Virginia Horse Center
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.