Our visit will begin with a tour of the stables, where we will meet our equine partners for the ride. After selecting horses, we will mount up in an arena on the farm. We will go over the "basics" of horse communication, including starting, stopping, and steering. After some practice doing these skills, we can head out to some trails. We have different skill levels for the trails from beginner to advanced. Following our one-hour ride, we will depart to 2 local wineries or breweries to do a tasting at each one. We will do the driving, so relax and enjoy. If you would like to purchase additional wine or beer, that is not included in the price.
My husband, Mark, and I are the founders and owners of our Award-winning equestrian center, Red Gate Farm. The center sits at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, right below the Bluemont Winery. It has beautiful trails around the farm and throughout the equestrian property. We have been teaching horseback riding for over 30 years, and love to share our love for the horses, as well as for the land we are able to enjoy.
A wine or beer flight will provided at each of two destinations. Additional beverages are the responsibility of the guest.
We will escort you by car to the winery and/or breweries.
Riding Helmets will be provided for your equestrian experience.
Red Gate Farm is a 230-acre horse farm at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains. It feels very far away from Northern Virginia, even though we are only 1.5 hours from Washington, DC. It is in the middle of Virginia wine country and horseback riding territory. Absolutely stunning scenery! And horses can often go where people do not, so we can see some exceptional views.
For the equestrian experience, guests should wear long pants, tie back long hair, not wear jewelry, and wear supportive close-toed shoes with a heel.
Ages 21 and up only! If you have allergies to animal hair, dust, or grasses, you may want to take an allergy medication prior to riding. If you have a fear of horses, we can to lead you on the trail for an extra fee. Riding can take place indoors in bad weather, as we have an indoor arena.
Ride Horses and taste wine/beer