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Spring Ride 2018

Reported by Doris Stimpson – April 26th

Our spring ride concluded Sunday April 15 on a gray day but no rain. Thanks to all who joined our ride this spring it was a wonderful turnout. The weather was spectacular.

Many thanks go to all the unsung heroes that keep the ride going. I may miss someone so apologies but great thanks go to: Witcher Dudley our long suffering announcer, Ellen and Kent Ford who are steadfast in helping in all ways,Judy Voll who has been coming for over 40 years always helping as she can, Mary Minor Henderson who volunteered to record rather than ride, Martha Rodgers our faithful president who made many trips from Charlottesville to make sure everything was ready.. made the most wonderful stall cards,, gave of her time in abundance with entries and hotel details, Robin Mellen our treasurer who keeps us in the black!, Kelly Guinta our  vet judge, Debbie Ryder the stable manager who makes things happen for us, Mike the farrier, Matt our trail marker.

Please mark your calendars for the fall ride October 7-9

Here are the results of the Spring VTRI ride 2018

100 mile:
1st Lightweight – Jenny Kimberly on Derwanda Ricardo
1st Middleweight – Donna Smith-Curtin on Syrocco Gabriel
Reserve Champion: Steve Rojek on Tupelo Ace
Champion: Spencer McCleery on Quantum
Best Arab: Quantum
Suitability: Jenny Kimberly& Derwanda Ricardo

50 mile
1st: Martha Figueroa on Inas Rocket Man
2nd: Kim Bolling on Chessboard
1st Middleweight – Virginia LaRocque on CF Rare Rookie
1st: Steve Irvin on Hershey
2nd: Jebb Cuthbert in LR Ami High 5
1st: Lisanne Dorion on Spring Colors
2nd: Chris Perot on Indigo Sky
1st Junior – Violet Wiley on April Breeze
Reserve Champion: Toni Durham on Piper
Champion: Caroline Daugherty on Excalibur(Robert)
Suitability: Kim Bolling & Chessboard

30 mile
1st Lightweight – Shannon Critzer on Duchess
1st Middleweight – Rosanna McMillan on General West
1st Heavyweight – Terry Whitmore on Tres
1st Novice: Wendy Kagey on Levi
Reserve Champion: Sophie Massie on Mali
Champion: Hillary Lester on Lacota
Suitability: Hillary Lester & Lacota


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Spring Ride 2017

Report by Doris Stimpson, April 27
The Spring ride of 2017 was held April 6-9. The Hot Springs locals always know when the ride is happening because there will surely be snow and that was the case this year as well. A cold snowy day Friday gave way to lovely spring conditions with great sun on Saturday and Sunday. The cool temperatures were ideal for the horses.

We had a field of 3 for the 100 mile ride and happily all 3 finished. There were 9 completions in the 50 mile ride with 10 starting. We also had 10 pleasure riders. The 100 milers once again used trails that took them to Hobby Horse Farm, the airport and the Berry Trail. The 50 milers also went up to the Skyline Drive by way of the Berry trail.The addition of new trails was appreciated and hopefully the trails will continue to be updated with new configurations of mileage.
Dr. Keith Berkeley and his wife Laura were our vet and scribe. They were wonderful with all the competitors but most especially with the juniors. They took extra time to educate and support the juniors who will be our future.The Berkeley’s were professional and fun, many thanks.
While we had a wonderful ride, we really could use some more competitors. We had some new riders this year which we could use on every ride.Our ride is unique and should be experienced by as many as possible. So please pass on our website and email to all who may be interested.
The ride results are available, for details please contact Doris Stimpson. Christie the photographer for the Homestead ( take pictures and as soon as they are posted we will let you know!!

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Spring Ride 2017

April 6-9 at the Homestead is going to have a 50 and 100 mile ride division plus a Pleasure division. The Judge is Dr. Keith Berkeley. Entries should be mailed in by 3/6. Special group rate of $170 will be in effect until March 15th. Please make your reservations direct with the Homestead, and as early as possible. For more information contact Doris Stimpson or Martha Rodgers. Download 2017 Spring Entry and waiver of liability forms,and please mail in asap!

