Enjoy a taste of Europe on a Classical Riding Vacation in Virginia at Classicus Farm. You don’t have to travel abroad to get the classical dressage experience. Linda Bertschinger at Classicus Farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley has been training and teaching the art of classical dressage for nearly 20 years. She studied in the tradition of French Classical Dressage and has traveled to Portugal and Brazil to ride the Lusitano horses. She herself has a very high level Andalusian stallion that she offers lessons on for the Iberian experience. She has various warmbloods, as well, available for lessons that she trained with the classical method. You also have the option to bring your own horse to experience the classical method together.
Tucked away at the foot of the Massanutten Mountain and flanked by the Shenandoah River, Classicus Farm offers an enchanting and intimate experience.
Lessons are private or seim-private and guided trail rides by the river or in the mountain are possible as well. If you are lucky enough to be here during the blooming of the bluebells, the river trail is like a Monet painting–– absolutely spectacular. Mountain trails are peaceful and stunning, too. Even riding down the lane to the farm is enchanting as you pass under the seventy-four sugar maple trees that line the driveway. Guests are also welcome to explore the farm on foot or enjoy the river.
Accommodations are under the same roof with a sectioned off area for guests with their own entrance, a bedroom, living room, and bathroom. There is also a microwave and small refrigerator for use. The space can accommodate 2 to 3 people with a roll out cot for the 3rd person.
The area offers diverse food and spirits within 10 to 15 minutes from the farm. There are several cafes and restaurants as well as micro brew houses and vineyards nearby.
Lessons or trail rides on the farm. Many guests also enjoy area attractions.
Other activities in the area include fishing, hiking, ballooning, and antiquing.
At a Glance
A taste of Europe in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia offering an intimate classical dressage vacation and peaceful trails by the river or in the mountain amid the ehchanting backdrop of Classicus Farm.
Classical Dressage/beginner to advanced
April - October
3 people overnight at the farm with an option to stay at a nearby Inn
$225 per person per day includes accommodations at the farm and two lessons. Spend two days at $450 per person, including two nights at the farm and four lessons and/ or trail rides.
$150 per person per day, includes one lesson and one night at the farm.
For guests who choose to stay nearby, the Narrow Passage Inn offers a 10% Discount.
Overnight stabling for your horse is $40 per night, which does not include hay or grain. Learn more.