For more than a century, Warrenton, Virginia has gathered together for an annual equestrian celebration. Nothing rivals the beauty, spirit, and camaraderie you find east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 118th Warrenton Horse Show debuts at the end of this month. In horse country, this is a Labor Day tradition you don’t want to miss.
2017 Warrenton Horse Show
The show begins on Wednesday, August 30 and continues through Sunday, September 3 at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds. This year’s edition of the annual Warrenton Horse Show features time-honored traditions along with newly-added surprises.
For the first time, the horse show will include two jumper classes on Thursday evening. There will also be an exhibitor’s luncheon on Thursday. Over the weekend, guests can look forward to the Hunter Classic on Saturday, as well as the usual shows and competitions each day. To close the show, Sunday will feature a horn blowing exhibition and a free-entry hunt night tailgate competition.
A Historical Affair
The Warrenton Horse Show has illuminated Fauquier County annually since its inception in 1899. In recognition of its distinguished history, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) designated the show as a USEF Heritage Competition, the highest honor currently held by any Federation horse show. This Warrenton tradition is one of the oldest equestrian exhibitions of its kind in the US.
The Warrenton equestrian show began as a place for horse enthusiasts to exhibit the best of show bloodstock. Given that Virginia is the fifth largest equine state in the US, the show has grown exponentially, surviving the test of time and drawing spectators from near and far.
For out-of-town travelers, Warrenton offers several nearby accommodations.
- Hampton Inn – As the official hotel of the 2017 show, the Hampton Inn offers premier lodging and amenities for the show horse community. Find it off of US-211.
- Poplar Springs Inn & Spa – Indulge in a luxurious stay and take advantage of the on-site spa and restaurant at Poplar Springs Inn & Spa.
- Black Horse Inn – This charming local inn is named after the Black Horse Calvary. It features old-world character in a serene, natural setting.
Miller Toyota is proud to sponsor one of Warrenton’s finest traditions. In conjunction with Warrenton Toyota, Miller is the official sponsor of this year’s Hunter Classic. The $5,000 prize that goes home with the winner is reason enough to sign up. Visit Miller Toyota today to see more of the state’s finest in Manassas, VA.