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Links and Equine Related Resources

Virginia State Related Links
· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · The Official Commonwealth of Virginia website. The first place to look for information on Virginia Government, Jobs, and Tourism. The primary goal of is to positively transform the relationships between citizens and government by utilizing the Internet to provide a more efficient method for obtaining information and services.

Mailing address: 1111 East Main St., Suite 901, Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804.786.4718 or Toll Free: 877.482.3468

For information on all public meetings in Virginia, including the Virginia Horse Industry Board, and for meeting minutes, please visit the Commonwealth Calendar

Virginia Department of Agriculture logo VDACS - Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
VDACS was established in 1877 and is responsible for over 60 laws and more than 70 regulations relating to consumer protection and the promotion of agriculture. The Department is located within the Governor's Secretariat of Agriculture and Forestry and has both economic development and regulatory responsibilities under state law. VDACS is organized into four units - the Commissioner's Office, Division of Animal and Food Industry Services (AFIS), Division of Consumer Protection, and Division of Marketing. In carrying out its responsibility for representing the concerns and interests of agriculture, VDACS works in cooperation with Virginia State University, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Cooperative Extension on research, education, and marketing projects.

Address: 102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804.786.2373

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Virginia Horse Associations, Groups & Facilities
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Va Horse Council logoThe Virginia Horse Council is your voice for the expanding equine industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Council is a not-for-profit organization formed by horsemen for Virginia horsemen. The membership and Board of Directors represent all breeds. The purpose of the Virginia Horse Council is to promote and improve the horse industry in Virginia.

Address: 368 Litton Reaves (0306), VA Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 888.HORSEVA (888.467.7382)

va horse center logoVirginia Horse Center. The 600-acre Virginia Horse Center boasts breathtaking views and pristine grounds, a 4,000-seat coliseum, eight barns to accommodate 1,200 horses, nineteen show rings, including two large indoor arenas, and internationally rated cross-country and combined carriage driving courses. Events attended by approximately 400,000 visitors annually take place at the Horse Center 285 days a year, both promoting the Commonwealth’s horse industry and acting as a catalyst for economic development in local, state and regional economies.

Address: 487 Maury River Road, Lexington, VA 24450-3374
Phone: 540.464.2950

VA Thoroughbread association logoVirginia Thoroughbred Association. The purpose of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA) is to promote the Thoroughbred horse in the Commonwealth and to serve as an advocate for its contributions to the state's agribusiness economy, as well as to the racing and breeding industry.

Address: 38 Garrett Street, Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: 540.347.4313

Virginia Quarter Horse Association logoVQHA - the Virginia Quarter Horse Association. The purpose of the Virginia Quarter Horse Association (VQHA) is to develop positive participation in Quarter Horse activities within Virginia in cooperation with the American Quarter Horse Association. The goal is to promote and stimulate the sale, breeding, exhibition and ownership of the Quarter Horse. Above all, VQHA will encourage sportsmanship and family values in all activities, insisting on the humane and dignified treatment of the American Quarter Horse by owners, trainers and exhibitors.

Contact: Steve Meadows, President
Address: 13400 Herring Lane, Nokesville, VA 20181
Phone: 540-294-8282 Email

The Old Dominion Endurance RidesThe Old Dominion Endurance Rides, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1973 to promote and sponsor the equestrian sport of endurance riding. The organization annually hosts several endurance clinics and endurance rides in Virginia including The Old Dominion - one of the premier 100-mile endurance rides in the United States.

Address: 33715 Snickersville Turnpike, Bluemont, VA 20135
Phone: 540.554.2004

va pony breeders logoVirginia Pony Breeders Association was created to establish a Registry of Virginia bred ponies, promote the use and welfare of Virginia bred ponies, foster the improvement of ponies, and foster and preserve the interests of breeders, owners and users of ponies in Virginia.

Address: 1612 Shallowell Road, Manakin Sabot, VA 23103
Phone: 540.338.3528

Virginia Horse Shows AssociationVirginia Horse Shows Association is an association of show members and individual members cooperating to promote the sport and to improve the breeding of horses in the Commonwealth. All breed groups, shows and horse interests are represented and membership is open to all individuals and to shows in Virginia and the bordering states of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and North Carolina.

