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.
Virginia Horse Industry Board Programs
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.
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
VA Bred Report Deadline for 2019
December 6, 2019 at 5PM
VA Bred Application Deadline for 2020
December 16, 2019 at 5PM
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.