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Executive Director: 
Debbie Easter
250 West Main Street
Suite 100
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(540) 347-4313
(540) 347-7314
About Us: 



The Virginia Thoroughbred Association was organized in 1941 to cultivate the development of the Commonwealth's heritage as a producer of quality Thoroughbred horses. Today, more than 65 years later, the VTA presently boasts a membership base of more than 400 members.


The VTA is a service organization whose main goal is to assist members and to promote the Virginia Thoroughbred industry. With the passage in Virginia of pari-mutuel racing legislation in 1988 and the opening of Colonial Downs in 1997, the VTA has vastly expanded the scope of its operations.


The VTA has emerged as the industry leader assisting the Virginia Racing Commission in developing and fine-tuning the rules under which the Commission regulates the Virginia Breeders Fund. The VTA administers and promotes the Virginia Breeders Fund. The VTA also works closely with the Virginia HBPA, Colonial Downs and the Maryland Jockey Club to pursue the expansion of live horse racing in the Commonwealth. The organization and its staff constantly research and develop opportunities in an effort to strenghten and enhance Virginia's standing as one of the world's most important centers for Thoroughbred bloodstock.


The VTA's member-elected Board of Directors is comprised of owners, breeders, bloodstock agents, trainers and veterinarians who volunteer many hours of service developing programs and policies that represent and support every segment of the industry. The VTA maintains a full-time staff and an office in Warrenton to service its members.


Restricted Races: 

Yes for Virginia-bred, sired and certified horses

Restricted Stakes Races: 

Yes for Virginia-bred and sired horses

Purse Supplement in Open Races: 


Owners Awards: 

Virginia bred, sired or certified horses earn a 25% bonus for non-Virginia restricted wins in NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, WV

100% owners bonus 1st - 5th in open races at Gold Cup Association races

Breeders Awards: 

Pro-rata share of breeders' fund for wins at any pari-mutuel track in contiguous U.S.

Stallion Awards: 

Pro-rata share of $25,000 for wins of Virginia sire’s progeny at any pari-mutuel track in contiguous U.S.

Out of State Awards: 

See Owners, Breeders and Stallion awards

Breed-Back Rule: 


Distribution Purses: 

$2,195,000 on restricted and open races in MD, WV, and VA

Distribution Awards: 

$700,000 Virginia-bred Owners awards; $550,000 Virginia Breeders and Stallion awards

Registration Fees: 

Virginia-Bred: one time registration fee

                Weanling- $125

                Yearling- $250

                2-Year-Old or older- $300

               ($100 discount if VTA member)

Virginia-Sired: one time registration fee

                $125 ($100 discount if VTA member)

Virgnia-Certified: one time registration fee

                $250 ($150 discount if VTA member)