Piedmont OPRC was established in 2002 to promote horse activities for adults. Emphasizing fun, camaraderie and education, we hope you will grow through your participation in our club activities. Our specific objectives include the following: that you continue to improve your riding, knowledge, and horsemanship; that you will expand your horse horizons and try something new, and, most of all, that you will make new friends within our local riding community. The Board Members and instructors are here to help you reach for these goals.
The Board Members
When members of the board of directors first asked if I would run for president, I felt honored but immediately said no. My first instinct was that there are many others more qualified than I and there's no way I could do the job as well Sue Knox has for the past 8 years. But after thinking on it a little more, I decided to say yes. OPRC has been so very important to me over the last 6 years that I'm truly motivated to give it my best.
Growing up in the suburbs of New York, I didn't have any idea that horses would become such a big part of my life. It wasn't until my family moved to horse country in Albemarle County, VA in 1974 that I had contact with horses. My Mom took us out to Foxfield Stables for our first introduction, and I was smitten.
Like many children, I loved animals from an early age. I grew up in Asia, learning to ride on Indian Cavalry polo horses and keeping backyard ponies in India and Indonesia. Some of my earliest riding memories are of riding tough mountain ponies along steep cliffs in the Himalayan Mountains as well as riding through bazaars and neighborhoods in New Delhi and Djakarta.
Member at Large
Member at Large
After taking riding lessons for many years as a child, the seed was planted. In 2016 my husband and I moved to Fauquier County in anticipation of my retirement and fulfillment of my dream of getting my own horse. When Dinero entered our lives (as well as goats, donkeys, chickens ...)I knew I was over my head. With the discovery of OPRC, a wonderful new world of like minded, horse crazy friends and support system opened up to me overnight. It has made all the difference in the world to us. It is a great honor to be involved with and serve on the board of OPRC.
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What our members say
"When I first joined OPRC I had done mostly trail riding and was a bit apprehensive about ring riding in a group. But the members and the instructors were so encouraging that they put my mind at ease quickly. I particularly enjoyed doing the Christmas Musical Quadrille. "
Shirley B. OPRC Piedmont Member