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The Tragic Loss of Jenna Wynne

Most of you are already aware of the tragic news that Jenna Wynne passed away so suddenly.  Our hearts and prayers go out to Chris Wynne and the entire family on the loss of this beautiful young woman.

The following is from the Wynne Family:

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” ~ Winnie The Pooh

“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” ~ William Shakespear

Jenna was a woman who imprinted on everyone’s heart that she met. She had the most contagious smile and the largest heart anyone could possibly possess. She adored all of her animals. Her horses (because though she may not have owned them they were hers, and she was theirs), and of course her dogs, she was an animal whisperer. She was always selfless, doing anything and everything for everyone and always putting their needs before hers. She was the best gift giver ever! Yet in hindsight, if we are all being honest she was our gif, she needed not give she was enough. To have known her was to love her.

We would like to thank you all for your outpouring love and support over the past week. For those there for us in the hospital, as well as those who were loving and praying from afar. It validated how special Jenna was, how she connected people from every part of this country, and merged people from all different facets of her life. Below is information for a scholarship fund that was very near and dear to her heart. She has supported this cause from the very beginning. So, we have decided that this would be the best way to pay tribute to her beautiful soul!


This memorial scholarship rewards individuals competing in the Junior Hunters who attended traditional school full time.

Jenna attended public school growing up and worked to get great grades; all the while balancing riding and competing on the A Circuit. Our hope, is that with your donation, that we will help more students who still go to the traditional brick and mortar scholls, have the same opportunity to compete and continue their education.

Please place Jenna’s name in the memo, please mail these checks to below:

PNHSA Scholarship
c/o 130 Appaloosa Way
Charlestown, WV 25414


A Celebration of Jenna’s life will be held November 2, 2019 at Breckenridge Farm.  Please see her sister's Facebook Page (Kara Mongello) for further details.



2019 VHSA Official Ballot

The nominations are in!  The 2019 Official Ballot is in the mail to all members along with renewals for the annual members.  The Ballots can either be mailed in or e-mailed to the VHSA office.  The deadline is November 1, 2019 for voting.  Any Ballots received after this date will not count.  Ballots are also available online:    2019 Official Ballot

Only one Ballot per member will be accepted.  Please either mail your Ballot to the VHSA office (32 Ashby St., Suite 204, Warrenton, VA 20186) or e-mail it to us at vhsa@verizon.net.  You must include your name and VHSA number in order for your vote to count!

The Awards will be presented at the VHSA Annual Meeting & Convention at The Homestead the weekend of December 6, 2019.  

2019 VHSA Associate Championship Horse Show

The 2019 VHSA Associate Championship Horse Show will be held at the Virginia Horse Center, November 14th~17th.  In order to be eligible to compete at the show, a horse must have been shown at five Associate Shows as a VHSA recorded horse and owner must be a current member.  The rider must have shown at five Associate Shows as a current VHSA member.  The deadline for entries is October 28, 2019.  (Send entry to Show Secretary's address on the Entry Form, NOT the VHSA office.)

The Associate Prize List is now available:  ACHS P/L

Please make sure to return any trophies that were awarded at the 2018 show to this year's show for the 2019 presentations.

2019 VHSA Annual Meeting & Convention

The 2019 Virginia Horse Shows Association's Annual Meeting and Convention will be held at the beautiful Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, the weekend of December 6, 2019.

The weekend kicks-off with various meetings on Friday, December 6th. On Saturday, December 7th, there will be numerous informational meetings and forums. From 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. please join us for the Equine Jeopardy Team Competition, presented by the VHSA Special Events Committee.  This fun event will test your horsemanship knowledge as well as VHSA Trivia.  We are looking for ten teams consisting of four members.  You choose your own team members.  Teams could consist of friends, family, trainers, etc.  The VHSA Special Events Committee will provide lunch and prizes for all team members.  Grand Prizes for the winning team!

Please submit your team, include all four team member's names, to the VHSA office via e-mail (vhsa@verizon.net), no later than 4:00 p.m. on November 29th.  Since lunch is included for team members, we must have your team information to provide the head count to The Homestead.  Remember, November 29, 2019, is the absolute deadline to sign up for this exciting game!

Cedar Creek Farm, Jenny and Mike Graham, will be sponsoring a Junior Members Skating Party on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Please join us for fun skating along with hot chocolate and cookies.

