A Virginia-Certified horse is a horse registered by The Jockey Club, conceived and foaled outside of Virginia, in 2016 or later, but that maintains residency in Virginia for any six (6) month consecutive period prior to December 31st of its two-year-old year. (An interruption period for up to 14 days is allowed if the horse needs to leave for a horse sale or veterinary issue.)

Please note: the six-month requirement must be fulfilled after the program start date of July 1, 2017.

The horse must maintain residency at Virginia-Certified Farm or Training Center within the Commonwealth, where the horse can be available for inspection by a VACTP official. Virginia-Certified Farms and Training Centers have made an agreement with the VTA to participate in the Virginia-Certified Thoroughbred Program.

A list of Virginia Farms and Training Facilities can be found here.

Incentive Program & Eligibility

  • OWNERS of Virginia-Certified horses are eligible for 25% Owners Bonuses for non-Virginia-restricted wins at Mid-Atlantic racetracks (NY, NJ, PA, DE, WV, MD). Bonuses are paid monthly. There is a $10,000 cap on any one award.
  • Virginia-Certified thoroughbreds are eligible for any Virginia-restricted race, except for Virginia restricted stakes races where there are six (6) or more Virginia-Bred and/or Sired horses already entered in the race. Virginia-Bred and Sired horses will be preferred  in Virginia restricted races. Virginia-Certified horses are not eligible to earn black type in these restricted races, per the National Stakes Committee. Virginia-Certified Owners Bonus monies will not count towards a horse’s earnings.
  • Virginia Breeders awards are not available for Virginia-Certified horses.

To register a Virginia-Certified Horse

VA Certified Fee Schedule
Within 30 days of the horse’s arrival in Virginia, owners must submit the application for the Virginia-Certified Thoroughbred Program along with the fee and a copy of the horse’s registration papers and/or 4 pictures of the horse, otherwise the horse may not be certified.

Please complete the following materials:

  • A Virginia-Certified application form
  • A copy of the horse’s registration papers or 4 pictures of the horse (front, back and both sides)
  • A check made out to the Virginia Thoroughbred Association, in full payment for the registration fees in accordance with the current fee schedule (see above).

Send all materials to the VTA office:

VACTP
c/o Virginia Thoroughbred Association
250 West Main Street, Suite 100
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Once the six-month residency is complete, the Virginia-Certified Farm will send a notarized Verification Form to the VTA office, confirming that the horse has completed the requirements of its residency. The VTA will process the form and issue a Virginia-Certified Thoroughbred Program certificate to the owner of the horse. The certificate will not be issued until this Farm Verification form has been received.

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 VTA member, please click here.

TO BECOME A VIRGINIA-CERTIFIED FARM

Please fill out and send the application to the VTA office; there is no fee. Contact us at (434) 977-3716 with any questions.