For Immediate Release: May 7, 2023

Virginia Horse Center Foundation

Media Contact: Lisa Davis Engel



That's a Wrap!

The Lexington Spring Encore Wrap Up

The Virginia Festival of Champions’ Lexington Spring Premiere and Encore wrapped up today after two successful weeks at the beautiful Virginia Horse Center.

Thank you to everyone for contributing to the shows’ success. The Lexington Spring Premiere and Encore benefit the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Thank you to our generous donors! The Virginia Horse Center embraces southern hospitality and thanks to our hospitality donors, the shows were able to serve it up for the benefit of all every show day!

The courses were spectacular and the decorations top notch! For those that donated to enhance the floral arrangements at the show, your contributions are appreciated by all.

Nancy Wallis, hunter course designer commented, “It’s all about the equipment and the resources at the show. The new flowers at the Virginia Horse Center allowed us to decorate and really enhance the overall look of the hunter courses.” Wallis continued, “I thought there were great quality horses here and the scores were very good. The entire show went very well and I was happy to be a part of it.”

Congratulations Lexington Spring Encore Champions!

Best Childrens Hunter Rider: Emilie Beasley

Best Adult Amateur Hunter Rider: Brooke Cole

Best Child Rider on a Junior Hunter: Georgia Schmidt

Leading Child/Junior Jumper Rider: Cierra Case

Leading Adult/Amateur Jumper Rider: Cullen Drescher Speckhart

Leading Hunter Rider Up to 3’6”: Peg Seals

Leading Hunter Rider Above 3’6”: Chris Wynne

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Carleigh Carter and Snow Day Win Best Child Rider on a Pony and Champion Large Pony Division

Childrens Hunter Pony Division Champion: Meadow Fox Cadbury, owned and ridden by Nadeen Mustafo.

Best Amateur Owner Hunter Rider: Kristin Silon

Photo credit Teresa Ramsay

Lexington Premiere and Encore Gallery

Family and friends make these shows special!

Thank you for being a part of it!

The Lexington National August 9-13

Don't miss it!

Don't miss the final installment of the Virginia Festival of Champions, August 9-13!

We're excited to announce the new additions to the prize list:

All day Derby Day!  

Friday August 11 in the Sandy Gerald Arena overlooking the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Featuring 2’-2’6” Hunter Derby, 2’9”-3’” Hunter Derby and $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by the Heisley Family Foundation!

Musical Freestyle Equitation Challenge!

Friday, August 11 after the Derbies, it’s time to show your style in the Sandy Gerald Arena! Riders will have two minutes to showcase their best riding skills over a course-pick your own line and your own music!

During the Friday festivities, all are welcome to the Senior Send Off Party hosted by the Bishop Family on top of the hill. Join us as we celebrate the high school graduates and wish them well on their next chapters!  


  • VHSA Equitation Finals presented by EMO
  • AYR Equitation Challenge
  • $10,000 Welcome
  • $35,000 Grand Prix
  • Perpetual Trophies and More!

Stay tuned for all of the exciting details. Prize list coming soon!

The Festival of Champions benefits the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Sponsorship opportunities and vendor applications are available. 

Thank you to our Festival of Champions Sponsors

About the Virginia Horse Center Foundation

The Virginia Horse Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class facility hosting regional, national, and international equestrian events. The Virginia Horse Center Foundation envisions a unique, bucolic landmark to honor and celebrate the timeless, special bond between mankind and the horse through safe, fair and spirited equestrian competition.

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