RideFauquier announces the formal opening of the RideFauquier Arena and Trails. The facility is a new, and very welcomed, Equestrian Park in Fauquier County. It is located out Meetze Road near the Fauquier Education Farm.
The facility includes a 150’ x 300’ outdoor riding arena, a huge parking lot for horse trailers, and over five miles of beautiful wooded and maintained meadow trails. Although the primary use of the facility is for equestrian purposes, the trails are also open to the public for recreational purposes. “We see dog walkers, nature hikers, bird watchers and joggers using the trails,” said Jinx Fox, Vice President of RideFauquier. “Right now, it’s a really underutilized resource in the county, because we haven’t put out a lot of publicity yet. But we hope to see more people coming, and I’d love to see more Girl Scout and Boy Scout activities here. It’s just a perfect place for it.”
The genesis of the project was over 10 years ago, born of a conversation between some Fauquier County “horse people,” and the idea received huge interest and enthusiasm from the equestrian community. After signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the County, the project began in earnest in 2016 under the leadership of founders Karen Corl (President), Mary Page (secretary/treasurer), Natalie Ortberg, and others. After a significant amount of fundraising, generous donations from local businesses, and grants from the PATH Foundation and the American Quarter Horse Association, the facility opened last spring. While it is located on County land, no County funds were used for the project.
The trails are open to the public at no charge, and the equestrian areas are available by a membership fee of $50 per year for an individual and $100 per year for a family. A liability waiver is required. The trails are not open to bicycles, ATVs, or mechanized vehicles, and dogs must be leashed, in part so they don’t startle the horses.
RideFauquier would like to invite the public to a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the tremendous accomplishment of opening of the facility. It will be held on June 17 from 5-7 p.m. and will feature food and some equestrian activities.
Information: Mary Page (540) 229-7600