Address: 32 Ashby Street, Suite 204, Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: 540.349.0910

VA Gold Cup logoVirginia Gold Cup Association has grown since 1922’s inaugural event hosting two premium steeplechase meets, Virginia Gold Cup Race on the first Saturday in May and the International Gold Cup, on the third Saturday in October. The mission it to promote steeplechase racing, the horse industry and to benefit the Great Meadow Foundation.

Address: P.O. Box 840, Warrenton, VA 20188
Phone: 540.347.2612

VA Reining Horse AssocVirginia Reining Horse Association (VRHA) is an affiliate of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) that was formed in 1966 and serves as the standard setting body for the sport of reining. Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse within the confines of a show arena. In NRHA competition, contestants are required to run one of ten approved patterns. Each pattern includes small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs over the hocks, 360 degree spins done in place and exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the reining horse.

Address: 1900 CC Road, Charles City, VA 23030
Phone: 804.966.7269

Tidewater Horse CouncilTidewater Horse Council was organized by a group of Tidewater horse enthusiasts in 1978 and incorporated in 1980. THC is neither breed nor discipline specific. Its purpose is to progressively develop the well-rounded horse person while promoting owner responsibility, safety, horse management and all styles of riding. It is an educational and legislative arm of the horse industry in the Hampton Roads area that benefits all facets of the horse community.

Address: P. O. Box 6826, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
Phone: 757.348.5899

Powhatan Riding AssociationPowhatan Riding Association was formed in the early 1980’s and has been through numerous changes over the years. The membership is diverse and many different riding disciplines are represented. Members have nearly always found common ground while trail riding and enjoy the social aspects of riding with others who share their love of horses.

Address: 2371 Three Bridge Road, Powhatan, VA 23139
Phone: 804.379.9829

Old Dominion Poncy ClubOld Dominion Region Pony Clubs. The Old Dominion Region has a total of 17 Registered clubs of the United States Pony Clubs. The ODRPC territory covers the southeastern coastline, through the pastoral Shenandoah Valley, to the borders of West Virginia and Tennessee. The Old Dominion Region is active throughout the year with clinics, camps and regional rallies (competitions) in the disciplines of Eventing, Mounted Games, Dressage, Show Jumping and Quiz (un-mounted competition of horse knowledge).


va region pony clubsVirginia Region Pony Clubs provide opportunities for instruction and competition in English riding, horse sports and horse management for children and young adults up to 21 years of age. The term "pony" reflects the age of the members, rather than the size of the mount. Horses and ponies of many different breeds, shapes, and sizes are seen in Pony Club activities.


Southside Virginia Horse CouncilThe Southside Virginia Horse Council was formed in 2007 by local horse enthusiasts and is neither breed nor discipline specific. Their goal is to progressively develop the well-rounded horse owner while promoting owner responsibility, safety, horse management and all styles of riding. SVHC is a legislative arm of the horse industry in Southside Virginia that benefits all facets of the horse community.

Address: P. O. Box 39, Alton, VA 24520

Southside Virginia Horse CouncilAmerican Saddlebred Horse Association of Virginia
Formed in 1975 to promote the breeding, raising, training, sales and exhibiting of the American Saddlebred Horse in the Commonwealth of Virginia and elsewhere, and to promote other activities and events of any nature to create enthusiasm, use, pleasure and interest in the breed. The Association encourages both youth and adult interest in the bred. They cooperate with educational institutions, governmental agencies, civic organizations and the general public to promote the horse industry and the American Saddlebred Horse breed. The Association also assists with horse show managers and promoters to develop better horse shows throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Contact: Online form

Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad (FRMS) is a nonprofit civilian volunteer organization that was formed in 1991 to provide support to the City of Richmond Mounted Squad. It consists of a volunteer board, supporting dues paying members and many others who support the Friends through the various projects undertaken by the group. Both events, the Richmond Ride and the Horse Show raise funds to provide supplemental financial support for activities, training and material goods not otherwise funded. All of the Friends-sponsored events raise public awareness for the mounted squad and their effectiveness as a law enforcement unit.

Address: 3403 Floyd Avenue Richmond, VA 23221

Central Virginia Paint Horse LogoCentral Virginia Paint Horse Club (CVPHC) strives to establish, promote, and expand the awareness of the Paint Horse breed in the state of Virginia. The goal is to serve members in a fair and timely manner; create an environment that fosters good sportsmanship and courtesy to all; and create an ideal of good horsemanship.

