Welcome to Hoofbeats

Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. was founded in December 1993 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to provide services in four main areas:


Hoofbeats is located on the grounds of the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia. Facilities include a 10-stall barn, and a large outdoor dressage arena, with a handicapped-friendly mounting ramp, and bleacher seating for spectators. The Horse Center’s riding trails, and Hoofbeats new Sensory Trail, are within easy reach, affording students the added opportunity to experience riding outside the ring. Four paddocks with run-in sheds provide turn-out for the horses. The barn’s climate-controlled wing houses the Hoofbeats office, kitchen, handicapped accessible bathrooms, a reception area, and a classroom/meeting room (which can be made available for use by outside groups.)

To learn about our staff and to meet our horses, click here.


From U.S. Route 11 north of Lexington, turn west onto Rt. 39 (Maury River Road), and proceed approximately one mile. The Virginia Horse Center is on the left, and is well marked. Turn into the Virginia Horse Center, and follow the posted Hoofbeats signs.  You will be directed through the Horse Center’s central complex and into the “South Campground.”  At the far end of the campground is the start of the roadway that descends through the woods, bears left and continues uphill to the Hoofbeats barn. This map of the Horse Center's central campus is included here courtesy of the Virginia Horse Center.