Virginia Bred Program

The Virginia Horse Industry Board’s (VHIB) mission is the promotion and economic development of the Virginia equine industry. To that end, and in an effort to recognize quality horse breeding (i.e., horses foaled in the Commonwealth), the Virginia Horse Industry Board has instituted a "Virginia Bred" Program. 

Program Deadlines:  

Virginia Bred Application for 2020:

Due Monday, September 14, 2020 5 PM 

Download 2020 Application Form Here

Background and Intent of Program

In an effort to recognize quality horse breeding in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Virginia Horse Industry Board has instituted a “Virginia Bred” Program. This program has its own application process and deadlines. Monies will be awarded to the breed associations. No monies will be awarded directly to breeders or owners. The program will operate on an annual basis and all applicants must complete the application.



Breed associations and discipline organizations in the Commonwealth of Virginia that demonstrate the skills and ability to conduct a viable program to promote Virginia horses—through competitive activities and futurities are eligible to participate in the program. Associations must also be a recognized chapter of their specific breed or discipline as approved by their national associations. Associations should also be registered with the Virginia State Corporation Commission. 

Applicants must demonstrate a proven ability and experience to carry out elements of the proposed project.  Those applicants proposing to rely on the expertise of another individual or organization to undertake any part of the project must clearly define the responsibilities of the party and provide evidence of that party’s ability to achieve that area of responsibility.


Further Project Clarification

These grants are not small business loans for setting up or financing individual businesses.  Such loans are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Monies will not be awarded for:

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Salaries

  • Equipment

  • Any Type of Construction Project

  • Overhead or Indirect Costs


Awarding of Monies and Terms of the Grant

Breed associations and discipline organizations will be notified after the Board makes its decision.  Once the Board selects recipients, all applicants will be notified of their grant status.  Those selected for funding will receive an award letter that sets forth pertinent information about the award. 



To apply for the 2020 Virginia Bred Program, please review and complete 2020 Virginia Bred Application.


Members of the Virginia Horse Industry Board will review all applications and will evaluate the completeness of the application, the specifics of the information provided, the impact the program will have on promoting the Virginia horse industry, and the ability of the association to competently conduct their Virginia Bred Program.


Submission Date and Time

Applicants must submit applications to by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 14, 2020. The Board will not consider applications received after this deadline for funding.  All attachments (application, supporting documents, letters of support) must be included in one email.  Applications can also be mailed to VHIB, 102 Governor Street, , Richmond, VA 23219.


Contact Information

Heather Wheeler, Virginia Horse Industry Board Program Manager

Phone (804)786-5842


102 Governor Street

Richmond, VA 23219


Virginia Horse Industry Board


102 Governor Street, Room 318 

Richmond, VA 23219


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

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