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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


Continued Grassroots Action Needed to Save Recreational Trails

From: American Horse Council [ ]
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2009
Subject: AHC Washington Update - Continued Grassroots Action Needed to Save Recreational Trails Program

Congress will recess next week for the Memorial Day holiday.  This is an opportunity to meet with them back home.  Even if you are unable to meet with them please continue to contact them. It remains vital that members of Congress hear from their constituents in the equestrian community regarding the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).  

Congress is currently drafting the next national highway and now is the time to let them know this program is important to recreational riders.  All state horse councils are urged to mobilize their members and ask them to contact their Representatives and Senators to preserve this program.    Attached is the May 5 AHC Action Alert concerning RTP and a sample letter.  Please get this information to your members so they can email, fax, call or meet with their Representatives and Senators.    

If you have any questions please visit the American Horse Council at .


Northern Virginia Coalition of Equestrian Organizations, Inc.

P.O. Box 1971

Centreville, VA  20122-1971
Jimmie Jones, President, 804-513-4575 (cell)