Address: Harriet Simpson/Hines, Sec.
147 Moores Run Branch Road , Wardensville, WV 26851-8125

The Clifton Horse SocietyThe Clifton Horse Society (CHS) was established in 1977 to serve the needs of those interested in horses in Fairfax County and the surrounding communities.  Our club membership consists of horse owners and non-horse owners, all of who want to see that horses continue to be a part of the future of this area of Virginia as they have been in the past.  Our members participate in many different disciplines, using many different breeds.  Although founded in Clifton, CHS’s membership has continued to grow over the years to reach a level of 300+ and includes people throughout Virginia, in other states, and overseas.  Our club activities are recreational, social, educational, and service.

Address: P.O. Box 183, Clifton, VA 20124
Contact: Online form

Old Dominion Miniature Horse Club of Virginia (ODMHC) Formed in 2011 to promote and stimulate the sale, breeding, exhibition, and ownership of the Miniature Horse in Virginia and beyond. Virginia and Miniature Horses have a long and prestigious history. The Old Dominion Miniature Horse Club of Virginia (ODMHC) aims to put Virginia back on the top of the industry. ODMHC is sanctioned by AMHA and AMHR.


Paso Fino Horse AssociationVA Presidential Paso Fino Horse Association. Join the Virginia Presidential Paso Fino Horse Association and help support the promotion of the Paso Finos in Virginia and surrounding areas. 

Phone: 1-888-VAP-PFHA | Fax: 540-740-9497

South Eastern Farriers and Horseowners AssociationSouthEastern Farriers and Horseowners Association The mission of SEFHA is to unite farriers, horse owners and veterinarians for the furtherance of the knowledge and enjoyment of horses. Our goal is to provide a safe, friendly environment where members can improve upon their knowledge of horses. SEFHA is an all breed, all discipline group of energetic, enthusiastic people who work well together to conduct information-sharing clinics and organize various events. We host clinics, trail rides, fun shows and other events to enjoy our horses. We learn how to become better horse owners and riders. We have fun! We have meetings as needed. Meetings will be posted on the "Events" page, and we do send out email notices of up-coming meetings. In affiliation with the Brotherhood of Working Farriers Association.

Phone: 434-792-3811

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National and International Horse Associations/Organizations

Horsemen's Benevolent Protective AssociationHorsemen's Benevolent Protective Association. The National HBPA is dedicated to protecting the rights and providing assistance to racehorse owners & trainers. Today there are more than 35,000 owner and trainer members throughout the United States and Canada focused on a common goal – the betterment of racing on all levels.

Address: 870 Corporate Drive, Suite 300, Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: 859.259.0451 Toll Free: 866.245.1711

national jousting associationNational Jousting Association. The National Jousting Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the equestrian sport of jousting, also known as the "ring tournament."

Address: P.O. Box 14, Mt. Solon, VA 22843
Phone: 434.983.2989

NBHA logoNational Barrel Horse Association, headquartered in Augusta, Georgia, is the largest barrel racing organization in the world. In 1992, the NBHA revolutionized the barrel racing industry by pioneering the divisional format, which allows riders of all skill levels a chance to win money and prizes in barrel racing competition. NBHA has over 23,000 members of all ages across the United States and affiliates in five countries: Canada, Italy, France, Panama and the Netherlands.

Address: 725 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30903
Phone: 706.722.7223

NHRA logoNational Reining Horse Association, the international governing body for the sport of reining, is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere.

Address: 3000 NW 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Phone: 405.946.7400

Pro Rodeo Cowboys AssocProfessional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), headquartered in Colorado Springs, is the largest and oldest rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. The recognized leader in professional rodeo, the PRCA is committed to maintaining the highest standards in the industry. The PRCA sanctions approximately 650 rodeos annually in 41 states, in addition to four Canadian provinces, and ensures that every PRCA-sanctioned event is managed with fairness and competence and that the livestock used is healthy and cared for to the highest standards.

Address: 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Phone: 719.593.8840

US Dressage FoundationUnited States Dressage Federation is the only national membership organization dedicated to dressage, a method of horse training in existence since ancient Greece and an Olympic sport since the inception of the modern Olympics in the late 1800’s. Dedicated to education, the recognition of achievement and promotion of dressage, USDF is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization with more than 30 different educational programs, 125 affiliate local or regional clubs and more than 2000 annual awards for excellence in competition.

