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Associate Program Details


2021 VHSA Associate Championship Horse Show

The 2021 Associate Championship Horse Show will be held at the Virginia Horse Center on November 11-14. This show is a double points show for the Associate Program.

In order to be qualified for the Associate Championship Horse Show, the horse/pony must be registered, the owner a current member and the animal must have shown at a minimum of five (5) Associate sanctioned Horse Shows. The rider (if different than the owner), must be a current member of the VHSA and exhibited at a minimum of five (5) Associate sanctioned Horse Shows in order to be qualified to compete at the Associate Championship Horse Show. Any shows prior to membership/horse recording active date cannot count towards the five shows.  Please click on the following Link to the Prize List:

2021 Associate Championship Horse Show Prize List

Please make sure to mail your entries to Debbie Bowden's address on the Entry Form, not the VHSA office.


2021 VHSA Associate Ten Best Horse Shows

Presentation of the ten best Associate Horse Shows for the 2021 show season as nominated by the exhibitors, owners and trainers. The top ten best Associate Horse Shows and the Competition Managers of those shows are (in alphabetical order):



Show Manager(s)

Date of Show

BHSA Hunter & Jumper Classic

Georgine Winslett

August 7, 2021

Central VA Show Jumping Assoc.

Kimberly Anderson

June 6, 2021

Deep Run Fall Horse Show

Shannon C. Kruep

September 18, 2021

Elmington Farm Horse Show

Kathie Hamlin

August 28, 2021

Farmington Hunt Club Show

Stephen Bickers

June 5, 2021

Four Oaks Horse Show

Aileen Ryalls

May 8, 2021

House Mountain Horse Show

Jason Berry & Molly Moore

July 13, 2021

Morven Park Horse Show

Samantha Franklin

August 1, 2021

VBHSA Cooler Show

Whitney Brooks Brunner

August 28-29, 2021

Whippoorwill Farm Horse Show

Leigh Rigsby

June 26, 2021

Congratulations to these Show Managers!


2021 VHSA Associate Rules/Guidelines

The 2021 VHSA Associate Rules/Guidelines can be downloaded by clicking the above title 


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.

Please submit your nomination via e-mail to the VHSA office (vhsa@verizon.net) by October 15th.