Buffington, Higgins Plan Equine Business Forum

Loudoun’s western supervisors, Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) and Geary M. Higgins (R-Catoctin), will sponsor an equine business panel discussion Monday, April 24.

Panelists will include Kelly Foltman of the Loudoun Equine Alliance, Ann Hayes of Visit Loudoun; Loudoun County Department of Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer, Bab Banner of Great Meadow Foundation, Stephanie Kenyon of Morven Park; and Kellie Hinkle, the Department of Economic Development’s agricultural development officer. Buffington and Higgins will moderate.

The forum will tackle the future development and needs of the equine industry, expanding the trail system, and the possibility of establishing an equine quarantine center at Dulles Airport.

Loudoun’s equine industry is the largest in all of Virginia and the largest agricultural industry in the county, generating nearly 3,000 jobs and more than $180 million in economic impact annually.

The forum will be held at 7 p.m. in the Winmill Carriage House at Morven Park near Leesburg. To submit questions for the panel in advance, email rachael.chambers@loudoun.gov.

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