Steps for Starting an Equestrian Event Facility
Thank you for considering what it takes to open an equestrian event facility in Loudoun County! Equestrian event facilities provide the necessary event space for Loudoun’s world-class equine industry, thanks to talented entrepreneurs like you.
This page is designed to give you an overview of important considerations before establishing an equestrian event facility, but your specific situation may have different requirements. The Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance is the ruling document.
Working with Loudoun County and Virginia Commonwealth staff will help verify that those requirements are met. Our combined goal is to ensure that your operation is safe for customers so that your business can be successful.
Before establishing an equestrian event facility, it is important to understand what is permitted with that use. With the approval of an equestrian event facility, you are permitted to provide the following on-site services:
- Equestrian events, including competitions, exhibitions, skill displays and teaching;
- Caretaker’s quarters;
- Care for, breeding, boarding, riding or training horses.
Non-equestrian events are not permitted as part of an equestrian event facility. Special events open to the public or private parties not open to the public and are by invitation only, such as weddings or wedding receptions, are regulated separately (see Zoning Ordinance Section 5-500(C), Special Events).
While this page focuses on equestrian event facilities, think about what additional uses (if any) you might consider later. Communicating these additional uses to Loudoun County and Virginia Commonwealth staff up front can help avoid surprises later in the process. If you have questions at any point, please contact Loudoun Economic Development at 1-800-LOUDOUN.
Detailed contact information for County and Commonwealth regulatory departments can be found at the bottom of this page.