Featured Farms for 2017
You'll find a list of our participating farms by alphabetic order below.
Banbury Cross Polo
Banbury Cross Polo Club offers polo for all ages and skill level. The club features a high-class facility and promotes both family oriented and competitive polo from May to October. Social polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of guest seating that includes field tailgating, platinum seating on the berm, and exclusive sponsor seating as well. They host Friday night "Polo Under the Lights" and Sunday Polo. Bring your family and friends out for a fun evening filled with polo matches, wine, food, and dancing in Middleburg, Virginia. Your ticket to the Hunt Country Stable Tour will guarantee admission to both Friday and Sunday polo!
Foosaner family FARM
Also known as Rocana Farm, and designed by renowned architect John Blackburn, the barn and riding arena are designed purposely for a low profile. This private equestrian facility is situated among rolling fields in the heart of Northern Virginia’s hunt country. Beautifully simple in design and functional in layout, the barn was conceived to meet the owner’s specific program needs for the training of hunters and jumpers. John Blackburn is widely known for focusing equestrian design on the health and safety of the horse by introducing the concepts of aerodynamic ventilation (Bernoulli Principle), strategic natural light and passive solar heating and cooling into barns. John Blackburn will be available to sign copies of his book Healthy Stables by Design. He will donate any proceeds to the Stable Tour.
Fox Chase FARM
Fox Chase is one of the most famous landmarks on route 50 in the Middleburg area and is most recognizable by its acre large riding arena. The farm hosts competitive events throughout the year. This farm has been featured on TLC reality TV shows, CBS’s Amazing race, and NBC’s Today show. The facilities are used year round for horse boarding, corporate events, team building, weddings, charities, and dinners. A riding prodigy, Benedict (Benny) O'Meara called the farm home in the 1960's, when the farm was called Colony Farms. Elite Olympic riders and trainers often recall him when they visit the farm today. The farm is presently owned by Maureen Hanley.
Heronwood Farm is well known in the Thoroughbred Horse world for producing and owning some exceptional horses such as Kamar, Rubiano and Glorosia. Heronwood is permanently protected from further development, not unlike most of the farms in and around Upperville, by an easement through the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. It’s beautiful vistas, wonderful trees and history will be preserved for generations to come.
Lazy Lane is best known for Preakness and Belmont winner Hansel and the stakes winner and successful Virginia sire Secret Hello. They have bred quite a few Virginia-bred champions over the years including Rgirldoesntblush, Kona Blend and Virginia-bred Horse of the Year Union Avenue as well as graded/group stakes winners Kittwood, Elizabeth Bay and Beal Street Blues. Lazy Lane has also bred the leading Virginia-bred earner of all time, Seeking the Pearl who won $4,022,066 while racing primarily in Japan. Hansel is number four on the list with earnings of $2,936,586.
Middleburg Agriculture and Extension Center (M.A.R.E.) This center is located in the heart of Virginia's Horse Country and donated by Mr. Paul Mellon. It was created and then designed by Blackburn Architects and is run by Virginia Tech. The center fosters research aimed at improving pasture and animal productivity. It has served the equine community since 1992. This center is a national leader in the field of equine science and medicine.
PeaCE and Plenty
The 400-acre estate owned by Mrs. Samuel F. Bogley was originally part of a 9600 acre land grant from Lord Fairfax to Robert "King" Carter in 1721. Today Bollingbrook is a working horse and cattle farm and a haven to many rescued animals. The farm features 17 interesting buildings. At the 525-foot long stone barn complex are the scale house, blacksmith shop, overseer house, cannery, "Hilleary House," and the oldest in-ground silo in the state of Virginia, the top of which has been converted into four broodmare stalls. Surrounding the main house, circa 1809, are the slave church, school house, smokehouse, summer kitchen, gardener's cottage and two gate houses.
Rock Hill Farm is a historic home and farm located near Bluemont, Loudoun County, Virginia. The original section of the house was built about 1797, and has undergone at least four additions and renovations. It is two-story, stuccoed stone, Quaker plan, Federal style dwelling with a gable roof. Also on the property are the contributing two-story, wood frame bank barn (c. 1797) and several outbuildings; the remains of a formal boxwood garden (c. 1950); several ca. 19th-century, dry-laid, fieldstone fences; and a cemetery (c. 1820). Bring your picnic supplies, because this farm is idyllic for a lunch spread.
Salamander Resort and spa
Set on 340 acres in the heart of Middleburg, this luxury resort features 168 rooms and suites, a 23,000-square- foot lavish spa, a full-service equestrian center, locally-inspired exquisite dining, a multi-experience cooking studio, well-appointed wine bar and much more. The world-class Equestrian Center is comprised of a 22-stall stable, 120 x 240 outdoor arena with Thor-Turf footing, 25 on-site acres and miles of trails, and nine turnout paddocks.
Salem Oaks Farm is a 104-acre equestrian facility with rolling pastures and beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Salem Oaks is unique among the farms of Fauquier County since both English and Western disciplines are practiced and performed on the property.
Trappe Hill Farm
Trappe Hill Farm is a conservation easement of 550 acres of field and forest bordering the Blue Ridge mountains. The owners, Bruce and Edie Smart, raise thoroughbreds for sale and racing, and they provide retirement homes to race horses. Property manager Jeff Crandall keeps Arabian horses on the property that compete in long distance racing. The family owned distance racing champion Heraldic always visits for the Stable Tour.
Wind Fields Farm
Wind Fields Farm is a 463 acre farm wit equestrian tradition focused on hunter/jumper training and competition. The fartm enjoys spectacular views of surrounding mountains, rolling hills, and ponds that border Goose Creek. The main house, kitchen, barns, kiln house and other outbuildings were built in the late 18th century, The lime kilns, built in 1790, are the oldest in the surrounding counties.