Special Exception for 2017 Show Dates
The VHSA Associate Program will allow limited horse shows to be held the last weekend of October (10/28-29/17). The shows eligible to be VHSA Associate recognized for this weekend are Associate recognized horse shows that were held the last weekend of October in 2016. Only these shows are allowed to hold Associate recognized horse shows during the October 28th - 29th time frame and no make-up show dates will be recognized the weekend of October 28-29, 2017. There are certain restrictions that must be adhered to in order to receive Associate recognition. The Competition Applications for these shows must be received in the VHSA office no later than April 28, 2017 and the Show Manager must agree that the results from the October 28/29 show must be received in the VHSA office no more than 7 days after the competition date. If the results are not received within that time line, the horse show will revoke their Associate rating and will be fined $250. This is a one time exception to our two week rule and may not be extended to the 2017 show year.
Approved Associate Judges
All VHSA Associate Hunter Horse Shows will be required to have an approved VHSA Associate Judge to adjudicate said horse shows. The VHSA Associate approved Judges list can be found by following the link below and will be updated periodically. If a person feels that they have been incorrectly omitted and/or wish to be added to the list, they should submit their resume outlining their judging experience to the VHSA office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the resume will be forwarded to the VHSA Associate Judges Clinic & Officials Committee for consideration. The people on the approved list will be considered Licensed VHSA Associate Judges (AJ) and their membership cards will be so noted. If a show wishes to use a judge not presently on the approved list, they will need to contact the VHSA Associate Judges Clinic & Officials Committee via the VHSA office in Warrenton, Virginia, for instructions on how to proceed. All persons that are on the approved Judges list must be VHSA Members and are expected to be familiar with the VHSA Rule Book and especially the VHSA Associate Guidelines found in Section 28 of the VHSA Rule Book. If persons on the approved list do not renew their VHSA membership yearly, their names will be removed from the list. All persons on the approved list are included at the discretion of the VHSA Associate Judges Clinic & Officials Committee. It is Show Managements responsibility to ensure each judges eligibility and if a show does not fulfill this requirement, it will be subject to a $200 fine and the possibility of forfeiture future show dates. This guideline will replace Section 28, Associate Program Guidelines, Sec. 3(h), Associate Horse Show Judge Requirements as found in the VHSA Rule Book.
In order to help support our current shows and show managers, the Virginia Horse Shows Association Associate Program will be putting a limited moratorium on any new hunter horse shows for the 2017 show year. Associate Jumper shows will not be affected by the moratorium. In effect, current shows and show managers who held horse shows in 2016, including shows that had to be cancelled, will automatically receive approval of their 2017 show dates that are listed on their VHSA Associate Competition Application form that must be submitted to the VHSA office at least 30 days prior to the competition date. There are several sections of the state that are under-represented in our program, so we will consider new applications for shows in those areas and award them accordingly. All VHSA Associate show dates are awarded on a year to year basis and are awarded at the discretion of the VHSA Associate Executive Committee.
The necessary forms for applying for VHSA Associate recognized horse shows are below:
Associate Show Managers' Associate Show Packet
Associate Show Managers are required to have VHSA Membership Applications and VHSA Horse Recording Applications available to exhibitors at any Associate recognized Horse Shows. Also, all Show Managers/Secretaries must have their completed horse show results in the VHSA office fourteen (14) days after the competition date. Following are the necessary forms that are needed for each Associate recognized horse show:
Associate Horse Show Results (Word format)
Associate Horse Show Results (PDF format)
VHSA Membership Application
VHSA Horse Recording Application
VHSA Associate Program Associate Guidelines
The 2017 Bonus Points for the Associate Program are the same as they were in 2016. For full details, please click on the following link: 2017 Point System and Rule Change THE BONUS POINTS ARE ADDED FOR EACH CLASS OF A DIVISION BASED ON THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE COURSE IN THE FIRST PERFORMANCE CLASS.
Also as a reminder, an exhibitor can only show in one Equitation over fences class at the same show (i.e., if an exhibitor shows in Children's Equitation then they are not allowed to show in the Pony Equitation Class at the same show). VHSA Associate Pony, Children's & Adult Amateur Equitation MAY have a flat phase, but this is not mandatory.
As a special reminder, during any performance class any rider who falls off while in the ring is not allowed under any circumstances to remount in the ring .
Horse Show Evaluation Form - Completed forms that are received in the VHSA office aid in the decision as to the current year's Top Ten Best Associate Horse Show Awards
VHSA ASSOCIATED (LOCAL SCHOOLING) POINTS SYSTEM
VHSA Associate Point Structure for 2017
Hunter and Hunter Pleasure Divisions
The point structure for 2016 will consist of Base Points, plus Bonus Points, to equal Final Points.
Base Points are 1st through 6th as follows: 10 - 6 - 4 - 2 - 1 - .5
Bonus Points will be determined by the number of horses or ponies shown successfully (completed the course) in the first performance class of all Hunter Divisions and the number of horses or ponies shown in the first class of the Hunter Pleasure Divisions. This number of exhibitors in the first class sets the bonus points for the remainder of the classes in the division.
We still require three (3) entries to fill a class, but will award a Champion and Reserve if there are a minimum of three (3)entries in any two (2) of the three (3) classes offered.
Bonus Points can be no more than ten (10).
Champion shall receive an additional ten (10) points and Reserve six (6) points.
Equitation Over Fences, Equitation on the Flat and Jumper Classes
Bonus Points will be decided by the number of participants in each particular class and scored as in the preceding example.
The Associate Championship Horse Show will award double base points and additional 10 and 6 points for Championship and Reserve. Year end points will only include the exhibitor’s top ten best horse shows, plus any points accrued at the Championship Show will be added to the exhibitor’s top ten for the final year end total. With the exception of the VHSA Associate Equitation Classes which will be total points for year-end.
|Associate Horse Shows (Base Points)
plus Bonus points which is the number of exhibitors in first class of Div.
|Associate Championship Show||20||12||8||4||2||1|
|Associate Championship - 10 Associate Reserve Championship - 6|
Year end points will only include the exhibitor’s top ten best horse shows, plus any points accrued at the Championship Show will be added to the exhibitor’s top ten for the final year end total. With the exception of the VHSA Associate Equitation Classes which will be total points for year-end.
For a detailed example, please click on the following link: 2017 Point System
If there are any forms that are needed to be mailed to Show Managers/Secretaries that appear above, please contact the VHSA office at (540) 349-0910 or e-mail at email@example.com