The Virginia Thoroughbred Association exists to promote the Thoroughbred horse in the state of Virginia as well as to act as both a resource and a voice for its members. The VTA strives to represent its members in the political and agribusiness spheres, provide guidance and information to members, as well as promote and administrate the lucrative Breeders Fund bonuses.

Membership benefits include:

Promotion

The VTA promotes the Virginia-bred Thoroughbred in the industry at large both through marketing efforts and the administration of a financial model that rewards the owners and breeders of Virginia-bred horses.

The VTA not only administrates but actively promotes the Virginia Breeders Fund, which provides bonuses to breeders of a Virginia-bred winner anywhere in the country. This is the only bonus program in the Mid-Atlantic that does not restrict bonus payments to races in its state of origin. There is a 100 percent owner’s bonus for Virginia-bred winners at at any parimutuel meet in Virginia, designed to help create a market for Virginia-bred horses. Numerous Virginia-bred stakes races and restricted state-bred races are carded to give Virginia-breds the best opportunity to be financially successful for their owners and breeders.

Other promotional efforts include publicity events such as an annual Virginia-bred Championship awards ceremony and a monthly presence in the industry publications Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred and In And Around Horse Country. The VTA also engages in strategic advertising campaigns that promote that Virginia Thoroughbred in relevant national publications including the Thoroughbred Daily News and the Saratoga Special.

Membership Fees for registering Virginia-breds

Members of the VTA are eligible for discounted registration fees for all their state-bred horses, including Virginia-bred horses, Virginia-sired horses and Virginia stallions.

VTA Insider News

The VTA runs an up-to-the-minute blog that keeps you current on the Virginia thoroughbred industry in Virginia as well as nationally. Featuring Virginia owners and breeders, the newsletter promotes local connections and ensures you never miss an important moment in Virginia racing and breeding.

Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Subscription

Membership includes a subscription to the monthly Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, the only industry magazine dedicated to the racing and breeding industry in the mid-Atlantic region.

Legislative Representation

The VTA acts as an advocate for the interests of the Thoroughbred industry in Virginia. The VTA maintains an active presence during the General Assembly session and liaises with Virginia’s congressional representatives and all relevant state agencies (such as the Virginia Racing Commission and the Department of Agriculture). The VTA monitors all new legislation and regulatory proposals that affect the Thoroughbred industry, provides information and education to its members and supports policies and candidates that promote the best interests of the industry.

Seminars

The VTA hosts a number of educational seminars during the year to provide members with opportunities to stay abreast of the latest trends in the breeding industry at large.

Apply online here

To become a member of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association, you can print a membership form (PDF), fill it out and send it in with your payment.

For questions, please contact us at vta@vabred.org or (434) 977-3716.