About Virginia

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Virginia is a wonderful Horse Country - where scenic horse trails, elite competitions, thrilling races, hunts and the Chincoteague ponies have established Virginia as one of the best destinations for equine activities and events. Horse enthusiasts can find all breeds of horses, used for all purposes from trail riding to competition, to breeding and hunting, racing and training, all across Virginia. More than a half million horse lovers and admirers travel to Virginia each year to enjoy and participate in numerous events, shows, hunts, races, and trail rides.

The history of America is closely tied to that of Virginia, particularly during the Colonial period, Jamestown founded in 1607, was the first permanent English settlement in North America and slavery was introduced there in 1619. The state is called the “Mother of Presidents” because eight U.S. presidents were born there.

The climate of Virginia becomes increasingly warmer and more humid farther south and east.Seasonal extremes vary from average lows of 26 °F (−3 °C) in January to average highs of 86 °F (30 °C) in July. The Atlantic ocean has a strong effect on eastern and southeastern coastal areas of the state.

Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 39 independent cities, which both operate the same way since independent cities are considered to be County-equivalent. This method of treating cities and counties equally is unique to Virginia.

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Fairfax County is the most populous locality in Virginia, with over one million residents. Neighboring Loudon County is both the fastest-growing county in Virginia and has the highest median household income ($114,204) in the USA as of 2010.  Virginia's economy is balanced, with diverse sources of income, including government and military, farming, and business. Virginia has 4.1 million civilian workers, and one-third of the jobs are in the Service Sector. The unemployment rate was 6.3% as of April 2011. Technology became the state's highest-grossing export in 2006, surpassing its traditional top exports of coal and tobacco combined.

Agriculture occupies 24% of the land in Virginia. As of 2007, about 357,000 Virginian jobs were in agriculture, with over 47,000 farms, averaging 171 acres (0.27 sq mi; 0.69 km2), in a total farmland area of 8.1 million acres (12,656 sq mi; 32,780 km2).

Providing horse power in the fields and transportation for goods and people, horses were the backbone of the first Virginia Colonies. Today, the role of horses has changed dramatically, yet horses are still a vital economic factor. Some 700 equine events are held in Virginia each year, attracting over 800,000 participants and spectators who spend more than $167 million at these events. The average Virginia horse owner spends $2,969 per horse yearly. Horse owners spend $505 million in annual expenses and support approximately 20,000 jobs statewide.

 
  Explore Virginia in Numbers:
img Horse Population: Over 170,000 horses
img Population: 8,001,024
img Land area: 39,594 sq. miles
img Capital: Richmond
img Counties: 95, plus 39 independent cities
img Highest Point : Mount Rogers 5,729 feet
img Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean 
img Geographic Center : In Buckingham Co., 5 mi. SW of Buckingham
img 10 largest Cities :
 
 
  • Virginia Beach: 438,415
  • Norfolk: 231,954
  • Chesapeake: 218,968
  • Arlington: 195,965
  • Richmond: 193,777
 
  • Newport News: 179,899
  • Hampton: 145,579
  • Alexandria: 135,337
  • Portsmouth: 100,169
  • Roanoke: 92,631
 
 
$175,900
Smaller Horse Farm in Pittsylvania County! Perfect size for 2 horses!

Dry Fork, Pittsylvania County, Virginia


All pastures are fenced with coated high tensile fencing. Newer constructed barn w/ 2-3 stalls. Barn has French drain, gutters, paddock has gravel dust, and graded to reduce mud and mess! Paddock has No-Climb fencing.

Elizabeth Ware , Ramsey Yeatts & Associates Realtors

8.60 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
1501 SQ FT
 
$4,300,000
Luxury Equestrian Estate with a Big Arena

Virginia Beach, VIrginia Beach County, Virginia


Welcome to Wellington Farm! Georgian Revival style Equestrian Estate situated on 77.34 acres featuring premium equestrian facilities including a 15 stall Morton barn with 12x12 matted stalls with Nelson automatic waterers, two grooming stalls and a wash stall with radiant heaters, tack room, lounge and office, automatic Pyrhana fly spray system, 80x200 Morton indoor arena featuring Eurofelt footing, mirrors, observation area and Euromist sprinkler system, 8 large pastures with run-in sheds and Nelson auto waterers.A life-sized bronze stallion graces the entrance to the Farm. Finally, this farm is turnkey boarding facility but can easily be a private use facility also. This masterpiece home is elegantly appointed with unmatched craftsmanship & rich architectural details. Upon entering, you are greeted by a dramatic and inviting, open foyer. Formal living and dining rooms on either side include fireplaces and extensive built ins with gleaming Waterford crystal chandeliers. Gourmet kitchen features custom designed cabinetry, South African Aphrodite granite countertops, 6 burner Viking Stove, high end Kitchenaid appliances including 5 ovens, 2 exquisite chandeliers from Mexico, and a custom Portugese tile backsplash. There are 5 spacious bedrooms in the 7133 sq ft home, including 2 masters with in-suite spa bathrooms. The upstairs master has 4 walk in closets with built ins to address your every need, a steam shower, jacuzzi, separate laundry area, laundry chute, a wall of windows and balcony overlooking the estate a la Dallas. The backyard oasis includes a beautiful, heated saltwater pool and jacuzzi surrounded by rich limestone. Lovely bronze statues surround the pool. The outdoor kitchen has a Viking grill, fridge and wet bar perfect for entertaining large or small parties. And the fireplace under the pergola is sure to keep you warm when the weather isn't. The pond, complete with lighted fountain, is stocked with large mouth bass and koi. You won't want to miss the huge game room including custom Olhausen pool table and wet bar - just perfect for entertaining friends and family. The black out media room has state of the art audio system and seating and includes 1.5" "whisper walls." Finally, the man cave extraordinaire: there is an 8 car detached garage with 2" heated concrete flooring great for storing cars. Downstairs, there is 2800 sq ft garage that includes a 10,000 lbs car lift, a state of the art Bose sound system, wet bar and full bath. Upstairs, there is a 2800 sq ft finished apartment including full kitchen and bath.

