Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MARE) in Middleburg, Virginia

Situated in the heart of Virginia’s horse country, the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE) Center is one of Virginia Tech’s 11 ARECs. Philanthropist Paul Mellon donated the 420-acre farm to Virginia Tech in 1949 to foster research that improved pasture and animal productivity while enhancing the land. The center was used primarily for beef cattle research for 40 years, but was rededicated to equine research and teaching in 1992.

Today, the MARE Center continues to play a critical role in the discovery, outreach, and education missions of Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Through collaborations with academic and industry partners around the world, the center advances the health and well-being of the horse through innovative research efforts and exceptional educational programming in equine science.  

We invite you to come be part of the MARE Center experience!

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The health and disease program at the MARE center is led by Caroline Leeth DVM, PhD, and encompasses research and education focused on healthy horse management and characterizing the mechanisms of disease. 

The behavior program at the MARE center is led by Erica Feuerbacher, PhD, and encompasses research, extension, and education focused on modifying and understanding motivations behind horse behavior. 

The equine nutrition program at the MARE center is led by Robin White, PhD, and includes research and teaching focused on designing better diets for horses through the life stages. 

The equine exercise program at the MARE center is led by Sally Johnson, PhD, and includes research and teaching focused on understanding mechanisms mediating muscle and tendion repair. 

The ecosystem management program at the MARE center is a collaboration among several faculty and includes research, teaching and outreach focused on optimizing ecosystem services and health.

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