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!
Sept 13-15 Sept 27-29
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 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.
Team Penning Practice
Team Penning Practice
April 12 and 26
May 10 and 17
June 14 and 28
Sept 6 and 20
Oct 4 and 18
Team Penning Clinics
Learn the Basics of Team Penning
Clinic dates TBA
July and August
PRACTICE and CLINICS
Andora Farm offers two Friday evening team penning practices April, May, June and September and October. You do not have to have a team. There are plenty of people, from beginners to very experienced, who will be glad to team up with you.
Tickets are $8 per run. Tickets go on sale at 6:30 pm and Practice begins at 7:00 pm.
Riders, a current negative Coggins report 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.
All children under 18 must wear a helmet.
Ticket Sales: 6:30 pm ($8 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!
During the hot summer months of July and August, Andora Farm is offering several instructional "Basics of Team Penning" clinics for those new to the sport or for those who want to sharpen their skills. Price is $50 for the evening clinics. Clinics are closed to visitors. Only paid participants. Please call our office at 540-829-9555 for the clinic schedule and to register or visit us on Facebook at "Andora Farm".
September 21 & 22
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, however you are welcome to participate in the many cattle drive demonstrations both days. There will be 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.