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Agency:    Department of Agriculture
Bureau:    Rural Development
Account:    Rural community advancement program (12-0400)
Certifying Official:    Supervisory Budget Analyst
Contact Information:    http://WWW.USDA.GOV   202-720-4623
Virginia Equine Center Foundation / Virginia Horse Center Foundation

1 recipient will receive $992,000. This is a first-time earmark.
Year Enacted: 2005
Description: The earmark funds were used to provide a USDA Rural Development Community Facilities grant of $992,000 to the Virginia Equine Center Foundation. It was used to construct a community and therapeutic riding facility at the Virginia Horse Center. This grant was assumed by the Virginia Horse Center Foundation. The community and therapeutic riding facility provides a weekly education program to learning disabled students from the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt, and Rockbridge. It also provides therapeutic riding services to cancer patients referred from the University of Virginia and the Medical College of Virginia. The organization intends to offer similar services to the Rockbridge and Buena Vista School systems. USDA Rural Development, also provided a Community Facilities Direct Loan of $11,500,000 to the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, which was used to purchase the Virginia Horse Center in Rockbridge County, Virginia, from the Virginia Equine Center Foundation. The Virginia Horse Center is a 600-acre facility for horse shows and other livestock events. There are currently eight barns, eighteen show rings and arenas, including a 300' x 150' indoor coliseum. There is a five-mile Olympic caliber cross-country course, and also an internationally recognized carriage driving marathon course on Virginia Horse Center property. The Center also offers additional amenities including: 2 campgrounds, a restaurant, banquet facilities, and a gift shop.
Beneficiary/Recipient Amount ($K) Program Type Address
Virginia Equine Center Foundation $992 Non-Profit
487 Maury River Road
Lexington, VA
Source: Appropriations Statute
Reference: Public law 108-447
Location: Title VII, Sec. 791
Method: P.L. 108-447
Citation Excerpt: There is hereby appropriated $1,000,000 to remain available until expended, for a grant to the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia.

Citation Comment: Actual earmark includes .8% rescission

Last Modified: 16-Apr-2007

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