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Equestrian Friends of Frying Pan Equestrian events, stabling and schooling offered at the Equestrian Center of Frying Pan Farm Park. Please make sure content you post adheres to the social media policy:

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Bring your horse to Frying Pan Farm Park for open hunter schooling! A great way to prep for upcoming shows, or just to g...
03/13/2022

Bring your horse to Frying Pan Farm Park for open hunter schooling! A great way to prep for upcoming shows, or just to get out for a fun ride! You can have the whole arena to yourself, or ride with a friend. $15 per ticket includes the use of the outdoor rings and facilities for the day. A Coggins is required for all horses, and a health certificate is required for any horses coming from outside of Virginia. The dates are:

March 7-10
March 14-17
March 21-24
March 28-April 1

Buy your tickets at https://bit.ly/3tA9hCD.

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Register for the Horse Expo at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon! There will be demos, food trucks, speakers and businesse...
03/11/2022

Register for the Horse Expo at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon! There will be demos, food trucks, speakers and businesses that sell equestrian products or services. This event is free for all ages; please register early at Bit.ly/FPHorseExpo.

If you'd like to be a sponsor or an exhibitor, please email [email protected].

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03/10/2022

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03/09/2022

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Meanwhile, in Canada. 😁credit: My Virtual Eventing Coach
03/08/2022

Meanwhile, in Canada.

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03/07/2022
Bring your horse to Frying Pan Farm Park for open hunter schooling! A great way to prep for upcoming shows, or just to g...
03/06/2022

Bring your horse to Frying Pan Farm Park for open hunter schooling! A great way to prep for upcoming shows, or just to get out for a fun ride! You can have the whole arena to yourself, or ride with a friend. $15 per ticket includes the use of the outdoor rings and facilities for the day. A Coggins is required for all horses, and a health certificate is required for any horses coming from outside of Virginia. The dates are:

March 7-10
March 14-17
March 21-24
March 28-April 1

Buy your tickets at https://bit.ly/3tA9hCD.

This is long, but so good! ⭐https://www.facebook.com/My.Virtual.Eventing.Coach/posts/5064541420277589
03/05/2022

This is long, but so good! ⭐

https://www.facebook.com/My.Virtual.Eventing.Coach/posts/5064541420277589

"Dear Horse,

I love you very much, and I truly cherish your presence in my life. I would never wish to criticize you in any way. However, there are a few trivial details regarding our relationship that I think might bear your consideration.

First of all, I am already aware that horses can run faster than I can. I do not need you to demonstrate that fact each time I come to get you in from the field.

Please remember that I work long and hard to earn the money to keep you in the style to which you have become accustomed. In return, I think you should at least pretend to be glad to see me, even when I’m carrying a bridle instead of a bucket of feed.

It should be fairly obvious to you that I am a human being who walks on only two legs. I do not resemble a scratching post. Do not think that, when you rub your head against me with 1,000 pounds of force behind it, I believe that it wasn’t your intention to send me flying. I am also aware that stomping on my toes while you are pushing me around is nothing but adding injury to insult.

I understand I cannot expect you to cover your nose when you sneeze, but it would be appreciated if you did not inhale large amounts of dirt and manure prior to aiming your sneezes at my face. Also, if you have recently filled your mouth with water that you do not intend to drink, please let it all dribble from your mouth BEFORE you put your head on my shoulder. In addition, while I know you despise your worming medication, my intentions in giving it to you are good, and I really do not think I should be rewarded for my concern and diligence by having you spit half of it back out onto my shirt.

Sometimes, I get the feeling that you are confused about the appropriate roles you should play in various situations. So here is a bit of advice:

1) Your stone-wall imitation should be used when I am mounting and your speed-walker imitation when I suggest that we proceed on our way, not vice versa.

2) Please also understand that jumping is meant to be a mutual endeavor. By “mutual”, I mean that we are supposed to go over the jump together. You were purchased to be a mount, not a catapult.

On another subject: I know the world is a scary place when your eyes are on the sides of your head, but I did spend a significant amount of money to buy and keep you, and I have every intention of protecting that investment.