Address: 4051 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: 859.971.2277

US Polo AssociationUnited States Polo Association was founded in 1890 to create a uniform method of handicapping players and to standardize the rules of the game in the United States. The founders' objective was to raise the game to the status of a recognized American sport. Over one hundred years later, with those goals accomplished, the U.S.P.A.'s key functions remain - rule making and handicapping of players, as well as enhancing competition by conducting and sanctioning tournaments, promoting safety, managing the international aspects of the sport and promoting its growth. Its membership consists of the clubs and their playing members.

Address: 4037 Ironworks Parkway, Suite 110, Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: 800.232.USPA

masters of Fox houndsMasters of Foxhounds Association of America is the governing body of organized fox, coyote and drag hunting in the United States of America and Canada. Among its activities are the promotion of the sport, the publication of a Foxhound Stud Book, the recognition of organized Hunts which have met its standards, the recordation of countries and boundaries for organized hunting establishments, and the Registration of Hunts as a preliminary step toward Recognition

Address: PO Box 363, Millwood, VA 22646
Phone: 540.955.5680

Fox Hound Club of North AmericaThe Foxhound Club of North America. The object of the Club is to promote and further interest in the selection, breeding and development of the Foxhound as used in the pursuit of foxes, coyote, or other legal quarry, by mounted followers. We endeavor to promote this interest through the support of shows, seminars, publications, videos and demonstrations. The Club is financed by the payment of modest dues, plus the sale of our publications and the Club lapel pin. Each year a substantial portion of the Club's income goes toward the financial support of ten different sanctioned hound shows throughout North America.

Address: PO Box 393, Millwood, VA 22646
Phone: 540.955.5680

US Pony Club logoUS Pony Clubs is a junior equestrian organization with over 600 individual clubs and 12,000 members across the United States. Pony Club provides opportunities for instruction and competition in English riding, horse sports and horse management for children and young adults up to 21 years of age. The term "pony" reflects the age of the members, rather than the size of the mount. Horses and ponies of many different breeds, shapes, and sizes are seen in Pony Club activities.

Address: 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: 859.254.7669

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Intercollegiate Links

Intercollegiate Horse Show Association logoIntercollegiate Horse Show Association promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional, zone, and national levels. IHSA was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. Emphasis is on learning, sportsmanship, and fun.

Phone: 513-867-8364
Email: National Secretary -

Bridgewater College logoBridgewater College is a liberal arts college preparing students to gain a comprehensive appreciation for the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. Bridgewater College is beginning its seventh year with an Equestrian team. The Program offers three different participation options including an Intercollegiate Riding Team, Academic Credit, and Recreational Riding.

Address: 402 East College Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812
Phone: (540) 570-2403
Email: sirvine-at-bridgewater.ed

CNU LogoChristopher Newport University is a private liberal arts college located in Newport News, VA. Undergraduate and graduate programs at CNU include more than 80 academic majors and programs, ranging from accounting to theater arts, management to social work. The CNU Equestrian Team, a member of IHSA, is a diverse riding experience. The program invites participation from all levels of riders and want-to-be riders. The team currently rides at Stonehouse Stables in Toano, VA.

Address: 1 University Place, Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: (757) 594-7000

Hollins University logoHollins University. Founded in 1842, Hollins University offers a liberal arts education for women and was named in the 2005 Kaplan/Newsweek college guide as the nation’s "hottest riding school." The riding center is located on campus, within easy walking distance from most residence halls. Hollins facilities include indoor and outdoor riding rings plus a 20-acre flat field with jumps. Hollins also offers a Riding Club. The Hollins Riding Club is open to all students who participate in the riding program, regardless of skill level. It is completely run by students and serves as a support system for the entire riding program by helping organize IHSA shows held at Hollins as well as sponsoring various riding-related social activities.

Address: P. O. Box 9707, Roanoke, Virginia 24020
Phone: 800-456-9595

JMU logoJames Madison University, located in the center of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, currently offers 62 different undergraduate major programs, including a top-ranked business program (BusinessWeek magazine ranks JMU top 5 percent nationally among undergrad B-schools). The JMU Equestrian Team encourages and develops the equestrian abilities in students to promote participation in all types of activities dealing with horses and competitive riding.

