Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center recently helped sponsor the Virginia Horse Council's 2007 Legislative Trail Ride. The two-day event, which was held May 11-12 in Leesburg, is intended to raise awareness of the Virginia Horse Industry among local and state legislators.

As part of the Legislative Trail Ride, legislators and other invited guests attended a barbecue at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center on the evening of Friday, May 11. Remarks were shared by EMC Council Chair and Virginia Tech Board of Visitors member Shelley Duke, and the event featured food, fellowship, tours of the facility, and educational activities for children with a focus on veterinary medicine.

About a dozen members of the Virginia General Assembly attended the event, as well as more than 20 officials from Loudoun County, Faquier County, and the City of Leesburg.

The Legislative Trail Ride is an annual family weekend that has been held at various locations throughout Virginia for 27 years. This year, the trail rides were held at historic Morven Park in Leesburg.

The Virginia Horse Council is a nonprofit organization formed by horsemen for horsemen. The membership and Board of Directors represent all breeds. More information about the Virginia Horse Council is available online.

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center is a Leesburg-based full-service equine hospital that is owned by Virginia Tech and operated as one of three campuses that comprise the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) is a two-state, three-campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Its flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech, include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 40,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, home of the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. The VMRCVM annually enrolls approximately 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students, is a leading biomedical and clinical research center, and provides professional continuing education services for veterinarians practicing throughout the two states. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

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