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Dedi Spradlin



Horses and humans have an ancient relationship. Asian nomads probably domesticated the first horses some 4,000 years ago, and the animals remained essential to many human societies until the advent of the engine. Horses still hold a place of honor in many cultures, often linked to heroic exploits in war.

There is only one species of domestic horse, but around 400 different breeds that specialize in everything from pulling wagons to racing.

We Virginians have a long and deeply ingrained relationship with our equines. Equally as long and as strong is the relationship we have with the young people in the Commonwealth’s equine industry. The members of the Virginia Horse Council are strongly committed to the development, education, and nurturing of the future leaders of Virginia’s equine industry.