Address: MSC 0101, Harrisonburg VA 22807
Phone: 540-568-5681

Longwood College logoLongwood University. A state-assisted, co-educational university, Longwood offers students a choice of more than 100 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations. Graduate programs include business, education, English, sociology and communication sciences & disorders. The Longwood Equestrian Team is a hunter/jumper organization that rides primarily in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, Inc. The team is a member of Zone 4 Region 2. The Longwood Equestrian Team offers lessons and trail rides to all riders beginner through advanced. Winter Hill Farm currently hosts the team. Facilities include indoor and outdoor riding facilities on its scenic 200 acres.

Address: 201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23909
Phone: 434-395-2000

Lynchburg LogoLynchburg College Founded in 1903, Lynchburg College is an independent, coeducational, residential college with an enrollment of approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Lynchburg College offers a rigorous academic program of undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional programs provides thirty-five major and forty-three minor fields of concentration offered through six schools.

Address: 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501
Phone: (434) 384-3231

University of Mary Washington College logoMary Washington College is a co-educational, public institution located in historic Fredericksburg, VA. UMC offers more than 40 majors and programs of study. The University of Mary Washington's riding program is conducted at Hazelwild Farm located five miles from campus, in Spotsylvania County. The facilities include seventy stalls with all the modern amenities and ample turnout. The Stables also provide two outdoor rings, a cross country course, and a full-scale indoor arena, the A. Elizabeth Morrison Equestrian Center. Students may take part in all activities at Hazelwild Farm, including boarding, lessons, and showing, both local and rated.

Address: 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: 540-654-1000

Randolph Collge logoRandolph College. Located in Lynchburg, Randolph (formerly Randolph Macon Women’s College) is a coeducational, liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 700 students. As a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), Randolph College competes with 12 area colleges and enters regional and national competitions, in addition to USA Equestrian (USAE) and Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association (SWVHJA) shows. A 100-acre riding facility is located 15 minutes from campus with a jumping amphitheater and modern covered arena.

Address: 2500 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg VA 24503
Phone: 800-745-7692

Sweet Briar College logoSweet Briar College is a private, women’s liberal arts and sciences college located in central Virginia, about 50 miles south of Charlottesville. The College hosts several riding competitions each year, including indoor shows, a hunter trial, a hunter pace, and the annual Sweet Briar Horse Show, begun in 1926. The Equine Studies Certificate offers riders a liberal arts foundation combined with preparation for possible equine related careers. The certificate program has two separate concentrations, Management and Teaching and Schooling. The Riding Center features a 120’ x 300’ indoor arena, three outdoor rings, an enclosed lungeing ring, and more than seven teaching and schooling fields.

Address: 123 Powerplant Circle, Sweet Briar, VA 24595
Phone: 800-381-6001

VA Intermont logoVA Intermont College. Located in Bristol, part of the Tri-Cities region with an area population of approximately 500,000, Virginia Intermont College is a small, comprehensive institution offering professional programs, humanities, arts and sciences as well as an Adult Degree Studies Program. Virginia Intermont College fields intercollegiate equestrian teams and offers an academically accredited four year program in Equine Studies that prepares students for possible careers in the horse industry.

Address: 1013 Moore St., Bristol VA 24201
Phone: 276-669-6101

VaTech logoVirginia Tech. Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college named Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, Virginia Tech is now a comprehensive, research university with the largest full-time student population in Virginia. The Equestrian Club of Virginia Tech is a recognized club in the Virginia Tech Sports Club Federation comprised of undergraduate students with an interest in horses. The Equestrian Club sponsors the Intercollegiate Riding Team and allows students to observe, organize or participate in equine related activities such as horse shows and clinics.

Address: 3450 Litton Reaves Hall, Blacksburg VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-4740

Washington & Lee logoWashington and Lee University. Founded in 1749, Washington and Lee University is named for two of the most influential men in American history: George Washington, whose generous endowment of $20,000 in 1796 helped the fledgling school (then known as Liberty Hall Academy) survive, and Robert E. Lee, whose presidency and innovative leadership brought the University into the national limelight. Riding is among the youngest athletic programs at Washington and Lee, completing its first varsity season in 1999-2000.

Address: 2 Lee Avenue, Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: (540) 458-8400

William and Mary logoWilliam & Mary is a small, public liberal arts university located in Williamsburg, offering undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The William & Mary riding team includes both a competitive team competing in IHSA shows and a club team whose members participate in lessons and social activities.

