EQUESTRIAN & SPORTING LIFE

VIRGINIA eventing & equestrian sport

Virginia Horse Country & Equestrian Events

Welcome to Virginia’s Horse Country, where scenic horse trails, elite competitions and thrilling races have established Virginia as one of the best equine activity and event destinations. Every year, nearly a million horse lovers visit Virginia to enjoy and participate in over 1,200 Virginia Horse Country steeplechases, sporting life art exhibits, polo matches, hunt events, horse shows, stable tours and more in Virginia’s thriving equestrian scene. World-class performances combined with a rich hunt country culture and heritage make for memorable outings and experiences in iconic Virginia Horse Country. Visit Middleburg to stay at a luxury Inn inspired by Virginia Hunt Country, enjoy an exhibit at the National Museum of Sporting Life or browse charming boutiques that reflect equestrian style. Virginia Wine & Country is often participating as a sponsor or maybe even a Tailgate or Hat Contest Judge at horse races including the Virginia Gold Cup, the Foxfield Races and the Montpelier Hunt Races.  

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Our Fabulous Virginia Horse Country Partners

We are proud to have the support of a curated collection of the best independently owned businesses throughout Virginia, from luxury home and barn builders to landscape designers and artisans who are making exquisite objects for every aspect of your life at home and at the barn. Virginia is a favorite for antique shopping, accessories for people who love horses, equestrian art and finding just the perfect things for your equestrian home decor or your luxury stable. Live locally by supporting our Virginia partners. 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. 

VIRGINIA EQUESTRIAN HOME & LIFESTYLE

Equestrian Home & Lifestyle

The beautiful homes of Virginia Horse Country exude welcoming charm in their architecture and beautiful interiors designed for the elegant country life. From formal equestrian estates with expansive horse pastures and riding rings to farmhouses with porches designed for lingering over a sunset or a network of horseback riding trails, you’ll find inspiration in these stories. Explore country gardens with lovely features from luxury stables and barns to garden sheds and exquisite greenhouses and learn more about equestrian artists in Virginia, custom saddle makers, olympic equestrians and more.

VIRGINIA WINE & COUNTRY WEDDINGS

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Plan the Wedding of Your Dreams

Embark on the journey to planning an elegant wine country wedding, one that includes a beautiful venue, a farm-to-table rehearsal dinner, welcome gifts, wedding flowers, a reception to remember and more. Be inspired by real weddings and the latest trends in our Virginia Wine & Country Weddings magazine and on our weddings website. You’ll find a beautiful collection of inspiring real weddings hosted at gorgeous wineries in Virginia, country estates, churches and more as well as ideas for including fur friends, be they your dogs or a favorite horse or pony. 

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Entertaining in Equestrian Style

Equestrian decor and an exquisite al fresco setting can create magical memories for  guests. Some of the most fabulous occasions in Virginia are annual steeplechases and horse shows where fans gather, much like at a family reunion, to share a fabulous tailgate meal, place friendly bets and cheer on their favorite horse in the race. Dress up in equestrian style befitting Virginia hunt and hose country and prepare to serve drinks in stirrup cups, accessorize with horse antiques and add elegance with unexpected touches of luxury like formal china plates and a gleaming silver cooler with Virginia sparkling wine on ice. 

Virginia Equestrian Events

Explore Virginia’s Many Equestrian Events

Immerse yourself in steeplechases, sporting life art exhibits, polo matches, hunt events, horse shows, stable tours and more in Virginia’s thriving equestrian scene. World-class performances combined with a rich culture and heritage make for memorable outings and experiences in iconic Virginia Horse Country. Some of our favorite annual events include the historic Upperville horse Show, the Gold Cup Races, Foxfield Races, Polo at King Family Vineyard and the Montpelier Hunt Race among many others. 

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Read Our Latest Equestrian Story

Follow the link to read the latest Virginia Horse Country story in the current digital edition of Virginia Wine & Country Life.

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We offer a highly curated boutique experience with a luxury collection perfect for living your best Virginia Wine & Country life. We specialize in the most popular Dubarry of Ireland boots and accessories perfect for the barn, equestrian gifts, barware, home decor, books, wine tools, local art and everything you need for luxury outdoor entertaining. Online and in person shopping is available at our petite showroom in Ivy.

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