For the past several weeks those of us in the equine industry have been inundated with information and misinformation with respect to the which was to have taken effect on December 18th. Most of us were caught flat footed by this regulation which will impact all those engaged in the transportation of livestock. The VHC has been working with the American Horse Council, as well as other livestock groups in an attempt to separate fact from fiction. We have also been in touch with our legislators at the federal level to discuss the issue. In an attempt to clarify this issue and provide education to their stakeholders the American Horse Council has put together two brochures – one which explains CDL rules and the second which explains the ELD mandate. These brochures are factual and a fair representation of the situation as it now stands. For the time being a three-month extension has been put in place to delay the implementation of the ELD mandate. All livestock groups are requesting an additional extension of time to implement the mandate and a review of the regulations with respect to their impact on the livestock industry in the hope that agricultural exemptions can be included in the regulations. Make no mistake these rules could potentially impact many of those engaged in equine competitions. The VHC will keep you updated as events unfold. In the meantime, we would ask that you contact your federal representative and ask for an additional extension of time to implement the mandate and also ask that agricultural exemptions be considered as a part of the mandate.


The Virginia Horse Council is your voice for the expanding equine industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Council is a not-for-profit organization formed by horsemen for Virginia horsemen. The membership and Board of Directors represent all breeds. The purpose of the Virginia Horse Council is to promote and improve the horse industry in Virginia.

Our mission is to serve as the umbrella organization of the Virginia equine community and to monitor legislative issues affecting horsemen and horses in the Commonwealth.  The vision of the Virginia Horse Council (VHC) is to be recognized as a leader in providing broad representation to all facets of the equine industry before the Virginia General Assembly and Congress.  The VHC collaborates with other areas of the agricultural community and helps facilitate communications between members of the equine industry and state and federal agencies.  The VHC aspires to keeps Virginia horsemen informed of regulations and pending legislation they may impact them, and to provide educational opportunities that further enhance the industry.

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2018 Virginia Horse Council Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
Saturday, March 24 – 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Meeting at “The Mansion”, The Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA

The 2018 Virginia Horse Council Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon will take place on Saturday, March 24th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at “The Mansion” at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA during the 2018 Virginia Horse Festival.  You will need to purchase a ticket for the 2018 Virginia Horse Festival.  For more information on the 2018 Virginia Horse Festival, please go to www.virginiahorsefestival.com.  In addition, the cost of the VHC Annual Meeting Luncheon is $10/person.  VHC members can CLICK HERE or click on the “Rides and Events” tab at the top of the page to pay for the luncheon via credit card and PayPal.   ALL R.S.V.P.’s/payments must be received no later than 8:00 a.m. on Friday, March 16th.

Recently there have been reports of alleged “horse tripping in the Charlottesville area and northern parts of Virginia during specific equine events.  This activity is illegal in the state of Virginia and has consequences.  If you know of or have information regarding an instance of “tripping,”  please contact the local authorities immediately and make sure they are aware this is against the law and needs to be investigated.


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