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Welcome To Our Farm

Sandy River Equestrian Center was established in 1990 as a boarding, training, and lesson facility with an emphasis on eventing. In our program, we emphasize safety, soundness, and responsibility.

All students are required not only to groom and care for their horses, but are responsible for the conditioning and maintenance of their horse. Students are prepared for the appropriate level of competition by competing at various disciplines: dressage, show jumping, and cross country. Not only are we a competition barn but we also have a facility to accommodate those who want to just learn to ride, trail ride, or be in a lesson program.

Our training program has various levels, fitting the needs of the horse, be it ground work, tuning-up, or polishing for a competition. The program is designed to create happy and confident horses.

Our facility provides full care board. We are very aware that each horse has individual needs regarding their diet, be it water and hay, special feed, and/or special supplements.

Our farrier has many years of expertise in shoeing horses with problem feet and unusual settings. We also have two equine vets within 45 minutes of our facility, and are within 2.5 hours of two major teaching facilities: North Carolina State University and Virginia Tech.

The staff at Sandy River has an excellent reputation in the eventing world and continues to be active in the horse community and in local associations. The staff has a goal of working to provide a safe and fun environment for all of our clients and students.

Summer Camps and Clinics for All Levels!

O'Connor Eventing Camp

June 26 - July 1

This well structured eventing camp will take place at the beautiful Sandy River Equestrian Center in Axton, Virginia! Confirmed instructors include Karen and David O’Connor, and Cathy Wieschhoff. Campers rotate among all instructors and ride in small groups to ensure each student receives individualized attention.   Top-level grooms, who assist with horsemanship and lectures, will be available to answer questions regarding stable management and horse care.  For additional details, click here.  To register, click here, all registrations go through Blue Horse Entries.

Erik Duvander Clinic

July 20 - July 21

Sandy River Equestrian Center is pleased to offer an outstanding two day clinic with Erik Duvander!  Erik is an accomplished and highly regarded High Performance Eventing Team Leader and Coach, with over 30 years experience working within a High Performance environment.  This began as an athlete with Erik representing Sweden at Worlds and Olympic level winning European Team Gold in 1993. Since transitioning from rider to coach Erik has led teams from Japan, Sweden and New Zealand to the Olympic and World Games. He has coached at 4 Olympic Games, 5 World Championships and hundreds of top end International Events around the World.

He has become renown for putting together World class Eventing programs for both individuals and teams. Drawing on his vast experience of coaching and competing Erik transmits his learnings to his riders in a balanced and expert manner.  The first day of this clinic will concentrate on show jumping with the second day focused on cross country.  The cost for this top notch clinic is $450 and includes dinner on Thursday evening along with an "Ask the Pro Question and Answer" session.  Stabling is available for $20 per night.  Download the registration form here or email Vicky Williams.  Registration is also available at Blue Horse Entries.


SREC Day and Overnight

Summer Camps

Sandy River Equestrian Center is proud to host its Summer Day Camp series. The dates for these day camps are:

The June 5-9 camp is for beginners only! The June 19 - 23 camp is for riders with some experience.  The July 24-28 camp is ‘Granny’ Camp and is for grandchildren visiting their Grandparents!  Day campers must be 8 years of age or older, overnight campers must be 12 or older.  All campers need to be pre-registered with fees and release forms included to attend!

Day camp will begin at 9 AM and will end at 3 PM. Campers should arrive at Sandy River promptly at 9:00 and you should come dressed to ride, wearing the appropriate riding pants and boots. If you are running late or you will not be able to come, please call Suzanne Lacy 276-252-2503!  Campers will ride in the morning then have lunch. Supervised swimming is scheduled for after lunch then campers will come back to the barn for afternoon barn chores. Pick up is at 3 PM. Campers will need to bring their lunch, a change of clothes and their bathing suit and towel. Flip-flops are fine for the pool, but not in the barn areas, tennis shoes are fine around the barn.

Registration form, SREC Release form and SREC Medical Release form can be found by clicking here.

For any questions, please contact Franz-Hahr Phillips at 276-252-3888 or email at 


Averett University to Partner with Sandy River Equestrian Center

The Equestrian Studies Department at Averett University is entering into a partnership with the Sandy River Equestrian Center (SREC) in Axton, Va., to offer extended eventing training to its students. . . . (READ MORE)

Eventing National Spotlights EMTC Grooms

The EMTC aims to raise the standard of grooms and facility managers by providing a structured curriculum that covers all aspects of farm and stable management and care specific to competition horses. . . . (READ MORE)

Condensed Program Trains Professional Grooms in Six Weeks, Plus Internship!

Give Us Eight Weeks, Receive Certified Professional Groom Training, Begin Your Paid Career with Horses! Feedback Leads to a Condensed Certificate Program! The rigorously revised Professional . . . (READ MORE)

Summer Camps at SREC Provide Fun and Education

AXTON — They weren’t raised in a barn, but given their love of horses, the girls at Sandy River Equestrian Center’s overnight camp might as well have been. From as close as Martinsville and as far . . . (READ MORE)

Learn About EMTC Programs at Virginia Horse Trials Extravaganza!

Sam Burton Henley will be on hand from October 29 through November 1 to share her knowledge of the grooming world with you. Enter to win a prize bucket of great items from our sponsors including a hat . . . (READ MORE)

PRO Partners with Equine Management Training Center

The Professional Riders Organization has entered a partnership with the Equine Management Training Center located at Sandy River Equestrian Center. The program features comprehensive training and cert . . . (READ MORE)

Equine Management Training Center Now Accepting Students for Session One!

The Equine Management Training Center program has received widespread support including the backing of PRO (Professional Riders Organization). The curriculum has been developed with the oversight of m . . . (READ MORE)

Our Mission Statement

The Equine Management Training Center offers a comprehensive certification program sharing the knowledge and skills necessary to become a professional groom and manage all aspects of equestrian life. . . . (READ MORE)





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Axton, VA 24054
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