The Virginia Gold Cup Association honored Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel, of Upperville, at the Virginia Gold Cup Races, May 7, for her leadership and relentless efforts, following the closing of Colonial Downs, to bring about legislation that would help protect and promote the Commonwealth’s horse breeding and horse racing industries. VGC Race Chairman Dr. Will Allison presented the Virginia Gold Cup Medal of Honor to Sen. Vogel following the awards presentation of the 91st running of the Gold Cup. A full-page “Thank You” ran in the program, acknowledging Sen. Vogel’s hard work and the subsequent formation of the Virginia Equine Alliance, which united Virginia Harness Horse Association, Virginia Thoroughbred Association, and the Virginia Gold Cup Association. VEA now shoulders the responsibility to sustain, promote and expand Virginia’s horse breeding and horse racing industries.

“I’m incredibly honored,” said Vogel. “The equine industry is not just important to my district, but to the entire Commonwealth. It has a rich history in Virginia and was a significant part of the economy until recent years when the industry went into decline. My goal has been to promote policies and introduce legislation that will help sustain that industry in Virginia. Agriculture is still the biggest sector of Virginia’s economy and the horse industry should be a thriving part of that economy. I care a lot about what the future of Virginia looks like and am proud to be a part of good decisions for that future.”

For information about Virginia Equine Alliance: http://www.virginiahorseracing.com

For information about Sen. Vogel and her run for Lieut. Governor in 2017: http://www.senatorjillvogel.com