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    11-22-2011, 01:34 AM

Hello! My parents, boyfriend and I are looking into/seriously considering moving to Virginia. Probably in/near Richmond. Just looking for any information, experiences living there, pros and cons, weather, horsey areas around there? Any thoughts or opinions at all pretty much. Trying to soak in as much info as I can!
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    11-22-2011, 09:13 AM
Richmond is a little too far from me (I'm in MD), so no experience, but VA part close to DC (Lexington etc.) is just full of horses and shows, and there is a number of really good tack stores in area (I drive there once or twice / year just to shop). We have bunch of people on forum from VA, so I'm sure they'll share their view. :)
    11-22-2011, 09:35 AM
I lived in Orange County almost all my life and I know it was really horse country.. We were right next to culpeper and went to Commonwealth Park and Kelly's Ford and places like that, and Charlottesville and Gordonsville and Upperville where there's LOTS of horses and shows. My friend lives in Prince William co and there's places all around like Frying Pan Park, Morningside, Fox Chase, Warrenton, etc. (middleburg is apparently horse country) And of course, Lexington is a major one, really fun to show there. Hope that helps somewhat!
    11-22-2011, 09:53 AM
Most of Virginia, except around the few major cities, is horsey. So no matter where you land, you should have your pick of equine activities.

I'm in the piedmont area near Lynchburg. I'm within an hour of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and within an hour and a half of Lexington, where the Virginia Horse Center is located.

The closer in to the cities, the more expensive it's going to be. So your folks have to decide whether or not they want convenience, or room to breathe. I picked room to breathe.
    11-22-2011, 10:37 AM
Virginia is lovely, and yes, very horsey. All of what everyone else has said is true. I live part of the year of Northern Va, and will say, I love it. The other part I live in NY, close to Rochester, so snowy and cold in winter, similar to Wisconsin. In Va you still get all the seasons, and, at least in Northern VA-I will say the spirng comes about a month earlier than NY, fall a month later, and average is about 10 degrees warmer in Va than NY, which is great, except in summer. Va is extremely HOT and HUMID in the summer. It will take you a while to get used to that for sure. You will marvel at the people in Va and how they go into a total panic when snow is even predicted. After all, you never know when the dusting of white stuff might blow off the sidewalk into the road.......

Overall a wonderful place to live, and people are friendly, as long as you are not near DC. Closer to DC you get-the more traffic and nasty people are. Every man for himself. Literally. Not like where I am in NY, where people are all friendly and helpful. Just an observation.
    11-22-2011, 10:41 AM
Now, now Frank, don't be dissin' us southun folks for panickin' when snow is forecast. We ain't used ta seein' it as much as all y'all northunuhs!

Yes OP, summers are hot and humid, but winters tend to be shorter and milder than any place more northern, especially the farther south and west you go in Virginia.
    11-22-2011, 03:01 PM
How humid? Because wisconsin is very humid, and I'm not a fan, but I can definitely deal with it (have for 21 years already anyway!) does it compare to Florida humidity? And about how long does the hotter part of summer last? In Wi we've got three months of summer, two that can be real hot and humid.
I would definitely love a milder winter, it would be great for riding.
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    11-22-2011, 03:12 PM
I don't know what Wisconsin humidity is like, so I can't tell you whether or not Virginia humidity is better or worse.

Summer generally lasts here from late May-early June through September. Even October can have some summer like temps, and it was 71 degrees just this Sunday.
    11-22-2011, 04:02 PM
So humid. So very humid.
    11-22-2011, 04:16 PM
Oh, goodness, 70 degrees?! It's been around thirty here for the last week.
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