Virginia Horse Organizations

The 600-acre Virginia Horse Center boasts breathtaking views and pristine grounds, a 4,000-seat coliseum, eight barns to accommodate 1,200 horses, nineteen show rings, including two large indoor arenas, and internationally rated cross-country and combined carriage driving courses. Events attended by approximately 400,000 visitors annually take place at the Horse Center 285 days a year, both promoting the Commonwealth’s horse industry and acting as a catalyst for economic development in local, state and regional economies.

 

487 Maury River Rd

Lexington, VA 24450-3374 
540-464-2950
info@horsecenter.org

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Brook Hill Farm Brook Hill Farm: a non-profit organization, exists to provide rehabilitation focused services and safe haven for unwanted horses, while maintaining a unique opportunity for personal growth and equine education for area youth and adults.

 

7289 Bellevue Rd
Forest, VA 24551
540-586-7432
executivedirector@brookhillfarm.org

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The Old Dominion Endurance Rides, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1973 to promote and sponsor the equestrian sport of endurance riding. The organization annually hosts several endurance clinics and endurance rides in Virginia including The Old Dominion - one of the premier 100-mile endurance rides in the United States.

 

33715 Snickersville Turnpike

Bluemont, VA 20135 
540-554-2004
give2bute@aol.com

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The Old Dominion Region has a total of 17 Registered clubs of the United States Pony Clubs. The ODRPC territory covers the southeastern coastline, through the pastoral Shenandoah Valley, to the borders of West Virginia and Tennessee. The Old Dominion Region is active throughout the year with clinics, camps and regional rallies (competitions) in the disciplines of Eventing, Mounted Games, Dressage, Show Jumping and Quiz (un-mounted competition of horse knowledge).

 

ponymom@aol.com

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Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad (FRMS) is a nonprofit civilian volunteer organization that was formed in 1991 to provide support to the City of Richmond Mounted Squad. It consists of a volunteer board, supporting dues paying members and many others who support the Friends through the various projects undertaken by the group. Both events, the Richmond Ride and the Horse Show raise funds to provide supplemental financial support for activities, training and material goods not otherwise funded. All of the Friends-sponsored events raise public awareness for the mounted squad and their effectiveness as a law enforcement unit.

 

3403 Floyd Ave

Richmond, VA 23221

friends@frmsva.com

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The purpose of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA) is to promote the Thoroughbred horse in the Commonwealth and to serve as an advocate for its contributions to the state's agribusiness economy, as well as to the racing and breeding industry.

 

250 W. Main Street, Suite #100

Charlottesville, VA 22902 
434-977-3716 
vta@vabred.org

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The purpose of the Virginia Quarter Horse Association (VQHA) is to develop positive participation in Quarter Horse activities within Virginia in cooperation with the American Quarter Horse Association. The goal is to promote and stimulate the sale, breeding, exhibition and ownership of the Quarter Horse. Above all, VQHA will encourage sportsmanship and family values in all activities, insisting on the humane and dignified treatment of the American Quarter Horse by owners, trainers and exhibitors.

 

Brian Felts, President
8001 Beach Rd

Chesterfield, VA 23828
804-248-0541 

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The Virginia Pony Breeders Association was created to establish a Registry of Virginia bred ponies, promote the use and welfare of Virginia bred ponies, foster the improvement of ponies, and foster and preserve the interests of breeders, owners and users of ponies in Virginia.

 

1612 Shallowell Rd

Manakin Sabot, VA 23103 
540-338-3528 
AZK@Foxlore.com

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Powhatan Riding Association was formed in the early 1980’s and has been through numerous changes over the years. The membership is diverse and many different riding disciplines are represented. Members have nearly always found common ground while trail riding and enjoy the social aspects of riding with others who share their love of horses.

 

2371 Three Bridge Rd

Powhatan, VA 23139 
804-379-9829 
PRAINFO@mindspring.com

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American Saddlebred Horse Association of Virginia 
Formed in 1975 to promote the breeding, raising, training, sales and exhibiting of the American Saddlebred Horse in the Commonwealth of Virginia and elsewhere, and to promote other activities and events of any nature to create enthusiasm, use, pleasure and interest in the breed. The Association encourages both youth and adult interest in the breed. They cooperate with educational institutions, governmental agencies, civic organizations and the general public to promote the horse industry and the American Saddlebred Horse breed. The Association also assists with horse show managers and promoters to develop better horse shows throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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The purpose of ODMHA Association: To encourage and promote interest in, breeding of and use of Morgan Horses as versatile horses in the State of Virginia.

