discover the Virginia countryside on horseback 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.
ANNUAL EQUESTRIAN EVENTS March – May: Point-to-Point Races & Hunter Pace Events May: Virginia Gold Cup, Great Meadow Hunt Country Stable Tour Mid-May – Mid-September: Saturday Twilight Polo at Great Meadow Friday evening and Sunday afternoon Polo at Banbury Cross June: Annual Upperville Colt & Horse Show July: Great Meadow International October: International Gold Cup Races at Great Meadow Virginia Field Hunter Championship Washington International Horse Show December: Middleburg Hunt Parade
PE C T I V E
AT SALAMANDER ® RESORT & SPA This unique self-discovery program unites horse and human with the ultimate goal of developing extensive leadership expertise, regardless of one’s experience. Using an innovative hands-on approach, participants connect with horses while exploring relationship awareness, communication style and leadership techniques. The key to this program is studying a horse’s ability to relate with humans and others within its herd. Participants will quickly draw the correlations between these alliances, providing the tools needed to further develop the artistry of leadership. In addition, they will gain a humble understanding and respect for these powerful, gracious animals. Equestrian Director, Sheryl Jordan, has devoted the past 40+ years to better understanding the relationships between horses, humans and nature which has culminated in EquiSpective. For the last 20+ years she has developed, fine-tuned, coached and practiced this program, achieving incredible results. She has extensive experience in facilitating this program and will tailor it to suit your needs. EquiSpective is a perfect fit for corporate management meetings and retreats, families, social groups, students and individuals. The multi-level hands-on interaction covers groundwork, round-pen exercises and much more. Each phase promises to equip the participant with deeper self-awareness and life-changing leadership skills.
PROGRAM OUTLINE Welcome & Introduction Goals & Objectives Safety Guidelines
Nuggets of Knowledge Select your Equine Partner Round-Pen Sessions Round-Up
LIFE LESSONS WITH THE HORSE
Private/semi private session/small groups up to 12
Learn to listen with intention
Focus on the moment
Actively follow your instincts
Respectful awareness of power
Develop relationships before judging Remain open minded Direct with confidence and trust
Clear vs. conflicting communication Owning the responsibility of leadership
(minimum of four participants required) 6-HOUR SESSION Group session (minimum of four participants required) includes snacks, beverages and lunch
ESSENTIAL HORSEMANSHIP 8:30am, 10am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm
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. Ages 5 & up. One hour.
HUMAN/HORSE SYNERGY RIDES
elevate the bond between horse and rider COUNTRYSIDE GROUP TRAIL RIDES 8:30am, 10am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm
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. Ages 10 & up. One hour.
STONE WALL PRIVATE TRAIL RIDE 8:30am, 10am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm
Designed for the more experienced and educated rider, or those who seek more solitude in the woods and fields. Ages 10 & up. One hour.
Our professional Spa & Equestrian staff will evaluate your riding with your horse, and then recommend a customized body work program for you and your equine friend. Massage, acupuncture and chiropractic modalities may be suggested for both of you which will result in improved synergy and body communication between you and the horse. Riding session is one hour. Spa and equine services are additional.
SALAMANDER HORSEMANSHIP CLUB 8:30am, 12:30pm
Ideal for the “horse-crazy” child or adult! Spend half of the day in the world of horses with Essential Horsemanship, Equine Communication, Riding Lesson and a scenic Trail Ride. Each participant receives an official Equestrian Center hat, photo of your favorite horse and a Salamander photo frame. Ages 10 & up. Four hours.
Instruction is offered on our seasoned lesson horses and ponies; however, the session may also be enjoyed on your own horse. Lessons may include grooming, leading, ground safety and riding. We do not offer jumping instruction. Ages 5 & up. One hour.
In addition, parents or adult participants receive complimentary 2 hour Spa Facility 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 package.
(8:30am & 3:30pm may not be available November – April)
RIDING LESSONS 8:30am, 10am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm
8:30am, 10am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm
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. Ages 5 & up. One hour.
Salamander® Resort & Spa features one of the finest equestrian facilities and programs in the country. BED & BREAKFAST – YOU & YOUR HORSE 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. Please call for package rates by season.
OVERNIGHT BOARDING & DAY STALL RENTAL You are welcome to stable your horse at Salamander 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.
TRAINING Our Equestrian Staff specializes in Natural Horsemanship Training leading to a harmonious partnership between you and your horse. All disciplines welcome.
EQUESTRIAN EDUCATIONAL CLASSES 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. All ages. One hour. Call for times. Minimum of four participants required.
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: ✦ 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 receive 50% off of Trail Rides and Riding Lessons (excluding Saturdays and holidays). Local residents will need to show zip code verification.
Note: The Equestrian programs are open to the public. Pricing and times are subject to change.
TERMS & CONDITIONS • Please make all reservations at least 24 hours in advance. Preference in scheduling will be given to resort guests. • Participants and riders 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 equestrian participants. 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 is permitted while riding as both hands need to be on the reins. • Please leave valuables in your room or vehicle during the ride.
TERMS & CONDITIONS • 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, special needs 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 250 pounds. • Please note that a 22% service charge is added to all services and programs.
• Smoking is not permitted in or near the Equestrian Center or during any equestrian activities. 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 & conditions are made for the safety 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. Of course, every effort will be made to reschedule the services if weather is more suitable the following day(s).
For additional information, including facility policies, please visit SalamanderResort.com/equestrian SALAMANDER RESORT & SPA 500 North Pendleton Street, Middleburg, Virginia 20117 Stable: 540.326.4085 | Resort: 540.687.3600 Reservations: 844.303.2723