Address: Cedar Valley Farm, 2016 Forge Road, Toano, VA 23186
Phone: (757) 532-4344

Meredith Manor International Equestrian CenterFounded in 1963, Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre is the only nationally accredited equestrian career college in the US. Focused on providing a hands-on, skill based education; Meredith Manor prepares students to be professional trainers, riding instructors, stable managers, equine massage therapists and farriers. Their 130-acre campus is home to 100 students and 150 horses and includes 8 barns, 7 indoor arenas, a classroom complex, farrier, equine massage, and leatherworking shops, dormitories and cafeteria. Programs range from 3 months to 2 years. Federal financial aid is available to qualified applicants.

Address: 147 Saddle Lane, Waverly, WV 26184
Phone: 800-679-2603

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Therapeutic Riding Programs

Equi-Kids logoEQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program was established in 1989 to offer horseback riding lessons to individuals with mentally and physically disabling conditions such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Learning Disabilities. Through equine activities, the challenged rider could develop self-awareness, self-confidence and improve their concentration. Therapeutic riding also offers physical benefits such as muscle strengthening and stretching and increases fine motor skills. The horse provides the challenged rider with a feeling of freedom and independence that may be limited in their everyday life.

Address: P.O. Box 4095 Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Phone: 757-425-8833

Loudoun Theraputic Riding logoLoudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation (LTRF) was formed in 1974 to foster and encourage the development and operation of horseback riding and other related activities for therapeutic purposes for individuals with disabilities, including those who have mental and physical impairments, emotional disturbances, learning disabilities, speech or hearing impairments, visual impairments and multiple-disabilities.

Address: 41793 Tutt Lane, Leesburg, Virginia 20176
Phone: (703) 771-2689

Healing Strides logoHealing Strides of Virginia Established in 1991, under the name Roanoke Valley Therapeutic Riding Program, Healing Strides of VA offers a variety of Equine Assisted Therapies to children, adolescents, and adults in the surrounding Roanoke Valley area. Their clients range from physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to at-risk populations.

Address: 272 Naff Road, Boones Mill, VA 24065
Phone: 540-334-5825

Therapeutic Riding Assoc logoTherapeutic Riding Association of Virginia, Inc (TRAV) is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1986 to foster the concepts of therapeutic horsemanship for people with disabilities. Presently, there are approximately 20 member centers, all of which are also member operating centers of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA), certifying their instructors through NARHA and complying with accreditation standards and procedures. TRAV individual members include program administrators, instructors, therapists, volunteers, parents, riders and other therapeutic riding enthusiasts.

Address: P. O. Box 531 Upperville, VA 20184
Phone: 703-508-7046

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Breed Associations, Federations, and Registries

American Paint Horse Association logoAmerican Miniature Horse Association The American Miniature Horse Association is the world's leading Miniature Horse registry with nearly 160,000 horses and more than 12,000 members in 37 countries and provinces. Founded in 1978, AMHA promotes the breeding, use and perpetuation of a standard of equine excellence in miniature, separate and apart from ponies and other small equine. Horses registered with AMHA must meet the Association standard of perfection and cannot exceed 34 inches in height at the withers as measured from the last hairs of the mane.

Address: 5601 South Interstate 35 W - Alvarado, Texas, 76009
Phone: 817-783-5600

American Paint Horse Association logoAmerican Paint Horse Association
The mission at the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) is to collect, record and preserve the pedigrees of American Paint Horses, and to stimulate and regulate all matters pertaining to the promotion, history, breeding and exhibition of this breed. The Association aspires to excellence in recordkeeping, reporting, recruiting, educating and supporting our membership, so they may inspire confidence and create in members a desire to use their services. APHA serves both the breed and members by being aware of the industry and market, and of the needs, opportunities - and challenges of members.

Address: P.O. Box 961023 • Fort Worth, Texas 76161-0023
Phone: 817-834-APHA (2742)

American Quarter Horse Association

Appaloosa Horse Club

Dutch Warmblood

FEI - Federation Equestre Internationale

Friesian Horse Association of North America


International Arabian Horse Association

International Sport Horse Registry and the Oldenburg Registry

Virginia Carolinas Morgan Horse ClubVirginia Carolinas Morgan Horse Club Created to promote good fellowship among Morgan horse owners and friends; encourage and promote all the many activities in which Morgan horses excel; acquaint the people of the Southeast with the virtues of the Morgan horse and the contributions of the Morgan to our heritage; and to cooperate with and support the programs of the American Morgan Horse Association.

