Horse Farms & Properties in Northern VA
Northern Virginia offers horse enthusiasts many types of horse farms and equestrian sports. Horse properties can be found in the Northern VA Counties of Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier and Clarke. Below are horse properties currently for sale in these counties:
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Northern Virginia’s horse industry had already been established as the birthplace of some of America’s first horse legends and breeds, long before Secretariat, the winner of the Triple Crown, and the wild ponies in the factual book, Misty of Chincoteague, became famous. In fact, Northern Virginia’s partnership with horses began long before that, dating back to 1610 with the arrival of the first horses to the Virginia colonies.
Equestrian Sports in Northern VA
Horse enthusiasts can find many breeds of horses, used for all purposes from trail riding to competition, breeding, foxhunting, polo, racing, 3-day eventing, dressage and training, all across the Northern Virginia area. The horse industry is an important and broad-based segment of Virginia’s agriculture. Grooming, feeding, transporting, training, sheltering, caring and providing equipment and land for over 60,000 horses is big business in Northern Virginia. It involves a wide variety of industries and individuals, from farmers who grow the feed to the veterinarians who care for the horses. The average horse owner spends about $4,000 per horse yearly, providing jobs for those participating in the equine tradition.
Horses and Tourism in Northern Virginia
With thousands of horse lovers and admirers traveling to Northern Virginia each year, the tourism sector of Northern Virginia’s economy receives benefits from it also, rather they participate or just enjoy an event, trail ride, show, hunt or race. Continuing to celebrate its legendary equine heritage, Virginia holds the oldest horse show in the United States, the Upperville Colt and Horse Show. Beginning in 1853, it still takes place today at its original site in Upperville, VA. There are over 1,200 of these occasions to take part in statewide , generating over $25 million in revenue. In total, the horse industry has a $1.2 billion impact on the Virginia’s economy, according to the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center’s 2011 economic impact study.
With numerous boarding facilities in Loudoun, Fairfax and Fauquier counties, there is sure to be one that is just right for you and your horse’s needs. Boarding fees vary from location to location and services and facilities being provided.
This area is also home to many equestrian schools and educational programs for you to get the best possible training, even extending into collegiate programs.
Offering over 285 public access horse riding trails across the state of Virginia, it is not surprising that recreation and trail riding is the number one use for horses. With a multitude of public trails located throughout the state, including state parks, national parks, historic battlefields, and city parks, that cover a variety of terrain from sandy and hilly, to mountainous, flat and rough, you are sure to find that special trail. Also, there are numerous communities throughout Northern Virginia’s countryside with miles and miles of beautiful equestrian properties and luxury estates, so it is obvious to anyone’s eye what an important part of life these animal’s contribute to the lives of their owners and trainers. It is a lifestyle which many thoroughly enjoy and live!
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