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VHSA Medals


                2023 VHSA/EMO MEDALS                     Sponsored by The EMO Agency, Inc.


Congratulations to the following 2023 VHSA/EMO Children's Medal Final Winners:

1st  Addison Huffman, trained by Selina Petronelli
2nd Kelly Kiser, trained by Sulu Rose Reed
3rd Peyson Parker, trained by Chris Wynne
4th Martha Morales, trained by Kim Williams
5th Nada Soueidan, trained by Tara Best
6th Ava Sleeme, trained by Katherine Schmidt Butler
7th Daisy Ballantine, trained by Ian McCartney
8th Saana Chappelle, trained by The McDonogh School



  The VHSA/EMO Medal Finals Festival at the Lexington National Horse Show

The 2023 VHSA/EMO Children's Medal, Junior Championship on the Flat, Hunter Seat Medal, Amateur Equitation on the Flat and the Adult Amateur Medal Finals will be held at the Lexington National Horse Show the weekend of August 11th. In order to be qualified for the VHSA/EMO Medal Final, an exhibitor who is a VHSA member, must have either two Blues or a minimum number of points in their respective Medal/Flat Class:

Children's Medal - A minimum of 50.0 points

Junior Championship on the Flat - A minimum of 75.0 points

Hunter Seat Medal - A minimum of 20.0 points

Amateur Equitation on the Flat - A minimum of 10.0 points

Adult Amateur Medal - A minimum of 30.0 points

Exhibitors can qualify up to and including the Medal Classes that will be offered at the Lexington National Show prior to the Finals. An exhibitor who is qualified for more than one Medal Final, is only allowed to participate in one Medal Final, this does not include the Amateur on the Flat or the Junior Championship on the Flat.

The point system for the Medal Qualifying Classes is 1st-10 points, 2nd-6 points, 3rd-4 points, 4th-2 points, 5th-1 point, 6th-.5 point and these points are multiplied by the number of exhibitors in the class(i.e., 1st place with 10 exhibitors = 100 points).

If you are qualified for any of the VHSA/EMO Finals, please visit our website (www.vhsa.com), click on PAY DUES, click on MEDAL FINALS ENTRY FEE and complete paying the fee online ($100 for each class). In order to be entered for the Finals, the VHSA Office MUST receive a completed and signed ENTRY FORM via e-mail (vhsa@verizon.net). For the over fences Medals, we would also like to have a completed Profile Sheet for the Announcer to read.

Please be aware that we MUST have the Entry Form in order for an exhibitor number to be assigned to the rider. Please pick up the Exhibitor Number from the VHSA Representatives in the Horse Show Office. The Forms that are required are below:





The VHSA Representatives will be set up in the Horse Show Office beginning on Thursday, August 10th after 2:00 p.m. Please make sure to pick up your Medal exhibitor number (RED) prior to the Finals being held. These numbers are different than the horse show exhibitor numbers. Anyone without a RED exhibitor number will not be allowed to compete in any of the Medal & Flat Finals.

Please note that due to a schedule change, the Written Test for the Junior Horsemanship Award will be held on Friday, August 11th at 2:00 p.m. Therefore, we will be taking sign up times for the Practicum via e-mail for Friday and Saturday (see details below).

Medal Finals Schedule

Thursday - August 10th
2:00 p.m. VHSA Registration Starts

Friday - August 11th
7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Course Walk for Children's Medal
8:00 a.m. VHSA/EMO Children's Medal Final
8:00 a.m. Practicum Sessions Begin (Prior Sign Up Required)
2:00 p.m. VHSA Junior Horsemanship Written Test (In Hospitality Room)

Saturday, August 12th
8:00 a.m. Practicum Sessions Begin (Prior Sign Up Required)
5:45 p.m. Course Walk for the Hunter Seat Medal
6:00 p.m. VHSA/EMO Jr. Championship on the Flat
7:00 p.m. VHSA/EMO Hunter Seat Medal Finals
                 VHSA Horsemanship Awards Presentation

Sunday, August 13th
7:15 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Course Walk for Adult Medal
7:45 a.m. VHSA/EMO Amateur Equitation on the Flat
                 VHSA/EMO Adult Medal Finals

Junior Horsemanship Competition
The Twenty-Fourth Annual Junior Horsemanship Award will be presented at the Lexington National Horse Show. This three phase event consists of a Written Test which counts as 20% of the overall score, the Practicum Examination which will be held on Friday and Saturday. The Practicum phase which will count as 30% of the overall score and the final phase will be the first round of the VHSA Hunter Seat Medal which will count as 50% of the overall score.

