Windchase is a Boarding barn and Eventing
Stable near Purcellville, VA, owned and operated by Olympic Event rider
Phyllis Dawson. Our
event stable specializes in horse boarding, training event
horses, teaching riders, ICP instructors, event horses for
sale, and breeding event horses. Windchase offers first-rate
boarding facilities, and top level training for both the
horse and the rider. It is situated on 247 acres in the
beautiful western Loudoun County countryside, beside the
Blue Ridge Mountains.
is located in Hillsboro, VA, about 15 minutes from
Purcellville. We are about 20
minutes northwest of Leesburg, VA, convenient to Northern
Virginia and the
Washington, DC area, less than an hour from downtown.
We are approximately 15 minutes from Charles Town, WV, and
about a half-hour from Dulles Airport,
Middleburg, VA, or Frederick, MD. Centrally located in USEA
Area II, Windchase is convenient to the mid-Atlantic area.
We offer boarding, lessons, and
training both short and long term. We also have an
excellent Consignment Program
to help you sell your horse.
facilities at Windchase include:
A 70 x 200 foot Indoor Arena , with lights,
windows and a dust control sprinkling system.
large outdoor sand arena, 200 x 210 feet, with
a show jumping area and dressage arena.
(Both the indoor and outdoor arenas have state
of the art footing with a rubber and sand
Stabling for 46 horses.
Spacious double-fenced turn-out pastures, with
separate fields for mares and geldings.
Individual turnout paddocks are
available as well.
Cross-country schooling courses here on the
farm, from Pre-novice
through Intermediate levels, with water,
ditches and banks.
A galloping hill with excellent turf footing.
Good hacking and trail riding on over 247
acres in the beautiful western Loudoun County
Close proximity to dozens of excellent Events
and Shows, as well as to several Foxhunts.
Outstanding standard of care for all horses,
by knowledgeable experienced horse people.
A friendly and relaxed environment where
everyone has a good time.
see photographs of the farm, visit our Windchase
is a full care Boarding Facility. We offer complete
care for boarders; feeding, stall cleaning, daily turnout
and blanket changes when needed are included.
Whether you are a serious competitor or a weekend
pleasure rider, you will be welcome at Windchase. We
pride ourselves on the excellent care provided; your horse
will be taken care of only by experienced, capable
Horses are turned out in the pastures all day
(accept in occasional severe weather) for most of the
year, and in the summer they are out at night instead.
If you would prefer your horse to go out in a small
individual turnout paddock, this is available for a
nominal fee. We
have excellent barn farriers and vets available, but you
are welcome to use your own if you prefer.
lessons, exercise riding and training on either a regular
or occasional basis are available to boarders, but not
can be made for such extras as clipping, mane pulling,
braiding, etc. Boarders have full use of the
facilities, and there are no days when the barn is closed.
has a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere, and is a really
beautiful place to ride. Although many of our boarders are
Eventers, we welcome pleasure riders and competitors from
all disciplines. Time
and time again we have had owners tell us how much happier
and more relaxed their horses are at Windchase than
anywhere else they have ever boarded. Come and join us; you and your horse will both love it here!
offers top quality training for both the horse and the
specialize in schooling horses and riders of all levels.
Horses are accepted for training, on either a
long-term or short-term basis.
All horses are carefully matched to the
riders that suit their needs the best.
We can set up your horse's training program
according to the horse's needs and your budget.
very flexible as far as what type of training arrangements
you want. Boarders
may have their horses schooled, either regularly or
send horses for long-term training or for short tune-ups.
Following up your horse's training period with some
lessons with us is usually very beneficial.
We accept everything from green-broke youngsters to
upper level competitors.
Clients often keep their horse in training at
Windchase and let us prepare them for competitions.
are also willing to offer horses in training for sale, as
long as we feel they are appropriate horses that we are
willing to represent.
Phyllis competed at the highest levels of Three-day
Eventing for over thirty years, including representing the
USA in the Olympics. She has had success on many different horses, most all of
whom she trained herself.
Learn more about Phyllis's competitive career on
with Phyllis page, and about the horses she rode
on the Competition
at Level IV (the highest current level) by the United
States Eventing Association's excellent Instructor
Certification Program, and she is an ICP faculty
member. Phyllis is assisted by staff members Jineen Reed and
Melissa Hunsberger, both exceptional trainers and
is an excellent dressage trainer, and is responsible for
much of the dressage work for the Windchase horses, as
well as being the barn's manager.
Melissa is certified at Level III with the ICP, and
has successfully ridden to the CCI**** level.
The working students, all good riders, also
participate in the exercise and schooling of the horses,
under the supervision of Phyllis, Jineen and Melissa.
Windchase, each horse is treated as an individual, and
brought along at the pace that is appropriate for him.
believe in giving
all of the horses the right basics and correct training
before beginning competition.
The young horses are carefully brought along so
they are never overfaced or pushed beyond what they are
ready for. But with the correct basics, most horses
can progress quickly,
depending on their personality. We try to do
everything with the horses in the correct way so they
never lose confidence or develop bad habits.
I find this makes an enormous difference in helping
each horse reach its full potential.
We invite you to base your horse at Windchase and let us
help you prepare for competition. There are
excellent Events within about an hours drive most weekends
from the end of March through mid November.
Windchase has everything you need in order to have you and
your horse ready to do your best at the Events. We
offer everything from occasional schooling on request to
complete preparation for the competitions, where you show
up for the event and we have your horse ready to go.
Come and join the Windchase Team.
top quality instruction for riders with their own horses. Phyllis, Jineen and Melissa are available for lessons, either
for boarders or for those who wish to trailer in. We do not keep school horses, so lessons are not generally
available unless you have your own mount.
During the winter and early
spring (and sometimes at other times of the year), Phyllis
conducts weekly jumping clinics - contact her if you want
information about joining them.
also has an excellent working student program, for
dedicated students who are serious about riding, Eventing,
and learning all aspects of the horse business.
You can bring your own horse and compete. For more
info, visit our Working
Phyllis also teaches riding clinics all over the
country; contact her for information on organizing one in
Windchase always offers an excellent selection of horses
for sale, both experienced Eventers and young
prospects with excellent talent and potential.
Our horses are honestly represented, and we make
every effort to match the rider to the horse that suits
them best. We
will also accept quality horses on consignment for sale.