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
Virginia Equestrian Estate with River Frontage

Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia

Extensively renovated, rustic farmhouse situated on 174 acres offers an exclusively private setting, ready for new owners to realize the dream of rural living. Farm borders 3/8 mile of the Piney River, best known for trout fishing. Quaint, restored log cabin serves as a guest house or rental. 36ā€™ x 48ā€™ 3-stall horse barn, four paddocks, two run-in sheds, two riding rings, riding trails & post & plank fencing. Approximately 70 acres of fenced pasture with two streams and hayfields. Beautiful views abound: mountain, pastoral, sunrise, sunset, wooded vistas & rocky outcrops. The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail runs along the river frontage & features a nearby covered bridge. Property has historical significance with Jeffersonā€™s Trace on eastern boundary. Ideal for a private residence, retreat, B&B, vineyard/winery, boarding stable, event venue or VRBO/AirBnB. Adjacent 154 acre parcel available with add'l 7/8 mile of river frontage and stunning mountain views.

Heidi O'Connor , United Country Real Estate - Jeff Davis & Associates, LLC

174.00 ACRES
3781 SQ FT
Incredible Custom Hunt Box With Ride Out / Trail Access in Bull Run Hunt Territory

Rapidan, Orange County, Virginia

Looking for Hunt Country Ride Out & Access to Miles of Trails? Welcome to Little Winter Farm. A lovely, thoroughly custom, P.J. Williams-built HardiePlank Hunt Box situated on over 50 rolling mountainside acres in Bull Run Hunt territory. Boasting gorgeous panoramic Blue Ridge views and unparalleled ride out, this property was designed by the horse enthusiast for the horse enthusiast. The residence offers a comfortable two bedroom/two and a half bath, sun-filled open floor plan, large vaulted family room and upgraded kitchen, master suite with his and hers office space and a plethora of well-appointed details. Unique, one-of-a-kind design allows for the amazingly functional transition from living space to stable, as the barn is accessed via a conditioned breezeway. Custom center-aisle matching HardiePlank barn offers six large stalls, heated tack room with half bath and wash stall with radiant heat and organized feed storage with metal lined bins, hay loft and much much more. Bucolic lot is fenced and cross fenced, offering multiple paddocks, unmatched access to miles and miles of riding trails, a strong stream and some of the best views of the Blue Ridge that Orange County has to offer. Property's location is situated in the Bull Run Hunt territory and less than an hour from some of Virginia's best hunt territories: Keswick, Casanova, Old Dominion, Warrenton, Thornton Hill Hounds and Rappahannock Hunt, as well as, a short drive to HITS Commonwealth Park show facility. A truly incredible opportunity for the discerning rider looking for the exceptional.

Philip & Kelly Thornton , RE/MAX Crossroads

53.00 ACRES
1771 SQ FT
New Home in Spotsylvania on Acreage

Spotsylvania Courthouse, Spotsylvania County, Virginia

Huge Price Reduction for quick sale!! If you've dreamt of owning a new home in Spotsylvania on acreage, your perfect retreat awaits! This beautiful Raiser Rambler sits on nearly 4 acres with amazing views. 13540 Post Oak Road has 1900+ finished sq ft on the main level and another 1900+ in the unfinished basement. Home offers; 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, huge family room w/soaring ceiling, bright white gourmet kitchen w/granite & stainless steel, separate dining area, generously sized bedrooms, fabulous bathrooms w/tile & designer finishes, private office, main level laundry, and hardwood floors. Enjoy quiet evenings on the expansive front porch or watch breathtaking sunsets from your deck!

Lisa Fanucci-Dario , Coldwell Banker Elite

3.89 ACRES
3800 SQ FT
Streator Hill Farm with Indoor Arena

Madison, Madison County, Virginia

Like keeping an eye on your horses? Imagine walking out of your house & directly into your 9-stall barn! Welcome to Streator Hill Farm, a very unique equestrian property on 33 +/- rolling acres with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains & in close proximity to Madison County's best wineries. The spacious one-bedroom/two full bath home can easily be expanded for more bedrooms. The well-appointed barn provides all the luxuries you could desire for your horses. Both indoor & outdoor riding arenas allow for all-weather riding. This farm was built to uncompromising standards by a professional equestrian focusing on ease of operation, efficiency & safety. With all that it offers, it would be impossible to duplicate this property for anywhere near this price. DETAILS: * 168' x 70' indoor arena with sand, rubber & fiber footing * 66' x 198'(approx)outdoor arena * Center-aisle stable with 9 12'x12' matted stalls, hot & cold water in the wash bay & custom stall fronts with drop-down sections on the doors, automatic waterers & easy feed-through stall fronts. * Several stalls have steel reinforced dutch doors leading out to individual paddocks. * Easy access to Route 29, riding trails in the Shenandoah National Park & Commonwealth Horse Park. * There is a building site with stunning Blue Ridge Mountain views.

Gayle Harvey , Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.

