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2018 Special Guests and Events

Austin Anderson and the Texas Trick Riders

Austin Anderson is a third generation entertainer having performed with his parents’ shows since the age of four. He is backed by The Texas White Horse Ranch, the leader in equine entertainment for over 40 years. Created in 2004, the Texas Trick Riders cater to state fairs and expos. Only the best acts are part of an action packed show. A movie stunt man, horseman, and entertainer, Austin draws from his vast experience to help produce the show. Austin Anderson will be appearing all three days of the Virginia Horse Festival. This unique show is not to be missed.

Ken McNabb Horsemanship

A true blue American cowboy with a boyish enthusiasm for life and strong family values, Ken McNabb grew up in a traditional ranching family in the mountains of Wyoming . This modern day Roy Rogers knew from a young age that he wanted to help others gain knowledge and confidence to achieve a new level of horsemanship. Ken creates a unique environment where each horse is trained using gentle methods and the rider is coached to become their personal best. Ken’s faith in Christ, along with his commitment to strong family values and patriotism, help make him the kind of speaker/trainer people enjoy.

Did you know that there are key techniques and tools that you can apply today to reduce your risk of injury?

Introducing LandSafe – a revolutionary new training program designed to teach the best practices of fall prevention and response. Join the sport’s top equestrian safety experts Danny and Keli Warrington for this life-changing opportunity to learn and apply key fall safety techniques for using a one-of-a-kind proprietary fall simulator.

Date: March 24-25, 2018
Register: For more information or to regsiter contact:
Kelli Warrington
Full Program (2 days gymnastics & simulator) – $325 per person
Gymnastics ONLY (2 days of gymnastics, no simulator) – $165 per person

Cornerstone Performance Trail Challenge

The Cornerstone Horsemanship Performance Trail Challenge, held during the 2018 Virginia Horse Festival, is a special event consisting of maneuvers and obstacles. There will be 2 preliminary goes for contestants to choose from (Friday afternoon or Saturday morning), with the top ten returning for the finals on Saturday evening.

Trail Challenge Entry Form

Trail Challenge Rules

Cornerstone Release Waiver

Virginia Horse Festival Release

Parade of Breeds

The Parade of Breeds will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23, in the First Bank & Trust Company Pavilion. Come experience some incredible horses and witness a diversity of breeds.

Parade of Breeds Application 

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EquiSmartz Competition

EquiSmartz is the Virginia 4-H Horse Program’s annual educational contest, comprised of Horse Judging, Horse Bowl, Hippology and the Communication Contests for enrolled 4-H horse project members, ages 9-19. Spectators are encouraged to observe the horse judging contest held on Saturday morning, beginning at 10am. Hippology tests equine knowledge and skills in a variety of phases, including station identification, a written test, a slideshow identification test, horse judging, and an oral team problem.  Horse Bowl is a team quiz game with 4-5 players per team competing in a double elimination match. The Communication Contests highlights members speaking skills on equine-specific topics, and they are judged on presentation skills and content of subject.  These four contests are the Qualifying events for the Regional and National level contests. For more information on the 4-H Horse Program visit their website. You can also stop by the Hokie Horse Education Station at the Virginia Horse Festival for more information about 4-H. To find a 4-H club in your area, contact Sandy Arnold at