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EQUEST R I A N EXPERI E NC E S Discover the Virginia countryside on horseback.


TA KE T H E R EI NS . For over a century, the rolling terrain and meadows of the Middleburg area have provided one of the finest canvases for what has become known as Washington, D.C.’s Horse Country. With more than 400 equestrian events including polo matches, steeplechases, hunter and jumper shows, fox hunting and the internationally recognized Gold Cup Races, it is not surprising that more U.S. Olympic riders have elected to train in this area over any other region in the country.


Equestrian Events MARCH – MAY

Point-to-Point Races & Hunter Pace Events


Virginia Gold Cup, Great Meadow Hunt Country Stable Tour


Saturday Twilight Polo at Great Meadow Sunday Afternoon Polo at Banbury Cross


Annual Upperville Colt & Horse Show


Great Meadow International


International Gold Cup Races at Great Meadow Virginia Field Hunter Championship Washington International Horse Show


Middleburg Hunt Parade


Horse & Rider


Countryside Group Trail Rides 8:30am, 10am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm Ages 10 & up — One hour

Discovery the natural beauty of our countryside astride our quiet trail horses. Your guide will take you through the wooded trails at a leisurely walk.

Stone Wall Private Trail Ride

8:30am, 10am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm Ages 10 & up — One hour

Designed for the more experienced and educated rider, or those who seek more solitude in the woods and fields.

Riding Lessons

8:30am, 10am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm Ages 5 & up — One hour

Instruction is offered on our seasoned lesson horses and ponies; however, the session may also be enjoyed on your own horse. All lessons are conducted by our experienced staff in Balanced Seat, Centered Riding, Hunt Seat on the Flat, Basic Dressage and Stock Seat. Lessons may include grooming, leading, ground safety and riding. We do not offer jumping instruction.

Essential Horsemanship

8:30am, 10am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm Ages 5 & up — One hour

Whether you are new to horses or wanting to add to your equestrian skills, this program can cover anything from grooming and handling techniques to braiding, bandaging, tacking (English or Western) and everything in between.

(8:30am & 3:30pm may not be available November – April)

Equine Communication

8:30am, 10am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm Ages 5 & up — One hour

Have you ever wondered about the magic behind “horse whispering”? This unique opportunity will teach you the art of equine communication with our professional trainers. As an observer or participant, you are sure to come away with a new appreciation of these magnificent creatures.

Salamander Horsemanship Club 8:30am - 12:30pm and 12:30pm - 4:30pm Ages 10 & up — Four hours

Ideal for the “horse-crazy” child or adult! Spend half of the day in the world of horses with Essential Horsemanship, Equine Communication, Stable Management, a Riding Lesson and a scenic Trail Ride. Each participant receives an official Equestrian Center hat, photo of their favorite horse and a Salamander photo frame. In addition, parents or adult participants receive complimentary 2 hour spa* access for 2 adults, 1 complimentary Rasul treatment per package (based upon availability, service cannot be substituted and has no additional retail value) and a 10% discount on 50 minute or longer Spa services (based upon availability, advanced reservations required). Spa activities must be redeemed during the same stay as the Horsemanship Club package. *

Kidd0 Zip & Ride

Minimum of four children required

Exclusively for our youngest guests under the minimum age for the Treetop Zip Tour. Following their Kiddo Zip & Ride they will enjoy a 1-hour grooming session and pony ride at the Equestrian Center.

(8:30am & 3:30pm may not be available November – April)

Bed & Breakfast – You & Your Horse Please call for package rates by season

You and your horse can relax with a luxurious stay in our accommodations and discover our beautiful Virginia countryside trails with one of our knowledgeable guides.

Overnight Boarding & Day Stall Rental You are welcome to stable your horse at Salamander Resort & Spa and explore our trails with one of our experienced guides, cap with local hunts or enjoy the convenience of being near local competitions. Our professional staff will provide top level care including daily feedings, stall cleaning and turn out per owner’s request. Inquire about á la carte options.

Training Our Equestrian staff specializes in Natural Horsemanship training leading to a more harmonious partnership between you and your horse. All disciplines welcome.

Equestrian Educational Classes All ages — One hour

Let our expert equestrian staff deepen your knowledge in a range of equine related subjects. Request from our menu of topics or choose your own. Call for times. Minimum of four participants required.


Meet Cupcake


Keeping up with Cupcake Meet the sweetest member of our team, Cupcake! Our friend may be little in size but this miniature horse has a big personality. Every Friday and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. she joins our team in the Living Room to greet our guests and welcome them to their homeaway-from-home.

