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.
In 2010, an undergraduate learning experience in equine sciences was launched to serve as the cornerstone of the center's teaching program. This cutting-edge educational experience immerses students for an entire semester in an environment filled with horses. The program, which combines a strong scientific foundation with practical, hands-on training, prepares students to become leaders in the horse industry, academia, or the veterinary sciences.
As an innovator in equine science education and international leader in equine research, the MARE Center offers unparalleled learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and high-quality outreach programs for adult and youth audiences.
We invite you to come be part of the MARE Center experience!