Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Virginia Cooperative Extension bring the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities to the people of the Commonwealth and beyond through Virginia Agricultural Experiment Stations. The Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE) Center is one of 11 centers located in Virginia. 

The MARE Center has a number of projects, programs, and regular events to connect equine land managers and horse owners with the latest science-based information promoting equine and environmental wellbeing.

Doing Right by Your Horse, Land, & Your Pocketbook

A lecture series on the latest in equine nutrition and pasture research from Virginia Tech & the University of Maryland. 

Dates: March 6th, 7th, & 8th 2018

3rd Annual Spotlight on Stewardship: Equine Land Management Symposium

New management tools for prospective buyers and sellers of equine real estate.

Date: June 30th, 2017

Healthy Land for Healthy Horses: 
A Short Course on Pasture and Manure Management

A new six-week course this spring will cover the basics of conservation on horse farms.

Dates: April 24th to June 5th, 2017

Faculty E-mail Position / Areas of Interest On-site / Off-site Faculty
Bridgett McIntosh,
Equine Extension Specialist Equine Nutrition, Forages, and Pasture Management On-site Faculty
Sandy Arnold,
Equine Extension
Youth Specialist 4-H, Youth Education & Outreach On-site Faculty
Sally Johnson,
Paul Mellon
Distinguished Professor
of Agriculture Stem Cell Biology Off-site Faculty
David Gerrard,
Professor Head, Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences Off-site Faculty
Staff E-mail On-site
Rita Rollison,
Admin. and Off. Specialist III On-site Staff
Tait Golightly,
Farm Manager On-site Staff
Shannon Wilber,
Agricultural Technician II
On-site Staff
PhD Students E-mail Area of Interest
Kristine Ely,
PhD Student Equine Nutrition
Shayan Ghajar,
PhD Student Grassland Ecology & Equine Nutrition
Katelyn Kaufman,
PhD Candidate Equine Nutrition