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Associate Program


2016 Associate Summer Horse Show
The Associate Summer Horse Show will be held July 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the Deep Run Horse Show Grounds in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia.  This show includes some divisions that have bonus classes which will be additional points for VHSA recorded horses.  The show is open to all regardless whether they are members of the VHSA or not.  We are very pleased to announce that the following local Associations are recognizing this show so that the exhibitors can accrue points for their Association's year-end points as well:   Battlefield Horse Show Association (BHSA), Capital Horse Show Association (CHSA), DC Area Horse Show Association (DCA), Greater Richmond Horse Show Association (GRHSA), Hampton Roads Horse Show Association (HRHSA), Middle Peninsula Horse Show Association (MPHSA), Southwestern Virginia Hunter Jumper Association (SWVHJA) and the Virginia Beach Horse Shows Association (VBHSA).

VHSA Associate Program Upcoming Events
The VHSA Associate Summer Horse Show will be held July 1st ~ 3rd at the Deep Run Horse Show Grounds in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia. This show will strictly be a Hunter Show with no jumper divisions offered. The VHSA Associate Summer Horse Show will also be recognized by the Battlefield Horse Show Association, Capital Horse Show Association, Greater Richmond Horse Shows Association, Southwester Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association and the Virginia Beach Horse Shows Association.

For the Associate Jumper Divisions the VHSA will recognize four regional horse shows in Virginia which will offer double points strictly for the Associate Jumper Divisions. A Horse can only be awarded double points at just one of the following shows:

Central Virginia Show Jumper Association Show in Manakin-Sabot, VA
House Mountain Horse Show in Lexington, Virginia
BHSA Benefit Horse Show in Spotsylvania, Virginia
Sandstone Farm Year-end Jumper Show in Millwood, Virginia

In order to have one of these horse shows count as an individual horse’s double point jumper point show the owner/rider must complete the form that will be available at each of these horse shows designating that horse show as their one double point show. This form must be completed at the show and must accompany the horse show results that the Show Secretary will send to the VHSA office. If the VHSA office does not receive a form for your horse, then no double points will be awarded. There will be no exceptions - It is the owner/rider’s responsibility to make sure to complete the form at one of the four horse shows of their choice.

VHSA Pony Medal Class
The VHSA Equitation Committee and the VHSA Board of Directors have made the decision to allow the VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Class to be able to run concurrently with the Pony Hunter Division at the same horse show.  The following are the new specifications for the VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Class:

(d) VHSA PONY EQUITATION MEDAL CLASS: Open to Junior Members of the VHSA who have not reached their 18th birthday. Contestant must be a member of VHSA prior to entry in the class. To be ridden on ponies over a course of not less than 6 obstacles; 2'3" for ponies not exceeding 12.2 hands, 2'6" for ponies over 12.2 hands and not exceeding 13.2 hands, and ponies over 13.2 hands not exceeding 14.2 hands jump 3'. Jumping faults of mount not to count. Fall of pony or rider or three disobediences shall eliminate a contender. Entrants in this class may not compete in the VHSA Hunter Seat Medal Class at the same show. There must be at least three (3) exhibitors to fill the class and three (3) exhibitors must complete the course in order for that particular class to count. Six Ribbons This Medal cannot be combined with any other VHSA Medal, but may be run concurrently with the Regular Pony Divisions.

2016 VHSA Associate Rules/Guidelines
The 2016 VHSA Associate Rules/Guidelines can be downloaded by clicking the above title 

The VHSA Associate Top Ten Best Horse Shows
Congratulations to the following horse shows that are the winners of the 2015 best Associate Horse Shows for the 2015 show season as nominated by the exhibitors, owners and trainers. This award was presented on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at The Homestead during the Awards Luncheon.  The top ten best Associate Horse Shows and the Competition Managers of those shows are (in alphabetical order):


BHSA Benefit Horse Show

CVSJA Horse Show

Deep Run Fall Horse Show

Elmington Farm Horse Show

Farmington Hunt Club Fall Show

Hazelwild Horse Show

House Mountain Horse Show

Summerplace Farm Horse Show

VBHSA Cooler Horse Show

West Neck Creek Horse Show

Show Manager

Georgine Winslett

Nanci Harmon

Anne Tucker

Kathie Hamlin

Mary Harp

Teresa Seay

Keedie Leonard & LM Sandy Gerald

Tom Finch

Sugi Dewan

Lauren Lake

Date of Show

August 23, 2015

October 4, 2015

September 5, 2015

September 19, 2015

October 24, 2015

March 22, 2015

June 23-24, 2015

May 23, 2015

August 1-2, 2015

September 19, 2015

VHSA Associate Point Structure for 2016

Hunter and Hunter Pleasure Divisions

The point structure for 2016 will consist of Base Points, plus Bonus Points, to equal Final Points. (Same point system as 2015)

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.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Associate Horse Shows (Base Points)
plus Bonus points which is the number of exhibitors in first class of Div.
(See Above)
10 6 4 2 1 .5
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:  2016 Point System

The Barbara Meegan Young Rider Award 
In recognition of Barbara's support of the Associate Program and her many years of being involved with young riders the Barbara Meegan Young Rider Award was established and will be awarded each year to a deserving person in her honor.  The following is the criteria for this prestigious award:

1.   The rider must be in their first year of competition in the VHSA Associate Program and have competed in Hunter or Equitation Divisions.

2.   The rider must have exhibited primarily in the Associate Program, but may have competed in divisions at USEF rated shows, with the exclusion of Regular Hunter,
       Working Hunter, Junior Hunters, Amateur Owner and Confirmation Hunter Classes.  (Limited showing to divisions such as:  Short Stirrup, Maiden Equitation, Local
       Classes- mostly Unrated Divisions)

3.   Riders are to be nominated by their trainers.

4.   The recipient will be selected at the year-end VHSA Associate Championship Show.

5.   Points of consideration will be as follows:
      a)  Points accumulated in the VHSA Associate Program
      b)  Performance at the Year End Show
      c)  Conduct and sportsmanship at the Associate Championship Show

6.   The recipient will receive a ribbon at the show and the trophy at the VHSA Banquet.