Robert J. Burke
It is with great sadness that we must report that a great horseman, Robert "Bobby" Burke passed away on Saturday, April 15th. His funeral will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Trinity Church in Upperville, Virginia (9108 John S. Mosby Highway, Upperville, VA 20184) at 3:00 p.m. Our deepest sympathies to all of his family and friends on the loss of this great man.
Robert J. Burke is a classic horseman in every sense of the word. It has been said that no one has a better eye for horses than Bobby Burke. Burke, a native of Cambridge, MA, learned to ride from two greats of the sport: Danny Shea who put Bobby on his first jumper, Little Squire, and Mickey Walsh who was enshrined in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1995. As a rider, Burke’s trademark was his marvelous touch on the reins. His hands were impeccable, and young horses in particular responded to them magnificently. In addition to his show jumping success, Burke amassed more than fifty hunter championships at Devon, Harrisburg, Washington, Madison Square Garden and the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. In the 1940s, Burke excelled in the hunter ring, gaining countless wins and championships. In 1950, he made his debut in the show jumper ring with Fitzrada in Leesburg, VA. Burke and Fitzrada finished their maiden event with a championship, which was soon followed by other major victories. Burke became a familiar sight in the winner’s circle aboard such legendary jumpers as Black Velvet, Grey Velvet, Golden Chance and Saxon Wood. Burke also claimed top honors in numerous Jumper Stakes on Defense, Safari Joe, Royal Knight and Bell Hop. In 1957, Burke swept the Jumper Championships at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden and the Chicago Stockyards. He dominated the Royal Winter Fair Jumper Stake in Toronto, placing first aboard Black Velvet, second on Bell Hop, third with Saxon Wood and fifth on Grey Velvet. In 1967, Burke was the trainer and rider of Act I at the Bonus Point Stake at Fairfield, CT. Act I captured top honors in the Stake and Burke was named leading rider. Act I went on in 1967 to win the Grandprix of Cleveland and then the American Gold Cup in 1970. Burke also selected and trained Blue Plum, a mount later purchased by Bertram Firestone who in turn placed the talented horse with the United States Equestrian Team.
Individuals "Not In Good Standing"
The following individual(s) are considered "not in good standing" with the VHSA:
Frederick Cooper - Outstanding Fees
Fae Cordova (Savannah Cordova) - NSF Check
Jocelyn Finney - NSF Check
Olivia Fuller - NSF Check
Paul Logan, Pachanga Farms - NSF Check & Rule Violation
Susie Mansell (Show Place Farm, LLC) - NSF Check
Andrew Kenneth Milne (Anna Milne) - NSF Check
Margaret Elizabeth Morris - NSF Check
Amanda Smith - NSF Check
Jeanette Whitehurst (Carrie Ellis) - NSF Check
The VHSA Special Events is helping with coordinating a donation drive of used tack, equipment and apparel which will be distributed to various therapeutic riding groups in Virginia. Please bring your donation to the Horse Show Stabling Office during either the Lexington Spring Premiere Horse Show (April 26-30, 2017 ) or the Lexington Spring Encore Horse Show (May 3-7, 2017). There will be tax receipts available for donations. Tack Donation Flyer or visit the VHSA Special Events Facebook Page.
Ask The Judges Clinic
The VHSA Special Events Committee will be holding an "ASK THE JUDGES" Clinic on Saturday evening, June 24, 2017, at the Deep Run HOrse Show. This free Clinic is open to everyone and will begin at the conclusion of the show on Saturday and will be held under the tent, weather permitting. Further details will be posted on this site and also visit the VHSA Special Events Facebook Page.
New VHSA Equitation Classes for 2017
The VHSA is now offering new Equitation classes for year-end points. The VHSA Pony Equitation on the Flat, VHSA Children's Pony Medal and the Amateur Equitation on the Flat. The specifications are below:
(e) VHSA PONY EQUITATION ON THE FLAT. Open to junior members of the VHSA, who have not reached their 18th birthday, mounted on ponies. Rider must be a member of the VHSA prior to entry in the class. Riders must show all working gates (walk, trot and canter), sitting trot, as well as a lengthening of stride in at least one gait in each direction. The counter canter in both directions is optional and no more than 12 riders may counter canter at one time. The judge may request additional tests on the flat as a group or individually. Martingales are prohibited. There must be at least (3) exhibitors to fill the class. Six ribbons. This Medal cannot be combined with any other VHSA Medal or any other Division/Class.
(f) VHSA CHILDREN’S PONY MEDAL CLASS: Open to junior members of the VHSA who have not reached their 18th birthday as of December 1 of the current competition year. To be judged on hands, seat, guidance and control over a course of not less than six (6) obstacles and including at least one of the following: a rollback, a bending line, a long ride to a single jump, an end fence or a trot jump. Open to ponies only. Small and medium ponies to jump 2'0. Large ponies to jump 2'6". Riders may not compete in any class where the fence height exceeds 2'6" at the same show. There will be no additional test for this class. This class cannot be combined with any other class/ division. The top 20 point earners qualify for the finals to be held at The Warrenton Pony Show.