Saturday evening will be the President's Reception which is sponsored by Virginia Trainers in appreciation of their students.  We will be holding a Live Auction this evening with some amazing items to bid on.  This will be followed by the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. We are pleased to announce that the following well deserved individuals and horses will be inducted this year:

Ms. Mary Braga
Mrs. Wendy Mathews
Mr. Edgar "Eggie" Mills
Mr. Don Stewart, Jr.
Automation, owned by Ms. Kats Clarke Firestone
Sketiton, owned by Mr. Walter J. Lee

Sunday morning, December 8, 2019, will begin with various meetings, including the Membership meeting at 10:30 a.m. where all current Senior members will be able to vote for the 2020 VHSA Board of Directors. The Awards Luncheon will also be held this day to celebrate all of the winners for the 2019 Season beginning with the Awards Reception from 12:00 ~12:30 p.m., immediately followed by the Awards Luncheon. Awards will be given 1st through 6th place. If unable to attend, Champion and Reserve ribbons will automatically be mailed to the winner. For 3rd through 6th place, the winner must e-mail the VHSA office (vhsa@verizon.net) to request the ribbons be mailed to them at no charge. In the e-mail, please include name of horse/pony, name of owner/rider, placement and the address where the ribbon(s) should be mailed to. All Ribbons will be mailed after the Convention.

We will have a Silent Auction throughout the weekend, commencing at the beginning of the Awards Luncheon.  This is the perfect time to get your Christmas shopping done.

Please click on the following link for the Annual Meeting & Convention Agenda: AGENDA

It is up to the individual to make their own room reservations with The Homestead by either calling Group Reservations at 540-839-7420 or using the following link


Guest Rooms are very limited this year, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

There is alternative lodging in the area as well:  Alternative Lodging


Tickets are required for all events, with the exception of the Junior Members Skating Party. Registration form and fees are completely online for 2019 and are due by November 25, 2019. ALL TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE. The following is the breakdown of ticket prices:

Full Registration (includes meetings, Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Luncheon $185.00
Meetings and Forums Only $ 30.00
Hall of Fame Dinner (Saturday, December 7th) $100.00
Awards Luncheon (Sunday, December 8th) $ 65.00

Please click on the following link to complete the Registration and pay for tickets:

Click here to purchase tickets


VHSA 2019 Yearling Futurity 

The 2019 VHSA Yearling Futurity Competition was held at the Warrenton Horse Show on Wednesday, August 28th.  We are pleased to announce once again that the Virginia Horse Industry Board has awarded the Futurity Program a $5,000 grant that was used solely for Prize Money to the Virginia Bred Yearlings.

Congratulations to Calvin Lewis whose Yearling Filly, Dollywood, was the 2019 Grand Yearling Champion.

Dollywood is out of Dee Dee, by Friend or Foe, bred by Phyllis C. Jones

 2019 VHSA/EMO Medal Finals Festival

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 VHSA/EMO Medal Finals held August 8th ~ 9th at the Lexington National Horse Show.  We would like to thank our sponsors:

The EMO Agency, Inc.
Champion Saddlery
Equip Equine 

Also, a big thank you to the 2018 Medal Final Winners who graciously helped with presenting the awards to the 2019 Medal Final Winners:

Jacqueline Needle
Jordan Toering
Haley Redifer

Congratulations to the 2019 VHSA/EMO Medal Final Winners

Children's Medal
1st  - Emily Longest
2nd - Shannon Maguire
3rd  - Avery Valentine
4th  - Victoria Gustafson
5th  - Mary Ellen Keating
6th  - Daisy Bishop
7th  - Agnes Hahn
8th  - Annabele Whitehead

Championship on the Flat
1st  - Emily Longest
2nd - Clare O'Brien
3rd  - Annabele Whitehead
4th  - Mahalia Alascio
5th  - Victoria Gustafson
6th  - Charleez Simcik
7th  - Madison Smyth
8th  - Alexis Seiden

Hunter Seat Medal
1st  - Addison Reed
2nd - Clare O'Brien
3rd  - Katie Triantos
4th  - Emma Pell
5th  - Hugh Turner
6th  - Helen Marie Lohr
7th  - Riley King
8th  - Anna Ordonio

Junior Horsemanship
1st  - Clare O'Brien
2nd - Helen Marie Lohr
3rd  - Addison Reed
4th  - Riley Hogan
5th  - Hugh Turner
6th  - Emma Pell
7th  - Riley King
8th  - Kayla Wolfe

Amateur on the Flat Champion
1st  - Bobbie Jo Adsit
2nd - Holly Longest
3rd  - Lindsay Milligan
4th  - Melissa Kirkpatrick
5th  - Gillian Aiken
6th  - Madison Busey
7th  - Karly Clayton
8th  - Lily Peterson

Adult Medal
1st  - Lindsay Milligan
2nd - Bobbie Jo Adsit
3rd  - Bridgett McIntosh
4th  - Gillian Aiken
5th  - Holly Longest
6th  - Jessica Ropelewski
7th  - Martine Hartogensis
8th  - Stephanie Guerlain

Congratulations to all of the winners!



