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Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors Vote Unanimously in Support of Virginia Horse Center

Lexington, VA - March 25, 2015 - In June 2014, the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of allocating an additional one percent of the local occupancy tax to the Virginia Horse Center (VHC) for a two-year period. On Monday night, March 23, 2015, the Board of Supervisors again unanimously voted in the Virginia Horse Center's favor, this time extending the term of the additional one percent occupancy tax from two years to five years.

AQHA Novice Championship Moves to Virginia Horse Center!

In a major announcement from the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) the Virginia Horse Center (VHC) has officially been awarded the bid for the 2015 AQHA Nutrena East Level 1 (Novice) Championships. The AQHA East Level 1 Championships will make the move from Murfreesboro, Tennessee to Lexington, Virginia for the 2015 edition of the show, to be held September 30 - October 4.

VHC Getting Out of 'Intensive Care' - EDA OKs Conservation Easement for Property

The Virginia Horse Center cleared one hurdle last week in its bid to place in a conservation easement 77.6 percent of the VHC campus, or 445 of 573 acres. The Rockbridge County Economic Development authority gave its approval for the easement, expected to generate $1,980,000 in proceeds from tax credit sales through the Virginia Land Preservation Tax Credit program. If all of the necessary approvals for the easement can be secured, the nearly $2 million that would be gained would be used to pay down the principal of an $11.5 million loan the horse center took out several years ago with the USDA to consolidate the center's various capital debts. Paying down the principal by this amount would lower the annual debt payments on the USDA loan from $604,555 to $501,219.

Trainers compete in dog competition in Lexington

LEXINGTON, VA - LEXINGTON, Va (WSLS 10) - Hundreds of dogs and their handlers competed in the 5th annual Dog Agility Trial in Lexington this weekend. The trial chairman says two clubs hosted the event, the Star City Canine Club and the Dog Owners Club.

Phillip Dutton Among Top Riders Competing Beginning TOMORROW at the Virginia Horse Center!

This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Fall Virginia Horse Trials at the Virginia Horse Center, and the event, to be held Fri., Oct. 31 - Sun., Nov. 2, is on track to be one of the biggest competitions to date. "We have 570 horses coming in for Beginner-Novice level through the CIC2*," said founder and manager ofthe Virginia Horse Trials, Brian Ross. "We have quite an international field of riders. Phillip Dutton is coming in and a few other top riders such as Lynn Symansky."

Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding to Hold Screening of Award Winning Film “Riding My Way Back”

Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center is pleased to announce a screening of “Riding My Way Back.” The new award winning, short documentary about the powerful healing of therapeutic riding for a veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury will be screened at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. in the Horse Center’s Mezzanine. Tickets are available for $5.00 at the door with proceeds benefiting Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center. Light refreshments will be provided.

Virginia Horse Center to Host Dressage Championships This Weekend – PLUS Doggie Costume Show and More!

The Col. Bengt Ljungquist Memorial (CBLM) Championship is one of the oldest, most historic dressage championships in the United States, and this weekend, the annual show returns to the Virginia Horse Center for its 32nd year.

$1,000 Virginia Horse Center Hunter Classic THIS WEEKEND!

Hunter competitors could be riding away from this weekend’s House Mountain Horse Show at the Virginia Horse Center with more than just a beautiful ribbon and a positive show experience. For the first time, the Virginia Horse Center (VHC) is pleased to present the $1,000 VHC Hunter Classic.

Virginia Horse Center Foundation Names New Board Members

The Virginia Horse Center Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Joining the Board as the Horse Center continues to expand its team of top-notch industry professionals and leaders are Bill Heizer, Tim Jennings and Brian Ross.

Virginia Horse Center Partners With PhelpsSports.com to Bring Extensive WEG Coverage!

In just three days, Normandy, France will transform into a hub of the world's best horses and riders in all eight of the FEI disciplines as the equestrian world ushers in the start of the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG).

Virginia Dressage Association Donates $12,000 to Virginia Horse Center

The Virginia Dressage Association (VADA) has long been a supporter of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, and now, in recognition and support of the direction that the Virginia Horse Center (VHC) is heading, VADA members have voted in favor of a $12,000 donation to the Horse Center.

Turn Up the Lights Campaign - Team Winner!

We are pleased to announce that the Middlebrook General Store team raised the most money for the Turn Up the Lights campaign!

Hurricane Sandy - VHCF Evacuation Site

The Virginia Horse Center is an evacuation site for horses. Please call 540-464-2966 for reservations and more information.

Members' Choice - Lexington Spring Premiere!

The VHCF's Lexington Spring Premiere voted Members' Choice show.

Manager Update - Thoroughbred Celebration

Krista Hodgkin is named manager of Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show series.

Interview with Olympian Nina Ligon

Q&A with Nina Ligon of Esmont, Virginia covering her career and her experiences at the London Olympics.

Trailer Safety Seminar

Participate in this unique informational and hands-on trailer safety seminar on September 23 from 1-4pm.

2012 Barn Tour

Enjoy ten area farms while supporting the Virginia Horse Center through the VHCF Equestriennes 2012 Barn Tour!

New Sponsor - Cool Spring Organics Market & Cafe

The VHCF is pleased to announce a new sponsor partnership with our neighbor - Cool Spring Organics Market & Cafe

New Sponsor - Devils Backbone Brewery

We are thrilled to welcome Devils Backbone Brewery to the VHCF family!