Dream Catchers Director Appointed to State Board

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Nancy Paschall
Nancy Paschall

The Virginia Horse Industry will continue to have a local voice on its board.

Nancy Paschall, the executive director of Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center, has been reappointed as vice chairman of the Virginia Horse Industry Board.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the appointment last week.

Since its creation in 1994 as a subset of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Horse Industry Board has been responsible for the development and promotion of the horse industry throughout the state.

As vice chairman of the 12-member board, Paschall will continue to strive to attract horse-related enterprises to Virginia, according to her remarks in a recent news release.

“I’m eager to continue working alongside my colleagues as we focus on our comprehensive marketing efforts to promote Virginia for being a horse-friendly state and home to high-caliber horse events and venues,” Paschall said.

In more than 20 years of existence, the board has awarded more than $2 million in grants to promote the horse industry in Virginia.

Current and past initiatives include campaigns to raise awareness of hot topics in horse health, maintain trails and riding venues, promote Virginia-based breeding programs, develop racing programs, and support locally-based horse organizations.

The board meets four times a year at various locations around the state.

All meetings are open to the general public.