Anna Paduhovich , Rose and Womble

77.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
4.2 BATHROOMS
7133 SQ FT
 
$997,750
Virginia: Equine Boarding & Breeding Facility, 47 Acres, 5 Barns, 14 Paddocks...

Buchanan, Botetourt County, Virginia


Commercial equine breeding/boarding facility on 46.92 acres, including 2 parcels is Pristinely located amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains, adjoining James River, between Roanoke & Lexington, VA, 1 hour from VA Tech/ Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. It Features 5 barns, 34 stalls, 14+ board and/or horsecote fenced paddocks, a 2BR/1BA 1,296 sq. ft. apartment is included within the main barn structure, plus office laboratory, tack room, wash stalls, half-bath, 2 breeding stocks & phantom, 12 stalls in the main barn. There is also a beautiful sprawling 3 BR/2BA ranch home with 2,180 sq. ft. set upon a knoll with incredible Blue Ridge Mountain. views, overlooking the entire property. Additional amenities include: a 60'x60' 10-stall barn, a 48'x48' hay barn w/8 stalls & 16' plate line, 48'x12', 4-stall barn, 24'x12' 2-stall barn/isolation paddock, run in shed. This property is perfectly located in Southwestern Virginia, with easy access to major interstates for easy transport to and from horse shows. It would continue to be a perfect equine breeding facility, or possible show barn. It could be used for a transport stop-over, large animal veterinary practice, quarantine facility, winery or brewery, wedding venue or perhaps some other purpose. The home itself could make a great Airbnb too. So many options... a real must see! Did we mention the views??

Dayna Patrick , RE/MAX All Stars - Patrick Team Homes

47.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
3.5 BATHROOMS
3476 SQ FT
 
$695,000
30 Acre Horse property in Suffolk, VA

Suffolk, Suffolk County, Virginia


If you are a true horse enthusiast, you need to really take a look at this place. The outbuildings alone are worth more than the asking price! 2 parcels make up 30 acres. MASSIVE covered 78X160 riding arena & its lighted! Also features an 86X220 lighted outdoor riding arena. 7 fenced riding fields with run-in sheds. The 14 stall stable features automated water, a wash, tack & feed room. Stable is also expandable as concrete pad extends well past the building. Multiple outbuildings. several sheds & a detached garage for all your tractor equipment. You can see every square foot of the property from the balconies of the home. Even a spot to tie your horses up right outside your front door! Home also features an in-ground pool, a gymnasium with a foam pit and an observation area that views both the gym & the covered riding arena. This homeowner thought of everything! This home has lots of income producing opportunities.

Jon Bourque , Keller Williams Realty Elite

30.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2.5 BATHROOMS
2552 SQ FT
 
$375,000
EASTERN SHORE FOURSQUARE NEW EVERYTHING! FOUR STALL HORSE BARN 4.62 ACRES

Painter, Accomack County, Virginia


PAINTER VA: Eastern Shore Style Foursquare circa 1905. 3BDRM, 2.5 BATH on 4.62acres with FOUR STALL HOURSE BARN. This MOVE IN READY beauty was restored from the studs up in 2008. NEW EVERYTHING! The living room has beautiful neutral paint, original heart pine floors. The library/office features wall to wall built in bookcases and French pocket doors! Open kitchen to the family room, features ceramic tile floor, island gas cooktop and custom lighting. Family room has gas fireplace. 32' x 16' deck. Fenced back yard. The mud/laundry room has a shower! 34' x 36' 4 stall horse barn with heated tack room! This barn was built to last. Several fenced horse pastures. The second floor features 3 bedrooms, master bedroom has walk-in closet! Bathroom has a claw foot tub!

