Congratulations to the 2019 Champions and Reserve Champions! If you would like to include your photo in the 2020 VHSA Yearbook Gallery of Champions, showcasing the amazing job that you have done, please complete the High Score Champion Photo Contract and send the contract along with a 2019 photo to the VHSA office by January 10, 2020. The Contracts are in the mail to all Champions and Reserve Champions or you can download the form here: 2019 Gallery of Champions
The Yearbook is sent to all of our 2,200 members and various tack shops throughout Virginia. The Yearbook is a wonderful reference guide for our members and a perfect way to promote your business. If you would like to place an ad in our Yearbook, please click on the following link for the Advertising Contract: 2020 Advertising Contract
The Chronicle of the Horse is offering to feature your 2019 Championship Photo in their March Special Issue at no cost. Please click on the following guidelines to submit a photo: The Chronicle of the Horse
The absolute Deadline to submit a photo to the VHSA for The Chronicle of the Horse is January 2, 2020 - NO EXCEPTIONS!
We are very pleased to announce that the VHSA Special Events Committee will be hosting a Judges Clinic on January 12, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hermitage Country Club in Richmond, Virginia (1248 Hermitage Rd., Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103). The cost is $75.00 per person and this includes a catered buffet luncheon.
We have an impressive panel of Judges, which consists of Mr. Oliver Brown, Mrs. Betty Oare and Ms. Peg Seals. Video format featuring Hunter and Equitation rounds in various Divisions, such as Children's, Juniors, Adults, will be reviewed by both the Judges Panel and the audience for discussion. You will learn how judges use their Judging Card and will be given the opportunity to try your hand at it.
Please bring those burning questions from performance to turn out because the Judges will be here to answer your questions and they look forward to your participation.
This event has sold out in the past, so preregistration is of the utmost importance. Also, due to this being a catered event we must notify the caterer of the number of attendees. Please make your reservation early because seating is limited. The deadline to submit your Reservation Form is January 3, 2020.
Please complete the Registration Form below (online registration will be available soon as well):
The votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce the following winners of the 2019 Special Awards:
Horseperson of the Year: Sally Lamb
Amateur Sportsmanship Award: We have been asked to keep this a surprise
Junior Exhibitor of the Year: We have been asked to keep this a surprise
Horse Show of the Year: Deep Run Horse Show
Congratulations to the winners! These Awards will be presented at the VHSA Annual Meeting and Convention the weekend of December 6th.
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, team name if you have one, to the VHSA office via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 (email@example.com) 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
Unfortunately, the Homestead is completely booked. However there are alternative lodging available very close by. Please click on the following link to find 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:
THERE WILL NOT BE ANY TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR - ALL TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE!
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.
Also, a big thank you to the 2018 Medal Final Winners who graciously helped with presenting the awards to the 2019 Medal Final Winners:
Congratulations to the 2019 VHSA/EMO Medal Final Winners
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
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
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!
2019 VHSA/LMCF PONY MEDAL FINALS
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.
MEMBERS NOT IN GOOD STANDING
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
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