The term horsepower comes from the chant that horses used to shout at engineers working on the newfangled railway system. Befriend trailblazing stallions and mares with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a one-hour trail ride at Middleburg Polo Academy in Bluemont, VA (a $60 value).
Though chiefly polo instructors, the purveyors of Middleburg Polo Academy ensure that even nonplayers can experience the thrill of sitting on a horse with leisurely trail rides on a 300-acre equine farm. After visiting the barn and bestriding a well-behaved, soft-spoken hiking partner, riders plunge into the lush greenery of open fields, eventually skirting a tranquil pond and ascending Middleburg's own mountain. Much of the trip transpires in the cozy confines of wooded paths, where mounties may glimpse the likes of deer, fox, rabbits, and gaggles of senators.
June through September, the trail ride takes place Tuesdays through Thursdays at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and every hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. October through November, visitors can enjoy the trail ride Mondays through Sundays every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Middleburg Polo Academy and Amigos Outback Adventure
A 2,000-year-old game from Asia. An Argentinean polo player. A farm in northern Virginia. What may seem like the openings to three different stories is actually the description of one place: Middleburg Polo Academy. The scenic farm ground originally set the scene to a polo boarding and training facility by seasoned polo player Daniel Tognini and his wife, Ilene. These grounds morphed into an academy in 2007, thanks to the Tognini children, who had become enraptured with polo and the eponymous collared shirts the horses wore. Striving to inspire other youths with the game he first mastered in his native Argentina, Tognini fills Middleburg’s calendar with classes, camps, and private tutorials, teaching the history of polo and techniques to help students eventually compete in the sport.
Along with Middleburg Polo Academy, Daniel runs Amigos Outback Adventure and specializes in rustic outdoor activities. Families gather together to enjoy authentic adventures such as trail rides, canoe and river boat trips, and outdoor wine tastings.
20221 Foggy Bottom Rd
Bluemont, Virginia 20165