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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
Horse Property for sale.
The River Ranch Farm

Chesapeake, Chesapeake County, Virginia

***SIGN AND BUY TODAY!!*** **DO NOT WAIT LONG, IT WILL BE GONE!!** *10% AGENT COMMISSION. NICE ALARM SYSTEM and MOVE IN READY.* Do you enjoy peace and quiet away from people? Do you enjoy drinks in the evening watching the sunset? Do you enjoy coffee in the morning watching the sunrise? Do you enjoy watching horses and/or riding horses and/or having your own horses? Then The River Ranch Farm is for you! A small farm with not a lot of work if you rather go to the beach?!! Please call for a special showing and house/property tour. 757.748.1056. This beautiful, MOVE IN READY home has gorgeous views with horses all around! River Ranch Farm has the wide open feel like Wyoming, and the welcoming pastures like Kentucky. If you are looking for plenty of room for children, and/or plenty of room for horses then you have found your next home. The River Ranch displays a sky full of stars and a well manicured landscape. It's close to civilization yet far enough away to be in the country. Great views, great schools, great secure house, and great location. Price includes agent commission (****10%****). Price subject to change at any time. Seller to accept highest and best offer. Address is zoned for Southeastern elementary (~2 miles), Hickory middle (~1 mile), and Hickory high school (~1 mile).

Nathan Conner , For sale by owner

3.00 ACRES
3202 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
LISBURNE, a historic waterfront estate in Gloucester County with 4 stall barn

Hayes, Gloucester County, Virginia

Welcome to LISBURNE, a historic waterfront estate in Gloucester County. Circa 1810 this home has seen some renovation and expansion over the years and offers character and charm at every turn. The highest quality of materials and construction was used in the interior renovations, including walnut paneling, custom period designed wallpaper, original heart pine floors throughout, and beautiful fireplaces and mantels. An updated country Kitchen, large Master Bedroom ensuite with views of the established gardens. The property being offered has over 70 acres or land resting along the banks of Vaughan's Creek which leads to Mobjack Bay. Other features include a large 20 x 30 pool and 12 x 20 pool house, tennis court, 22 x 50 horse stable with 4 stalls, hay loft, detached three bay 24 x 54 garages or carriage house, workshops, 10 x 20 garden shed, 14 x 19 greenhouse, water access, pier and ample pastures for horses. A true gem and a peaceful place to roam with countless boxwoods, azaleas, peonies, established magnolias, and hidden paths. See our Video for a private tour.

John Martin , Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate

70.10 ACRES
7420 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Luxury home on 3.3 acres and near river

Hampton, Hampton County, Virginia

Exceptional Craftsman Style home on over 3 private acres close to Back River. Covered porch with cedar shakes & stone pillars overlooks the sweeping yard with tree-lined private lane.

Jennifer Brown , Liz Moore and Associates

3.30 ACRES
4200 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Space for Everyone - Multiple Living Levels and Outside Fun!

Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia

This property sits on 17.68 acres of two parcels of wooded land. Peaceful rural living is a rare find close to Williamsburg and all the in-town conveniences. Outdoor adventure awaits for the whole family with on-property walking trails and a small running stream. Boat and fishing access can be found at the York River State Park.

Lisa Langenhennig , Coldwell Banker Traditions

18.00 ACRES
3100 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
815 Foothills Rd. Stanardsville, VA 22973

Stanardsville, Greene County, Virginia

Established farm land currently supporting 50 brood cattle. Over 170 stunning acres giving you a variety of rolling pastures, wooded areas and endless views. The farmhouse features its original hardwood floors with a traditional floorplan, four bedrooms with several sitting areas and many options for entertainment. The main home offers authentic characteristics but has had updated windows, central heating and air and a generator hook up. The front porch will allow you to look out at your very own picturesque views. The roomy detached two car garage has an upstairs apartment with soothing views, ceiling fans, kitchen, dining area, living room with bedroom and full bath! Room to house your guests or an extra income opportunity! Farm being sold with 170.91 Acres. Farm being sold with 170.91 Acres.

Bud Kreh , Montague Miller & Co., REaltors

170.90 ACRES
2093 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
BOARDING & BREEDING FACILITIES, 26AC, 5 Barns, 14 Paddocks, 2BR / 1BA Apartment

