The Board of Directors of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation has announced that Glenn T. Petty has been appointed as the new CEO of the Foundation. An experienced business leader and horseman, Petty will succeed John Nicholson and assume responsibilities on May 3, 2021. Nicholson will be retiring to his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky.
Petty spent 16 years as manager of the Governor James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex and 25 years as show manager of the 19-day State Fair Horse Show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Most recently he was Executive Vice President of the Arabian Horse Association for 12 years. He has experience working at the national and regional level with a wide array of breed and sport associations including the United States Equestrian Federation, the US Hunter Jumper Association, and the American Quarter Horse Association. Petty is also a past president of the North Carolina Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine Foundation.
In 1970 Petty earned his degree from North Carolina State University. He has also been a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Parker, CO and the Optimist Club of Raleigh. While working with the state of North Carolina, Petty was given the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Service to Agribusiness and was inducted into the North Carolina Livestock Hall of Fame. Petty received the American Horse Council’s Van Ness Award in 1991.
Petty’s prior experience includes the coordination of the design and construction of several equestrian complexes. He has been a consultant with horse show facilities and fairgrounds across the country regarding their construction and design.
An avid supporter of youth organizations, Petty is a past recipient of North Carolina’s 4-H Partner’s Award, and the State FFA Award for Service.
Working as a Senior Steward allowed Petty to officiate at some of the nation’s largest shows including the Saddle Horse World Championships, the AHA Youth Nationals, and the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden and the Meadowlands.