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Virginia Bred Program

The Virginia Horse Industry Board (VHIB) was established in 1994 as the result of legislation and a statewide referendum. The 12-member board’s mission is the promotion and economic development of the Virginia equine industry.

To that end, and in an effort to recognize quality horse breeding (i.e., horses foaled in the Commonwealth of Va.), the VHIB has instituted a “Virginia Bred” Program. Breed associations in the Commonwealth of Virginia who demonstrate the skills and ability to conduct a viable Program to promote Virginia horses – through competitive activities and futurities are eligible to participate in the program.  Associations must also be a recognized chapter of their specific breed as approved by their national associations.  The associations must apply for the grants each year.

Old Dominion Miniature Horse Club of Virginia Inc (ODMHC) is a member club of both the American Miniature Horse Association and the American Miniature Horse Registry. Our goals are to participate annually in the “Virginia Bred” Program and to solicit grants distributed by the VHIB to promote the Virginia bred Miniature Horses. The Old Dominion Miniature Horse Club Incentive Fund (ODMHC IF) will be established to manage and distribute the incentive funds. In addition, our goal is to host at least one sanctioned show per year which will include Futurity classes.


Virginia Bred Horse

For our purposes, a Virginia bred horse must be conceived and foaled in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, the sire, dam, and foal must be nominated by the ODMHC.


Participation in the “Virginia Bred” Program may:


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Rules and Regulations

ODMHC reserves the right to alter the conditions of all or part of the “Virginia Bred” Program as needed to ensure fairness and equality to all participants so that the spirit and intent of the program are being upheld.

1. Participation

  1. You must be a member in good standing with the Old Dominion Miniature Horse Club of Virginia Inc. If not, you may submit a membership application. Associate members are not eligible to participate. You do not have to be resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  2. You must be a member in good standing of the American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA) and/or the American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR)
  3. All horses must be nominated and fees paid.
  4. ODMHC or its authorized representatives, reserve the right to inspect the premises of any and all participants to ensure compliance with program rules. No prior warning will be given.
  5. Any attempt in connection with the ODMHC IF to provide false or misleading information to the ODMHC, or to otherwise engage in fraudulent activity, shall result in appropriate disciplinary action by the ODMHC. ODMHC will utilize all options to monitor any fraud against the program. ODMHC reserves the right to confirm a stallion’s residency or confirm a mare’s foaling or breeding location with a farm or facility visit. Any breeder, owner, trainer, or exhibitor participating in any misleading or fraudulent activity will be banned for life from the ODMHC IF.


