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.
This summer Sandy River Equestrian Center will offer a variety of summer camps on the farm in Axton, Virginia. The offerings are:
This well structured eventing camp will take place at the beautiful Sandy River Equestrian Center in Axton, Virginia! Confirmed instructors include Karen and David O’Connor, and Cathy Wieschhoff. Campers rotate among all instructors and ride in small groups to ensure each student receives individualized attention. Top-level grooms, who assist with horsemanship and lectures, will be available to answer questions regarding stable management and horse care. For additional details, click here. To register, click here, all registrations go through Blue Horse Entries.
Sandy River Equestrian Center is proud to host its Summer Day Camp series. The dates for these day camps are:
The June 5-9 camp is for beginners only! The June 19 - 23 camp is for riders with some experience. The July 24-28 camp is ‘Granny’ Camp and is for grandchildren visiting their Grandparents! Day campers must be 8 years of age or older, overnight campers must be 12 or older. All campers need to be pre-registered with fees and release forms included to attend!
Day camp will begin at 9 AM and will end at 3 PM. Campers should arrive at Sandy River promptly at 9:00 and you should come dressed to ride, wearing the appropriate riding pants and boots. If you are running late or you will not be able to come, please call Suzanne Lacy 276-252-2503! Campers will ride in the morning then have lunch. Supervised swimming is scheduled for after lunch then campers will come back to the barn for afternoon barn chores. Pick up is at 3 PM. Campers will need to bring their lunch, a change of clothes and their bathing suit and towel. Flip-flops are fine for the pool, but not in the barn areas, tennis shoes are fine around the barn.
Registration form, SREC Release form and SREC Medical Release form can be found by clicking here.
For any questions, please contact Franz-Hahr Phillips at 276-252-3888 or email at email@example.com