January 2018 Newsletter


Welcome to a wonderful new year of harness racing!! We hope to publish a newsletter on a regular basis and welcome any items of interest from all of our members. Please feel free to send in anything you would like included.

Breeders Fund Payments
Breeders fund payments are coming due. Don’t forget to get your paperwork and payments in.
Two year olds- Nomination forms and payments are due March 15, 2018
Three year olds- Nomination forms and payments are due March 15, 2018
Yearling registration- Form and payments are due May 15, 2018
Two year olds- Sustaining forms and payments are due May 15, 2018
Three year olds- Sustaining forms and payments are due May 15, 2018

Our contact information has changed. All correspondence and payments should be sent to Debbie Warnick at 6209 General Puller Highway; Locust Hill, Virginia 23092. Any questions, please call Debbie at 433-463-0917 or by email at info@vhha.net.

2018 Race Meet
The board has already started planning this year’s race meet at Shenadoah Downs. As soon as the race dates are finalized, they will be posted on the VHHA website and on our Facebook page.

Membership renewal
Show your support for harness racing in Virginia by renewing your VHHA membership. Dues are still only $30.00. Please complete the enclosed membership form and send it to Debbie.


2017 General Membership Meeting

The following horsemen & women were elected to the VHHA Board of Directors at the 2017 General Membership Meeting

We would like to thank Charles ‘Chief’ Robbins for his service to the Board of Directors.

Licensing Requirements for Shenandoah Downs Races

All owners, trainers, drivers, and grooms participating in the Shenandoah Downs races are required to be licensed by the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC).  The easiest way to obtain a license is by going to the Commission’s website at www.vrc.virginia.gov and clicking on “Virginia Racing License” in the upper left hand side of the home page or by clicking here.  You will then see a list of documents including the “Racing Application for Participants”, “General Application Instructions, “Fee Schedule”, and “Credit Cart Verification Form”.  Simply print out the application and complete it by referring to the fee schedule and general instructions.  Once the application is completed, signed, and dated you may either mail it along with the appropriate payment to:

5707 Huntsman Road, Suite 201-B
Richmond, VA 23250

You may also scan the application along with the “Credit Card Verification Form” and email to VRCLicense@VRC.Virginia.gov.

If you would like your badge mailed to you before the races, your application and payment must be received by August 28th, otherwise badges will be distributed at the VRC table in the Lilly Barn.  The VRC will be on site in the Lilly Barn on Wednesday, September 13th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday. September 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Friday, September 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for licensing or picking up badges.  (Please note:  All licensing must be completed before participating in a race)

If you have any questions or require assistance with this process, please contact Rhonda Davis at (804) 966-7415.