About Us

The Virginia Equine Alliance is a non-profit, 501 (c) 6 organization which is comprised of the Virginia Harness Horse Association, the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, the Virginia Gold Cup Association, and the Virginia Thoroughbred Association. The purpose of the Virginia Equine Alliance is to sustain, promote, and expand the horse breeding and horse racing industries in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Alliance seeks to establish and support new and multiple venues for horse racing in the Commonwealth and to advocate and support legislation, regulations, and rules beneficial to the breeders and owners and trainers of horses (“horsemen”) in the state. The Alliance represents the interests of horsemen at meetings of the Virginia General Assembly, the Virginia Department of Agriculture, the Virginia Racing Commission, racing associations, breeder’s organizations, horsemen’s organizations, and other like groups. The Alliance is committed to increasing public awareness of the economic and environmental importance to the Commonwealth of the horse breeding and horse racing industries.

Thoroughbred and harness meets run by charitable organizations can now acquire a license for up to a 14 day meet (that includes pari-mutuel wagering) without a referendum. The VEA is currently finalizing contracts to host 10 days of pari-mutuel harness racing this fall at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, Virginia and a pari-mutuel thoroughbred meet of up to 14 days in 2017 at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. Associated charities will be given the opportunity to raise funds through their participation on race days. For example, the Fauquier SPCA partnered with the VEA and raised over $15,000 through tailgating space and admission ticket sales at the September, 2015 Virginia Downs flat racing event at Great Meadow.

VEA Board members present a check to Mary Tarr of the Fauquier SPCA from funds raised through 2015's Virginia Downs event at Great Meadow
VEA Board members present a check to Mary Tarr of the Fauquier SPCA from funds raised through 2015’s Virginia Downs event at Great Meadow

 Funding for the VEA comes directly from three Advance Deposit Wagering partners — TVG, XPressBet and Twin Spires. By state statute, a set percentage of every dollar wagered goes toward the purse account and the breeders fund of each specific breed (thoroughbred or standardbred), the VEA, Virginia Racing Commission, Virginia Horse Center, Virginia Horse Industry Board, Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center and localities throughout the state. The VEA’s annual budget is subject to approval of the Virginia Racing Commission.

2016 Update: The VEA is working to secure race meets and venues to host pari-mutuel thoroughbred and standardbred races in 2016. When details are available, that information will be posted on this site along with condition books/sheets, race office personnel contacts and all other pertinent details.
The VEA is also seeking out potential Off Track Betting (SWF) locations around Virginia in areas where there are already SWF referendums in places, such as Henrico County, Richmond, Hampton, Chesapeake, etc. We hope to bring this aspect of convenience wagering to several existing restaurants/bars in 2016. Details will be announced as soon as they become available. In the meanwhile, check our “News” and social media pages each week for a listing of the top thoroughbred and harness races to wager via any of our three online partners.
If you are interested in advertising or sponsorship opportunities on this website or with the Virginia Equine Alliance, please email Darrell Wood at drrllwd@hotmail.com

Board of Directors:

Dr. William H. Allison
– Virginia Gold Cup Association
Brooke Royster
 – Virginia Thoroughbred Association
Dr. Scott Woogen
– Virginia Harness Horse Association
David Ross
– Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association


Deborah Easter – President Dr. William H. Allison – Treasurer




Jeb Hannum,
Executive Director
office: (540) 347-4313
Mbl: (484) 238-6290
Darrell Wood,
Communications Director
Mbl: (804) 338-4632
John Dale Thomas,
Course Director
Office: (540) 347-4313
Mbl: (804) 201-6709
Virginia Equine Alliance
38 Garrett Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Telephone:(540) 347- 4313
Fax:(434) 979–2439
Warrenton Office
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