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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:

Virginia Horse Board Announces Grant Winners…
The Virginia Horse Industry Board has announced the grant winners
for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Over $100,000 is being awarded to
projects in the areas of education, marketing, and research that
promote the Virginia horse industry. > See the full story


Lessons for Horse Owners and Stable Managers from Recent Case of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) In Virginia

Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), says Virginia was fortunate with the recent case of EHM in April. A horse in Fauquier was diagnosed with EHM and euthanized on April 10, but no other horses showed signed of illness at that farm or from a steeplechase event in which the horse participated prior to becoming ill. This was due both to good luck as well as a good response.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to the farm's stable manager," said Wilkes. "He recognized immediately that something was wrong with the horse because it was not eating and had a fever. He called the veterinarian as soon as the horse began to have neurological signs, and the veterinarian quickly submitted samples to the VDACS laboratory to be tested for EHM. Due to the positive test result and the severity of the clinical signs, the owner chose to euthanize the affected horse the same day the diagnosis was reported by the lab, which minimized the chances of further spread of the virus. This particular farm already practiced excellent biosecurity but stepped that up. VDACS quarantined the farm to prevent spread of the disease."

> Read more


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

Three Horses with Virginia Connections Run in the Belmont Stakes/One Wins!

In the Belmont Stakes on June 7th in New York, three horses with Virginia ties made Virginia proud. Tonalist, the winner of the Belmont, was bred by Rene and Lauren Woolcott of Woodslane Farm in The Plains.

Wicked Strong finished in a dead heat for 4th place with the favorite, California Chrome. Wicked Strong is owned by the Centennial Farms Syndicate, of which Virginian Maggie Bryant of Middleburg is a member. {Wicked Strong received his new name last year in memory of the Boston Marathon bombing victims; 5% of his recent winnings have been donated to the "Boston One Fund".

Anne and Dick Poulson of Hare Forest Farm in Orange bred Preakness 4th-place finisher General A Rod. General A Rod placed 7th in Saturday's Belmont race.

Congratulations to all!


Dr. Wilkes Named VVMA Vet of the Year
Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian, has been named the 2014 Distinguished Veterinarian of the Year by the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. In addition to being the State Veterinarian at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services(VDACS) in Richmond, Dr. Wilkes is Director of the Division of Animal and Food Industry Services at that agency.

 

 

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

     
 

Photos on this page:
Sire, dam and foal relaxing in early spring and lush pasture. Photo credit - DreamLands Farm, Gloucester.
Deluxe Asset, "Buck," striking a pose for his registration photo. Photo credit - DreamLands Farm, Gloucester.
Interior site photos courtesy of photographers John Scott, Troy Sours,
Debby Thomas, & Kristin Wise

 
   
 

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