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!
June 23-25 (Full)
June 30 - July 2
Oct 20-22 (Full)
CATTLE DRIVE WEEKENDS
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 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
$575 per person
Fee includes: Learning to 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 two weeks 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.
2022 Season begins
TEAM PENNING PRACTICE
Every Friday, teams of three riders work together to quickly cut and move three cattle from one end of the arena to the pen at the far side. Bragging rights goes to the team with the fastest time of the night!
Riders, a current negative Coggins for your horse(s) is required for you to practice. Please bring them to your first practice, or send them to us ahead of time. When you get updated Coggins, you will need to bring us the updated copy.
Ticket Sales: 6:30 pm ($5 per ticket/1 ticket per run)
First Run: 7:00 pm
Members of the public are invited to come out and spectate; there is no fee to come watch. Hope we see you there!
$5 per person, per ride - the same price it's been since Tom and Pat began hosting more than 30 years ago.
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. You are welcome to come camp with your horse for the weekend and ride the farm for just the stall rental fee. There are no scheduled activities or meals included. There is loud black powder rifle noise during re-enactments. 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.
Check In: Friday afternoon
Check Out: Sunday afternoon
Cancellations: We have a no refund policy, but riders may transfer to another ride date at Andora Farm within 30 days of their current ride reservations without penalty. Cancellations or Transfers within 30 days of the event will loose their deposit. If Andora Farm has to cancel an event due to safety concerns, all paid fees can be transferred to another ride date.
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.