Breeders' Fund Program

Breeders' Fund Eligible Horses after July 15, 2020 payments

The complete list of horses that are eligible for the 2020 Breeders' Fund races after the July 15, 2020 payments can be found here.

 2020 Virginia Breeder's Early Closer Program Sustaining Payments Now Due July 15 Instead Of May 15

(WOODSTOCK, VA ---- 4/23/20) ---- The Virginia Harness Horsemen's Association (VHHA) announced that the deadline to submit sustaining payments for two and three-year-old horses in the Virginia Breeder's Early Closer program, originally due on May 15, has been extended to July 15. 


The fee is $200 per horse. Nomination payments ($200) were previously due on March 15 and declaration payments ($200) are due at time of entry. All races will be held during the fall pari-mutuel meet at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock. Purses for prep/elimination races will be $4,000 and estimated purses for the finals will be $40,000, plus all nominating, sustaining and declaration fees. 


Three-year-old eliminations are scheduled for Saturday September 19 while two-year-old elims will be held the following Saturday, September 26. The finals for both ages will be Saturday October 3.


Virginia-bred yearlings, which were to have been registered with the VHHA by May 15, will receive the same two month extension. That $25 fee, along with a nomination form and USTA certification, is now due by July 15.

Aged Trotters & Pacers Race

The aged trotters & pacers races will continue at this year's race meet. These races will be open to horses four years and older that were paid in as two or three year olds to the breeders' fund program. The purse for each of these races will be $10,000. 

Contact VHHA:

c/o Debbie Warnick
P.O. Box 1603
Saluda Virginia 23149

Phone: 443-463-0917

E-mail Address:

Fax: 804-655-6161

VHHA Payment Schedule

Membership Due

January 2021 $30.00

Stallion Registration Due

January 1, 2021 $100.00

Nominations Due

March 15, 2021 for 2&3 Year olds


Sustaining Payments due

May 15, 2021 for 2&3 Year olds


Yearlings of 2020 due

May 15, 2021 $25.00


Helpful Links

Virginia Harness Horse Association was established to Sustain, Promote, and Grow both the Breeding 
and Racing opportunities for Standaredbred Horses in the Commonwealth of Virginia