2. Nomination of horses

  1. Stallions must stand the entire breeding season in Virginia. The stallion must be owned or leased by a Virginia resident for the entire breeding season which is from the time of the first breeding until the last mare is bred. No other offspring bred outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia may be registered for that year for the stallion to be nominated. ODMHC reserves the right to confirm a stallion’s residency with a farm visit and to research the breed registries for non-Virginia bred foals for the nominated year. Stallions our nominated ech year. If any fraudulent activity is discovered, the participant will be banned for life from the ODMHC IF. There are no statutes of limitation.
  2. A Stallion Nomination Form and color copy (front and back) of the stallion’s AMHA and/or AMHR, if double registered, papers  must be received and all fees paid by February 1 of the nominated year. If a stallion is acquired after this time and he has not bred any mares for the current year, the above forms and fees must be submitted within 30 days of his arrival and before the first mare is covered. Nominations after the above deadlines will be accepted with a $25.00 per calendar month late fee in addition to the nomination fee.
  3. A copy of the AMHA and/or AMHR, if double registered, Stallion Breeding Report must be sent to ODMHC by December 31 of the nominated year. There will be a 15 day grace period until January 15. Reports received after January 15 will be accepted with a $25 penalty for each calendar month the reports are late. The stallion report must be on file  to nominate the foals. Any amendments made to the stallion reports must also be forwarded to the ODMHC.
  4. Mares must be bred by a nominated stallion in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and must be in the state a minimum of 45 days at foaling. The foal must be born in Virginia. The Mare Nomination Form, color copy (front and back) of the mare’s AMHA and/or AMHR, if double registered, and all fees must be received by ODMHC at least 30 days prior to foaling. The form may be submitted any time prior to the 30 days. If the mare is owned by a non-Virginia resident, the foal must be inspected by a member in good standing within 48 hours of birth. Late nominations will be accepted with a $25 per calendar monthly late fee in addition to the nomination fee. This will not apply to mares owned by non-Virginia residents unless the appropriate documentation is supplied. The mare report must be on file to nominate the foal. Mares our nominated each year.
  5. Foals born in Virginia out of a nominated stallion and mare and otherwise meet all the above conditions, must submit a Foal Nomination Form and appropriate fees by December 31 of the birth year. If the mare was owned by a non-Virginia resident, a Foaling Verification Form must be included. To accumulate points for the birth year, the form must be filed by Aug. 1 (no exceptions). For foals nominated after December 31 of the birth year, their will be a $25 per calendar month late fee in addition to nomination fee. It is advantageous to nominate all eligible foals during the birth year. Color copies of the foal’s AMHA/AMHR registrations must accompany the Foal Nomination Form.
  6. All nominated foals must be DNA’d and parent qualified to be eligible for payouts. A copy of the foal’s DNA results must be on file with ODMHC prior to all payouts. Foals may be DNA’d after nomination.
  7. At this time, foals resulting from frozen semen or embryo transfer are not eligible to participate in the ODMHC Virginia-Bred Incentive Program.
  8. A nominated foal may accumulate points and earn incentive monies until the age of fifteen (15).

3. Points

  1. The owner of the Virginia-Bred foal may choose to submit points earned at either AMHA or AMHR sanctioned shows for the calendar year. One or the other must be declared when submitting points to ensure all horses have an equal opportunity to earn points if not double registered.
  2. Points may be earned in all Open and Amateur Halter and Performance Classes. At this time, Youth earned points do not qualify.
  3. Points earned at sanctioned Virginia or ODMHC AMHA and AMHR shows are doubled.
  4. Points will be calculated based on the chart below.
    Points are awarded based on number of entries and shows placements i.e. 1st thru 6th - 1st place horse would earn 6 points,
    1st thru 10th =1st place horse would earn 10 points
    Add 1 extra point for a Supreme or Grand Champion
  5. Points are to be earned during the calendar year.
  6. Submission of points must be submitted by December 31 of the current year. After this date, there will be a $25 late fee. Any points not submitted by January 31 of the year following the program year will be forfeited.
ODMHC / VBP Points System
Placing 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
#Horses                    
10 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
9 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1  
8 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1    
7 7 6 5 4 3 2 1      
6 6 5 4 3 2 1        
5 5 4 3 2 1          
4 4 3 2 1            
3 3 2 1              
2 2 1                
1 1                  
                     


4. Payouts

  1. 10% to the stallion owner/nominator at the time of breeding. If a stallion has multiple owners, the nominator is responsible for filling out all forms and complying with all ODMHC/VA-Bred rules. The nominator is responsible for distributions of payouts to the other owners.
  2. 10% to the breeder (owner of mare at time of birth) or foal nominator. If not the same person, the payout will be awarded 50-50 to each party.
  3. 80% to the owner or owners of the nominated foal. If the foal is sold during the show season, each owner will receive payout for the points earned under their ownership. It is the responsibility of the seller/buyer to notify ODMHC of the transfer of ownership and submission of end of the year reports. The new owner must be a member of ODMHC or submit membership application.
  4. Payouts will be calculated by adding the total number of points submitted for all horses. The total amount of the funds for that program year will be divided by the total number of points to arrive at a per point monetary award.
  5. Award checks will be distributed in the month of March of the current year for the previous program year.



Where payouts are concerned ODMHC cannot be held liable if the proper forms have not been submitted.

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