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eNewsletter - May 2009

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USTR “Annual Memorial Day Benefit Ride”

United States Trail Ride, Inc. (USTR) is pleased to announce the date for our annual Memorial Day Benefit Ride to be held at Glenwood Park, Middleburg, VA on Sunday, May 24th, 2009. 


The Memorial Day Benefit ride is USTR’s largest fund raising event annually.  2009 marks the 15th running of this popular ride.  Over the past 7 years alone, USTR has raised and donated over twenty-thousand dollars to local non-profit organizations including:

·         Montgomery County, MD – Woodstock Equestrian Park Foundation

·         George Mason University Equestrian Club and Intercollegiate Team

·         VA Tech – Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center

·         Loudoun County Special Olympics Equestrian Team

·         ChildHelp USA – Equine Therapeutic Program

·         Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation

·         Philomont Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad

·         Neersville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad

·         Middleburg Humane Foundation

·         Days End Farm Horse Rescue

·         Camp Highroad

·         Glenwood Park


This year’s funds will be used to develop and improve multi-use trails and public riding facilities in Loudoun County.  With diminishing open space and private lands to ride and hike, USTR feels it is imperative to partner with local recreation departments. 


USTR would like to thank participants, past and future, of this ride for your financial support – without you, it would not be possible to donate so generously.  We would also like to thank all of the wonderful volunteers – without you, pulling this wonderful ride together would simply not be possible. 


United States Trail Ride, Inc. a non-profit, Loudoun County-based volunteer organization, incorporated on March 30, 1987, is dedicated to preserving and creating multi-use trails for fun and pleasure.  USTR presents a variety of educational programs throughout the year that are open to the public and that support and promote the local equestrian community.


For more information on USTR or to participate in this years ride, please visit our website: .


Old Dominion Endurance Training Ride Moved

The Old Dominion Endurance Rides, Inc. will be hosting a training and conditioning weekend on May 23-24th at our Base Camp in Orkney Springs, VA. for complete details go to .  The number of attendees are limited, register soon.


Endurance Ride Volunteers Needed also needed for the OD100.

For over three decades, the Old Dominion Endurance Rides, Inc. has challenged horses and riders to complete 100 Miles in One Day, in addition to the 25 and 50 mile distance rides.


This years ride is on June 13, 2009 at our permanent base camp in Orkney Springs, VA. Last year marked our first ride at our new location at the base of the Great North Mountain in the Lee District of the George Washington National Forest. Our first year at this location was a year of learning the trails, developing friendships with local residents and businesses and making decisions. We lost the large barn at camp to arsonists this spring

shortly after we invested in a new roof. Many water tanks were lost in the fire. The Old Dominion has survived and is ready for our next big ride.


This years trail and vet checks have undergone some changes from last year ride. Veterinary checks and mandatory rest holds are spaced along 100 miles of trail, rather than in a central location, and a large number of volunteers are needed to run this event.


You and your friends and family are invited to participate as volunteers at this years ride. Be a part of this famous endurance event; learn, sweat, socialize, have fun and keep the sport alive and well. Rides can't exist without the many volunteers. We have many types of jobs to fill.


Veterinary students are welcomed to assist our ride veterinarians as scribes while they examine the horses' metabolics and soundness at each of several holds. This is a great learning experience for future veterinarians.


Drinks and catered meals for volunteers are provided from Friday evening through Sunday morning ride award breakfast, although volunteers may leave Saturday as soon as their assignment is complete. If you can't arrive on Friday you can still volunteer.


More information can be found at or by contacting volunteer coordinators Mary Howell at 804.932.9328 or or Bonnie Snodgrass at 301.246.4934


NVCEO Commercial Membership Drive Continues

Commercial Membership in the NVCEO is a nominal $50 annual membership fee.  Business will directly benefit from membership in the Coalition by building profitable relationships with the organizations of the NVCEO and our memberships.  Commercial members are invited to attend all Coalition functions and activities.  When attending our Networking meetings each commercial member is given the opportunity to introduce their business to the NVCEO.


