Virginia-bred horse is a Thoroughbred horse registered by The Jockey Club, foaled in Virginia and registered with the Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA).

Incentive Programs & Eligibility

  • BREEDERS of registered Virginia-Breds are eligible for Breeders Awards for winning  races at any racetrack in the continental United States. Breeders of registered Virginia-Breds will also be paid for wins at National Steeplechase Association sanctioned meets in the continental United States.  There is a $25,000 cap on each individual award. Breeders Awards are paid out on a yearly basis.The Breeders Fund is governed by Code of Virginia § 59.1-372 (Important: In order to earn a Breeders Award, a Virginia-Bred must be registered with the VTA prior to winning the race.)
  • OWNERS of registered Virginia-Breds are eligible for a 25% Owners Bonus for winning non-Virginia-restricted races at any racetrack in the Mid-Atlantic region (NY, NJ, PA, DE, WV, MD). Owners of Virginia-Breds that win non-Virginia-restricted races at National Steeplechase Association sanctioned meets in the Mid-Atlantic region (NY, NJ, PA, DE, WV, MD, VA) are eligible for a 25% Owners Bonus.  At the Virginia Gold Cup and International Gold cup meets, 100% Owners bonuses are paid for first through sixth place in non-Virginia-restricted races.  There is a $10,000 cap on each individual award. Owners Bonus Owners Bonuses are paid out on a monthly basis.Virginia-Bred Owners Bonus monies will not count towards a horse’s earnings.
  • Registered Virginia-Bred horses are eligible for all Virginia-restricted races.

To Register a Virginia-Bred


To register a Virginia-Bred online, please click here.

To register by mail, please submit the following materials:

  • A Virginia-Bred application form
  • A current W-9
  • A check payable to the Virginia Breeders Fund, in full payment for the registration fees in accordance with the current fee schedule (see above).

Send all materials to the VTA office:

Virginia Thoroughbred Association
250 West Main Street, Suite 100
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Once the registration process is completed, an official Virginia-bred certificate will be mailed to the applicant for attachment to the horse’s Jockey Club papers. Registration is valid for the life of the horse.

To REGISTER FOR THE VIRGINIA-BRED OWNERS BONUS PROGRAM

Please click here. After filling out the online application, please send a current W-9 to the VTA office.

Please note that you do not have to be a member of the VTA at the time of registering your horse. However, you will need to be a member in order to collect any Owners Bonus money. If the owner is not a current member of the VTA at the time the bonus money is earned, $100 will be deducted from the bonus amount and the owner of the horse will be made a member of the VTA. A current W-9 must be on file at the VTA office before bonus money will be distributed. To become a member, please click here.