The Official Ballot to vote for Horseperson of the Year, Junior Exhibitor of the Year, Amateur Sportsman of the Year and Horse Show of the Year have been mailed, however, you can download the form here 2017 Official Ballot
Only one vote per membership.
The 2017 VHSA Annual Meeting and Convention will be held the weekend of December 1, 2017, at the beautiful Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. The weekend has many different activities for all. We are holding two different Clinics this year. Both Clinics will be held on Saturday afternoon, December 2nd.
The first Clinic is the Horsemanship Clinic for Juniors. This will be held at 2:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. This Clinic will offer our Junior Members an inside look at basic horsemanship and give them a leg up on the competition for our annual Junior Horsemanship Award that is held in conjunction with our Medal Finals each year. The Junior Horsemanship Award is a three phase competition is designed to reward young riders who best show their expertise in a combination of equine knowledge, riding ability, thorough understanding of their horse’s needs, and how to take care of them properly. This cilnic is is open to all Junior members, at no charge.
The second Clinic is the Horse Hobby or Equine Business Clinic. The authors of the book Horse Hobby or Equine Businness, Ms. Cindy McCarthy and Ms. Michael Farnam will be our Clinicians for this clinic. The Clinic will be based on the book which is a business book for the horse industry. The target market includes trainers, horse and horse farm owners, CPAs and tax attorneys. It provides the plans, practices and processes needed to establish intent for profit as defined by the IRS. This very informative Clinic is open to all free of charge and will begin at 2:00 p.m.
There will be a Junior Members Skating Party for all of the juniors in attendance and is free. There will also be complimentary hot chocolate and cookies available, rink side.
Saturday evening will conclude with the Presidents Reception which is sponsored by Virginia Trainers in appreciation of al of their students and our Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. We are pleased to induct the following well deserved individuals and animals who will be added to a very prestigious list of Hall of Fame Inductees:
Mr. Robert Reel
Dr. Stewart Kohler
Ms. Sarah Marshall Irvine
Spanish Mint, owned by Mrs. Rucker
Pandora, owned by Ms. Meg Malone Rhodes
During the entire weekend we will be holding a Silent Auction in the Georgian Room where the VHSA Registration Desk will be (off of the Lobby Bar/Great Hall). It is the perfect opportunity to bid on some fantastic items just in time for Christmas. The Silent Auction will conclude at the beginning of the Awards Luncheon on Sunday.
The Awards Luncheon is held on Sunday, December 3rd in the Commonwealth Room. We hope that you will be able to join us to help celebrate the 2017 winners. Every attendee will be handed a Red Ticket as they enter the Commonwealth Room. Please make sure that you hold onto your Red Ticket for the Raffle. Tickets will be drawn throughout the luncheon and there is a chance you could be a winner! Due to the very quick turn around time from the last horse shows being entered and the date of the Convention, we do not contact the winners, we will have the points updated on our website, so please make sure that you keep checking to see how you placed for year-end.
The following forms are for the Convention and must be completed in order to attend (Click on the title for the form):
The Homestead Reservation Form: If you are planning on staying at the Homestead, please complete this form and send directly to the Homestead. Room Reservation deadline is November 10th, however, rooms are limited so please make your room reservation as soon as possible. You can also make your reservations online:https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/homestead-virginia/meetings/virginia-horse-shows-association-inc
The VHSA Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon Registration Form: Please return this form to the VHSA office as soon as possible. We cannot guarantee availability for the Hall of Fame Dinner and/or the Awards Luncheon if we do not receive your registration by November 24, 2017. All tickets must be reserved in advance of the event. We cannot guarantee a seat/meal for those who fail to notify the VHSA office of their intention to attend, also the price for reserved tickets after the deadline of November 24, 2017, will increase for each event. Space is limited, so please reserve your tickets immediately.
Annual Meeting & Convention Agenda: This is a list of all events that will be held during the weekend, including time and location. The VHSA Registration Desk will be set up in the Georgian Room which is located off of the main lobby, through the Lobby Bar. Please check in with the staff to pick up your tickets and Convention Booklet.
If you have any questions, please contact the VHSA office via e-mail (email@example.com) or by phone (540-349-0910).
We hope that you all can join us for this very eventful and fun weekend!