Virginia Dressage Association Donates $12,000 to Virginia Horse Center

Friday, August 8, 2014
Posted by Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.

The future home of The Blue Hen restaurant, formerly the Winner's Circle located next to the Wiley Arena
The future home of The Blue Hen restaurant, formerly the Winner's Circle located next to the Wiley Arena

Lexington, VA - The Virginia Dressage Association (VADA) has long been a supporter of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, and now, in recognition and support of the direction that the Virginia Horse Center (VHC) is heading, VADA members have voted in favor of a $12,000 donation to the Horse Center. The generous donation has been allocated for use toward the refurbishment of the new Blue Hen restaurant. Formerly the Winner's Circle, the restaurant located next to the Wiley Arena will provide all VHC attendees with high-quality and delicious food and beverage options. 

"The Horse Center was on our list of things that we would consider, but we just wanted to see how things were progressing before we made a commitment," VADA president Alison Head said. "After the Blue Ribbon Task Force meeting that I attended, I felt that enough progress had been made that it was time for us to step up and express our faith in the path that the Horse Center was taking by making this donation."

The opportunity to make the donation specifically for the refurbishment of The Blue Hen was an ideal fit for VADA, as it will directly benefit all members of the organization that utilize the VHC facilities throughout the year. 

"VADA as a whole does two big things each year: a clinic and a championship show at the Virginia Horse Center," Head said. "That show is how we bring in income, and it's also one of the things that defines VADA as an organization. There's no place else that we could run that. We really need the indoor, and we need a big facility. Because of that the Horse Center is really, really important to us. We couldn't run our big championship without the Horse Center."

Just as the use of the facility is vital to VADA, the support of such organizations is vital to the livelihood of the Virginia Horse Center. 

"VADA and it's members play key roles at every major dressage event at VHC, so we are delighted by their ongoing support of our mission to create a customer service environment that sets us apart from other similar facilities," Glenn Petty, interim executive director of the Virginia Horse Center said. 

The Blue Hen is already being readied for initial opening within the next week. The top-quality new food service operation will be run under the direction of John Blackburn and Stephanie Wilkinson, co-founders and co-owners of award-winning Lexington, VA based restaurant The Red Hen.