Address: 833 Brookhollow Road, Efland, NC 27243
Phone: 919-732-7452

Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' AssociationTennesee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association (TWHBEA), headquartered in Lewisburg, Tennessee, is the oldest and most prestigious organization devoted to the promotion of the breed. Founded in 1935, the breed registry was established to record the pedigrees of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Its goal is to maintain the purity of the breed, to promote greater awareness of the Tennessee Walking Horse and its qualities, to encourage expansion of the breed, and to help assure its general welfare.

Address: P.O. Box 286, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Phone: 931-359-1574

Pinto Horse Association of AmericaPinto Horse Association of America Advancing and promoting the Pinto, encouraging ideas of good horsemanship and good sportsmanship, and providing activities for PtHA members.

Address: 7330 NW 23rd Street, Bethany, OK 73008
Phone: 405-491-0111

World Class Miniature Horse Registry, Inc.World Class Miniature Horse Registry, Inc. (WCMHR)
Registering Miniature Horses all over the World since 1995 A Div. 34" and under at maturity and B Div. up to and including 38" at maturity. Annual World Class Miniature Horse Show. WCMHR also holds virtual online horse shows.

Address: 12009 Stewartsville Rd., Vinton, VA  24179
Phone/Fax: 540-890-0856

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Other Horse or Agricultural Related Links

Brook Hill Farm Brook Hill Farm logoBrook Hill Farm Brook Hill Farm: a non-profit organization, exists to provide rehabilitation focused services and safe haven for unwanted horses, while maintaining a unique opportunity for personal growth and equine education for area youth and adults.

va coopVirginia Cooperative Extension responds to the needs of individuals, families, groups and organizations with educational programs in the three broad areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development. Residents of Virginia can participate in VCE programs through 107 county extension offices, 6 4-H educational centers, and 13 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers.

Grayson Jockey club logoThe Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc. Since 1940, the foundation’s aim has been to support research at existing institutions rather than carry out the research itself. The Jockey Club Research Foundation was merged with the Grayson Foundation in 1989, to be known since then as the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc. The combined foundation has been able to allocate more than $750,000 annually in grants and in 2007 reached a milestone allocating more than $1,000,000.

Address: 821 Corporate Drive, Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: (859) 224-2850

Jockey Club logoThe Jockey Club Foundation (JFC) is a charitable trust which provides, on a confidential basis, financial relief and assistance to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families. Adversity or hardship presents itself in a variety of ways, so The Jockey Club Foundation remains flexible when it comes to the support it provides. Assistance can come in any number of forms, including financial aid, medication, surgical and hospital costs, therapeutic equipment, voice-recognition computers for quadriplegics and wheelchair-accessible vans, among other needs.

Address: 40 E. 52nd St. (15th floor), New York, N.Y. 10022
Phone: (212) 371-5970

Gluck Equine Research logoThe University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation (UKGERF) a 501c3 Corporation, has been successful in its efforts to provide the format to disseminate information to and from the horse industry. The dual purpose of the Foundation is to facilitate the exchange of information with the equine industry and to secure funding for equine research at the University of Kentucky (UK). Through the collaborative efforts of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Department of Veterinary Science, the UKGERF board, and a committee of university researchers and area veterinarians, we strive to provide the university and our industry with current information and future needs. The UKGERF biannual publication, the Equine Research & Service Report, provides the industry with information from the Department of Veterinary Science, which includes research updates, current investigation information, researcher spotlights and available services.

Address: 108 Gluck Equine Research Center Lexington, KY 40546 Phone: 859-257-4757, ext. 81089

UC Davis logoHorse Genetics at U. C. Davis. The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) provides animal parentage verification, identification, forensics services, genetic diagnostics and genetic disease research as a self-supporting unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. VGL is internationally recognized as a pioneer and expert in DNA based animal testing. VGL also offers an extensive animal forensics service program, diagnostic tests for genetic diseases, and support for genetic research in domestic species, primates and wildlife.

Address: Veterinary Genetics Laboratory,
     One Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616
Phone: 530-752-2211

extension logo'eXtension: Horses. eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers - experts who know their subject matter inside out. eXtension is a space where university content providers can gather and produce new educational and information resources on wide-ranging topics. Because it's available to students, researchers, clinicians, professors, as well as the general public, at any time from any Internet connection, eXtension helps solve real-life problems in real time.

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