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Groundbreaking Set for Equestrian Center Renovations

Morven Park continues its 100-year tradition of equestrian excellence with a September 2014 groundbreaking for Phase I of its equestrian center renovation and expansion.

With a goal of creating one of the premier equestrian venues on the East Coast, Morven Park’s plans include replacement of its outdoor arenas during Phase I. Engineering work for the outdoor arenas is being completed, with a groundbreaking celebration for four new competition arenas scheduled during the Middleburg Classic hunter competition on Friday, Sept. 19, 4-6:30 p.m. The celebration, to which the public is invited, will overlook the $10,000 Future Hunter Stake, the Middleburg Hunter Classic, and the Adult Amateur Hunter classes.

Later phases of construction include a pavilion for prime spectator viewing and hospitality, strategically placed in Morven Park’s 1,000-acre equestrian complex, plus a Grand Prix field, all new barns and a new indoor stadium to create a comprehensive multi-discipline venue. The Grand Prix field will host show jumping, hunter derby and carriage driving competitions.

Morven Park’s time-honored equestrian facilities will evolve into a first-class competition venue with modern amenities, ample warm-up space, airy barns, and safe and efficient traffic flow for horses, spectators and vehicles.

The current facilities originated in the late 1960s through the early 1980s, during the era of the Morven Park International Equestrian Institute. Dedicated to educating instructors who would train future riders, the Institute graduated 1,000 students between 1969 and 1991. Today, the Equestrian Center continues to host about 30 events each year, including Morven Park’s Spring and Fall Horse Trials which often draw eventers ranging from beginner to Olympic-level, dressage shows, driving competitions, Pony Club rallies and camps, hunter shows, and educational clinics.

Morven Park is operated by the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation. The non-profit organization was established to preserve and promote the historic site in memory of its final owner, Westmoreland Davis, who served as Virginia governor from 1918 to 1922.