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Purcellville Blog: Wheatland Farm’s ‘Dinner at Downton Abbey’ set for Sept. 30

Wheatland Farm has announced its 11th Annual Gala will be held Sept. 30, with the theme “Dinner at Downton Abbey.”

Executive Director Muriel Forrest said the event will raise funds to support the new United States Para Equestrian Dressage Team training programs, as well as Wheatland’s existing programs, including therapeutic riding, adaptive aquatics and solution-oriented services for adults and children with special needs.

Guests of honor at the gala will include Murray Kessler, president of the United States Equestrian Federation, and Hope Hand, United States Para Equestrian Association president.

The event will be held in conjunction with the opening of Wheatland’s new 150-by-250-foot competition outdoor arena, developed by Bramhall and designed by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces. It will feature a full competition dressage ring, jumping ring and warm-up area for the training of U.S. Paralympic Dressage equestrians and Wheatland Farm’s students.

Wheatland Farm is located on Berlin Turnpike in Purcellville. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at wheatlandfarm.org.

West End event for Valakis family

West End Wine Bar and Pub is hosting a special event Sept. 10 to benefit Tona Valakis, a local mom who is battling cancer.

“End of Summer Beer and BBQ Bash” will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. and will feature Chef Justin Garrison’s “laid back barbeque cuisine,” along with live music with Chris Timbers, Miguel Aubertin, Mike Jewell and John Bestwick of the Short Hill Mountain Boys.

Tickets are available for $50 for adults, $25 for under 18 and children under six are free with a donation. They may be purchased in person at the restaurant or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The restaurant is located at 36855 W. Main St. in Purcellville.

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