Virginia Thoroughbred Project

Virginia Thoroughbred Project, which has 39 horses, was recently accredited by the TAA.

Services: Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Adoption

Location: Montpelier Station, VA

Founded: 2019


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Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 40

When the farm was initially established at Montpelier in November of 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 this organization until December of 2019 when it separated from this group becoming the Virginia Thoroughbred Project, 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 status by the IRS thus enabling donors to make financial contributions that may be exempt from taxes. In October of 2021, we became accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

Currently, the VTP has 39 retired Thoroughbred horses on 150 beautiful rolling acres at James Madison’s Montpelier near Orange, Virginia. All of these horses were adopted from the founding organization in 2019, and all are retirees. In other words, well past their expiration date for serious equine endeavors! All are well cared for and checked daily by our professional equine farm manager. Regular veterinary, farrier, and dental care are provided whenever necessary.

Many of these horses are featured here on our website and any may be sponsored. A few are suitable for adoption as companion animals as they are pasture sound only. Anyone interested should contact us.

Please call us if you wish to visit so that we can make certain that our farm manager or a board member is there to assist you and answer your questions. As of November 2021, the main gate at the Montpelier estate is open Thursday through Monday so keep in mind that we can only make appointments on those days.


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