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 will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Convention information will be posted on this website once we get closer to the date.
Congratulations to the Lambs of Oakland Heights Farm
Oakland Heights Farm, David and Sally Lamb and son, Matt Lamb, Commended by Virginia General Assembly Del. Nick Freitas took advantage of the annual gathering at the Virginia Horse Council’s 2017 Legislative Trail Ride to officially present David and Sally Lamb of Oakland Heights Farm with House Joint Resolution No. 1061 commending their service and dedication to the Virginia horse industry. The resolution was adopted by the Virginia General Assembly Commending Oakland Heights Farm, David and Sally Lamb and their son Matt Lamb. (Patrons: Del. Freitas and Senator Reeves.) During the presentation, Del. Freitas stated the General Assembly passed the resolution commending Oakland Heights and the Lambs for, “Everything Dave and Sally have done, not just for the equine industry, but for all of Virginia; they are part of the culture of Virginia and have used what they do to give back to the community.” His presentation was met by a resounding show of support from the Delegates, Senators and members and guests of the Virginia Horse Council. All those who know the Lambs agree they are a blessing, not only to the industry but especially to youth with an equine interest. They have been dedicated to the preservation of the art and sport of horseback riding their entire lives. Legions of young people have received an education in riding instruction, safety, horse care and responsible living at Oakland Heights Farm. Additionally, for over twenty-five years Dave and Sally Lamb have provided horses for the annual Virginia Horse Council Legislative Trail Ride and have even provided horses for Presidential Inaugural Parades. In 2015 David and Sally Lamb were recipients of the Virginia Horse Council Horseman and Horsewoman of the Year Award. The Lambs are committed to furthering the Virginia horse industry through their efforts to promote agritourism and charitable work through their trial rides on the mountain at Oakland Heights farm, fox hunting, hunter horse shows and their rodeo organized by their son, Matt Lamb and the BLM Bull & Rodeo Company. It is not surprising Oakland Heights Farm has grown to be one of Virginia’s most recognized horse farms.
Associate Double Points Jumper Shows
The VHSA Associate Summer Horse Show will be held June 30th ~ July 2nd at the Deep Run Horse Show Grounds in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia. This show will strictly be a Hunter Show with no jumper divisions offered. The VHSA Associate Summer Show will also be recognized by the Battlefield Horse Show Association, Capital Horse Show Association, Greater Richmond Horse Shows Association, Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association and the Virginia Beach Horse Shows Association.
For the Associate Jumper Divisions the VHSA will recognize four regional horse shows in Virginia which will offer double points strictly for the Associate Jumper Divisions. A horse can only be awarded double points at just one of the following shows:
5/28/17 Central Virginia Show Jumper Association Show in Manakin-Sabot, VA
7/11-12/17 House Mountain Horse Show in Lexington, Virginia
8/6/17 BHSA Benefit Horse Show in Spotsylvania, Virginia
09/17/17 Sandstone Farm Horse Show in Millwood, Virginia
In order to have one of these horse shows count as an individual horse's double point jumper point show the owner/rider must complete the form that will be available at each of these horse shows designating that specific horse show as their one double point show. This form must be completed at the show and must accompany the horse show results that the Show Secretary will send to the VHSA office. If the VHSA office does not receive a form for your horse, then no double points will be awarded. There will be no exceptions - It is the owner/rider's responsibility to make sure to complete the form at one of the four horse shows of their choice.
VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Finals
The VHSA is very pleased to announce that the Warrenton Pony Show will once again be hosting the 2017 VHSA Pony Medal Finals. New for 2017 will be the VHSA Pony Equitation on the Flat as well as the VHSA Children's Pony Medal Finals. These two new classes will preceed the VHSA Pony Medal Finals which will be held on Friday, June 30th at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds. The schedule for the day wiht times will be posted in the near future. In order to qualify for all three of these Finals, a current VHSA Junior Member must have either accrued two Blues or have a minimum of 10 points in their respective class. This includes the VHSA Pony Medal, VHSA Children's Pony Medal and the VHSA Pony Equitation on the Flat. We will send notices, including Entry Forms, to all who are qualified.
If you have any questions, please either call the VHSA office at (540) 349-0910 or e-mail our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VHSA Yearling Futurity Program
The 2018 Yearling Futurity Nominates are due in the VHSA office May 31, 2017. The Nominating information has been mailed to all past participants and is also available here: 2018 Yearling Futurity Nomination Form
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.
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. The Clinic will be held under the tent, weather permitting. Further details can be found on the "Ask The Judges" Flyer or visit the VHSA Special Events Facebook Page.
VHSA Division Sponsorship
The 2017 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 2018 Yearbook. A full list of divisions that are available as well as those that already have sponsors can be downloaded here: 2017 Division Sponsors
The VHSA Sandy Gerald Memorial Collegiate Riding Scholarship
We are pleased to announce that beginning in 2017 the Sandy Gerald Memorial Collegiate Riding Scholarship will be awarded to a VHSA Member who is currently attending College. This $1,000 Riding Scholarship is being sponsored by Hollins University and will be chosen by a Panel of Collegiate Coaches. The Scholarship will be presented at the 2017 VHSA Convention/Awards Luncheon on Sunday, December 3rd.
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
Laura Sweeney - NSF Check
Jeanette Whitehurst (Carrie Ellis) - NSF Check
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 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 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.