The Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA)
is a 501(c)(5) organization dedicated to promoting 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.

News

Debbie Easter Column: Don't Forget About Horses & Farms When Considering Gaming Legislation
January 24, 2020
The following editorial from Virginia Thoroughbred Association Executive Director Debbie Easter appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch January 24th. Members of various horse organizations in the state may be called upon next week to contact their legislative representatives in an effort to help preserve and grow the native horse racing …Read More »
Virginia Gold Cup's Dr. Al Griffin Elected NSA President
January 21, 2020
The following piece appeared on nationalsteeplechase.com and was written by Don Clippinger. Dr. Alfred C. Griffin Jr., the co-chair of the Virginia Gold Cup who played a key role in keeping pari-mutuel racing alive in his home state during Colonial Downs' closure, was elected president of the …Read More »
Secretariat 50th Birthday Celebration To Be Held At Meadow Event Park March 28
January 16, 2020
On March 30, 1970, a legend was born. A fiery red colt named Secretariat took his first breath in a foaling shed at Christopher Chenery's Meadow Stable in Caroline County, Virginia. In 1973, he left the world breathless with his spectacular and incomparable Triple Crown. On March 28, 2020, …Read More »
MATCH Series Returns With Expanded Schedule In 2020 To Include Colonial Downs
January 16, 2020
Colonial Downs will play host to 5 MATCH Series races on Saturday August 15. Here are the respective divisions and races in New Kent: *3-Year-Old & Up Fillies/Mares Turf Division: $100,000 Old Nelson Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf *3-Year-Old Sprint Dirt Division: $ …Read More »
Virginia Racing Commission Eliminates License Fees For Racing Participants Beginning In 2020
January 13, 2020
Richmond, VA — In an effort to ease the financial burden of horsemen racing in multiple jurisdictions and encourage more horsemen to participate in the Commonwealth, the Virginia Racing Commission voted unanimously to eliminate license fees beginning on January 1, 2020. The license forms and instructions may be downloaded from …Read More »

Events

Come Support Senator Vogel on October 25
October 7, 2019
An ardent supporter of Virginia's equine industry, Senator Vogel has been our advocate in Richmond, and led the Senate to help revitalize horse racing in Virginia. Senator Vogel deserves …Read More »
2019 Middleburg Fall Races
October 7, 2019
On Saturday, October 12, join the Virginia Equine Alliance and its four member groups, along with the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation, invite you to a day of steeplechase racing at …Read More »
International Gold Cup
October 7, 2019
Saturday, October 26 at 11 a.m.International Gold CupGreat Meadow Race Course, The Plains, Virginia The VTA and VAHBPA invite you to join your friends and fellow horsemen for …Read More »
2019 Colonial Downs Condition Book
May 31, 2019
Link to Colonial Downs Condition Book …Read More »
Time to Get Your Virginia-Bred, Sired and Certified Yearlings Ready
May 14, 2019
SAVE THE DATE | June 23, 2019 THE $22,500 VIRGINIA YEARLING FUTURITY Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Warrenton, Virginia - 9:00a.m. Entry forms will be maile the last week in …Read More »
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