(i) AMATEUR EQUITATION ON THE FLAT. Open to all amateur members of the VHSA mounted on horses. Rider must be a member of the VHSA prior to entry in the class. Riders must show all working gates (walk, trot and canter), sitting trot, as well as a lengthening of stride in at least one gait in each direction. The counter canter in both directions is optional and no more than 12 riders may counter canter at one time. The judge may request additional tests on the flat as a group or individually. Martingales are prohibited. There must be at least (3) exhibitors to fill the class. Six ribbons. This Medal cannot be combined with any other VHSA Medal or any other Division/Class.
2017 VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Finals Location
The VHSA is pleased to announce that the 2017 VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Finals will once again be held at the Warrenton Pony Show. The 2016 Finals hosted by the Warrenton Pony Show were so well received that they have graciously offered to host this event again. Details about the Finals will be forthcoming in the near future.
2017 VHSA/EMO Medal Finals Location
The VHSA/EMO Adult, Children's, and the Hunter Seat Medal Finals, including the Championship on the Flat, will be held at the Lexington National Horse Show the weekend of August 11, 2017. Once the details have been completed we will notify the qualifers as well as post the information here on our website.
VHSA Yearling Futurity Program
The 2018 Yearling Futurity Nominates are due in the VHSA office May 31, 2017. The Nominating information will be mailed to all past participants and will also be posted on this website in the near future. This nomination is for those colts/fillies who will be yearlings in 2018 for the Yearling Futurity Competition that will be held at the Warrenton Horse Show. This program is open to all, despite the state of foaling. We are pleased to announce that the Virginia Horse Industry Board has graciously granted the VHSA Yearling Futurity Program a grant for the past several years which has been used entirely as Prize Money for all eligible yearlings who are Virginia Bred. We hope that this will continue for the 2018 Futurity.
VHSA Handbook For Horse Showing
The VHSA Junior Members Committee created a wonderful guide for horse showing. This is a wonderful reference guide for all horsemen, regardless of age. The Handbook can be downloaded by following this link: VHSA HANDBOOK FOR HORSE SHOWING
The Official Sadler of the VHSA
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that Antares Sellier France is the Official Provider of Animal Health Products and Supplies of the VHSA. Please visit their website at www.antares-sellier.com
The Official Equine Transportation Company of the VHSA
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that MJR Horse Transportation of Keswick, Virginia, is the Official Equine Transportation Company of the VHSA. Please visit their website at www.mjrhorsetransportation.com
The Official Custom Boot Maker of the VHSA
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that E. Vogel Bespoke is the Official Custom Boot Maker of the VHSA. Please visit their website athttp://www.vogelboots.com/ 63 Flushing Avenue, Unit 331, Brooklyn NY 11205, 718-522-3899
The Official Custom Chaps Maker of the VHSA
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that Chuck Pinnell Custom Leather is the Official Chaps Maker of the VHSA. Please visit their website athttp://www.pinnellcustomleather.com/ 1982 White Hall Rd., P.O. Box 808, Crozet, VA 22932 434-823-9800.
The 2016 VHSA memberships expired November 30, 2016. The Membership Dues are: Senior Membership Dues are $50, Junior Membership Dues are $40, Farm Membership Dues are $50 and the Lifetime Membership Dues are $400 for Individual and for Farm. Horse Recording fees are $50. HORSE RECORDINGS ARE LIFETIME. Points cannot begin to accrue until membership becomes active and any horses that were not previously recorded must be recorded.
ATTENTION ASSOCIATE SHOW MANAGERS (effective immediately)
As a service to our Associate sanctioned horse shows, any VHSA member who has an outstanding horse show debt with one of our recognized horse shows will be ineligible, as well as the horses recorded in their name, to compete in the VHSA ASSOCIATE CHAMPIONSHIP HORSE SHOW. Once the VHSA has received written confirmation from the horse show that the debt has been cleared, that individual and horses recorded in their name will again be in good standing and eligible to compete at the VHSA ASSOCIATE CHAMPIONSHIP HORSE SHOW.
In order to utilize this service the debt must be at least thirty days in arrears and the member horse show must notify the VHSA office in writing with the horse show name, date, horse show contact person with telephone number/e-mail address, debtors name, amount owed and for what reason. The exception to this is any debt occurred within thirty days of the Championship Horse Show can be expedited by providing the VHSA office with the afore mentioned information. There is a $10 charge for this service to help offset postage and administrative expenses.
Teresa Ramsay Photography
Teresa Ramsay now has a website where exhibitors can view photos as well as order photos directly from her. The website isteresaramsayphotography.com
Ralph E. Main, Jr. - Legal Counsel of the VHSA
Mr. Ralph E. Main, Jr. of Dygert, Wright, Hobbs & Heilberg, PLC of Charlottesville, Virginia, is the official legal counsel for the Virginia Horse Shows Association.