Virginia Horse Center Foundation Announces Lisa Davis Engel as Director of Sponsorship and Marketing

Lisa Davis Engel.

Edited Press Release

The Virginia Horse Center Foundation’s Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer Glenn T. Petty have hired Lisa Davis Engel as the Director of Sponsorship and Marketing effective immediately.  

Ms. Engel will be responsible for all press surrounding the Virginia Horse Center and corporate sponsorships for the Virginia Horse Center.

A life-long horsewoman, Engel has more than 20 years’ experience cultivating and activating sponsorships across the country and was also charged with the responsibility of writing all press and promotional materials for the Virginia Festival of Champions over the past two years.

Engel is President of A Wynning Advantage, LLC and has worked with some of the top equestrian competitions in the United States including the AQHA, the USHJA, Washington International, HITS, Dressage at Devon, Jersey Fresh, SMG’s equestrian facilities and the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies to name a few. Her articles have appeared in numerous equestrian publications. Engel has also added Lisa Thomas, President of Brand Farm, LLC to assist her with media coverage at the VHC. A former event rider and seasoned equestrian public relations expert, Thomas has worked with top Olympic eventing riders and equestrian businesses throughout North America.

Roxanne Booth, President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, commented, “We are delighted to welcome Lisa and her expertise to the team. We look forward to her promotion and coverage of our world class events and creating innovative opportunities for sponsors of the VHC.”

Glenn Petty, Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation said, “Having worked directly with Lisa in connection with the Virginia Festival of Champions for the past two years, I know firsthand the talent and connections that she brings to the table. We are excited to have her working with us year-round.”

Engel commented, “I’m thrilled to work with the Virginia Horse Center. The facility is world-class and one of the most beautiful in the country. I’m looking forward to working with the show managers to promote VHC events and connect corporate sponsors to the Virginia Horse Center facility, as well as the unique multi-discipline competitions that take place in the heart of horse country.”

A Stockton, New Jersey resident, Engel graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and pursued her MBA at Loyola University Chicago. Engel is mother to four children and four rescue pets. Her eldest daughter, Tory is the Athletic Trainer for Dartmouth College’s equestrian team and track and field team in Hanover, New Hampshire, her son Gunnar resides in Colorado, her son Ronan is a Cadet at the USMA West Point and her youngest daughter Holland attends Rutgers University.

Engel can be reached at