The Barracks is a long-established hunter/jumper barn located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Owned and operated by the Bishop family since 1973, The Barracks specializes in boarding, training, selling, and showing hunters, jumpers, and equitation horses. We welcome new clients of all levels – from beginners to serious show competitors – and we have a robust lesson program to meet the needs of each and every student. Lessons are a great option for students passionate to have riding be a part of their lives, but perhaps less inclined to pursue horse showing.
Riders at the Barracks also enjoy hunting with the Farmington Hunt Club during hunt season. Mr. Thomas Bishop, xMFH and previously fieldmaster, is currently a whipper-in with the hunt.
The Barracks is home to Virginia Riding, UVA’s equestrian team, founded in 1976. As a club sport, the riding team competes in affiliation with the Club Sports association in Zone 4 Region 2 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). Garnering many accolades over the years, the team is a solid competitive force.