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Dedicated to the Promotion & Economic Development

of Virginia's Horse Industry

The Virginia Horse Industry Board promotes and develops economic opportunities for the betterment of the horse industry in Virginia. The Virginia horse industry is an important, broad based, multi-faceted segment of state agriculture. 


Each year, the board reviews grant proposals and considers projects in the areas of education, marketing, and research. To date, the Virginia Horse Industry Board has awarded more than $2 million in grants to promote the horse industry throughout the state.


The board was established in 1994 as the result of legislation and a statewide referendum and operates through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

2020 Calendar of Events
Upcoming Events
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upcoming events.
August 13, 2020 - Charlottesville, VA
VHIB Board Meeting
Virginia Horse Industry Board Programs
Virginia Bred

In an effort to recognize quality horse breeding in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Virginia Horse Industry Board has instituted a “Virginia Bred” Program. Qualified, Virginia breed associations and discipline organizations are eligible to apply.

VHIB Grants
Each year, the Virginia Horse Industry Board considers grant applications from individuals and organizations proposing projects related to the VA horse industry in the areas of education, research and marketing

Program Deadlines

VA Bred Report Deadline for 2019

December 6, 2019 at 5PM - CLOSED

VA Bred Application Deadline for 2020

December 16, 2019 at 5PM - CLOSED

2019 - 2020 Application Deadline



2019 Interim Grant Report Deadline


2019 Final Grant Report Deadline


Virginia Horse Industry has $1.2 Billion

Annual Economic 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.

Virginia Horse Industry Board


102 Governor Street, Room 318 

Richmond, VA 23219


Phone: 804-786-5842  Fax: 804-371-7786

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