Farm Life Getaways
WHY GO WEST?
Tom and Pat Seay, originally horseback outfitters in the Blue Ridge Mountains,
coined the phrase,"Why Go West", when people can enjoy the rural lifestyle right here at Andora Farm
through a variety of outdoor events in the spring, summer, and fall.
Call 540-829-9555 to reserve your spot at any of our upcoming events!
CATTLE DRIVE WEEKENDS
2024 Cattle Drive dates:
April 5-7 June 21-23
April 19-21 Sept 13-15
May 3-5 Sept 27-29
May 24-26 Oct 11-13
June 7-9 Oct 25-27
Enjoy a long weekend in the great outdoors, full of beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance and working the cattle herd at Tom and Pat Seay's cattle farm. This is the perfect adventure for riders who want to do something different with their horses. You do not have to have any experience with cattle. If you are an experienced rider, we do have a couple of rental horses available, but you must be an experienced rider.
Guests will learn a variety of skills from horseback, including gathering and moving cattle around the farm and in pens. Riders and horses new to cattle will have time to slowly acclimate to moving cattle on Friday afternoon. All of our guests are treated to five delicious hot meals throughout the weekend, cooked right here at the farm and served to you family-style around the long dining table. Guests are also invited to take part in leisurely guided trail rides around the property.
Check In: Friday by noon for Meet & Greet and light lunch.
Check Out: Sunday morning
2023 - 2024 Pricing
$575 per person
Fee includes: Learning to work drive cattle with your horse, gathering strays, and working cattle by horseback in the arena after the cattle drives. The price includes a horse stall, a 30 amp electric hook up, trailer parking and all meals (Friday afternoon through-Saturday evening). Guests are also welcome to go on a guided ride around the property.
A $100 deposit reserves your space!
Balances can be split into monthly payments. All balances must be paid in full 30 days before the event.
Horse stalls and hook ups are first come, first served. Primitive camping available free of charge.
We do have a couple of rental horses for experienced riders who currently do not have a horse or cannot bring their own. We cannot accommodate beginner riders. You must be a confident and experienced rider. You must do all the care of the rental horses including tacking, feeding, watering and cleaning stalls. Rental Horses $150 for event.
Cancellations: We have a no refund policy, however you may change to another ride date during the current season (up to 30 days before your scheduled reservation date), without penalty. Cancellations or transfers done within 30 days of the event will lose their deposits paid. If Andora Farm cancels an event for any reason, all paid fees can be transferred to another ride date.
Andora Farm will be offering several instructional "Basics of Team Penning" clinics for those new to the sport or for those who want to sharpen their skills. Clinics are open to pre-registered participants only. Schedule 2024 Clinics:
April 12 and 26 September 7
May 10 and 17 October 5 and 19
June 14 and 28
DANIEL BOONE DAYS
In 1759, frontiersman Daniel Boone fled the Cherokee Wars in North Carolina and moved his family here to Culpeper County, Virginia at a time when the population was less than 200 people. Boone is believed to have made his living as a teamster, hauling tobacco grown on local farms, including lands where Andora Farm now stands, and taking the tobacco to port to send across the Atlantic to England.
During Daniel Boone Days, visitors can learn more about life in colonial Virginia, interact with local artisans & craftspeople, and explore the farm. Visit an authentic living-history Civil War Camp with battle re-enactments and watch a cattle drive demonstration. Take a hay ride and hear a short talk on the history of the area and Andora Farm. In 2022 we had over 3300 visitors.
Past crafters have included blacksmiths, bread makers, candle makers, fur trappers, potters, quilters, soap makers, spinners and weavers.
Next Scheduled Boone Days is Sept 20-21, 2025
NEW TO DRIVING CATTLE?
No worries! Trail Master Tom Seay has been guiding and educating riders of every experience level on horseback for more than 30 years.
Watch the video to get an inside look at Cattle Drive Weekends here at the farm.