33.80 ACRES
2199 SQ FT

Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach County, Virginia

An amazing property on 77.34 acres that was established as one of the best Equestrian Facilities around & still is. BUT, you do not have to be an Equestrian to own this property. The potential with your imagination is limitless. ALL ENTHUSIAST COME FORWARD....Horse lovers, Animal lovers, Collectors, Wedding venue, Events venue, Sports venue, Farmer, Lease the Barn, B&B, ETC.. NOTHING has been left out. Just when you think you have seen it all, THERE'S MORE! HOUSE, APARTMENT, DETACHED GARAGE, SHOOTING RANGE, OPEN LAND, GROW YOUR OWN HAY, BARN, ARENAS & PASTURES, OH MY! Reach out today for a brochure to see all that this property has to offer. When scheduling your tour, please plan a window of time to view this beautiful establishment. There is so much to see, admire & learn about the infinite details that went in to creating this MASTERPIECE. We are so excited to have you & look forward to sharing this experience with you. And yes...Dreams do come true. PLEASE BE SURE TO VIEW THE VIDEO FOR MORE PICTURES AND A 3-D TOUR!!!

Lee Ann Shelton-Matthews , Brian F. Saunders & Associates

77.34 ACRES
7124 SQ FT
Horse property with privacy and convenience! Just 15 minutes to Downtown Ashland

Beaverdam, Hanover County, Virginia

Gorgeous 10+ acre horse property with 3 stall barn (with lean-to for storing your tractor) & two fenced in pastures (Centaur fencing). This low maintenance vinyl sided charmer has that open layout you want! 9 ft ceilings on the first floor! Huge eat-in kitchen with gas log fireplace overlooks the centrally located family room (with it's own gas log fireplace & recessed lighting). ENORMOUS sunroom in the back (with gas stove) surrounds you with views of nature & the perfectly landscaped fenced in rear yard. 1st floor master suite with bay window, walk-in closet, office/dressing nook, & deluxe master spa bath. Laundry room with utility sink & it's own exterior access. Upstairs there are 3 additional bedrooms (one with it's own half bath), seating area/TV area, full bath, and loads of storage & closet space. Hardwood floors & luxury plank flooring in the main living areas. Country front porch, huge 3 car+ car port, attached 2 car finished garage, fresh gravel, two zone HVAC, swing out feeders rubber floor mats & in the barn. Convenient to highways, shopping, & restaurants. Right down the road from Ashland Berry Farm. 15 minutes to Ashland & 12 minutes to I-95.

Andrea Greenwood , First Virginia Realty Co.

10.34 ACRES
3455 SQ FT
Welcome To 12410 Bailey Bridge Rd, Midlothian OPEN HOUSE NOV 23rd 11am to 3pm

Midlothian, Chesterfield County, Virginia

Welcome to this wonderful property. Located in the heart of Midlothian with sofly rolling hills, this Stunningly Private 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath home with commercial size Inground pool, Cabanas, Covered Olympic Size Riding Arena, Attached and Detached Garages, 3+ Stall Barn, Fenced and Crossed Fenced Pastures, Hay Fields, Paved drive, Luxurious Home fantastic for large families or Entertaining. Don't miss your Opportunity to see this fantastic property. Open House November 23rd from 11 Am Til 3 Pm. Come and see this home for yourself. Once in a lifetime property for sure. Please Allow 24 hours notice for showing.

Carol Harris , Parr & Abernathy Realty Inc

18.39 ACRES
5725 SQ FT
Horse property for sale with gorgeous views

Goode, Bedford County, Virginia

Currently, a running cattle farm, would be great for horses, and located in Goode close to 221 and 460. Beautiful hay fields, timber, multiple creeks, 2 ponds and multiple building spots. Pick from being on Telegraph Rd, overlooking a pond, or being well back off the road hidden from everyone with your own vista view. This property has division capabilities if you choose to sell part later or bring your family. Come see this property today but be sure to call first!

Jimmy Miller , John Stewart Walker, Inc.

139.06 ACRES
46+ Acres!

Red House, Charlotte County, Virginia

NEW PRICE! Fabulous ranch home on 46 beautiful acres boasting in-ground pool, incredible country side views for miles, and private main level master suite. Plus, a big bonus for this home is the main level in-law apartment (bedroom, full bath, kitchenette, living room), and access to the covered porch. You'll love entertaining in the formal dining room open to the spacious living room with fireplace. Cooking will be a delight in the newly remodeled kitchen with lovely cabinets, stainless appliances, granite, and a sunny breakfast area overlooking the pool, back yard, and views on the horizon. Large 3-car garage, and spacious laundry/utility room are steps from the kitchen, and in-law apartment. The opposite wing of the house boasts private bedroom space, full bath, plus the second master suite. Lower level is perfect for family room, game room, full bath, and massive storage rooms. Bring the horses and enjoy the grounds of this wonderful property with so much acreage.

Nadine Blakely , Re/Max 1st Olympic

46.19 ACRES
3252 SQ FT
Phenomenal Horse Property Located In Amherst Virginia

Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is this state of the art Equestrian Facility. 34 acres with hardwoods, several water sources, pond, rolling fenced pastures and beautiful views all around. The Ultimate Horse Barn features HVAC,wash area, office, automatic waterers, bath, tack room and so much more. Outdoor arena, working pen and additional utility/equipment barn, paddocks and run-in shed. A true horse lovers dream! Listing Broker owns an additional 90 acres which adjoins this and is available for an additional $495,000.00. Ask agent for details.

Steven Conner , Steven T. Conner Real Estate

34.30 ACRES
5913 SQ FT

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