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Happy Holidays

We wish all of our members a very Happy Holiday Season!  



Wreaths rest against headstones at Arlington National Cemetery as Wreaths Across America places remembrance wreaths on headstones at the cemetery in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

 Wreaths Across American - Arlington Cemetery

We are very pleased to announce that the Virginia Horse Shows Association donated once again to "Wreaths Across America".  Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit that also places wreaths at more than 1,500 other cemeteries across the country. 

The Wreaths Across America caravan traveled earlier this month from Columbia Falls, Maine, where the wreaths were made.  The caravan went through several states before arriving in Arlington, Virginia.  As the wreaths were placed, the names of the fallen service members were read aloud.

“There are 25 funerals at the Arlington National Cemetery every day, so the need grows every year,” said Bree Kingsbury with Wreaths Across America. “That one wreath is really a symbol of honor and respect for each fallen service member.”

We hope to continue this tradition of honoring our veterans for many years.



 2017 VHSA Special Award Winners
Congratulations to the following Special Award Winners:

Horseperson of the Year:   Jenny Graham

Amateur Sportsmanship Award:   Alex Johnson

Junior Exhibitor of the Year Award:  Lindsay Milligan

Horse Show of the Year Award:    Keswick Horse Show

The Barry A. Jackson Memorial Award:  Kathy Hall-King

Andrew Montgomery Award:  The Junior Members Committee

Elizabeth Nelms Memorial Owner of the Year Award:   Carol Reedy 

Susan Hagan Award:   Marianne Taylor

Frances Newbill Rowe Junior Exhibitor Award:   Danny Mahon

The Double R Partners-In Memory of Amy Reistrup Trophy:   Brooke Kemper

L.M. Sandy Gerald Collegiate Scholarship:   Katherine Harrison

VHSA L.M. Sandy Gerald Memorial Riding Scholarship:   Jordan Schneider




2018 VHSA Board of Directors
Congratulations to the following individuals who were elected to the 2018 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 2017 Associate Top Ten Best Horse Shows

Congratulations to the following horse shows that are the winners of the 2017 best Associate Horse Shows for the 2017 show season as nominated by the exhibitors, owners and trainers. This award was presented on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at The Homestead during the Awards Luncheon.  The top ten best Associate Horse Shows and the Competition Managers of those shows are (in alphabetical order):


CVSJA Horse Show

Coventry Farm

Deep Run Horse Show

Elmington Farm Horse Show

Farmington Hunt Club Fall Show

Hazelwild Horse Show

Pam Herman Farm Horse Show

House Mountain Horse Show

VBHSA Cooler Horse Show

VPBA Benefit Show

Show Manager

Nanci Harmon

Cindy Carson Downing

Joy Robinson

Kathie Hamlin

Stephen Bickers

Teresa Seay

Pam Herman

Molly Trimble Moore

Kasey Evans

Georgine Winslett

Date of Show

October 8, 2017

August 5, 2017

September 9, 2017

August 26, 2017

June 3, 2017

June 25, 2017

June 10, 2017

July 11-12, 2017

August 5-6, 2017

April 22, 2017




 US Equestrian Announces Effective Date for MPA Disclosure and Reporting Process

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Aug 21, 2017, 2:30 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. - US Equestrian (USEF) announced today that September 1, 2017 will serve as the effective start date for disclosure and reporting of horses that are being given medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), commonly known as the human product Depo-Provera®. This is a follow-up to the announcement following US Equestrian’s Mid-Year Meeting and the Board of Director’s approval of the recommendation of the USEF MPA Panel.

The use of MPA is currently allowed at US Equestrian licensed competitions. In an effort to better understand the use of MPA in horses competing at US Equestrian licensed competitions, the collection of MPA disclosure forms will allow for a gathering of pharmacokinetic data in relation to the administration of MPA, including how long it lasts in horses’ systems.

If a horse has received MPA and is competing at a USEF licensed competition on September 1 or thereafter, an MPA Disclosure Form must be completed. Horses given MPA 90 days or less prior to September 1, who are competing on September 1, must also have a completed form.

Exhibitors will be able to locate the MPA Disclosure Form on the US Equestrian website, in both an electronic, as well as print version of the form. Additionally, an MPA Disclosure Form FAQ can be found online to assist with additional inquiries and questions.

It should be noted that an MPA Disclosure Form does not replace a Medication Report Form (MRF). An MRF should be filled out separately for all other medications, according to USEF Drugs and Medications rules and regulations.


VHSA Presents the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

The VHSA Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce the following individuals and horse/pony who will be inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame:

Ms. Sarah M. Irvine
Dr. Stewart Kohler
Mr. Robert Reel
Pandora, owned by Ms. Meg Malone Rhodes
Spanish Mint, owned by Mrs. Rucker


Congratulations to these very well deserving individuals and animals who join a very prestigious list of inductees.  The VHSA Hall of Fame Ceremony took place on Saturday, December 2, 2017.   


VHSA Division Sponsorship

The 2018 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 2019 Yearbook.  A full list of divisions that are available will be posted soon. 


Frederick Cooper - Outstanding Fees
Fae  Cordova (Savannah Cordova) - 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

 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 2017 VHSA memberships expired November 30, 2017.   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.   

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.