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Suzanne and Rusty Lacy

Sandy River Equestrian Center
PO Box 37
Axton, VA 24054

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Equine Management Training Center
Now Accepting Students for Session One!

The Equine Management Training Center program has received widespread support including the backing of PRO (Professional Riders Organization). The curriculum has been developed with the oversight of many professionals including Olympic riders, veterinarians, farriers, professional grooms, and more. The inaugural session will be held in September and October of 2015. Following completion of the session, all students will be placed in a one month internship at a participating barn. Upon completion of internship, all students will be placed in jobs as a Basic Groom, or have the opportunity to continue with the second session to become an Elite Groom. It is scheduled to begin in January of 2016.

Spaces for this certificate program are limited! Reserve your place today by completing the Application and sending it in with your tuition payment. Two $500 scholarships are being offered for the first program session. On-site housing is available for all students of the program.

Dates Set for O'Connor Equestrian Eventing Camp

Karen and David O'Connor are returning to Sandy River Equestrian Center this summer to conduct an eventing camp June 22nd through the 27th. Mark your calendar and make plans to ride or audit. Each day is packed with a full schedule of lectures, riding, and sharing. Pre-registered riders receive daily swag from sponsors, stabling, breakfast, lunch and two dinners in addition to access to all lectures and group rides. Full participation in the camp is available at a cost of $2500 per person. For those wishing to audit, pre-registration is recommended. Those auditing for the entire week will receive all swag for the day in addition to meals. The cost of auditing is $100 per day, or $400 for the entire session. Last minute auditors will be welcomed and offered meals, but not swag. Register now at: http://oconnorequestrian.us/education/Camps.aspx.

The daily schedule will include lectures, ground work, rides, demonstrations, meals and more. Each day will focus on a new area of detail. Click here for more details!

Mission Statement

The Equine Management Training Center offers a comprehensive certification program sharing the knowledge and skills necessary to become a professional groom and manage all aspects of equestrian life.


Sandy River Equestrian Center was established in 1990 as a boarding, training, and lesson facility with an emphasis on eventing. In our program, we emphasize safety, soundness, and responsibility.

All students are required not only to groom and care for their horses, but are responsible for the conditioning and maintenance of their horse. Students are prepared for the appropriate level of competition by competing at various disciplines: dressage, show jumping, and cross country. Not only are we a competition barn but we also have a facility to accommodate those who want to just learn to ride, trail ride, or be in a lesson program.

Our training program has various levels, fitting the needs of the horse, be it ground work, tuning-up, or polishing for a competition. The program is designed to create happy and confident horses.

Our facility provides full care board. We are very aware that each horse has individual needs regarding their diet, be it water and hay, special feed, and/or special supplements.

Our farrier has many years of expertise in shoeing horses with problem feet and unusual settings. We also have two equine vets within 45 minutes of our facility, and are within 2.5 hours of two major teaching facilities: North Carolina State University and Virginia Tech.

The staff at Sandy River has an excellent reputation in the eventing world and continues to be active in the horse community and in local associations. The staff has a goal of working to provide a safe and fun environment for all of our clients and students.

 
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7/13-7/17
Carter/Penn Cousin Camp
7/27-7/31
Summer Camp IV: Open to Riders with Some Experience
9/7-10/30
Equine Management Training Center Session One - Equine Management
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