Virginia Thoroughbred Project

Virginia Thoroughbred Project, which currently has 35 horses, was accredited by TAA in 2021.
  • Services

    Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Retraining/Adoption

  • Location

    Montpelier Station, Virginia

  • Founded


  • Average Number of Thoroughbreds


When the farm was initially established at James Madison’s Montpelier in November 2003, it was one of many farms managed by a large, national rescue for off-the-track Thoroughbred horses. It continued under the auspices of that organization until December 2019 when it separated from the group to become the Virginia Thoroughbred Project (VTP), an independent entity dedicated to the care of Thoroughbred horses specifically in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In March of 2020, VTP was granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit, thus enabling donors to make financial contributions that may be exempt from taxes. In October 2021, the organization became accredited by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

Currently, VTP has 35 retired Thoroughbred horses on 150 acres of beautiful, rolling hills at Montpelier in Orange, Va. Many of these horses were adopted from the founding organization in 2019, and the majority have permanent sanctuary status. These particular herd members are no longer able to be considered for any other equine endeavors due to age and/or infirmity. Every horse receives individualized treatment and exceptional care from our professional equine team. Many of our horses are featured on our website and are offered for sponsorship. Please contact us regarding horses available for adoption as companion animals or for rideable horses suitable for second careers.

VTP offers rehabilitation, retraining for second careers, and retirement/sanctuary for ex-racehorses. We offer adoption services for rideable and companion horses. Additionally, we recognize the value that our horses and facility add to the community, particularly with youth. VTP is working with local youth groups that focus on various educational aspects of running and managing a horse farm. We also teach the importance of exceptional Thoroughbred aftercare and why we are so passionate about it.

Please call us to schedule an appointment if you wish to visit!

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