VHBPA The Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective  Association Representing thoroughbred owners and trainers
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Welcome to the VHBPA web site

      The Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (VHBPA) is a non-profit membership organization that represents thoroughbred owners and trainers who race in Virginia. The VHBPA negotiates with track management for race days, dates, and purses, and also provides educational, recreational, health, counseling, and religious programs for back stretch workers.  

    On October 31, 2014 Colonial Downs turned in its license to operate its race track. To keep racing alive in Virginia the VHBPA, the VHHA (harness horsemen), the VTA (breeders), and the Virginia Gold Cup (steeplechasing) established a non-profit organization, the Virginia Equine Alliance, to possibly lease Colonial Downs and find other racing sites.









VHBPA Board of Directors.

The next  Board meeting is Tuesday, June 23rd at 1:45 p.m. in Warrenton, VA.

Virginia Racing Commission Meeting.

The next meeting is Wednesday, July 1st, at 10 a.m. in the Patrick Henry Building, located on the Capitol grounds next to the General Assembly building in Richmond.

Message Board:   

Looking for trainers, lay-ups, or stabling in Virginia with access to Charles Town, Penn National, Philadelphia Park, Laurel, Pimlico, and Delaware Park? Contact::

    www.thecarouselstable.com (Diana McClure)

    www.hartfarmva.com (Susan Hart)

    www.eaglepointfarm.com (Karen Godsey)

    Susan Cooney, cooneyrace@aol.com

    Stephanie Nixon, prayermeeting@aol.com

    The Middleburg Training Center (John Hanna,


Interested in retirement programs for race horses? If so, click here.


















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Keeping An Eye On The Interstate Horse Racing Act

Synthetic Surfaces

Anabolic Steroids

Safety Whips

Frequently Asked Questions

Working For Virginia Horsemen

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