Entertainment mogul Sheila Johnson opens new riding resort

Saddle up! Entertainment mogul Sheila Johnson opens sumptuous new riding resort on 340 acres of Virginia wine country

By Snejana Farberov

PUBLISHED: 13:02 EST, 24 August 2013 | UPDATED: 07:50 EST, 25 August 2013

Come next week, Washington DC’s moneyed elites and power brokers with a taste for equestrian sports will have a new over-the-top vacation destination.

Millionairess and founder of Black Entertainment Television Sheila Johnson will open the doors of her high-end Salamander Resort and Spa in the historic village of Middleburg, Virginia, next Thursday.

The posh 340-acre property nestled in the heart of Virginia’s lush horse and wine country an hour away from the capital features 168 well-appointed rooms and suites, a 23,000-square-foot spa and a full-service equestrian center.

Playground for the rich: Millionairess and founder of Black Entertainment Television Sheila Johnson will open the doors of her high-end Salamander Resort and Spa in the historic village of Middleburg, VirginiaPlayground for the rich: Millionairess and founder of Black Entertainment Television Sheila Johnson will open the doors of her high-end Salamander Resort and Spa in the historic village of Middleburg, Virginia

Giddy up: A short distance from the resort are miles of trails where riders can bring their own horsesGiddy up: A short distance from the resort are miles of trails where riders can bring their own horses

Salamander was built on the former estate of Pamela Harriman, a glamorous English-born socialite and one-time daughter-in-law of Winston Churchill, who was described by one of her numerous lovers as ‘the greatest courtesan of the century.’

Envisioned as a playground for the rich, Salamander offers all the trappings of luxury, from well-appointed guestrooms to fine dining options, a full-service riding center and a high-end spa.

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Salamander comes with a full-service equestrian center offering horse lovers riding lessons, jumping and polo.

Just a short distance from the property’s 22-stall stable and riding ring are miles of trails where riders can bring their own horses.

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I am an equestrian trained in hunt seat. I am an avid horse advocate and I am the Marketing Director and Volunteer Coordinator for a horse rescue in Cumming, GA called www.savethehorses.org. I also own a horseback riding Meetup group called Georgia Horseback Riding that has a membership of over 700 horse enthusiasts. http://www.meetup.com/Georgia-Horseback-Riding/members/ Join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/blackfemaleequestrians/
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