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Virginia Horse Center road repair

Virginia Horse Center road repair

Virginia Horse Center road repair

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Local Community Contributes to Virginia Horse Center Road Improvements

Written by: Courtesy of Client
Client: Virginia Horse Center Foundation
Release Date: 2014-06-30

Lexington, VA - June 30, 2014 - On Wednesday, June 25, like magic, five dump truck loads of gravel stone dust appeared at the Virginia Horse Center (VHC). Within hours a Bobcat, a grader and some additional road construction equipment followed while the VHC grounds crew steadily watered the main road a road dented with potholes and erosion.

Three local men who appreciate the VHCs many contributions to the Rockbridge County-area economy decided they wanted to give something back.

The plan was hatched by Stuart Deacon of W.R. Deacon & Sons Timber Inc. and brought to the VHC by long time advocate and Rockbridge County resident Otis Mead. Deacon recruited Randy Hostetter of Randy Hostetter Excavating LLC and his crew. Rockbridge County Administrator Spencer Stuart suggested Chuck Barger of Charles W. Barger & Son who contributed the stone dust.

With various pieces of equipment, this group spent much of Wednesday evening spreading the stone dust in the intersection of the Wiley Arena, the Moore Arena and what is now called the Winners Ring restaurant (soon to be reopened as the Blue Hen at VHC in the near future) and grading and updating the main road into the Horse Center. This effort effectively created a viable short term solution to various issues. Additional work on the Horse Center road will be scheduled in the near future.

For more information contact at Glenn Petty at or 540-219-9732.

The Virginia Horse Center (VHC) hosts over 100 equine events a year. In 2013, VHC provided 51,455 stable nights with an estimated 205,000 guest days and a combined local economic impact estimated at over $53 million statewide and $37 million in Lexington and Rockbridge County.

The VHC is situated on a 573-acre site with 8 barns to accommodate 750 horses in permanent stabling. Indoor stabling can be increased to 1,200 horses with the use of temporary stalls. VHC hosts 19 show rings, including two large arenas and a five mile Olympic cross country course. Four of the VHC barns are winterized with close access to the 4,000 seat indoor coliseum. VHC is recognized for the excellent footing of its show rings and the durable construction of the concrete stalls. VHC also offers camping facilities and on-site food and beverage services.

The VHC plays a key role in the Shows and Competition component of the Equine industry’s economic impact estimated at $95 million+ in 2010 and an overall state and local tax impact of $65 million ($37 million+ state taxes and $28 million+ local taxes). An important part of the industry’s economic impact includes the tax dollars of $2.3 million+ for Rockbridge County and the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista. Much of that tax revenue is attributed to the VHC.

(Economic impact estimated by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center For Public Service.)



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