Board of Directors

Investment in the Virginia Horse Center Foundation enriches the experience for every participant and visitor. The Foundation is a dynamic organization that supports the thrill of competition, the special partnership between horse and rider, and a vibrant community. Our competitions and educational programs promote the responsibility and leadership that shapes lives.

“We applaud the efforts by an engaged VHCF Board of Directors in partnership with a top management team graced with in-depth horse industry experience and great leadership credentials. A renewed emphasis on grassroots horsemanship, improvement of the facilities, new events and retention of the old, all bode well for the Virginia Horse Center’s revitalization as a respected national horse facility.”

— The VHCF Equestriennes
(Rebecca Cohen, Brooks Cushman, Ella Eavers, Marynell Eyles, Henley Gabeau,
Wendy Higginson, Chris Lego, Patty Lemon, Donna Martin, Martha Mungovan,
Tracey Smith-Oliver, Deb Price, Melissa Sager and Erin Tobin)

Board of Directors

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The Virginia Horse Center Foundation's Board of Directors is a group of highly talented and committed individuals. Their expertise is vital to the management and oversight of the Foundation, and we thank them for their time and service.


Gardner L. Bloemers
Charlottesville, VA

Kenneth M. Wheeler, Jr.
Vice President
Keswick, VA

Charles A. “Chuck” Grossmann
Keswick, VA

Elizabeth Mason Horsley
Richmond, VA

Judith Heisley Bishop
Washington, DC

Roxanne Booth
Charlottesville, VA

Thomas M. Clarke
Roanoke, VA

H. E. (Buddy) Derrick, Jr.
Lexington, VA

 William C. Heizer
Staunton, VA

Ernest M. Oare
Warrenton, VA

Lynn E. Rice
Purceville, VA

Brian Ross
Fairfield, VA

Ann Tierney Smith
Paris, KY

Jeffry Sterba
Keswick, VA

Christopher Wynne
Virginia Beach, VA

Advisory Board

Karin Banks
Monterey, VA

Jason & Alisa Berry
Verona, VA

Dianne Boyd
Leesburg, VA

Ronnie R. Campbell
Raphine, VA

Vicky Castegren
Barboursville, VA

Jane Forbes Clark
Cooperstown, NY

Jean Clark
Lexington, VA

Brooks Cushman
Middlebrook, VA

Kim Gall
Charlottesville, VA

Tim Harmon
Middleburg, VA

Alison Head
Hamilton, VA

Martin Hoard
Keswick, VA

Melissa Holland
Lexington, VA

Bruce Johnson
Boyce, VA

Walter J. Lee
Keswick, VA

Patty Lemon
Roanoke, VA

A.W. "Buster" Lewis
Rockbridge Baths, VA

Sandy Lilly
Princeton, WV

Jessica Lohman
Poolesville, MD

Bettina Longaker
Gordonsville, VA

Janine Malone
Zebulon, NC

Dudley McFarlane
Whitehall, VA

Donna R. Martin
Ruckersville, VA

Melanie L. Mathewes
Middleburg, VA

G. Otis Mead, III
Lexington, VA

Molly T. Moore
Buena Vista, VA

Robin Moore
Buena Vista, VA

Andrew Motion
Upperville, VA

Winkie Motley
Keswick, VA

Glenn Petty
Warrenton, VA

Cathette Plumer
Doswell, VA

Celia Rafalko
Manakin-Sabot, VA

Joseph T. Samuels, Jr.
Charlottesville, VA

Donald Stewart, Jr.
Ocala, FL

Harry H. Warner, Sr.
Lexington, VA

George Williams
Wellington, FL

Jim Wolf
Gladstone, NJ


Hall of Fame

In 2008, the Virginia Horse Center Foundation established the Hall of Fame to recognize exceptional service to the Foundation and its mission as well as the equine industry and the Rockbridge County community. Thousands of hours have been waged on behalf of the VHCF since its establishment in 1986. The Hall of Fame is one lasting way to express the organization’s gratitude for the time, talent, and support provided by these incredible individuals.

Prior to 2007, there were two governing boards that oversaw the Virginia Horse Center. The Virginia Horse Center Foundation Board was the private board and the Virginia Equine Council Foundation was the publicly appointed board. You will see "VHCF" and "VECF" to note specific service. The descriptions included below are those featured on the commemorative Hall of Fame plaques that can be visited in the Appomattox Mezzanine in the Anderson Coliseum.


