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Virginia Horse Industry Board News

  1. Virginia Horse Board Awards over $100k in Grants for 2014-2015
  2. Horse Board Announces 2014 "Virginia Bred" Winners
  3. New Equine Interstate Event Permit
  4. Economic Impact Study Released
  5. Download the 2012-2013 Annual Report
 

Tango, a new Tennessee Walking Horse filly, enjoys a walk with mom Matilda at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center in Williamsburg.

 
 

Virginia Horse Board Awards over $100k in
Grants for 2014-2015

The Virginia Horse Industry Board recently announced the winners
of its annual grants program. Over $100,000 is being awarded to
projects in the areas of education, marketing, and research that
promote the Virginia horse industry.

Here is a listing of the winning projects, the contact persons and
groups, and the amounts awarded by the VHIB:

Education Grant
Virginia State 4-H Horse Show
Celeste Crisman, State 4-H Horse Show Committee
$5,000
Virginia 4-H EquiSmartz
Celeste Crisman, VA Cooperative Extension
$3,000
VA Forage & Grasslands Council Educational Horse Events - Carrie Swanson, VA Cooperative Extension/VFGC $2,500
Franklin County VA Mini Educational Equine Affaire - Cynthia Martel, VA Cooperative Extension $1,250
Marketing Grant
VA Horse Council: Serving the Horse Industry
Across VA - David Sanders, VHC
$33,500
Marketing VA's Horse and Thoroughbred Industries
- Deborah Easter, VTA
$10,000
Marketing VA: American Paint Horse Association's
2016 Convention
- David Lands, VA Paint Horse Club
$8,000
Marketing to Attract New Horse Show Bookings
at Morven Park's New Facilities
- Teresa Davenport, Morven Park
$2,500
VA Presidential Paso Fino Horse Association Educational
& Market Outreach Project
- Rose Ann Howell, VPPFHA
$1,000
The Development & Promotion of the
Piedmont Search and Rescue Mounted Team—
- John Marsh, PSARMT
$1,000
South Eastern Farriers and Horse Owners Association
Fourth Annual Colt Starting Challenge & Creation of
the VA Horsemanship Expo - David Tuggle, SEFHA
$1,000
Living History on Horseback
Sally Lamb, VA Horse Council
$3,000
Research Grant
Serum Amyloid A as an Aid in the Diagnosis of Septic Arthritis in Horses - Linda Dahlgren, DVM, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine $7,620
Targeting New Deworming Strategies Towards Tomorrow's Horse Industry Leaders
Carrie Swanson, VA Cooperative Extension
$500
Can Levamisole Upregulate the Macrophage Dendritic Cell T-Helper 1 T-Cytotoxic Equine Cell-Mediated Immune Response in Vitro - Sharon Witonsky, DVM, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine $9,000
Therapeutic Horsemanship & Autism: Phase V
NancyPaschall, Dream Catchers at Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center
$17,520

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Horse Board Announces 2014 "Virginia Bred" Winners

The Virginia Horse Industry Board has recently announced the grant recipients for the 2014 "Virginia Bred" Program. Congratulations to the following groups that are receiving a total of $44,550 from the VHIB to promote Virginia-bred horses:

Association Grant
AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSE ASSN. of VA $2,500
OLD DOMINION MINIATURE HORSE CLUB $2,000
OLD DOMINION MORGAN HORSE ASSN. $4,000
SHENANDOAH BLUE RIDGE APPALOOSA ASSN. $1,000
VA APPALOOSA HORSE CLUB $1,500
VA ARABIAN HORSE ASSN. $500
VA HORSE SHOWS ASSN. $5,000
VA PAINT HORSE CLUB $5,550
VA PONY BREEDERS ASSN. $5,000
VA QUARTER HORSE ASSN. $6,000
INTERNATIONAL GOLD CLUB/OLD DOMINION TURF CHAMPIONSHIP $5,000
INTERNATIONAL HUNTER FUTURITY $5,000
WARRENTON HORSE SHOW/ VA BRED CLASSES $1,500
TOTAL "VIRGINIA BRED" FUNDS
AWARDED FOR 2014
$44,550

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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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2014 VHIB Calendar


July 17:
Letters of Intent for the 2015 "Virginia Bred" Program are due in the VHIB Office (see the
"Virginia Bred" section for more information)

September 11-14:
Virginia State 4-H Championship Horse & Pony Show, Virginia Horse Center, Lexington. The Virginia Horse Industry Board continues to be the major sponsor of this event, now in its 53rd year, which features 190 classes and a wide variety of breeds and disciplines. Some 600 youths from across the Commonwealth are expected to participate.



Above: Blackie, a registered Quarter Horse who recently celebrated his 30th birthday, greets a new student from Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School in York County arriving at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center in Williamsburg. Participation for the school's students in the Dream Catchers program is made possible by donations.

 

 
 

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