We are encouraging all members of the Coalition organizations to reach out to your friends and neighbors who have businesses as well as companies you do business with to become NVCEO Commercial Members.  We are counting on you to help us drive our commercial membership base.  Our commercial membership fees will help us fund the activities of the NVCEO in the upcoming year which are critical to achieving the Vision & Mission of the NVCEO.  Commercial membership forms are available on the NVCEO website at An updated Commercial Member mini pocket flyer is now available.  For copies of the pocket flyer contact Jeff Shoup at or 703-402-3726.  You can also refer potential commercial members to our website at for more information.


Barranda Ridge Equestrian Center Searching for Support

Fairfax County recently informed us of the need to obtain a Special Use Permit to operate our farm in a residential neighborhood. We have been working closely with the County to ensure that we operate legally and safely. We have now begun the lengthy and very expensive process of obtaining our Permit which will be evaluated by the Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ), and the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).


It is VERY important that the DPZ and BZA are aware of the strong community support for our farm. So, everything you can do as our friends will go a long way in ensuring that we can continue to operate and serve you!


According to our County contacts, the more letters of support we receive, the more likely the DPZ and BZA will look upon us favorably. You can write your own letter. Please send it to us at the farm at 10804 Henderson Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 so that we can submit it along with all the others.


We are thankful that we can count on you for your support and patronage. We look forward to continuing to serve you and our great community!!!!!


Barranda Ridge in Fairfax Station began as a small barn in 2003 and has now blossomed into a wonderful facility offering a variety of services. A 10- stall barn with full service care and lovely pastures are featured at Barranda. In addition to a boarding, Barranda has a lesson program offering lessons Monday through Friday to all ages (even adults!). Camps are also featured in the Summer. For more information go to


Trailblazer’s Fun Show Moved to June 14

Due to our wet spring weather, the Trailblazer’s Annual Fun Show has been moved to June 14.  For more information For information call Terry @ 540-364-3737 or email: or visit their website at

The NVCEO “Great Escape” Equestrian Challenge

This special event is just around the corner.  We will need many volunteers from the horse community to make this event a success.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Marlys Shoup at or 703-754-4981 Ready to


Kick It Up A Notch? - The “Great Escape” Equestrian Challenge Is For You

Saturday, June 20


Do you get a thrill competing at Judged Pleasure Rides, Equine Challenges and Cowboy Challenges? Are you ready to kick it up a notch? If so, then this is the challenge for you! The NVCEO with the support of The Fairfax County Park Authority, and in partnership with Fairfax 4 Horses, has organized a very special fundraising event to benefit the future Laurel Hill Public Equestrian Center at the site of the former Lorton Prison. During the discussions to close the former Lorton Prison negotiations were established with Fairfax County to acquire much of the property for park related needs. Today you will find “Laurel Hill” located at the former prison site.


The “Great Escape” Equestrian Challenge was conceived to benefit the Fairfax 4 Horses “Laurel Hill Public Equestrian Center Fund”. Proceeds from this event will go directly to the fund. The new Laurel Hill Park offers a terrific opportunity for establishing the first public riding lesson facility on county parkland in Fairfax County. The site is the former Lorton Prison dairy, which produced milk for the prison and nearby community at one time. With its rolling hills and access to trails, Laurel Hill Park is ideally suited for horses. The Equestrian Center will celebrate the site’s history of agriculture and animal husbandry. The conceptual plans for the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center include a barn for the lesson horses. The barn will be attached to a large indoor arena to accommodate lessons and activities year-round. The facility will also have outdoor arenas, a round pen, a cross-country course, turn-out paddocks, fenced fields, and trails. Other potential programs could include: beginner through advanced riding and horsemanship lessons; summer camps for county recreational programs; at-risk youth programs; 4-H and scouts programs; home to local college equestrian teams and possibly a therapeutic riding center.


The “Great Escape” Equestrian Challenge will be a prison related theme where each of the obstacles or challenges will be uniquely designed to draw on the history of the former Lorton Prison. The course will be a timed course laid out over a rolling terrain with stream crossings. This NVCEO event is a big event with big stakes and big cash prizes. There will be four entry categories, “Open”, “Amateur”, “Novice” and “Teams”.


