Trinity Episcopal Church Will Host 48th Annual Stable Tour
by KRISTEN ARMSTRONG, Staff Writer
|Want a firsthand look at private stables
in the Middleburg area? Your chance is coming soon, with Trinity
Episcopal Church's 2007 Hunt Country Stable Tour.
Now in its 48th year, the Memorial Day-weekend event is a self-driven tour to many private stables in Hunt Country that usually are not open to the public.
“It's a really unique event in Hunt Country,” said Betsy Crenshaw, a member of the tour's organizational team. “You get to see what you want, when you want to see it.”
This year, there are 13 tour stops. People will have the chance to see the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner, Genuine Risk, at New Stead Stable, view demonstrations featuring the 2006 sidesaddle champion at Fox View Stables and watch horses swim at Trappe Hill Farm.
Other features to look out for include training of young horses at the Middleburg Training Track, Civil War re-enactments at Goose Creek Bridge and a country fair at Trinity Church in Upperville.
The money raised from the tour will fund the local, national and international outreach and church programs of Trinity Church.
“The people who buy tickets get to see stables they wouldn't normally get to, the farm owners take the opportunity to spruce up their farms and, because we give all the money away, people who receive the outreach funds benefit,” Crenshaw said. “It's beneficial to a lot of people on a lot of different fronts.”
The tour will take place on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27. Tickets are $20 per person in advance, and can be purchased at the Pink Box in Middleburg, by phone at (540) 592-3711 or on the Web site at www.middleburgonline.com/stabletour.
Tickets are $25 per person on the day of the event.