Buchanan, Botetourt County, Virginia

New Price Option A: Equestrian Facilities & 2 BR/1BA Apartment on 26 Acres: $625,000 New Price Option B: Equestrian Facilities & 2,200 s/f Ranch Home on 47 Acres: $899,000 Amethyst Acres is a beautiful and very well-equipped equestrian estate on nearly 47 acres with commercial horse breeding/boarding facilities---and with recent $100K price reduction represents tremendous value and opportunity! It is very conveniently located in the Shenandoah Valley between Lexington in the North, and Roanoke in the south and very near the Blue Ridge, with fabulous mountain views, and also adjoining the James River. A public boat ramp facility is located very nearby. It is only about 30 minutes travel time to the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, 40 minutes to the Roanoke Regional Airport, and an hour to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. The estate is nicely complemented by a charming and attractive 3BR/2BA ranch home of about 2,200 square feet, with an open and inviting floor plan, and well-sited on a knoll overlooking the entire property with nearby mountain vistas from the home-site. Enjoy both sunrise and sunset views from this property! The overall equestrian facilities include 5 barns, 34 stalls, and 14+ board and/or horsecote fenced paddocks. The 36ft. x 172ft. main barn has 12 stalls (2 16ft. x 12ft. foaling stalls and 10 12ft. x 12ft. boarding stalls) an office, laboratory, 2 breeding stocks, a phantom, wash stalls, tack room, half-bath, and storage rooms. Also, at one end of the main barn, there is a spacious and nicely appointed, 2BR/1BA, 1,296 square foot apartment—with kitchen, great room, 2 bedrooms and outdoor patio area. This provides for much flexibility to accommodate guests, conduct seminars, and/or to temporarily house employees or others if needed to be available for horse-care on an overnight basis. Moreover, the main barn interior area is comprised of a modular 4 ft. insulated panel system which provides for easy reconfiguration dependent upon one’s requirements, and has a zero fire rating. The main barn is also wired to accommodate standby generators if needed. Other horse facilities include a 60’x60′ 10 stall barn; a 48’x48′ hay barn w/ 8 stalls & 16′ plate line; a 48’x12′ 4 stall barn; a 24’x12′ 2 stall barn/isolation paddock; run in sheds and more. The horse facilities reflect quality construction and have been well-maintained. The 47 acres is currently in two tax parcels and there are two wells and two septic systems. Overall, this offering represents tremendous value, and an ideal opportunity to generate income from equine-related businesses. The owners may also be willing to discuss the separate sale of portions of their existing equine based businesses. In addition, there are several possible vineyard sites on the property at elevations of about 1,000 feet, gently sloped for good drainage, and with great southwestern exposures. Demand for quality wine grapes in Virginia has been growing dramatically over recent years, and that trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. It’s all here for the horse enthusiast to simply enjoy their passion in an ideal setting—or to take the entrepreneurial plunge and run their own boarding and/or breeding business. And, perhaps, expand into the small estate vineyard/winery business as well. Horses and wine pair very well! If considering a purchase under Option A above, please refer to the proposed subdivision map included with the photo array (new survey to be recorded upon closing). For more information and/or to arrange a showing please contact: Tyler Williams, REALTOR Email: Cell: 703-850-4914

P. Tyler Williams , Virginia Estates, Inc.

26.00 ACRES
1296 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Lovely Quality built Home w/ In Law Suite...2 Horses allowed

Mineral, Goochland County, Virginia

Entrance begins with a lovely Custom Wrought Iron Gate Beautiful custom built home with In Law Suite! Quality built with lots of extras! Outdoors you'll find lighting under trees ! Backup Gas heat, generator that comes on in seconds when electricity goes off Water softener system White birch under white Oak hardwood floors to prevent squeaking Kitchen has under counter lighting, bay window/nook, island, exits to deck Living room has built ins, french doors to deck Mostly Hardwood floors and ceramic throughout Sun room has french doors that exit to deck area Master bedroom has exit to deck In Law suite has french doors to separate deck area, Master bath in suite has jetted tub, separate shower There's a Gas "T" hookup under house if you want to connect for gas cooking in kitchen-gas grill hookup already in place 3 zone Heat pump systems - just serviced All appliances convey HOA fees are $485 per year-includes common area, lake use, road maintenance Durable Hardiplank siding

Deborah Rhodes , Victory Rhodes Realty Services, Inc.

5.85 ACRES
3680 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.

Bracey, Brunswick County, Virginia

WORKING RANCH!!! Horse enthusiasts dream home at Lake Gaston! Properties like these don’t come along often...what an amazing opportunity! The meticulously cared for log home offers 3 bedrooms each with lake views, open concept living/dining/kitchen area with pasture views, a completely finished undesignated room with full bath above the large 2 car garage and a wraparound porch for relaxing or entertaining. The over 5 acres well manicured property includes a horse run-in shed, multiple pasture sections and a barn/stable with 2 stalls, hayloft, a tack room and half bath. Home extras include a full house generator and custom cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms! This is an equestrian dream home, a turn key property just waiting for you and your horses, must see to truly appreciate. Less than 10 miles from Interstate 85 and within minutes to a public boat ramp, restaurant and marina!

Crystal Murphy , Pointe Realty Group at Lake Gaston

5.28 ACRES
2116 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Waterfront Estate with nearly 15 acres with 4400 SF Home, 2500 SF Barn & more

Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia

14.5 acres, partly fenced with pond and 450 ft on the beautiful Pagan River. Barn which has been used in many ways is partly cental air conditioned and has half bath. Also 6 hookups for campers/motor homes. Long pier with slips for good sized boats to dock. Property is located on the edge of Historic Smithfield, Va

David Moose , Weichert Realtors-KBL Companies

14.50 ACRES
4400 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Equestrian property on 22+ acres in the heart of Virginia Horse Country!

Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia

The perfect setting for an equestrian property, nestled in a bucolic setting. Two 2 stall barns, run-in sheds, fenced paddocks, room to ride plus ride out opportunities in the adjoining land. 22+ acres with mountain and pastoral views a short drive to the charming community of Crozet in the heart of Virginia horse country! The ample main residence features 4000+ finished square feet of light-filled spaces and stunning views from almost every window. Relax and enjoy your eat-in gourmet kitchen boasting granite, stainless steel, custom tile work, and more! Three bedrooms on the main level for easy living featuring a spacious owner's suite with an attached spa-like bath. The upper level boasts a media room, home office, loft area, and 4th bedroom! Two two-stall barns, each with their own tack room - owners have field boarded 6 horses in the back 9-acre paddock. There are 2 front paddocks, one 2.5 acres, and another at 2 acres. There is access to trails on both sides of Browns Gap Tpke. The Toad Hollow dressage training facility is approximately a mile up the road with a huge indoor arena where riders can bring their horses, and participate in many training clinics. Also easy access to the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA.

Denise Ramey , Long and Foster Real Estate Inc

22.91 ACRES
4027 SQ FT

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