“Open” category participants will pay a $100 entry fee and will be competing for a $500 cash prize.  “Amateur” participants will pay a $60 fee and will be competing for a $250 cash prize.  “Novice” participants will pay a $40 fee and will be competing for a $125 cash prize.  “Teams” participants will pay a $20/person entry fee and will be competing for 70% of the Teams entry fees collected.  For complete details and ride entry forms can be found at or contact ride secretary Kari Briggs at 571-220-9234.


Businesses are encouraged to help the success of this major fundraising event by sponsoring portions of the course. The Fairfax 4 Horses “Laurel Hill Public Equestrian Center Fund” is an IRS code 501c3 tax deductible charitable organization. Anyone interested in supporting or donating to this event should contact Jeff Shoup at 703-402-3726 or .

We Need You – NVCEO Delegates Wanted

The NVCEO is a 100% volunteer-driven coalition of organizations from across the Northern Virginia counties of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Fauquier, affiliate organizations outside No. VA, and businesses in the horse community.  We encourage horse owners and enthusiasts to join and support a local NVCEO club or organization in your community or discipline.  Each member organization of the NVCEO appoints up to 2 Board of Directors and one alternate delegate to represent their organization on the NVCEO Board of Directors.  Active volunteers are the key to the success of your local organization and the NVCEO.  Please contact your organization’s leadership if you are interested in representing your organization on the NVCEO Board of Directors, or contact NVCEO Secretary Anne Wohlleban (USTR) at

June NVCEO Board of Directors Meeting & Networking

The NVCEO Board of Directors and Networking Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17 at the Sully District Fairfax Government office on Stonecroft Blvd in Chantilly.  (For mapquest directions go to  An agenda will be sent out in advance to the Board of Directors The NVCEO Networking Meetings are open to the public and the horse community is strongly encouraged to attend these educational and networking functions.  The tentative guest speaker for the June meeting is Deborah Fisk.  Deborah’s topic is “Promoting Your Organization’s Events Through Effective Press Releases and Advertising


Social time begins at 7pm, followed by our business meeting at 7:30 which is followed by our guest speaker at 8pm.  The NVCEO will provide sodas, coffee and light fare.  To help us determine a head count please RSVP by email to .  


“Technical Large Animal Emergency Response” Training recently held at the MARE Center.

A training certification program in Large Animal Emergency Response for emergency first responders was held at the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center May  13-15.  This outstanding program was designed to educate first responders on the proper recue operations for large animals involved in emergency situations, including natural and man-made disasters.  Scenarios ranged from loose animals to barn fires to trailer accidents to decontamination of animals involved in toxic contaminants.   This 3-day course provided qualifying continuing education credits to first responders participating in the course.  Participants ranged from animal control personnel to police, fire and rescue personnel to local horse owners interested in emergency rescue programs.  Although the program covered emergency response for many large animals the program was taught be experienced horsemen and focused primarily on equine, including handling equines.  This was very beneficial to many of the first responder participants who had no equine knowledge.


The NVCEO will schedule a presentation from Dr. Shea Porr, MARE Center Superintendent who organized this program.  The program was funded in part by a grant from the Virginia Horse Council.

Upcoming Community Events
5/23 NHS Western Schooling Show
5/24 USTR Memorial Day Benefit Ride 
6/1 Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conf. Early Bird Registration Deadline 
6/6 National Trails Day 
6/6 NHS Hunter Schooling Show
6/14 Trailblazer’s Fun Show
6/17 NVCEO Board of Directors Meeting
6/20 NVCEO "Great Escape”
6/20 NHS Pleasure Driving Schooling Show
06/28 BES Historical Ride
07/04 Fairfax July 4 Parade 
7/18 NHS Jumper Schooling Show
7/15-21 Fauquier Co. Ag Fair
7/25 NHS Western Schooling Show
7/26 CHS Dressage Clinic
7/27-30 Loudoun County 4H Fair
8/2 STRHA Fun Show
8/26-30 Warrenton Horse Show
9/13 USTR Crystal Crown Series Ride
09/17/09 Virginia 4-H State Championship
Horse and Pony Show 
09/27 BES Fall Judged Pleasure Ride
10/17 International Gold Cup
10/21 NVCEO Elections
11/01 NHS Crystal Crown Ride



Northern Virginia Coalition of Equestrian Organizations, Inc.

P.O. Box 1971

Centreville, VA  20122-1971

Jimmie Jones, President