The Honorable Howard P. Anderson
Founding Board Member, VHCF 1985–1989,
Legislative Advocate

Frank Bierman
First Executive Director & Operations Manager

Thomas C. Bradshaw
Rockbridge Area Committee - to gain approval and establishment of the Virginia Equine Center

H. E. "Buddy" Derrick, Jr.
Rockbridge Area Committee - to gain approval and establishment of the Virginia Equine Center
VHCF & VECF Board Member 2004–present

Eve D. Fout
VA Land Conservation Champion, VHCF Board Member

Berkley C. Gray, Jr.
Founding Board Member, VECF Board Member

The Honorable Elmon T. Gray
Cornerstone Benefactor, Legislative Advocate

Helen K. Groves
Cornerstone Benefactor, Founding Board Member, VHCF & VECF 1985-1991

Katheryne T. Hundley
First Employee of the VHC, Dedicated Service 1984–1997

Iris O. Mc Neil
Champion of the Virginia Equine Industry

G. Otis Mead III
Rockbridge Area Committee - to gain approval and establishment of the Virginia Equine Center
VHCF & VECF Founding Board Member

Felix J. Neusch
Founding Board Member, VECF Board Member

Ernest M. Oare
VECF Founding Board Member 1985-1989, VHCF Board Member 1996–2003, 2013–present

Nancy S. Peterson
VHCF Board Member 1996–2004

Eldridge A. & Mary Ann Pultz
Cornerstone Benefactors, VHCF Board Member

The Honorable Lacey E. Putney
Champion of VHC Preservation, Legislative Advocate

Sol W. Rawls, Jr.
Founding Board Member, VHCF 1985–1998

Robert M. Reel
VHC Executive Director 1986–2003, "Architect of
the Vision"

Clarence L. Tardy
Chairman of the Board, VHCF 1994–2006

Elbert H. & Evelyn J. Waldron
Cornerstone Benefactors, Virginia Horse Center, Virginia Equine Industry

Harry H. Warner
Rockbridge Area Committee - to gain approval and establishment of the Virginia Equine Center

Sallie B. Wheeler
Founding Board Member, VECF 1985–1988


L. Clay Camp
VHCF Board Member 1988–1989; 2003–2009, VECF Board Member 1994–1997; 2004–2007

Louise K. Dooley
Rockbridge Area Committee - Administration & Liaison to gain approval and establishment of the Virginia Equine Center

Veronica Re
First VHC Arabian Horse Show Manager

Roy R. Rotenberry
Founding Board Member, VECF 1985–1993

Fred K. Sarver
Founding Board Member, VECF 1985–1990, VHCF 1996–2005

Jay F. Wilks
Founding Board Member, VECF 1985–1993
Cashvan Pavilion Benefactor


Stephen C. McBroom
VHCF Board President, VHCF Board member 2000-2014,
Dedicated Leader, Professional Trainer & Horseman

William B. McClung
VHC Legal Counsel, Advisor & Loyal Supporter

Ann Tierney Smith
VHCF Board Member 2000-present, Noted Philanthropist, Professional Horsewoman,
Long Time Supporter

Karen H. Waldron
VHCF Board Member 1990-1994; 2009-2012, VECF Board Member 2003-2004, Noted Philanthropist, Professional Equestrian

The Honorable Ernest H. Williams, Jr.
Early & Long Time Advisor & Lobbyist for the Rockbridge Area Committee and the Virginia Horse Center


William F. & Karen M. Banks
VHCF Board Member 1998–2016, VHCF Board Secretary 1999–2007, Cornerstone Benefactors

Earl W. Bergener, Jr.
Dedicated Chief of Security 1990–present

Letitia E. Haynes
VHCF Board Member 1996–2010, VHCF Board President 2003–2006, Dedicated Leader

Edie MacCorkle
Dedicated Employee 1999–2016

Benjamin S. Sawyer
First Operations Employee 1988–present

Deborah A. Work
Dedicated Employee 1996–2015


Lloyd L. Craighill
VECF Board Member 1995–2003, VHCF Board Member 2004–2010, Devoted and Loyal Supporter, Advisory Board member 2016–present

Joe Fargis
Olympian, Advocate, and Horseman

Betty Oare
Champion of the VHCF and Hunter Jumper Community

Dwight C. and Olivia S. Reed
Loyal Friends and Benefactors

Kenneth M. Wheeler, Sr.
Professional Trainer, Horseman, and Benefactor

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