Thank you to the Warrenton Pony Show, The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, and Champion Saddlery for making the 2019 VHSA/LMCF Pony Medal, Pony Equitation on the Flat and the Children's Pony Medal Finals such a wonderful success this past Friday, June 28th.


A special thank you to all of the volunteers and especially the Junior Committee who did a fantastic job with the presentations.

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners!

Pony Equitation on the Flat Winners
1st  - Skylar Boehm
2nd - Kacy Baumgart
3rd  - Rylan VanCourt
4th  - Isabella Jaovsky
5th  - Skyler Ward
6th  - Lexi van der Woude
7th  - Sage Wolf
8th  - Sabrina Daniels

Children's Pony Medal Winners
1st  - Isabella Janovsky
2nd - Kelly Kiser
3rd  - Scarlett Mortenson
4th  - Caroline Zandler
5th  - Byrdie Paisley
6th  - Catherine Cary
7th  - Kendall Deagle
8th  - Beatrice VanSant

Pony Medal Winners
1st  - Skylar Boehm
2nd - Addy Wingate
3rd  - Sarah Semko
4th  - McKenna Gregorio
5th  - Caroline Pennington
6th  - Kenidee McCormick
7th  - Kacy Baumgart
8th  - Vivienne Noel

2019 New Recognized Divisions


The VHSA is pleased to announce that we are now recognizing the Pre-Adult Hunter and the Pre-Children's Hunter Divisions as part of our year-end awards program.  We will go back through rated horse shows that have been held thus far this year and add those division points into our system.  We will get these points updated as soon as possible.  The Specifications for these two new VHSA recognized divisions are:

Pre-Adult Hunter. Open to horses only. To be shown by an amateur. A rider in the Pre-Adult Hunter Division is not eligible to cross enter in any other division where the fences exceed 2'6" at the same show except VHSA Medal classes. Course shall not consist of no less than eight fences. Fence height shall be 2'6", spreads not to exceed height of fence. No combinations allowed. To be judged on manners, performance, soundness and suitability as an Adult Hunter. A minimum of three (3) classes shall be held in any section in which a championship is offered. In the event there are less than three entries in either of the Pre-Children’s Division or the Pre-Adult Division, these divisions may be combined at management’s discretion.

Pre-Children’s Hunter. Open to horses only. To be shown by a junior exhibitor. A rider in the Pre-Children’s Hunter Division is not eligible to cross enter in any other division where the fences exceed 2'6" at the same show except VHSA Medal classes. Course shall not consist of no less than eight fences. Fence height shall be 2'6", spreads not to exceed height of fence. No combinations allowed. To be judged on manners, performance, soundness and suitability as a Children’s Hunter. A minimum of three (3) classes shall be held in any section in which a championship is offered. In the event there are less than three entries in either of the Pre-Children’s Division or the Pre-Adult Division, these divisions may be combined at management’s discretion.


The following individuals are unable to accrue VHSA points, ineligible to compete at the VHSA Associate Summer Horse Show, VHSA Associate Championship Horse Show and unable to attend the VHSA Convention:

Fae  Cordova (Savannah Cordova) - NSF Check
Olivia Fuller - NSF Check
Lauryn E. Haynie - NSF Check
Paul Logan, Pachanga Farms - NSF Check & Rule Violation
Susie Mansell (Show Place Farm, LLC) - NSF Check
Kathy Martin Grumulski - NSF Check
Veronica Lorraine Martin (Kelly Davenport) - NSF Check
Megan McCarthy - Outstanding Debt
Andrew Kenneth Milne (Anna Milne) - NSF Check
Margaret Elizabeth Morris - NSF Check
Jordan Schneider - Outstanding Debt
Shannon Simmons - Outstanding Debt
Amanda Smith - NSF Check
Jesica Warthen (Alexis Warthen) - NSF Check
Jeanette Whitehurst (Carrie Ellis) - NSF Check



