Virginia Horse Center Foundation


Virginia Horse Center Foundation
487 Maury River Rd.
Lexington, VA  24450



Primary Contact

Joe Hagy

Executive Director

Katherine Truitt

Mission Statement

The Virginia Horse Center stands at the forefront of Virginia’s $1.2B equine economy. Founded to promote all disciplines of equestrian sport, its 600 acres of picturesque grounds hold a 4,000 seat coliseum, eight barns to accommodate 1,200 horses, 19 show rings including two large indoor arenas, cross-country and combined carriage driving courses, campgrounds, and full catering and café services. The VHCF also hosts many non-equine events like dog shows, BMX, agriculture programs, and the Rockbridge Regional Fair & Farm Show.

The Virginia Horse Center Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which owns and operates the Virginia Horse Center. The Foundation is proud to be a part of the Rockbridge community, an asset to the state’s equine economy, and a resource to the East Atlantic competition circuit.

Committed to the well-being and safety of rider and horse, the Virginia Horse Center Foundation supports the facility that serves over 500,000 people and 100,000 animals every year. The VHCF manages 115 events annually, most free and open to the public. Host to the Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center, the Foundation’s mission is to enrich lives with programs focused on recreation, education, and preservation. More information can be found at

Primary Focus Area


Program Type(s)

  • Animal Related
  • Education/Instruction
  • Environment
  • Recreation/Leisure
  • Other

Service Area(s)

  • Other

Clientele Served

  • All

Annual Operating Budget

Over $2,000,000

Year Founded


Key Programs

Giving Opportunities

  • Annual Fund - A one-year commitment/gift ranging from $1-$1,000. These funds go towards yearly budget needs, facility improvements, marketing and community initiatives.

    Project Timeline

    July 1-June 30 each year.
  • Major Giving - Gifts made to help the VHCF make significant capital improvements, to name a part of our facility, to assist in setting up an endowment, to pay down our USDA debt, or to simply ensure this resource continues to be a vibrant part of the Virginia equine community and economy.

    Project Timeline

  • Planned Giving - Gifts pledged to help the Foundation maintain its facility and grow its programs for future generations.

    The VHCF Legacy Society accepts assets such as cash, securities, real estate, personal property, bequests, retirement plan assets or life insurance cash value. Contact for more information.

    Project Timeline