We also have a STUDY GUIDE for individuals.

Due to the Horse Show schedule, the Written Test will now be held on Friday afternoon, August 11th in the Hospitality Room at 2:00 p.m. The Written Test is also open to those who have qualified for the Children's Medal as practice only. Due to the test being pushed back a day later than usual, the Hunter Seat Medal qualifiers who need to sign up for the Practicum, will need to do this by e-mailing the VHSA office (vhsa@verizon.net) in advance of the show. There will be many time slots available for everyone to be able to choose the best available day and time slot depending on their schedule. The Practicum will be held over two days, Friday, August 11th and Saturday, August 12th. The times are listed below so please review your horse show schedule and e-mail us a time that works best for you. We will e-mail you back confirming the day and time that is reserved for your Practicum. We will also have some open time slots available for any late qualifiers.

The Walter J. Lee Perpetual Trophy will be presented to the VHSA Junior Horsemanship Champion on Saturday, August 12th, immediately following the conclusion of the VHSA/EMO Hunter Seat Medal Finals.

The 2023 Practicum Schedule

The Practicum which is part of the Junior Horsemanship Award (see above), presented at the VHSA/EMO Medal Festival at the Lexington National Horse Show counts as 30% of the score for this Award. For Hunter Seat Medal Qualifiers to sign up for a reserved time for this phase of the award, they will need to pick a day and time that works best with their show schedule on either Friday, August 11th or Saturday, August 12th. The following times are available. Please e-mail your name, day and time that you would like to reserve for the Practicum to vhsa@verizon.net (we will confirm day and time with return e-mail).   

Friday - August 11th

8:00 a.m.   RESERVED (Elsa Eastment)
8:50 a.m.   RESERVED (Andie Preblick)
9:40 a.m.   RESERVED (Irene Boehm)
10:30 a.m. RESERVED (Skye Zeidan)
11:20 a.m. RESERVED (Lydia Jordan)
12:10 p.m. - BREAK
1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - Written Test in Hospitality Room

Saturday - August 12th

8:00 a.m.  RESERVED (Frankie Falise)
8:50 a.m.  RESERVED (Reilly Folliard)
9:40 a.m.  RESERVED (Reagan Waggoner)
10:30 a.m.
11:20 a.m.
12:10 p.m. - BREAK
1:00 p.m.   
1:50 p.m.
2:40 p.m.

Please make sure to reserve your time right away!



2023 VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Finals

The 2023 VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Finals were  hosted at the Warrenton Pony Show on Friday, June 30th.  We would like to thank the Warrenton Pony Show, especially the Junior Committee members for all of their help with the Medal Finals.  A big thank you to The EMO Agency for their continued sponsorship of all of the qualifying classes during thear, asd well as the Medal Finals.

Congratulations to the following winners:


Virginia Harris, VHSA/EMO Pony Equitation on the Flat Champion
Trained by Fiona Turner

2nd - Olivia Bayne, trained by Brandy Sinclair
3rd - Lane Costa, trained by Jonelle Mullen
4th - Zoe Basmajian, trained by Fiona Turner
5th - Josie Galvin, trained by Drew Taylor
6th - Robert Caputo, trained by Fiona Turner
7th - Margaret Brown, trained by Meredith Brown
8th - Brookly Hawley, trained by Kathy Newman


Robert Caputo, VHSA/EMO Children's Pony Medal Champion
Trained by Fiona Turner

2nd - Locklyn Willwerth, trained by Kristy Willwerth
3rd - Josie Galvin, trained by Drew Taylor
4th - Zoe Basmajian, trained by Fiona Turner
5th - Maddie Bartee, trained by Jonelle Mullen
6th - Amelia Pfeffer, trained by Kathy Martin
7th - Kiley Wright, trained by Kathy Martin
8th - McKenzie Baldwin, trained by Kathy Martin


Virginia Harris, VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Champion
Trained by Fiona Turner

2nd - Violet Anderson, trained by Lisa Hammerschmidt
3rd - Lane Costa, trained by Jonelle Mullen
4th - Natalie Kirkpatrick, trained by Katie Petronelli
5th - Margaret Brown, trained by Meredith Brown
6th - Samantha Zosh, trained by Kristy Willwerth
7th - Madeline Harp, trained by Bethany Wood
8th - Sarah Wiles, trained by Kristy Willwerth