 Equine Nutrition Basics    by Kayla Wolfe

At the Lexington Spring Welcome Horse Show at the Virginia Horse Center, the VHSA’s Special Events Committee presented a lecture led by Emory and Henry’s Jessica Denniston on Equine Nutrition Basics. Highlights of the lesson included the functions of the foregut and hindgut, essential nutrients, and how to choose a diet for a specific horse. The equine has one stomach that is composed of a foregut and hindgut. The foregut of the horse digests fats, proteins, and sugars through enzymes while the hindgut breaks down fiber. Horses need certain nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fat to fulfill their diet. Water, being the most vital nutrient for the horse, is used for transportation of nutrients and between eight to twelve gallons of it is consumed each day. When deciding on a diet for a horse, the age, workload, weight, and ability to consume grass should be evaluated. A horse that is doing a lot of exercise may need higher quantities of a certain nutrient to maintain a good balance. The weight, or body condition score should be considered when deciding both the type and quantity of food given to the horse. Access to hay or grass is necessary and must be recognized while choosing a diet for a horse. Roughage should be the primary source of food for the equine, followed by grain to assure that all the nutrients are given. Jessica Denniston explained and showed us the affects of a bad diet on a horse. 

For further information, please see the Equine Nutrition Basics Handbook which can be downloaded 



Wreaths Across America

Wreaths across America is a non-profit organization that lays wreaths at the many grave sites across America for our fallen soldiers. The VHSA is pleased to once again sponsor 20 wreaths to be laid at Arlington National Cemetery this month in honor of our soldiers who have given their all for all of us.   If you would like to sponsor as well, please visit their website at www.wreathsacrossamerica.com

VHSA Division Sponsorship


The 2019 Division Sponsorship Opportunities are available.  Sponsorships cost $100 per Division and the Sponsors are listed on our website, in our VHSA Convention Booklet and the VHSA 2020 Yearbook.  

Click HERE for the complete list of Divisions that are available for sponsorship!


2019 VHSA Board of Directors
Congratulations to the following individuals who were elected to the 2019 Virginia Horse Shows Association's Board of Directors:


Mr. Walter J. Lee, President (Zone 4 Rep) Mrs. Wendy Mathews Treasurer (At Large) 
Mr. Oliver Brown, Vice President (Hunter Breeding Rep) Ms. Nancy Peterson, Secretary (Zone 6)

Ms. Joan Alberti (Owner Rep) Mrs. Carol Miller (Historian Emeritus)
Ms. Dede Bache-Shumate (At Large) Ms. Molly Trimble Moore (Zone 3 Rep)
Ms. Tara Best (Zone 7 Rep) Mrs. Betty R. Oare (Hunter Rep)
Mrs. Claiborne Bishop (Equitation Rep) Mr. Ernest M. Oare (At Large)
Mrs. E. Sue Bopp (At Large) Mr. Clyde Poarch (Associate Rep)
Mrs. Ada Cosby (At Large) Mrs. Sulu Rose Reed (Zone 5 Rep). 
Ms. Diana Dodge (At Large) Mrs. Carol Reedy (Saddlebred Rep)
Ms. Jane Gaston (Zone 1) Mr. Gordon Reistrup (At Large)
Ms. Jenny Graham (At Large) Ms. Meg Rhodes (At Large)
Mrs. Sue T. Grossmann (At Large) Ms. Sandra Ruiz (Jumper Rep)
Ms. Teddi Ismond (Licensed Officials Rep) Ms. Peg Seals (At Large)
Dr. Stewart Kohler  (Pony Breeding Rep) Ms. Jan Simpson (Trainer Rep)
Mrs. Louisa Lenehan (Zone 2 Rep) Mr. Chris Wynne (At Large)
Ms. Meredith McLaughlin (At Large)  

The VHSA 2018 Annual Live and Silent Auction 

Every year the VHSA holds a Live and Silent Auction during the Annual Meeting & Convention.  This fund raiser would not be able to be held without the many volunteers who obtain auction items as well as the many donors who graciously donate items.  We would like to thank everyone involved with the Live and Silent Auction, especiall our Donors.  Please remember to visit these businesses in support of their generosity. 
A complete list of Donors can be downloaded here:  2018 Auction Donors


 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 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 Manufacturer of Custom Horse Jumps of the VHSA
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that Platinum Jumps is the Official Manufacturer of Custom Horse Jumps of the VHSA.  Please visit their website at www.platinumjumps.com   Michael Morris - 434-996-8004 

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 Custom Tailoring Company of the VHSA
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that The Clothes Horse is the Offical Equine Custom Tailoring Company of the VHSA.   Please visit their website at www.theclotheshorse.com    2200 Wallace Blvd., Ste A, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077  856-829-8460

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 2019 VHSA memberships will expire November 30, 2019.   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.  Renew your membership online!  Click on "Pay Dues" on the Home Page Navigation Bar.  Membership becomes active the same day.   

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.