For the third consecutive year, the Washington, D.C., region will host some of the best horses and riders in the world at the Brook Ledge Great Meadow International presented by Adequan® (GMI) in The Plains, July 6 to 8. GMI is the only leg of the Fédération Equestre International Nations Cup™ Eventing Series held in North America.

The Love Monkey (Monkey), of Quinton, will travel to Lexington, Ky., the heart of The Thoroughbred Makeover. The event, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), is an international competition that focuses on retraining retired racehorses and the bond formed between rider and mount. This year’s event, held Oct. 4-7, will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park.

For most, the idea of an abused,abandoned or neglected horse is unthinkable. For Jo Anne Miller, executive director at Brook Hill Farm, a nonprofit horse rescue nestled in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s a part of daily life.

Woodside Equine Clinic in Ashland is a veterinary hospital that offers preventative wellness care and emergency services for horses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just like humans, horses are hospitalized when they need care for serious conditions. During a typical day, the clinic’s staff may handle heart-pounding emergencies, routine checkups, and everything in between.

More than 40 years in public service, plantation properties scattered across Virginia, an extended family and many friends meant that Thomas Jefferson traveled – a lot – for trips to Washington, Philadelphia, Williamsburg, Poplar Forest and Montpelier. Jefferson often drove one of his horse-drawn carriages on such trips, and when he was home, he took daily rides around the Monticello plantation until the year of his death at age 83. “I have found that riding is my remedy,” he wrote in 1803.

Giggles erupt from two little girls mounted on horses as they throw small bean bags to each other over the heads of the dedicated volunteers around them. Their laughter is so contagious that everyone joins in. The girls normally use wheelchairs, but today, they are on top of the world.

EQUINE EVENTS AND SHOWS

Visit the Virginia Horse Association’s calendar at vhsa.com and the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington at horsecenter.org – great places to locate listings for horse shows and events.

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