I try to keep close tabs on them all but it is difficult as there is no central place where they are all listed. The Fauquier Times used to have a weekly column that listed them (it was wonderful!) but alas, it ended about 2 years ago.
Bull Run was/is doing Thursday walks and switiching to Sat AM rides this month I think, (see site);
Snickersville had their first ride yesterday (as I think you know?), not sure how may they will have;
Piedmont has put out their May schedule by mail (3 rides);
Blue Ridge has begun Sat. rides also (see website).
Warrenton starts late in the season on Wed and/or Sun evenings; Old Dominion usually has 3 in May and 3 in Aug; Rappy usually posts on their site and Thornton hill has a mailing they send as they have lots of rides. Fairfax usually has 3-4 rides and Loudon West has 6ish. Loudon has a few too, see their website (they end their seson with a lovely BBQ). Middleburg, check their website - they have super rides, such as the one from Foxcroft.
Further south, Farmington has 2 rides a week beginning Memorial day weekend. Keswick may or may not have a rides, they had a few last summer. Casanova has the fox hunters clinic in late summer and I do not think they have weekly rides any more. MOCB ususally has a few rides as well (good country!).
Further afield: Glenmore, Middlebrook, Deep Run, Princess Anne, (very historic venues on the James River) Reedy Creek, Colonial, Rockbridge, Commonwealth, Caroline, Oak Ridge....they nearly all have rides, but I do not follow them as closely. Most post schedules on their websites.
Most have tailgates afterwards and I can't say enough good things about the summer rides. Great for starting young horses, learning where fixtures are without the stress of a hunting morning, exploring new country at a leisurely pace, and catching up with and making new friends on the trail.
Also, am seeing more and more "non-hunt affliated" rides, many overnighters, being advertised. There is a big one coming up at Glenwood Park but it conflicts with the Hound Show.
Do keep us posted if you hear of any others, thanks.
Last edited by Tantivy1; May. 3, 2011 at 02:22 PM.
Thanks, T! I chatted with one of my Piedmont Hunt neighbors today - she's going to scan the PH trail ride card and email it to me.
I know Fairfax is having a ride this weekend at Rock Hill Farm, just outside of Bloomfield. Gorgeous area - sure to be a super ride. I'll post the particulars as soon as I get them again (due to my leaky brain for not remembering the details when I chatted with my Fairfax Hunt neighbor, Roy, the other day.)
Snickersville's trail ride calendar is here. The ride yesterday was a blast! Two groups, one fast, one slow. Fast did group WTC along Goose Creek which included (if one wished) some fun jumping over downed trees on the trail. Next ride is from River Lee Farm at 10:00am. Cost is $20. I think (hope) they are going to try to have them all summer.
I checked out Bull Run as I have friends who hunt with them. Would love to go but....with the $ of diesel being $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Oy vey!! I may have to save my pennies for those rides. Also have a good friend that hunts with Rappahhock - their schedule looks like grand fun. They are also wonderful people to hunt with - super friendly with gorgeous country. Waiting for Middleburg and Loudoun West to post their schedule.
I retired my endurance pony May 1st (just after he turned 21) and have another to take his place in Endurance, so now he's going to devote 100% of his time to foxhunting. REALLY looking forward to hunting non-stop this coming season since I won't have to break off in January to give him a break before the start of Endurance season in March. Hooray!!!
Thanks for the heads up on Rock Hill - just lovely country and a favorite fixture to ride out from. Hate to miss it but might have to.
Busy weekend; Sat is Mother's Day and the Arboretum at Blandy is having their flower sale which I have heard is not to be missed. Then Sunday there is a coaching event, as I was told, at "Bobby Lee's". Now that made me smile! It only happens once every 4 yrs and I do not want to miss it.
I did tell you the NSL is having their carriage event this fall too? Oct. 7-9. Always beautiful.
Would love to hear about MD and PA rides; hear that GSV has a good program as does Cheshire. Never know where one might be visiting!
Fair Hill in upper MD is on my agenda for some riding, as are some Civil War battlefields (Gettsyburg and Valley Forge spring to mind). Rode Manassas for the first time this past fall - oh, had the just the best time exploring a little corner of PW/L Co that has escaped the asphalt.
History and horses in the great outdoors, it doesn't get any better.
We host the July 31st trailride right here in WV! And in fact, we have 3 WV trailrides in the Eastern Panhandle, all in July, well worth the drive. Perhaps diesel will have dropped a tad, but really, we are not that far up Rt.340 and the new Rt.9 (as much as I hate using it, it IS convenient)!
One thing you can give and still keep is your word.
Sat May 14 9 am The Pines $20
The Pines is located on Pyletown Rd.... from Rt 340 north of Boyce turn left onto Pyletown about 3 miles
Parking will be just west of the Pines in Bartley park on either side of the field just after you enter Bartley
Questionable weather call the monitor 837 1820 questions in general call Doris 247 6123
Sun May 22 ride at Blandy 10am a current coggins must be shown
PS Any of you who want to post your hunt's activities in Virginia or close to VA please feel free to do so on www.foxhuntva.com. It is free to do so and helps make a nice resource for Virginia foxhunters.