The Warrenton Horse Show

Long before there was a Virginia Gold Cup, the Warrenton Horse Show was Fauquier County's claim to equestrian fame. Not much is known about the grounds' early days. Because the Warrenton Horse Show never had an office, much of the history lies buried in attics throughout the county. And many of the "old timers" are gone now. 

Enter the horses. Taking a lead perhaps from the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, several Warrenton horsemen decided to hold their own competition in 1899. Charlie W. Smith and Julian Kieth reportedly spearheaded this endeavor. The Warrenton Horse Show was granted a charter on August 8, 1899, under the applicants William H Gaines, E. Astley Cooper, W. A. Thompson, M. B. Payne and George S. Smith. 

The first show was held virtually in Neptune Lodge's back yard . Longtime show Director and Secretary Frank D, Gaskins is credited with the selection of this spot and its lease the first year.  

In May of 1900, the Warrenton Horse Show Association purchased the entire 8.74-acre parcel , complete with schoolhouse, desks and other furniture. The purchase price for this sliver of a once great holding was $1,950. A new era had begun. 

From the start, the show was a hit with spectators. The show also was noted for its interim entertainment. Unusual pageants and displays kept this lively between classes for many years.

The Warrenton Horse Show has toned down with time, but retains a certain loyal clientele. Now a C rated show by the USEF, it attracted about 4,000 people last year. 

New Website Launch
April 13, 2007
SiteWhirks hosts a website launch party at their office in Old Town Warrenton to debut the new Warrenton Horse Show Website.

The Warrenton Horse Show is in its 109th year.
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Bopp recognized
Times Community News Papers

Warrenton Horse Show Association board member Sue Bopp received honors from the Warrenton Horse Show Association board of directors with a special presentation by past president Helen Wiley. Bopp has served 10 years as president of the annual show.

Horse show challenges both riders and mounts - Washington Weekend
... is the most glamorous horse show, but it is also probably the hardest to prepare for," says Betty Oare of Warrenton, Va., who with her ...
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Fredericksburg.com - Warrenton Horse Show still popular Labor Day
Warrenton Horse Show still popular Labor Day weekend event ... Warrenton is the first of the Fox Hunter Championships culminating at the ...
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Celebration Wins Best Young Horse At Hunter Breeding Championship
Champion at the 2003 Sallie B. Wheeler/USAE National Hunter Breeding Championship held Saturday, August 30, at the Warrenton Horse Show in ...
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SEPTEMBER 5 CELEBRATION WINS BEST YOUNG HORSE AT HUNTER BREEDING
Champion at the 2003 Sallie B. Wheeler/USAE National Hunter Breeding Championship held Saturday, August 30, at the Warrenton Horse Show in ...
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Virginia Horse Journal
August 30th - September 2nd marks the 102nd anniversary of the Warrenton Horse Show at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds in (you guessed it) Warrenton. ...
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The Winchester Star-Warrenton Goes ‘Crazy’ for Patsy
WARRENTON — It was around 1955 when Patsy Cline climbed to the top of the awards pavilion at the Warrenton Horse Show grounds to belt out a
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October 2002: The Warrenton Horse Show in Warrenton, VA presents a Patsy Cline celebration and dedication of the Patsy Cline Award's Pavilion on October 27. There is also an audition on the 26th, to sing at the dedication. website! The information comes from Susan Huberth.
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Oct 2002 Dedication of the Patsy Cline Awards Pavillion at the Warrenton Horse Shoe Grounds. Featured Patsy singers and two bands.
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Mr. Harry Atherton invited everyone to attend the Patsy Cline Day celebration scheduled for October 27,2002 at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds.
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