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“Together, – staff, board, participants, our community, and industry partners – we will succeed. We come into the office every day with an eye to providing the best facility, programming, and amenities to our participants as well as being the best neighbor and resource to our community and the state. People value us because we offer an experience. It is our job and our privilege to elevate that experience every time they return. I believe that this is the key to the longevity and success of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation.” – Katherine R. Truitt

Contact Staff

Chief Executive Office John Nicholson
nicholson.johnd@gmail.com
540.464.2969
Chief Operating Officer Leigh Anne Claywell
laclaywell@horsecenter.org
540.464.2960
Administration & Employment Christina Fargiano
cfargiano@horsecenter.org
540-464-2951
Security Leroy Troxel
ltroxellx3@gmail.com
540.784.0156
Show Office Show Manager (different per event) 540-464-2962
Special Events / Rockbridge Regional Fair Director Deborah Work
dwork@horsecenter.org
540.464.2953
Stable Office Ellen Pennine
stableoffice@horsecenter.org
540-464-2966
Maintenance Wayne Downs                                                 wdowns2013@gmail.com 540.784.0154
Operations Manager Ben Sanchez                                                         ben.sanchezops@gmail.com                           540.784.0159                    
Food Services Manager
 
Kristina Day
kday@horsecenter.org
Kasey Potter
804.651.6435

757.880.6517
     

Full Staff

Administration

John Nicholson, Chief Executive Officer
Leigh Anne Claywell, Chief Operating Officer
Christina Fargiano, Executive Assistant and HR Manager
Deborah Work, Director Special Events / Director of the Rockbridge Regional Fair
Matt Crookshanks, Sponsorship & Advertising/ Coliseum & Mezzanine Administrator
Leroy Troxell, Director of Security
Ellen  Pennine, Stable Office Manager & Show Contracts Administrator
Wayne Downs, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds
Kasey Potter, Virginia Horse Center Concessions
Kristina Day, Virginia Horse Center Catering
Ben Sanchez, Operations Manager
 

Show Management

Leslie Brown, Stonewall Country I & II, Lexington Spring Premiere & Encore, Lexington National
Steve Hanks, Bonnie Blue National Horse Show & Friesian Horse Show
Clyde Poarch, Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show Series
Keedie Leonard & "Sandy" Gerald, House Mountain Horse Show Series
Sally Moore & Tamala Nichols, Commonwealth Games/Equestrian Sport
Sally Moore, Dressage with a View show series
Robert Obermiller, Blue Ridge Arabian Classic Horse Show