My 15 year old daughter and I came to Natural Bridge, VA for Father's Day this past Sunday 6/16/13. She is an avid rider and has always wanted to see a horse show. The Virginia Arabian Horse club was having numerous competitions while we were in town, so we came on Friday during the afternoon before we headed into downtown Lexington to see some sites.
To say that we had a good time would be an understatement. I had no idea how friendly horse-people were until we arrived here. We bought some used paddock boots for my daughter's growing feet from Carolyne for $5 (thanks for saving us some $$, Carolyne) and told them we were visiting for the first time and she encouraged us to come back and sit with them for a while after touring the facility so they can teach us about the various competitions. Well, there just wasn't enough time as the facility was HUGE!
We met some really cool teens my daughter's age that were encouraging her to show, and some adults that were glad you walked by to talk with them and see their horses. We even had the opportunity to talk with a rider that just finished her hunt jumping and was very courteous.
Anyway, if you're a horse lover and all things horse, you have to stop by when there's a competition. The place was quite empty when we were there, but that allowed us the time to have longer conversations with people, learn more from the groups, and even say hi to the VHC staff member, Marie!
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