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Our Mission:

The mission of the Blue Ridge Horse Force is to promote grassroots showmanship and sportsmanship by uniting local open horse shows.

Show Sanctioning:

To increase opportunities for those in Southwest Virginia to show their horses in the sport they love, our organization sanctions approximately 25 shows per year. Members work toward year end awards using a point system.

Who Benefits:

BRHF shows are held by organizations ranging from 4-H groups to civic leagues to training stables to charitable organizations. All are able to raise more funds for their group through increased BRHF member participation. Exhibitors can compete at any of these shows knowing that there will be uniformity in class descriptions and offerings.

Point System:

Points are awarded according to placings at sanctioned shows as follows:

1st ~ 6 points
2nd ~ 5 points
3rd ~ 4 points
4th ~ 3 points
5th ~ 2 points
6th~1 point

Year-End Awards are given in 42 different divisions!

The 2017 points have been updated and posted on BRHF.com. If you have any concerns, please email Amanda at apaxton80@gmail.com before December 15th. This is the deadline for issues with points.

Here are the miniature division results:
1st place (72 points) Mya Martin #2480
2nd place (36 points) Savannah Jones #2603
3rd place (18 points) Alexis Small #2501
4th place (6 points) Tricia Mozingo #2553


The 2017 BRHF Awards Ceremony will be held at the
Salem Civic Center on Sunday February 25th at 4 p.m.


Jerry Zwart Memorial Award for Excellence in Sportsmanship

In November of 2001, the horse community lost a dear friend and a wonderful person.  Jerry Zwart was a member of the Blue Ridge Horse Force, a board member for the Roanoke Valley Horseman’s Association, 4-H Volunteer Leader, father of Cassandra and Zachary Zwart and husband of Sherry Zwart.

Those of us who were lucky enough to know Jerry, know what a very special person he was.  Jerry and his Bukrage won the year end award in Driving every year he competed.  They also showed in Pleasure and Trail Classes.  Jerry was always the one with a smile and kind word for everyone.

While we have lost Jerry, we want to keep his memory and legacy alive.  We, therefore, are offering this award to encourage others to strive to emulate Jerry and all that he stood for.

Please make your nomination for the Jerry Zwart Memorial Award for Excellence in Sportsmanship with Jerry in mind.
To nominate a deserving member of BRHF for this award, please send your nominations to lesliep@vt.edu, no later than Friday, February 16, 2018. The nomination letter of the selected member will be read at the BRHF Awards program on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at the Salem Civic Center.