Oct. 4-5 TRAV Show!
Nov. 14 Awards Ceremony 5:00

Hoofbeats completes it’s 19th year of service!

Briiton Henley and Harry at the 2013 TRAV competition

Briiton Henley and Harry at the 2013 TRAV competition

Hoofbeats Rider arriving at a Dressage with a View show

Hoofbeats Rider arriving at a Dressage with a View show

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Riders feast after the Disco Dinner Theater!

Riders feast after the Disco Dinner Theater!

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Hoofbeats finished another successful year of Therapeutic riding! Our demographics stayed about the same serving 50% adults and 50% children, 50% male and 50% female students. We provided over 2,000 hours of instruction!
In our three 8 week sessions, our Hoofbeats riders rode in drill team and flag demonstrations for the Baroque Equestrian Games and the 4-H championships this year. Our show teams competed in the Dressage with a View series at the Virginia Horse Center, The VMI Games of Special Olympics Virginia, and we held a Spring Dinner Theater Disco and a Summer Games Rally.
The Rockbridge Hunt Pony club used Hoofbeats as their home base and served as volunteers for all of the Special Events and participated in our Unified Drill Team demonstrations as well as Quiz and Dressage Rallies, and open shows. The Old Dominion Pony Club used the Hoofbeats Community Center for it’s HB Prep clinic in Feb. Pony clubbers have become valued members of the Hoofbeats family.
Christopher Bidlack and Cody Robinson completed their Eagle Scout projects in service to Hoofbeats by providing additions to our Sensory Trail and a new Wash stall! Hoofbeats hosted numerous barn tours to community groups, group homes and High school classes.
Hoofbeats finished it’s activities with an Awards Ceremony honoring all of our volunteers, riders and family members, horses and staff, and people within our community who have supported our efforts in 2013. Jennifer Humphries was honored as the Volunteer of the Year, Chloe Kershal was honored as Junior Volunteer of the Year, Briiton Henley was honored as the Rider of the Year, and Flash was honored for his 17 service to Hoofbeats in a formal announcement of retirement to Weavy Fenses Farm.

Special Olympics Equestrian Games 2013!

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special olympics 2013 013Hoofbeats again hosted the VMI Games Equestrian Venue with the Virginia Horse Center and Special Olympics of Virginia. Twenty two riders competed in Equitation, Dressage, Musical Freestyle and Working Trails. Many thanks to RATS (Rockbridge Area Transportation Services) for transporting the entire Equestrian contingent to the VMI Post for Opening Ceremonies!! Thank you to Lynda McGarry of Roanoke for judging the event, Subway of Lexington for providing lunch for our athletes, Papa Johns Pizza for feeding our volunteers, and Linda Clements and Jinea Kennedy for managing our hospitality. Special thanks also to the VMI Cadets who spent the day with us and to our volunteers and families who made it all possible!