Hunter/Jumper Shows Coming To Horse Center


Two hunter/jumper equine events are coming to the Virginia Horse Center on two consecutive weeks, the Lexington Spring Premier April 26-30 and the Lexington Spring Encore May 3-7.

Hundreds of pansies and other plants have been planted and mulched at the entrance and in front of the barns at the VHC by the Equestriennes, a volunteer group, in preparation for the shows, and decorated stalls will be on display in all of the Virginia Horse Center’s stabling barns.

The top jumping horses and ponies from all over the country will compete over the two weeks in hunter-jumper classes ranging from children’s/small pony to amateurs and professionals competing for thousands of dollars in prize money. 

On Friday, April 28, at 5 p.m., a $3,000 jumping derby will be held in the outdoor Wiley Arena. An intricate and professionally designed hunter course will showcase the horses’ jumping skill and style, a spokesman said.

On Saturday night, April 29, at 6:30, the Rockbridge Grand Prix will be held in the coliseum, where riders will vie for $30,000 and the Dubliner Trophy.  On Saturday, May 6, also at 6:30 p.m. in the coliseum, the $30,000 George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Grand Prix will be held.  In between are dozens of classes, all of which can be seen free of charge.

Local riders Gordon Reistrup and Brooke Kemper will be among the competitors.  Reistrup heads Washington and Lee’s riding program and Kemper got her show chops competing on ponies as a child at the Virginia Horse Center.

More information on the VHC’s Lexington Spring Festival may be viewed at

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