Therefore, please consider the following when you are choosing the appropriate behavior for a particular situation:

When I put your halter on you, attach one end of a lead rope to the halter, and tie the other end of the lead rope to a post, or ring, or whatever, I am indicating a desire for you to remain in that general locale. I would also like for the halter, lead rope, post, etc., to remain intact. While I admit that things like sudden loud noises can be startling, I do not consider them to be acceptable excuses for repeatedly snapping expensive new lead ropes (or halters or posts) so that you can run madly around the yard creating havoc in your wake. Such behavior is not conducive to achieving that important goal that I know we both share —- decreasing the number of times the veterinarian comes out to visit you.

By the same token, the barn aisle was not designed for the running of the Derby, and is inappropriate for use as a racetrack. Dragging me down the aisle in leaps, bounces, and bounds is not how “leading” is supposed to work, even if someone happens to drop a saddle on the floor as we’re passing. Pulling loose entirely is also discouraged (although I admit it does save wear and tear on me, as well as allowing you to run faster). Efficiency is not, however, the goal in this case. A graceful and dignified saunter down the aisle a deux is perfectly acceptable - even desirable.

Along similar lines: I assure you that blowing pieces of paper do not eat horses. While I realize you are very athletic, I do not need a demonstration of your ability to teleport 25 feet sideways from a stationary position while also swapping ends in midair, nor am I interested in your ability to emulate a racehorse and bronco while fleeing said piece of paper. It is impressive, but please save it for the dressage ring, where it might earn us both some feed money. Also keep in mind that if the paper were truly a danger, it would be the height of unkindness (not to mention ingratitude) to dump me on the ground in front of it as a sacrificial offering to expedite your escape.

When I ask you to cross a small stream, you may safely assume that it does not contain crocodiles, sharks, or piranhas, nor will it be likely to drown you. (I have actually seen horses swimming, so I know it can be done.) I expect you to be prepared to comply with the occasional request to wade across some small body of water. Since I would like to be dry when we reach the other side of the stream, deciding to roll when we’re halfway across is not encouraged behavior.

I give you my solemn oath that the trailer is nothing but an alternate means of transportation for distances too long for walking. It is not a lion’s den or a dragon’s maw, nor will it magically transform into such. It is carefully tested for use by horses such as yourself, and I promise you that you will indeed fit comfortably into your assigned space. Please also bear in mind that I generally operate on a schedule, and wherever we’re going, I would really like to get there today.

For the last time, I do not intend to abandon you to a barren, friendless existence. If I put you in a turn-out paddock, I promise that no predators will eat you, and I will come back in due time to return you to your stable. It is not necessary to run in circles, whinny pathetically, threaten to jump the fence, or paw at the gate. Neither your stable mates nor I will have left the premises. The other horses standing peacefully in adjacent paddocks amply demonstrate that it is possible to enjoy being turned out for exercise.

Finally, in closing, my strong and gentle companion, I would like to point out that, whatever might happen between horses and their people, we humans will always love you. In fact, our bonds with you help create new bonds among ourselves, even with total strangers. Wherever there are horses, there will be “horse people”, and for the blessings you bestow upon us, we thank you.

Most sincerely yours,
Your Adoring Owner” ~ Author unknown

Supposed to get down to 25 degrees tonight. 🥶
03/05/2022

Supposed to get down to 25 degrees tonight. 🥶

Bring your horse to Frying Pan Farm Park for open hunter schooling! A great way to prep for upcoming shows, or just to g...
03/04/2022

Bring your horse to Frying Pan Farm Park for open hunter schooling! A great way to prep for upcoming shows, or just to get out for a fun ride! You can have the whole arena to yourself, or ride with a friend. $15 per ticket includes the use of the outdoor rings and facilities for the day. A Coggins is required for all horses, and a health certificate is required for any horses coming from outside of Virginia. The dates are:

March 7-10
March 14-17
March 21-24
March 28-April 1

Questions? Email [email protected].

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Magnificent! 👀
02/28/2022

Magnificent! 👀

Sometimes you just gotta sit and rest a spell. 😊
02/27/2022

Sometimes you just gotta sit and rest a spell. 😊

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Look at this gorgeous footing created by Frying Pan Farm Park's new DragNFly Pro arena groomer! The park got this equipm...
02/22/2022

Look at this gorgeous footing created by Frying Pan Farm Park's new DragNFly Pro arena groomer! The park got this equipment to further improve the riding experience.