Cocktails with Cupcake Our little friend’s festive spirit is perfectly paired with Gold Cup’s Cupcake Cocktail. Only offered while Cupcake is visiting the Living Room, enjoy this libation featuring vanilla vodka, dark and light Godiva, housemade whipped cream topped with rainbow sprinkles. $14 per drink.

Cupcake Birthday Party Cupcake will add a “sweet” experience to children’s birthday parties! Theme your party with custom cupcakes by our pastry team and pony rides also may be provided. Reservations required, cupcakes and pony rides are an additional fee.

A Visit from Cupcake Add a visit from Cupcake to any meeting, executive conference, banquet event or even guest room get together for a welcome surprise! She is the perfect touch for a unique experience while visiting horse country and a delight for kids of all ages.

Photo Shoots Enhance wedding, birthday or family reunion photos with Cupcake’s cuteness.

Essential Horsemanship and/or Equine Communication with Cupcake Cupcake and Kid’s Camp Complimentary

Cupcake loves to join in on the fun at kid’s camp for special occasions.

Holiday Visits Complimentary

Cupcake will make an appearance during all holidays and resort celebrations including Brunch with Santa, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and more.

Please feel free to visit Cupcake anytime at the Equestrian Center.

Please note that Cupcake wears a special diaper which enables her to go inside the building and not leave any droppings behind!

Salamander Resort & Spa features one of the finest equestrian facilities and programs in the country. H I G H L I G H T S I NC LUDE : • 25 on-site acres dedicated to the equestrian facility. • Stunning 14,000-square-foot stable featuring • 22 stalls and a classroom/dining venue. • Nine beautiful paddocks, ranging in size from 1–2.6 acres. • A spectacular 120’ x 240’ outdoor riding arena with ThorTurf footing. • Access to ride through scenic Virginia countryside. The resort consists of 340 acres with 200 placed into conservation easement. • Riders and horses appropriately matched for all equestrian programming. • Overnight Boarding in our luxurious Stable. • Local residents of Clarke, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun or Prince William County; Visit the Equestrian Center Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) and receive 50% off all Trail Rides and Riding Lessons (excludes Boarding). Local residents will need to show zip code verification.

T E R MS & CO N DITIONS • Please make all reservations at least 24 hours in advance. Preference in scheduling will be given to resort guests. • Riders and participants must arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled service. • Late riders may miss the ride and will not receive a refund. • Liability waivers must be completed for all participating in equine activities. Ages 17 and under require a parent’s signature. If the parent is not present, a photocopy of the parent’s driver’s license must accompany the signed waiver. • We require 24 hour notice prior to your scheduled appointment to cancel or reschedule to avoid a 100% charge. • All services are weather and ground conditions permitting. • Cancellations are at the discretion of the Equestrian Center staff and guests will not be billed. • Rides and/or programs may be canceled during Hunt Meets located close to Resort property. • Electronic devices are not permitted during any equestrian activities. • No picture taking during the ride as both hands need to be on the reins. • Please leave valuables in your room or vehicle during the ride. • Smoking is not permitted in or near the Equestrian Center or during any equestrian activities. • Helmets are required for all riders and are provided by the Equestrian Center. • Long pants and closed toe shoes with a hard sole and heel are recommended for your riding comfort and safety. NO sandals, flip-flops or flats. • Horses are tacked up in western saddles for Trail Rides and beginner lessons. English saddles may be available with advanced notice and for experienced/educated riders only, but are not guaranteed. • Riding is a strenuous physical activity which does require a certain degree of physical coordination and balance. While we have quiet horses, horses may react to stimuli in the environment. • Pregnant women, people with heart, leg or back problems, or other serious illnesses will not be permitted to ride. • No one under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or impairing legal drugs, will be permitted to ride. • All dogs must be leashed and well-mannered while visiting the Equestrian Center. • Ages 10 & up for all Trail Rides. • Ages 5 & up for Riding Lessons, Equine Communication and • Essential Horsemanship. • Weight limit is 225 pounds. • A 22% Service Charge is added to all Equestrian services and packages. At this time, we do not have an indoor arena, and our trails are hilly so all riding services will be canceled under the following conditions: 1. Temperatures below 32°. 2. Temperatures that “feel like” below 32° due to the wind chill factor. 3. Rain or snow below the temperature of 45°. 4. Wet, muddy ground, icy conditions and slick snow. 5. Winds above 10 mph. (Our discretion to cancel services.) 6. Heavy rain, thunderstorms and lightning. 7. Heat/humidity above 90°. These terms and conditions are made for the safety and comfort of our guests and horses. There is a likelihood that hazardous environmental conditions will affect horse behavior and jeopardize the safety of the ride for all skill levels of riders. Every effort will be made to reschedule the services if weather is more suitable the following day(s). NOTE: The Equestrian programs are open to the public. Pricing and scheduled times are subject to change.



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