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2009 $20,000 TCH Fox Chase Show Series Named Affiliate Organization of USHJA

Middleburg, VA - December 9, 2008 - Fox Chase Farm, based in Middleburg, VA, is pleased to announce that the 2009 $20,000 TCH Fox Chase Show Series is now an affiliate of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA). The USHJA is the national affiliate for hunters and jumpers, providing many programs and educational materials for equestrians to grow within the industry. The Fox Chase Farm is the first non-rated horse shows series to be affiliated with the organization.

"Fox Chase Farm is so proud to be an Affiliate Organization of the USHJA!" stated Maureen Hanley, Director of Operations of Fox Chase Farm, LLC. "The USHJA has so many great programs, and they always have the interests of their equestrians and horses in mind. By showing at our non-rated series, the exhibitors are given the opportunity to have national exposure and recognition for their many talents."

The 2009 $20,000 TCH Fox Chase Show Series is an annual non-rated show circuit for local equestrians. The farm hosts two shows a month, and the upcoming 2009 series starts on January 10. Competitions continue throughout the year until late September, and the high-point competitors are honored at the series' year-end banquet. In addition, a total of $20,000 in prize money will be awarded to the series' leading horses and riders.

"We strive to make our local show series the best in the area," commented Hanley. "In addition to all of the exciting awards and prize money, we want to provide our exhibitors with the same competition quality as nationally rated shows. We want our exhibitors to benefit from their experience at Fox Chase Farm and feel prepared to advance to the next level."

For 2009, Fox Chase Farm will choose a Junior Rider, Adult Rider, Professional, and Trainer to be recognized for the USHJA Affiliate Sportsmanship Awards Program. Additionally, specified classes at the shows will to be considered for the Affiliate Equitation Awards Program.

"We are very excited for the local equestrians," Hanley noted, "and we are proud of the fact that Fox Chase Farm is the first show in the area to get our local equestrians recognized for their talents!"



Along with the farm's recent developments, Fox Chase Farm has invited Peggy Smith to be the series' official photographer for 2009. In addition, the 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.

2009 $20,000 TCH FOX CHASE SHOW SERIES FAST FACTS

Event:

2009 $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate TCH Fox Chase Show Series

What:

The TCH Fox Chase Show Series offers an annual non-rated show circuit for talented, local equestrians. The farm hosts two shows a month, and competitions continue throughout the year until late September, with year-end awards and $20,000 in prize money presented at the series' annual year-end party.

Where:

Fox Chase Farm in Middleburg, VA. A horse show, clinic and event facility that is conveniently located in the heart of hunt country.

When:

January 10: Fox Chase Farm Kick-Off Horse Show, the first show of the 2009 $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Fox Chase Farm Horse Show Series. This show will be held indoors.

January 24: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Pony Show, held indoors

February 14: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Horse Show

February 28: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Pony Show

March 7: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Horse Show

March 21: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Pony Show

April 11: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Horse Show

April 25: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Pony Show

May 9: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Horse Show

May 23: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Pony Show

May 31:$5,000 JUST JUMPERS MINI-PRIX featuring courses designed and built by Olympic Gold Medalist Joe Fargis

June 13: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Horse Show

June 20: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Pony Show

July 11: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Horse Show

July 18: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Pony Show

August 1: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Horse Show

August 22: $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Pony Show

September 7: $5,000 JUST JUMPERS MINI-PRIX featuring courses designed and built by Olympic Gold Medalist Joe Fargis

September 12: Final Horse Show $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Horse Show

September 26: Final Pony Show $20,000 USHJA/VHSA Associate Pony Show

Hours:

8am - 5pm daily

Admission:

Admission is free to the public.

Parking:

Parking is free to the public.

Directions:

Fox Chase Farm is located on Route 50 between Middleburg and Aldie at 23323 Foxchase Farm Lane, Middleburg, VA 20117. Detailed directions are available online.

Website: http://www.foxchasefarm.net

Ring Dimensions/Specs:

Both show arenas were recently re-graded and reconstructed. The outdoor arena has new dust-free footing that becomes sponge-like when watered. The rings have competition standard lighting, and the facility has a state-of-the-art sound system with 16 speakers placed throughout the arenas and stabling.

The dimensions of the competition areas are as follows:

Indoor: 80' x 200'

Outdoor: 160' x 350'

Outdoor Schooling Arena: 165' x 130'

Facility Features:

*New All Weather frost-free waterers in paddocks

*New fenced board paddocks

*Security system with code at gate

*47 stall barn with attached indoor arena

*Weather-protected access to arena from stable for horses and riders

*Wash stall with hot/cold water and heat lamps

*Grooming stalls with heat lamps

*Gazebo, which comfortably accommodates up to 50 people for BBQs, outdoor receptions, and events

*Six stall owner's barn with hot/cold wash stalls and heat lamps, tack room and private bathroom and shower

*Cross-country course

*Individual tack lockers

*Private men's and women's changing rooms and showers

*Front office and lounge next to indoor arena with fireplaces, central heat and air-conditioning

*Newly remodeled men's and women's bathrooms with central heat and central air-conditioning

*Two bedroom/ two full bathroom cottage available for short term rent - equipped with kitchen and sitting area, perfect for visitors in town for foxhunting, showing, or just passing through Middleburg

Sponsors:

Middleburg Bank

Merrifield Garden Center

Carr & Hyde Insurance

Margaret Weinberg Design

SiteWhirks

Wegmans

Rainbow Child Development Center

Norden Insurance

Extreme Level

My Suburban Oasis

Sponsor Contacts:

Maureen Hanley 540-687-5255, Diane Lunsford 703-618-9992

Horse Show Photographer: Peggy Smith, http://www.peggyjsmith.com

Awards and Recognitions:

2008 Top 10 Horse Shows - Virginia Horse Show Association

2008 Finalist Award: Small Business of the Year - Loudoun Chamber of Commerce

2007 Winner of Equine Business of the Year - Loudoun Chamber of Commerce

2007 Top 10 Horse Shows - Virginia Horse Show Association

2007 Finalist Award: Equine Business of the Year - Loudoun Chamber of Commerce

2006 Top 10 Horse Shows - Virginia Horse Show Association

Management:

Maureen Hanley, Director of Operations

Fox Chase Farm, LLC

P.O. Box 743

Middleburg, VA 20118

Email: foxchasefarm@verizon.net

website: http://www.foxchasefarm.net

Office: 540-687-5255

Fax: 540-687-3084

 

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