The Virginia State Governor’s office has finally set forth procedures for horse shows. Please familiarize yourself with the Governor’s guidelines for all Associate sanctioned horse shows since we must follow local and state laws. Phase 3 goes into effect July 1st:
VIRGINIA GOVERNOR'S HORSE SHOWING PROCEDURES
2021 VHSA Associate Rules/Guidelines
The 2021 VHSA Associate Rules/Guidelines can be downloaded by clicking the above title
VHSA ASSOCIATE (LOCAL SCHOOLING) POINTS SYSTEM
VHSA Associate Point Structure for 2021
The following point system is for the 2021 Associate Horse Show Season. Each horse show is required to use this point system during their horse show and especially when pinning Champion and Reserve. If a show does not use the following point system, they will not be following the VHSA rules and will be considered not in good standing which may cause possible removal of VHSA sanctioning for any future shows.
Number of Exhibitors 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
3* exhibitors up to 5 exhibitors 10 6 4 2 1 .5
6 exhibitors up to 9 exhibitors 11 7 5 3 2 1.5
10 exhibitors or higher 12 8 6 4 3 2.5
*with the exception of Jumper Divisions which is allowed a minimum of 2 exhibitors to complete the course (Hunters must have a minimum of 3 to complete the course)
Champion: 10 points
Reservie: 6 points
The number of exhibitors for the Division will be determined by the number of horses or ponies shown successfully (completed the course) in the first performance (over fences) class of all Hunter Divisions and the number of horses or ponies shown in the first class of the Hunter Pleasure Divisions.
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.
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 and the trophy at the show.