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Welcome To Our Farm

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.

2018 Summer Camps are Planned, Register Early

Camp I - Beginner Day Camp:  June 4 - 8

Open to beginning riders age 8 or older.

Camp II - Day Camp:  June 11 - 15

Open to riders with some experience, age 8 or older.

Camp III - Day Camp:  July 9 - 13

Open to riders with some experience, age 8 or older.

Camp IV - Day Camp: July 23 - 27

Open to riders with some experience, age 8 or older.

The cost for day camp is $250 and includes access to a horse, tack, and riding amenities.  Snacks and beverages are provided, you pack and bring your lunch.

Space is limited to ensure individual attention for each rider, so camps fill quickly.  Don’t delay complete your registration form today.

Campers should arrive at Sandy River promptly at 9 AM and should come dressed to ride, wearing the appropriate riding pants and boots.

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 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.



Overnight Eventing Camp

Sandy River Equestrian Center, located in Axton, VA is proud to host an overnight Eventing Camp for all students who are qualified by their instructors. The date for this camp will be:

JULY 22-27

This camp is open to young riders skilled at the levels of Beginner Novice through Training. Lessons will be taught by Suzanne Lacy and Samantha Henley and will include mounted lessons in dressage, cross-country jumping, and show jumping; therefore, proper fitness and conditioning is required for both horse and rider attending this camp. Unmounted instruction will include discussions about equine fitness, equine nutrition, grooming, braiding, the use of studs and much more.

A camp fee of $500.00 is required and will include instruction, stabling and lodging in the bunkhouse There is a limit of ten (10) riders and arrival should be by 5 PM on Sunday, July 22nd. There will be an informal gathering for introductions and a tour of the facility followed by dinner.

We look forward to a fabulous eventing camp at SREC!

For any questions, please email Samantha Henley at or call 540-448-5416.


Averett University to Partner with Sandy River Equestrian Center

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Summer Camps at SREC Provide Fun and Education

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Learn About EMTC Programs at Virginia Horse Trials Extravaganza!

Sam Burton Henley will be on hand from October 29 through November 1 to share her knowledge of the grooming world with you. Enter to win a prize bucket of great items from our sponsors including a hat . . . (READ MORE)

PRO Partners with Equine Management Training Center

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Equine Management Training Center Now Accepting Students for Session One!

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Our 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. . . . (READ MORE)





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Axton, VA 24054
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