A Morning Visit To Horseshoe Hill Farm In Ashland

Here are some scenes from a peaceful morning in June at Stephanie Nixon’s Horseshoe Hill Farm in Ashland.

She currently has about 20 horses that reside on site — five older, retired horses and another 15 Certified ones that are in the new Virginia Residency Bonus program.

“This time of year, it’s a bit more quiet so we do a lot of repair and maintenance work,” she said. “At the peak time, we’ll have between 40-50 horses here.”

Nixon employs three riders and three grooms. The farm features a 3/8ths mile track with a starting gate which she says “Is a big enough oval to break babies on.

Nixon, who is a first term Commissioner on the Virginia Racing Commission, specializes in breaking, training, stallions, sales preparation and rest/recuperation.

Horseshoe Hill Farms is off Route 54, several miles west of downtown Ashland and it borders the Hanover Golf Course.

The second Virginia-Certified bonus winner — courtesy of the new Residency incentive program — was Bird Mobberley’s Maryland-bred No Refunds, (shown below) who spent her six months in Virginia At Horseshoe Hill Farms. Photo courtesy of Jim McCue.

No Refunds was the second horse to win an Owners Bonus courtesy of the Certified Residency Program. Photo by Jim McCue.

Here are several other pictures from Horseshoe Hill.