The DragNFly has two rollers, adjustable teeth, and two rows of spring tines. The adjustability of the drag helps to customize the footing for specific users. Most importantly, the two rollers help level and compact the footing to keep it from getting too deep. As you can see, it also leaves a beautiful aesthetic finish to the footing!

You'll get to experience the results of the Dragnfly next time you ride at Frying Pan Farm Park!

Ride in the Tuesday night summer series at Frying Pan Farm Park! Here's the tentative schedule; check back next month fo...
02/21/2022

Ride in the Tuesday night summer series at Frying Pan Farm Park! Here's the tentative schedule; check back next month for confirmation:

Hunter: June 28, July 19 and August 16
Dressage: June 21 and July 12

One of the Park Authority's sister equestrian facilities, Turner Farm, has announced their hunter schooling show series. Their dates are April 9, May 14, August 27, September 10 and October 15. They will have dressage shows on April 17 and June 12.

Questions? Email [email protected].

Did you know you can rent the facilities at Frying Pan Farm Park for more than just equestrian activities? For example, ...
02/20/2022

Did you know you can rent the facilities at Frying Pan Farm Park for more than just equestrian activities? For example, there's a greyhound play group that's been renting Frying Pan's indoor arena for years. Once a month, about 20 owners and their dogs meet for rounds of recall. All the doors are closed to allow the dogs to run free with just their basket muzzles on.

There's also another dog group that holds their annual fundraiser here. The Bassett Hound Rescue of Old Dominion rents Frying Pan's cross-country field and some tents. This event is really fun; there's a doggie costume contest, a dog pie-eating contest, and races!

If you're interested in renting the facility for a dog or horse-related activity, let the park know. Rental info is online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/frying-pan-park/rentals.

Must be Wednesday. 😊
02/16/2022

Must be Wednesday.

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Happy Valentines Day from the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park! Please post a photo of the horse you love in the comments...
02/14/2022

Happy Valentines Day from the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park! Please post a photo of the horse you love in the comments below. 🥰

Is your horse like this? 😊
02/13/2022

Is your horse like this?

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Address

Friends Of Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Rd
Herndon, VA
20171

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(703) 437-9101

Products

Dressage, Hunter, Jumper, Quarter Horse Shows, historical books, farm fresh eggs, and special events.

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Our Story

Do you want to bring your horse to a new place to school for the day? Or compete in a horse show? The Equestrian Center at Frying Pan Farm Park is your answer! We offer an exceptional facility at reasonable rates for all levels and disciplines of riders. And you don’t have to journey way out into the countryside to get here -- we’re just four miles from Dulles Airport!

Generations of equestrians have enjoyed riding at Frying Pan. Fans come from up and down the East Coast for our horse shows. With a full-size indoor arena, two full-size outdoor riding rings and a cross-country rally field, it’s a perfect venue for equestrian events.

This public-use facility offers schooling horse shows, short-term stabling, and multiple trailer-in schooling options. The center is also available for private rentals. Just let us know your goals and we’ll help you achieve them! Call or visit soon.

