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 serve as the lobbyist on issues affecting, horsemen, horsewomen and horses in the Commonwealth. This is a mission that your Virginia Horse Council Board of Directors takes seriously and is both committed to following and is dedicated to fulfilling.
Please plan on attending The VA Horse Festival at the Meadow Event Park March 28th – 30th. This year The Festival will provide a New Horse Owner’s Certification course. To promote this course, the VHC will provide all persons receiving the New Horse Owner’s certification with a free one year 2015 membership to the Virginia Horse Council and invite them to the Annual meeting and Awards luncheon on SATURDAY, March 28th, in the Old Dominion Classroom from 11:45 – 1:00 pm. The fee for the luncheon will be $10.00 per person (current VHC members need only pay the Luncheon Fee). Luncheon attendees must pre-register with payment for the luncheon no later than March 19th.
The Virginia Horse Council has partnered with The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) to add value to VHC 2015 memberships!
In a show of support for the Virginia Horse Council, it’s mission and to enhance benefits of Virginia Horse Council membership ACTHA is offering complimentary memberships during VHC’s annual membership drive.
Virginia Horse Council works to promote and improve the horse industry in Virginia and serves as a unified voice of the Virginia equine community. The Council is a not-for-profit organization formed by horsemen for Virginia horsemen with a membership and Board of Directors representative of all breeds. The Virginia Horse Council’s mission is to serve as the umbrella organization of the Virginia equine community and to serve as the lobbyist on issues affecting horsemen, horsewomen and horses in the Commonwealth. This is a mission that your Virginia Horse Council Board of Directors takes seriously and is both committed to following and is dedicated to fulfilling. The Virginia Horse Council is your voice for the expanding equine industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia!
The American Competitive Trail Horse Association works to provide a venue for the trail rider to participate in the sport of casual competitive trail riding, educating participants, and promoting the importance of being good stewards of our natural resources (land, water, and the horses in our care). It serves as a sanctioning body and vehicle for individuals and organizations to hold competitive trail events to raise funds and increase awareness of the benefits and values of responsible horse ownership, all while having fun and employing horses. ACTHA’s mission focuses on creating and enabling humane treatment & employment options for every able bodied equine, reducing the burden on local, state and federal programs to support the ever growing problem of unwanted, unused, abandoned, and abused equines.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for ACTHA to show our support and appreciation to the Virginia Horse Council and it’s members for playing an important part in giving horses from every discipline a voice and chance to be gainfully employed. We hope every horse owner and enthusiast gets involved and joins the Virginia Horse Council, they serve a very important role, one that is critical to the growth and well-being of the equine community in Virginia,” states partner, and Managing Member, Tom Scrima.
Any Virginia Horse Council member who has renewed or joins prior to 2/28/15 who are current ACTHA annual members will receive a complimentary annual ACTHA renewal, regardless of the membership ($35, $50, $85)
Any Virginia Horse Council member who has renewed or joins prior to 2/28/15 who is not a member of ACTHA will receive a 30 day trial membership to ACTHA, which may be activated at their leisure by using this link: https://www.actha.us/VHC
ACTHA donates 20% of it’s share of member rider proceeds to an equine charity that the ride host selects, so it’s important to ride as a member.Over 1,000 events are planned in 2015 nationally. To learn about ACTHA and to find a ride nearby visit : www.actha.us
RideAlert Member Benefit Continues for 2015!
The VHC introduced an exciting one-time member benefit in 2013 that continues for 2015- all active members, who have not previously received a RideAlert bracelet and are interested, will receive at no cost a RideAlert “Visible Identification for People” bracelet. This is a $24.99 value”
In the event of an emergency, those first on the scene will see the rider’s visible RideAlert wristband and call the RideAlert 24/7 Incident Response Center using the Incident Number clearly displayed on the wristband. The Incident Response Center will request the wristbands Unique ID to identify the person in question so as to relay any appropriate medical information to those on the scene.They also contact the member’s next-of-kin and family with details of the incident, the caller’s name and phone contact details and anything else that helps the members and family to be reunited. Our members will receive a one year’s free subscription to this great service, and will have the option of renewing directly with RideAlert if they wish.
Members who would like to receive a bracelet for this service need to contact the VHC via email at email@example.com, indicating their interest. A packet with a bracelet and full RideAlert instructions will be mailed out to all interested VHC members who have not previously received one.
If you are interested in receiving the RideAlert membership benefit, please get your membership to the VHC right away!
Please click below for more information on this membership benefit!