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Fox Chase Farm Offers First Class Venue for $20,000 TCH Fox Chase Show Series

Middleburg, VA - January 14, 2009 - Along with a top quality non-rated horse show series, Fox Chase Farm in Middleburg, VA, provides a stellar facility and excellent amenities for its exhibitors. As the first non-rated show circuit to be affiliated with the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), the $20,000 TCH Fox Chase Show Series is truly in a league of its own.

Fox Chase Farm hosts two shows a month, with competitions continuing throughout the year until late September. The new and improved facility at the farm offers comfortable amenities and a safe atmosphere for all of its horses, riders, trainers, and spectators.

"Footing is very important to equestrian competition and to the health of the horse," commented Maureen Hanley, Director of Operations of Fox Chase Farm. Hanley, who manages all of the horse shows, was also the founder of the TCH Fox Chase Show Series in 2006. "We completely reconstructed our footing in the indoor and outdoor arenas, as well as created a new schooling arena. We use dust-free Extreme Level footing, which has really raised our quality of competition and training."

The farm has private heated bathrooms and a heated viewing lounge with two fireplaces and private office space. Excellent food is prepared daily in the new "food cottage," which is heated and has plenty of comfortable chairs and a television. Shows are run in a timely manner, with quality in-gate employees and judges. Heating lamps keep wash stalls and grooming areas warm for the horses. Individual tack lockers are available for riders, and there are also private changing rooms and showers.

"When we purchased the farm in 2000, there was a massive need for repairs because it's an older facility," Hanley related. "Since we are serious about hosting quality horse shows, we wanted to upgrade the bathrooms, stalls, footing, and fencing. We also added a premium, state-of-the-art sound system so announcements can be heard all over the farm and music can play during shows."

Fox Chase Farm has a rich history in the Middleburg, VA, area, and the facility is truly a landmark for its surrounding hunt country. "Many people who come here remember the previous owners from 50 years ago," said Hanley. "We had to re-invent ourselves a bit and re-make a tired, older barn. However, we love the facility, and its location is perfect. The barn is great because it has direct access to the indoor arena; riders and horses can get to the ring without walking through cold or rainy weather. Our bathrooms are even 'equestrian' in their design," she smiled, "with custom made 'wine barrel' sinks and wooden stalls for toilets."

The very first horse show of the series was held on January 10, and the kick-off show for ponies is scheduled for January 24, 2009. "The first show went very well," noted Hanley. "We had a great turnout! Billy Moroney, who is president of the USHJA, said we looked like a little 'A' show. Everyone really enjoyed themselves."

In addition to its horse show series, Fox Chase Farm now provides free online classifieds for local equestrians and businesses in the area. This free service is available on the farm's website. Members of the equestrian community can buy and sell horses and ponies, tack, farm equipment, cars, trucks, trailers, and post Help Wanted ads.

To advertise for free on the Fox Chase Farm website, please go to http://www.foxchasefarm.net and click on "Free Online Classifieds."

For more information on Fox Chase Farm, please go to http://www.foxchasefarm.net or call their main office at 540-687-5255.


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