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14 year old TWH mare for sale. Beautifully gaited! Trailers well, pleasure ridden, western, trailblazer, crosses creeks, hills/embankments, bridges. 14 hands tall, healthy, field kept. I watched this horse hit the ground when she was born and now I am moving to a place without accommodations/fencing, I am 5 months pregnant and recovering from shoulder surgeries and cannot physically build for her in the short time I have. She’s out of good blood lines, Hoosier Daddy is her sire, Dylan’s Dynamite/ Marshall Dylan. Registered name is Marshall’s Molly Bell or Molly for short. Do not have papers, lost somewhere in the move, asking $4000 OBO
ISO Bander/Braider for Pre-Turkey AQHA Quarter Horse Show Thank you!
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What is the February date for the Dressage show? Entry form says 2/20 (see pic), post on FB page says 2/29.
I wanted to make sure that this is available for as many people as possible. Apply for one of the coveted 4 rider spots, in the upcoming Olympic Champion Peter Wylde, June 3, Rutledge Farm Sessions, master clinic. https://www.rutledgefarm.com/clinics https://www.eventclinics.com/a/HgIS8We_iEOJkJaVnsKa0w Riders will be chosen, May 16. Peter is the head clinician of the USHJA's emerging athletes program. This is the only other clinic that Peter will teach, this year. ______________________________ Middleburg, Va. - May 13, 2019 - The team at Rutledge Farm is less than one month away from welcoming Olympic show jumping gold medalist Peter Wylde to host an exclusive, masterclass clinic as a part of the 2019 Rutledge Farm Sessions clinic series. Applications for rider spots will May 16, and auditor tickets are available in the remaining weeks leading up to the clinic. Wylde joins Rutledge Farm's group of elite 2019 clinicians, including Karen Healey, Boyd Martin, Will Simpson, Ali Brock, Debbie McDonald, Phillip Dutton, and Stacia Madden. Working his way up through the ranks, Wylde quickly made a name for himself as a junior athlete by winning top equitation championships, including the ASPCA Maclay Finals as well as the IHSA Cacchione Cup. In 2004, Wylde earned his first Olympic gold medal for the United States in Show Jumping in Athens, Greece. Wylde also earned an individual bronze medal at the Jerez de la Frontera, Spain World Equestrian Games (WEG) in 2002, as well as one team and one individual silver medal at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada in 1999. Wylde said, "Aleco [Bravo-Greenberg] gave me a tour of [Rutledge Farm,] and it is so beautiful. I had pretty much decided that I wasn't going to do clinics anymore, and this is actually the only clinic that I will do besides the Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) with the USHJA. I'm excited to come back to Middleburg in June." In 2009, Wylde was asked to be the USHJA's first EAP National Training Session clinician for its inaugural program, and he currently serves as the lead clinician each year. Wylde also serves as Vice Chair of the Emerging Athletes Task Force. Throughout the year, Wylde currently competes and trains at some of the country's top show jumping events, including the Devon Horse Show, Kentucky Horse Shows spring and summer series, and the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). On his training technique, Wylde said, "I like to be able to assess what I see with the given horse and give riders insight into what I think is the best way forward, and what small little changes can try to help them. I try to tailor clinics to give the rider the best information without being too confusing, it should be very simple and very straightforward." With over 40 years of experience in the sport, attendees can look forward to learning about "honing the art of fine riding." Wylde's boutique-style clinic will kick-off at 4:00 p.m. with rider spots being limited to just four horse and rider pairs. Auditors are welcomed and encouraged to join as Wylde imparts his knowledge and advice about the sport. Throughout the clinic, Wylde will open the floor for auditor questions, and the evening will conclude with 30-minute question and answer session. Wylde said, "One of my favorite things about hosting clinics is answering questions. We can use the riders in the clinic as examples, and then talk bigger picture to the audience. I welcome auditors and I think it's a fantastic way to learn. I really love being able to host clinics and share my knowledge." Applications to ride in Wylde's clinic are now open, with limited ride spots available. There are only a few days left to submit applications, and acceptance notices will be sent out to riders on Thursday, May 16. Auditor tickets will be available in the remaining weeks leading up the clinic. For more information about Peter Wylde's Rutledge Farm Session, or to find out how to ride in another one of this year's sessions, visit rutledgefarm.com/clinics. Easy registration for the Rutledge Farm Sessions clinic series is provided by Event Clinics.
Don't forget to check out your photos on the web site: www.ishoothorses.com Any questions just let me know and I will help you ! 480-570-5201 [email protected]
Hey folks we are in desperate need of XC judges for the CDCTA horse trials Sept 16 in Berryville. Please spread the word and help if you can. Contact me or signup at the link below.
Will you be having an annual pass sale this year?
It's such a rare opportunity, I thought everyone would like to know about the upcoming McLain Ward clinic, June 6, at Rutledge Farm, in Middleburg, Virginia. https://www.eventclinics.com/a/QjNybCQ_UEGYZGO2wV3AnA
Have some equestrian items to sell or trade? Grab a friend, rent a space and bring it to the yard sale June 16th. friendsoffryingpan.org/yardsale for details
Hi All, really trying to find out some info for tomorrows show. Is there anyone that can answer the question: What estimated time will the Child/Adults run? Best guess answer is fine: noon? 3pm? 5pm? Anyone?