Virginia Equine Extravaganza: A Must-Do Family Outing

Virginia Equine Extravaganza

Pack up the family and head for the horses October 27-29, 2006 at Richmond’s Raceway Complex. The third-annual Virginia Equine Extravaganza offers activities for youth and equine entertainment the whole family can enjoy together at an affordable price.

“If you’re making a family visit to the Equine Extravaganza, you’ll find something for everyone,” says Equine Extravaganza producer Vicki O’Hara. “There’s an entire youth pavilion featuring top teams from the US Pony Clubs in an exciting and fast-paced games challenge. Kids can paint their own model horses-- and finger paint on a real horse! Everyone is excited about the chance to meet Blanco, the majestic white horse that starred as Shadowfax in the Lord of the Rings movies.”

In the youth pavilion, youth can learn to draw horses, spin a rope and tie a halter. For the college-bound, there’s the College Equine Round Table, featuring colleges that offer equine programs. Plus, there’s great shopping for the whole family in the vendor pavilions and an exciting Equus Extraordinaire evening show featuring top acts and top names in equine entertainment, from trick riding and carriage racing to precision drill teams.

“We’ve kept some of the best of previous Equus Extraordinaire shows and added some great new acts,” O’Hara says. “Blake Goode will perform breathtaking Roman riding astride the backs of two beautiful white horses and again on two robust Brahma bulls. Lynn Palm will perform her famous bridle-less riding demonstration. Blanco is a legendary liberty star, freely responding to his handler’s commands without a halter or lead rope. The incredible lighted Friesians are back by popular demand. This year, carriage racing will be intense and competitive. Everyone’s in for a treat!”

Planning your trip:

Download your own schedule to help you plan when to arrive and what to see:

Tickets are available online ( or at the gate (cash only at the gate): Adults, $14; Youth under 12, $8; Children under age 5 enter for free. Tickets for the evening performance, Equus Extraordinaire, are available for an additional $10 per person.

Getting there
To reach 600 East Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va., 23222, in the Richmond Raceway Complex follow directions from your part of town.

From Washington DC and the North
• Travel I-95 to Exit 82
• Take Chamberlayne Avenue (301)
• Turn left at third traffic light onto Azalea Avenue
• Follow signs (2.5 miles).

From the South
• Travel I-95 to Exit 45 onto I-295 North.
• Follow I-295 to Exit 38-B - Meadowbridge Road.
• Travel Meadowbridge Road approximately five miles.
• The entrances will be on the left.

From the West
• Travel I-64 east to Exit 186
• Turn left at end of exit ramp onto Laburnum Avenue.
• Follow Laburnum about 2 miles to Richmond Raceway Complex.

From the East
• Travel I-64 west to Exit 195
• Turn right at end of exit ramp onto Laburnum Avenue
• Travel about five miles to Richmond Raceway Complex.

Six Richmond-area hotels offer special prices for Equine Extravaganza guests. Make sure to mention the show’s name when you call: Holiday Inn I 64 W Crossroads (804) 359-6061; Holiday Inn Central (804) 359-9441 ;Doubletree Richmond Airport 804-226-6400; Marriott Courtyard Richmond Airport (800) 652-0500; Holiday Inn Express Mechanicsville (804) 559-0022; Holiday Inn I-95 and Parham Road (804) 266-8753. Visit for a complete list of area lodging options.

For more information and tickets log on to or call (410) 647-3800.
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