Christine Flye , Coldwell Banker Harbour Realty

4.62 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2.5 BATHROOMS
2848 SQ FT
 
$319,000
Peaceful, quiet neighborhood in foothills of Virginia with grassed acreage

Patrick Springs, Patrick County, Virginia


Well maintained Honest Abe log home built in 2007 in a secluded yet convenient setting. One hour to Roanoke, VA or Greensboro, NC. The nearest town is Stuart. Virginia full of quaint shops, restaurants, and friendly people. This area of Virginia is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a large lake and the Blue Ridge Parkway just a 30 minute drive. Another larger tract is available and agent will gladly help with this purchase if interested. Call today before this exclusive bit of paradise gets away!

Toby Deal , Henry C Wall Real Estate Corporation

4.00 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2104 SQ FT
 
$4,980,000
Luxury horse farm in the heart of Virginia horse and wine country.

The Plains, Fauquier County, Virginia


Luxury home with every amenity and well designed horse/cattle farm. The stucco and stone home overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains allows for old Virginia living at its best. Formal living and dining rooms with hardwood flooring. Library with built in bar. Pub room with stone floors has a sunken bar with Manitowac icemaker, the large windows allow pass through to the stone terrace and incorporates indoor and outdoor dining areas. Cozy family room with gas fireplace is adjacent to the Chef's kitchen. The kitchen area offers a large walk in pantry, coffee and wine bar with a built in espresso machine and large wine refrigerator. Top of the line appliances, granite counter tops and custom cabinets. There is a butler's pantry, laundry room and oversized mud room (with dog shower!) all conveniently located next to the kitchen. A kitchen garden with raised beds and fruit trees are steps away from the kitchen and a wine cellar is found below the kitchen. A main level master suite includes a resort style "his and her" bathroom, separate walk in closets and access to the outside terrace, pool and hot tub. Three bedrooms and 4 baths are on the upper level. There is a one bedroom guest house and 3 bedroom tenant house. The home offers geothermal heating and a whole house back up generator. Located in the midst of Orange County fox hunting territory and across the road from a major polo training operation, this is the perfect place to pursue any equestrian activity.

emily ristau , Thomas and Talbot Real Estate

83.47 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
7 BATHROOMS
- SQ FT
 
$1,995,000
Magnificent Renovated Historical Estate on 133 acres in Virginia

Montross, Westmoreland County, Virginia


Exquisitely renovated with beautiful detail throughout, Panorama, is beautifully sited on 133.64 acres. VERY PRIVATE, six bedroom home with four full and one half baths, large center entry foyer (28' X 13'), large dining and living rooms, family room and renovated kitchen with all top of the line appliances ,soapstone and marble counter tops and butler kitchen. This three story Colonial Revival brick and slate home with 10' ceilings and an English basement was designed by Joseph T Sperry. Charles Stuart, the first owner built the home after selling Stratford Hall to the Robert E Lee Foundation. The terraced garden was designed by H Clay Primrose. There is a cottage with one bedroom and bath, a barn once used as a winery that could be used as a garage and a newly built twelve horse stable with office and half bath. Many of the pastures are fenced and the winding driveway entices you to enter a magnificent and well manicured estate. 2 separate parcels for easy division, two NEW wells and two NEW septic systems.

Cindy Barnett , Long and Foster Realtors

133.64 ACRES
6 BEDROOMS
4.1 BATHROOMS
5920 SQ FT
 
$997,000
Hunt Country Horse Farm with beautiful views and great ride out

Delaplane, Fauquier County, Virginia


Delightful, turn key horse property in the heart of Virginia Horse Country. Private setting with open pastures and beautiful views. Located in the quaint village of Rectortown and close to Middleburg and Marshall each of which offers restaurants, shops and wineries. Visit the National Sporting Library in Middleburg and wander the beautiful history rich country roads. There are both private and public schools within a 15 minute drive. Washington DC is a mere hour's drive and Dulles International Airport is less than an hour away. Marion duPont (Virginia Tech) Veterinary Hospital is less than 40 minutes from the farm and other world class vets and farriers live in close proximity. The area is home to many olympic athletes. Fox hunting, showjumping, polo, dressage, three day eventing, reining and cutting are all enjoyed here. The Upperville Horse Show (the oldest in the US) is held each summer, less than 30 minutes away. Priced below appraisal.

emily ristau , Thomas and Talbot Real Estate

19.32 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
2676 SQ FT
 
$420,000
Ride for miles from this property that boarders National Forest & Horse Trials

Ivanhoe, Carroll County, Virginia


Bordering Jefferson National Forest on three sides, and direct access to VA Highland Horse Trail gives you a 67 miles of horse trails right out your back gate. This 22 acre gem has fishing ponds, fruit trees and a 1000-gallon gravity flow water tank. The home is 1584 sq feet, 3-bedroom, 2-bath brick with granite kitchen counters tops, wood burning stove and walk in shower. Should you need a trip to town you are only 15 miles to Fort Chiswell and 16 Miles to Galax. Such a rare and beautiful property, that is suited for pleasure or in durance riders. Call for more information before this one gets away.

Katie Myers , Emma Jarrett

22.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
1584 SQ FT

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