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Virginia Horse Industry Board News

  1. Horse Board Announces 2013-2014 Grant Winners
  2. New Equine Interstate Event Permit
  3. Economic Impact Study Released
  4. Download the 2012-2013 Annual Report

2014 VHIB Calendar


Horse Board Announces 2013-2014 Grant Winners

The Virginia Horse Industry Board has released the list of winning grant projects for 2013-2014. Some 16 projects will receive a total of  $109,846 over the next 12 months. The winning projects, the project leaders, and the amounts of funding are listed below:

Education Grant
Virginia State 4-H Horse Show - Celeste Crisman, State 4-H Horse Show Committee $5,000
National Equestrian Trails Conference 2013 Participation - Sally Aungier, VA Horse Council $1,906
Future Farmers of America Funding Proposals(3) - Andrew Seibel, FFA $5,700
Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training—Marcia House, Technical Animal Rescue of VA $1,000
Agriculture in the Classroom's Horse Education Project - Karen Davis, VA Ag in the Classroom $3,000
VA Forage & Grasslands Council Educational Horse Events—Carrie Swanson, VA Cooperative Extension/VFGC $2,500
VA Presidential Paso Fino Horse Association Educational & Market Outreach Project—Rose Ann Howell, VPPFHA $1,500
Marketing Grant
VA Horse Council: Serving the Horse Industry Across VA - David Sanders, VHC $33,562
Marketing the American Paint Horse & VA - Randi Zahm, VA Paint Horse Club $4,000
Marketing Materials & Advertising to Attract Funding for & Participation at New Equestrian Facilities - Teresa Davenport, Morven Park $9,325
Presenting Sponsorship of the Stampede 5k at the State Fair of VA - Karen Davis, VA Ag in the Classroom $5,000
VA's Public Access Equestrian Trails Directory Promotional Materials - Sally Aungier, VA Horse Council $3,800
Ride the Rail or Ride the Trail—Sherry Hilton, Scott County Regional Horse Association $2,915
Research Grant
Effect of High Glycemic Diets on Systemic Inflammation Associated with Insulin Resistance - Rebecca Splan, MARE Center  $7,248
Prevalence of Lyme Disease in Horses Presented for Coggins Testing in Southwest VA - Rebecca Funk, DVM; S. Pleasant, D. Cook, F. Elvinger, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine  $7,830
Therapeutic Horsemanship & Autism: Phase IV—Nancy Paschall, Dream Catchers at Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center $15,560


New Equine Interstate Event Permit Allows Horse Owners To Move Animals Throughout Southeast United States For Six Months

According to Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), Virginia horse owners have a new opportunity to travel with their horses throughout the southeastern United States for six months using the new Equine Interstate Event Permit (EIEP). 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.

"Horse owners have asked for this interstate event permit option for some time," said Dr. Wilkes, "but we had to ensure that we could provide the convenience of a six-month passport while continuing to protect Virginia's equine industry from disease. We have developed the database and record-keeping system and have a Memorandum of Agreement with 14 states that allow us to move forward with issuing the permit."

Participating states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. The state of New York just recently announced that it will also accept the six-month permit.

Horse owners may apply to obtain an Equine Interstate Event Permit from their accredited veterinarian. For each horse permitted, the owner must fill out and sign an application, present a Virginia origin Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) or health paper/certificate, have a valid negative Coggins test, and be able to document microchip identification or provide three view digital photos of the animal. Owners also will need to demonstrate their ability to perform an abbreviated physical exam that includes taking each horse's temperature. They will need to record that information on the horse's travel itinerary with each interstate movement.

For more information about the Virginia equine passport application process, horse owners or veterinarians should contact VDACS' Office of Veterinary Services at 804.786.2483. Horse owners and veterinarians may find additional information on the VDACS website.

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Virginia Horse Industry has $1.2 Billion Annual Economc Impact

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today a new study on the Virginia horse industry. A study prepared by the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center (WCC) for Public Service and funded by the Virginia Horse Industry Board found that the horse industry in Virginia has an annual economic impact of $1.2 billion. WCC’s Regional Economist Dr. Terance Rephann determined that the equine industry in the Commonwealth continues to expand and its economic impact continues to grow. “The equine industry’s influence is felt in all parts of the state,” said Dr. Rephann. “We see a very positive effect on jobs, recreation, tourism, retail sales and state and local taxation.”

He adds that the largest areas of economic impact continue to be in Northern Virginia with more than 1,600 horse-related jobs in Fauquier and Loudoun Counties. However, the largest employment impact in the state is in Rockbridge Country—the location of the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington. More than 1,330 jobs are industry related in Lexington and Buena Vista. “The horse industry in Virginia generates $65.3 million in state and local taxes,” he said, “with more than 50 percent of that representing state taxes.”

Additional key findings from the just-released equine survey include:

  • The industry generated more than 16,000 jobs in 2010 in Virginia with the greatest effects in the agricultural and ag services sectors, and a lesser effect in the areas of trade and construction.
  • Horse owners spend $873 million annually on horse-related expenses—including feed and bedding, boarding, training, tack, capital improvements and labor. These expenses average $4,060 per horse.
  • Nearly 1,200 horse shows and events were held in Virginia in 2010—generating $25 million in revenue.
  • Some 939,000 people attended Virginia horse shows and competitions last year. Out-of-state participants spent an average of $3,100 per event.
  • Virginia ranks 12th in the nation for numbers of horses.
  • According to the Census of Agriculture Statistics, while the number of farms in Virginia decreased between 1997-2007, the number of farms with horses actually increased from 10,972 to 13,520 during that same period—offsetting a more significant decline in farms in general.
  • Virginia has an estimated 215,000 equines and some 41,000 equine operations.

The full study is available here.

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March 3:
Grant proposals for fiscal year
2014-2015 are due.
(See the "Grant Guidelines" section
for more information.)

May 1:
Virginia Horse Industry Board meeting, Charlottesville

Photo credits: Debby Thomas



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