2017 Spring Entry form:vtrispring2017entry

2017 Spring Waiver form:waiver_vtri2-17

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Report by Doris Stimpson, October 2016

Dear Trail Riders,

Over the weekend of Oct 9-11 more than 44 riders gathered for our fall ride. What a turnout!! Many thanks to all who came.  It was a glorious weekend so I am sure it was no hardship on your part.

We had over 21competitors and the rest were pleasure riders.The ride was dedicated to Carol Easter who had been the heart and soul of the ride until her death last year. The Homestead made a plaque honoring both Carol and Agnes Clark. We had a small ceremony on the green in front of the stables with refreshments afterwards. It was well attended and a good time to remember two wonderful people and the good times we had at the rides.

Kent Ford has passed on his announcer duties to Witcher Dudley. He did an heroic job even to the point of not giving up his post long after the awards were done as some pleasure riders had  gotten lost. Many thanks Witcher and hope you will come back! Of course we miss Kent but he did drop by for a donut!

I have attached the results of the ride to this email.

The SPRING RIDE  2017 will be APRIL 6-9  this is over a WEEKEND so we would love to see everyone there.

If you know of someone who wants to be on the email chain or someone who doesn’t please let me know

Thanks Doris

VTRI fall 2016 Results

Champion: Toni Durham on Piper
Reserve Champion: Shannon Critzer on Way to Go

Junior: 1st Ananbelle Aron on Barley Malt

Novice: 1st Sally Shepherd on Bonito

2nd Claudia Campbell on Willow

3rd Rosanna McMillan on Gloria

Lightweight: 1st Nancy Bush on Lorelie

2nd Penny Ross on Sally Ann

3rd Virginia LaRoque on CF Rare Rookie

Middleweight: 1st Tiffany Snell on Smitty

2nd Christina Mai on Ina’s Rocket Man

3rd Lida Shepherd on Loli

4th Brian Ross on Cryin Ryan

5th Chris Perot on Ted

Heavyweight:   1st Trish Darby on Rolo

2nd Courtney Shultz on Chivar

3rd Steve Irvin on Satie

4th Mark Gebhard on Scout

5th Zach Drennan on Sporty

Read all about it in the local news: see two page article in the local news Recorder: October 20, 2016recorder-10-20-16-p1



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Fall Ride 2016

This year’s fall ride will be dedicated to the memory of Carol Easter, FHC MFH and, VRI,Inc. President 1994-2015. There will be a pot luck celebration for all friends, family and riders to be held in the stable area during the Fall Ride. time TBA. Contact Martha Rodgers for more information.All forms for the ride are now available.The Spring Ride is scheduled for April 2016! VA Trail Riders , Inc – October 2016 (1)VTRIFall2016EntryWaiver

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Virginia Trail Riders 2016-2017

Come join us for the Fall 2016 ( October 9-11, 2016) and Spring ride  (April 6-9,2017) at The Omni Homestead. Details are available! This wonderful hotel has been host to the trail rides for over 50 years. Enjoy being part of this tradition whether competing or participating in the pleasure ride. Vetting will be the afternoon of the arrival day followed by a cocktail party for all participants and their guests at 5:30.  The pleasure riders may ride the trails and enjoy the beautiful scenery and do not have to be vetted. Awards  will be presented on early afternoon of the closing day.

The Omni Homestead has something for everyone with a Spa as well as golf, tennis, heated outdoor pool, hot tub and many other amenities. Your choice of activities after you ride is unlimited. There is something for everyone! There are several restaurants from which to choose from casual to the more formal dining room complete with music and dancing in the evening and delicious buffet breakfast in the morning.

From the new trails to the friendly riders and staff to the panorama of the mountain views in their full color, this is a ride not to be missed!

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