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Virginia Horse Industry Board

The Virginia Horse Industry Board was established in 1994 as the result of legislation and a statewide referendum. The Board is responsible for the promotion and economic development of the horse industry in Virginia and operates through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. > Click here to read about the Virginia Horse Industry Board

 



 
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Latest News:

Grant deadline Approaching
If you are interested in submitting a grant proposal to the Virginia Horse Industry Board, you need to get your proposal into the VHIB Office by noon on Monday, March 3rd.

Projects that advance the Virginia horse industry in the areas of education, marketing, and research will be considered for funding for fiscal year 2014-2015. To submit your proposal and learn more about the specifics on doing so, visit the "Grant Guidelines" section of this site.

Additionally, checking out the listing of grant winners for 2013-2014 in the "News" section of this site may prove helpful as well.


New Equine Interstate Event Permit Allows Horse Owners
To Move Animals Throughout Southeast United States
For Six Months
Effective immediately, horse owners may elect to obtain the six-month passport in lieu of a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection that is only good for 30 days. Read more in the News Section


The Virginia Horse Industry has an economic impact
of $1.2 billion.

This and other important statistics are in the economic impact study conducted by Dr. Terance Rephann of UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center & funded by the VA Horse Industry Board.
Download the Equine Economic Impact Study (PDF)
See highlights of the Economic Study here

Virginia Tech Sophomore Named National FFA President
Brian Walsh of Woodstock, VA, has just been elected president of the National FFA Organization which is comprised of 579,000 FFA students across the country. A sophomore at Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, he will spend the next year traveling some 150,000 miles in more than 40 states meeting with CEOs of major agricultural businesses and advocates for the industry-- all to inspire the next generation of agricultural leaders. FFA was started at Virginia Tech in the 1920s when four agricultural education professors started an organization for students interested in agricultural careers. Now there are 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The name changed from Future Farmers of America to the National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the diversity of agriculture that encompasses business, technology, and science. The Virginia Horse Industry Board is a major supporter of the FFA, this year alone awarding $5,700 in grants to help ag students advance toward their equine career endeavors in Virginia.


Horse Board Continues Support of Virginia Horse Center
The Virginia Horse Industry Board has just re-affirmed its on-going support of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation in Lexington with another  installment on its 10-year grant commitment. Over the past five years, the Horse Board has awarded $75,000 to help support the Virginia Horse Center which hosts half a million visitors  at more than 100 events per year, featuring over 100,000 horses. For additional  information and a schedule of events visit the Horse Center website.

 

Virginia is for Horse Lovers

Virginia Horse Industry Board
Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

102 Governor Street, Room 318
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone: (804) 786-5842
Fax: (804) 371-7786
Email: Andrea Heid, Program Manager

 
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Virginia Horse Country

Where scenic horse trails, elite competitions, thrilling races, hunts and the Chincoteague ponies have established Virginia as one of the best destinations for equine activities and events. Horse enthusiasts can find all breeds of horses, used for all purposes from trail...
> Click to read more about the Virginia Horse Country

     
 

Photo credits: Debby Thomas
Interior site photos courtesy of photographers John Scott, Troy Sours,
Debby Thomas, & Kristin Wise

 
   
 

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