Equine Trivia Nights at the Iron Bridge Wine Company

Thoroughbred Network will be holding a series of equine trivia nights every Tuesday in October from 6 to 8 pm at the Iron Bridge Wine Company in Warrenton. You must be 21 or older to participate. Pre-registration is not necessary, but space is limited to the first 12 teams to sign up. Contestants will form or be placed in teams of four to answer trivia questions on a wide range of equine-related subjects including history, health, nutrition and different breeds, particularly Thoroughbreds. Prizes will be given to the nightly winner and to the series-end champion.

The entry fee is $25 per team, with all proceeds benefiting Thoroughbred Network in its mission to showcase the versatility of the Thoroughbred as a pleasure, performance and show horse and to provide a network for Thoroughbred enthusiasts. Thoroughbred Network, established in Warrenton in 2006, strives to promote responsible ownership of Thoroughbreds and serves as an information resource for the Thoroughbred community.

The Iron Bridge Wine Company, which just opened its doors in Warrenton in June, features wonderful wines, including its own selection of Thoroughbred wines. They are also known for great food and a relaxing atmosphere. A special menu will be available for Trivia Night participants.

In addition to the trivia nights, Thoroughbred Network has scheduled several upcoming clinics and fundraisers. On September 29, they are holding “From the Track to a TTeam,” a TTeam and TTouch clinic with Jan Snodgrass at Fox Trot Farm in Opal. This seminar will focus on dealing with issues pertaining to the off track Thoroughbred, utilizing the methods developed by Linda Tellington-Jones to relax and focus the horses’ attention. Participation will be limited to 6 horses and is open to any breed. Auditors are welcome and will receive the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations.

On October 14, in conjunction with Adams Livestock and the Clifton Horse Society, Thoroughbred Network will hold a team penning fundraiser to raise money for the recently devastated Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Center and for Thoroughbred Network itself. Novices are welcome and western tack is not required.

This December, Thoroughbred Network plans to repeat last year’s caroling on horseback fundraiser, in which horses and riders from various farms, in conjunction with the “Midland Outlaws” trail riding club, rode through housing developments in Bealeton singing carols for donations. The exact date, location and participating groups have not yet been determined, but will be posted on the website when confirmed.

For more information on any of these events, please call Cleo at (540) 207-3528, email equutopia@hotmail.com or go to http://www.thoroughbrednetwork.org/. Please note that the website is in development and not all event information has been added.