About Virginia


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.


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
Luxury Equestrian Estate on 33 Acres!

Amelia Court House, Amelia County, Virginia

Equestrian perfection located in historic Amelia, VA. This 33 acre country estate has been established w/ the highest pride & offers not only the pristine grounds & horse facilities, but a 5400+ sq. ft. custom brick GRAND HOME! Parceled into 3 lots for highest & best use, the grounds consists of a 6 stall well appointed BARN (blt in 2006) w/ rubber mats & premium slide stall doors, a Wash room, a Tack Room, Sick bay & power doors @each end; a Riding Ring; Turn out sheds; 4 Bay Equipment Barn, Storage barns, a custom hunting stand, creeks, riding trails & bridge, shooting range, a refreshing pond & 40 yr. 5 Board lumber fenced pastures! The ALL BRICK expansive home is set up for multi-generational living w/ 5 large bedroom SUITES (all including full baths & walk-in closets). The MAIN LEVEL includes an open floor plan w/ large areas (Dining Room, Living Room, Sitting Room, Gourmet Kitchen w/ upgraded finishings, a “Yes I want it” MASTER SUITE w/ reading area & luxury master bth, an Office, 2 additional Bedroom Suites (w/private baths), a convenient ½ bth, & a 3-Car GARAGE! The LOWER LEVEL has a complete In-Law/Teen Suite & the UPPER LEVEL is a private suite or business area! GENERAC!

Diana Morris & Georgia Holman , Commonwealth Real Estate Co

33.00 ACRES
5514 SQ FT
142 acre working horse farm with remodeled 4200 sq ft house!

Rice, Prince Edward County, Virginia

Have you ever dreamt of owning your own farm? It may have seemed unattainable until now! Spend some time studying up on this opportunity! What does it include? For starters, the property is compromised of approx 142 acres - 80 of which is pasture complete w/ livestock waterers & high tensile, electric fencing. The balance of the land is hardwoods along w/ two streams that flow through the grounds. One is spring fed right on premises and would make an excellent pond site. There is a riding ring (approx 130'x90')w/Centaur fencing; a hay barn (formerly a dairy barn); and a large, NEW detached garage w/6 drivethrough bays & a full workshop! The raised center isle horse barn is 94'x36' and has 11 stalls, a wash rack, feed room, & office. Not to be overlooked is the fully renovated, 4200 SqFt farm house! It truly has a charm of its own! Features include wood flooring throughout the 1st floor; two master suites - each with a private bath and walk-in closet; formal living and dining rooms; an awesome eat-in kitchen; an upstairs rec room; & a family room w/stone fireplace. Outside you'll find an attached 2 car garage, rear screened porch, two concrete patios, & a full "country" front porch.

Benjamin Woodard , Coldwell Banker Avenues

142.00 ACRES
4200 SQ FT
Move - in Ready Horse Farmette Located 1 hour from Washington DC

Stephens City, Frederick County, Virginia

Imagine your own horse farmette with a beautiful home on 5 acres located only 5 minutes from town & less than an hour to Northern VA. Offering a main-level master suite, gorgeous heart-pine floors, & a flowing floorplan. 3 large bedrooms upstairs and an unfinished basement provide ample living space. Unwind on the calming screened-in porch. Immaculate 3 stall barn w/ tack room, electric & water.

Dan Whitacre , Colony Realty

5.00 ACRES
2358 SQ FT
Small horse farm with remodeled 1850s farm house and 9 stall horse barn.

Lawrenceville, Brunswick County, Virginia

32 acres mostly open and fenced pastures, big yard with large oak trees lining entry way. 2 ponds stocked with bass, bream and crappie. Great rural setting. See web site at www.countrysideproperties.us for full description and photos.

Rick Rawlings , Countryside Properties

32.00 ACRES
1728 SQ FT
Fully fenced 10 Acre Horse Farm with arena and spectacular ride out potential

Aldie, Loudoun County, Virginia

10 Acre, Fully Fenced Horse Farm in Virginia's Horse and Wine country. Spectacular ride out potential. 4 stall shed row barn and 2 stall shed row barn, paddocks, frost free waterers, 80' x 140' riding arena, machine shop/garage. Three level home with lower level finished, perfect for extended family with a private entrance and separate kitchen. Property is currently enrolled in Loudoun County's Land Use Program.

Rebecca Poston , Thomas and Talbot Real Estate

10.00 ACRES
3300 SQ FT
Equestrian Complex with a 20 Stall Barn & Attached Indoor Riding Arena For Sale

Ruckersville, Greene County, Virginia

38 Acres

Kevin Holt , Nest Realty

38.00 ACRES
Working Farm With 148 Acres

Bassett, Franklin County, Virginia

Working farm with about 142.7 acres of pasture land and 5.3 acres of woods stretch across Henry and Franklin Counties. Five bedroom home and several barns offer a nice living and a great opportunity to enjoy country living. Additional 2 bedroom guest cottage also on the property.

BIRGIT DELAIDATTI , Southern Virginia Properties

148.00 ACRES
3890 SQ FT
Designer Luxury Home on 5.2 Acres in Private 9 - Home Equestrian Community

Oakton, Fairfax County, Virginia

WELCOME TO FAIRHUNT ESTATES~ 1 of 9 Luxury Homes Experience gracious living in your Decorator's Show-House on your own private 5+ acre wooded estate in the heart of Equestrian Fairfax County. Surrounded by parkland and sited on a hillside overlooking flat pasture/parkland bordering Difficult Run Stream and W&OD Trail. Property potential for up to 5-horses, barn, fences and pasture area. Close-knit and active family friendly community in nationally ranked school district, conveniently located 15 minutes from shopping, dining and entertainment experiences in Reston, Vienna and Tysons Corner. Easy access to Dulles Airport, major commuter routes, Orange and Silver Metro Lines. Hunters Valley Riding Association meets and holds ring events at neighboring property. Stall rentals also available.

Karen Erickson , Fairfax Realty of Tysons

5.18 ACRES
6300 SQ FT
Virginia Equestrian Home, Facility and Sanctuary - Bellamy Farms - 27 - 95 acres

Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia

Luxurious custom built home on 27 acres with fenced 5 fenced pastures and barn with run in attached and pond.Entrance is surface treated. View video at https://vimeo.com/150980333 Additional adjoining property is 40 acres with main barn,4 separate pastures, indoor arena, h/a cowboy church, outdoor ring, round pen, automatic waterers, 3 bay trailer storage overhang. And if you still want more land that is a 55 acre tract that adjoins the facility that has hiking and riding trails throughout down to the 1/4 mile of Buffalo River frontage. Ample parking for any event. This facility is less than 5 miles from the town of Amherst, VA. and 30 miles from the Lexington, VA Horse Center. Owner Financing to Qualified Buyer

Carolyn Fitzpatrick

0.00 ACRES
6386 SQ FT
Horse property for sale

Hanover, Hanover County, Virginia

Located in one of Hanover's finest school districts with Hanover high School (built 2003) offering IB and AP courses, a mere seven minutes away. Extensive professional landscaping with boxwood, crepe myrtles and other plantings. Sweet chicken coop for extra storage space or "chickens". Paved drive and parking areas.

charlene bernstein

14.00 ACRES
3764 SQ FT

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