 

Gwen Leech

804-305-0181

ODMHA@hotmail.com

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LCEA provides a forum for all equestrian disciplines and businesses to promote their common goals.  We work with the public and private sectors to present a unified voice to advance the interests of all equestrians and equestrian related industry in Loudoun County

 

Kelly T. Foltman, DVM

information@loudonequine.com

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The Clifton Horse Society (CHS) was established in 1977 to serve the needs of those interested in horses in Fairfax County and the surrounding communities.  Our club membership consists of horse owners and non-horse owners, all of who want to see that horses continue to be a part of the future of this area of Virginia as they have been in the past.  Our members participate in many different disciplines, using many different breeds.  Although founded in Clifton, CHS’s membership has continued to grow over the years to reach a level of 300+ and includes people throughout Virginia, in other states, and overseas.  Our club activities are recreational, social, educational, and service.

 

P.O. Box 183

Clifton, VA 20124 

Old Dominion Miniature Horse Club of Virginia (ODMHC) Formed in 2011 to promote and stimulate the sale, breeding, exhibition, and ownership of the Miniature Horse in Virginia and beyond. Virginia and Miniature Horses have a long and prestigious history. The Old Dominion Miniature Horse Club of Virginia (ODMHC) aims to put Virginia back on the top of the industry. ODMHC is sanctioned by AMHA and AMHR.

 

odmhc@olddominionminiaturehorseclub.com

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eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers - experts who know their subject matter inside out. eXtension is a space where university content providers can gather and produce new educational and information resources on wide-ranging topics. Because it's available to students, researchers, clinicians, professors, as well as the general public, at any time from any Internet connection, eXtension helps solve real-life problems in real time.

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Virginia Region Pony Clubs provide opportunities for instruction and competition in English riding, horse sports and horse management for children and young adults up to 21 years of age. The term "pony" reflects the age of the members, rather than the size of the mount. Horses and ponies of many different breeds, shapes, and sizes are seen in Pony Club activities.

 

cnogg@comcast.net

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Virginia Horse Shows Association is an association of show members and individual members cooperating to promote the sport and to improve the breeding of horses in the Commonwealth. All breed groups, shows and horse interests are represented and membership is open to all individuals and to shows in Virginia and the bordering states of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and North Carolina.

 

32 Ashby Street, Suite 204

Warrenton, VA 20186 
540-349-0910 
vhsa@verizon.net

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Virginia Gold Cup Association has grown since 1922’s inaugural event hosting two premium steeplechase meets, Virginia Gold Cup Race on the first Saturday in May and the International Gold Cup, on the third Saturday in October. The mission it to promote steeplechase racing, the horse industry and to benefit the Great Meadow Foundation.

 

P.O. Box 840

Warrenton, VA 20188 
540-347-2612 
diane@vagoldcup.com

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Virginia Reining Horse Association (VRHA) is an affiliate of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) that was formed in 1966 and serves as the standard setting body for the sport of reining. Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse within the confines of a show arena. In NRHA competition, contestants are required to run one of ten approved patterns. Each pattern includes small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs over the hocks, 360 degree spins done in place and exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the reining horse.

 

1900 CC Road

Charles City, VA 23030 
804-966-7269

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SouthEastern Farriers and Horseowners Association The mission of SEFHA is to unite farriers, horse owners and veterinarians for the furtherance of the knowledge and enjoyment of horses. Our goal is to provide a safe, friendly environment where members can improve upon their knowledge of horses. SEFHA is an all breed, all discipline group of energetic, enthusiastic people who work well together to conduct information-sharing clinics and organize various events. We host clinics, trail rides, fun shows and other events to enjoy our horses. We learn how to become better horse owners and riders. We have fun! We have meetings as needed. Meetings will be posted on the "Events" page, and we do send out email notices of up-coming meetings. In affiliation with the Brotherhood of Working Farriers Association.

 

434-792-3811
sefha1@gmail.com

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VA Presidential Paso Fino Horse Association. Join the Virginia Presidential Paso Fino Horse Association and help support the promotion of the Paso Finos in Virginia and surrounding areas. 

 

1-888-VAP-PFHA
info@VAPPFHA.com

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The Virginia Paint Horse Club strives to establish, promote, and expand awareness of the Paint Horse breed in the Commonwealth. To serve our members in a fair and timely manner and create an environment that fosters good sportsmanship and courtesy to all. We will serve the Paint Horse breed by creating an ideal of good horsemanship. Through sound financial policies and careful long range planning to increase opportunities that positively impact the equine industry in Virginia.

 

David R. Lands, President

804-350-9753

vphc@cox.net

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The East Coast Stock Horse Association offers a family friendly, affordable, fun environment to promote the versatility of the stock horse and is open to ALL horse breeds.

The Association's desire is to showcase stock horses of all breeds and their riders. We hold five sanctioned shows each year along with one benefit fun show. Contestants qualify for year end awards by competing in three or more sanctioned shows during the show year. ECSHA offers Open, Amateur, and Youth classes at every show. All shows are held at the Cornerstone Arena in Reva, VA.

5229 Homestead Trail 
Reva, Virginia 22735 

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Virginia Horse Industry Board

 

102 Governor Street, Room 318 

Richmond, VA 23219

 

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

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