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 COVID-19 Updatehttps://peninsulaspca.org

The Virginia State Governor’s office has finally set forth procedures for horse shows. Please familiarize yourself with the Governor’s guidelines for all sanctioned horse shows since we must follow local and state laws.   Phase 3 went into effect July 1st:





The Virginia Horse Council has created a graphic chart for Barn Safety:  BARN SAFETY CHART

The Virginia Horse Industry Board has provided resources for all horse owners:   https://www.vhib.org/covid-19-resources  

It is with deep sadness to announce that a great Virginia Horseman passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021. Mr. Harry deLeyer was inducted into the Virginia Horse Shows Association's Hall of Fame in 2002. Mr. deLeyer lived a very interesting life.

"Mr. Harry deLeyer was part of the underground during WWII and helped many Jews escape the Nazis through the Netherlands. An American soldier's dog tags brought him to the U.S. and the soldier's family eventually sponsored him and his wife to come live in this country.

As he began working on the sponsor's farm, Mr. deLeyer was recognized for his talent training horses. To offer horse lessons, he purchased a horse right before he was to be shipped off to be slaughtered. The horse was later named Snowman. Mr. deLeyer then taught riding lessons for 22 years. At one point when Mr. deLeyer attempted to sell Snowman, the horse repeatedly jumped fences to return him.

Mr. deLeyer trained Snowman as a jumper; he went on to become the National Show Jumping Horse in 1958. Snowman won the Triple Crown of Show Jumping. In 1959, he made history as the first horse to win the Open Jumper Championship two years in a row. In 1983, Mr. deLeyer went on to represent the United States at the World Championships. The duo have been the subject of numerous magazine articles, four books, TV appearances and a documentary, "Harry and Snowman."

Our deepest condolences to Mr. deLeyer's family and friends.


Jimmy Lee, President of the VHSA, was honored by the Uppeville Colt & Horse Show by being inducted into their "Wall of Fame".  Mr. Lee was further surprised to receive the J. Arthur Reynolds Award from Mrs. Betty Oare at the show.  Congratultations to Mr. Lee for receiving both of these well deserved awards!!

The 2021 VHSA Yearbook is now available online.  You will find the link on our  "Events" above, then "Yearbook".  

 The Virginia Horse Industry Board is the Official Sponsor of the Virginia Horse Shows Association Awards Program.


2021 VHSA Membership Renewals
We are no longer sending out paper renewals.  All memberships, horse recordings and voting will now only be done online. Please click on PAY DUES in order to renew your membership or record a horse and/or changes to a horse.    The Membership Cards and Horse Recording Certificates will still be mailed after the application is submitted to the VHSA office.

Designer Face Masks

The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that our dear friend, Frederique Poulain (Designes by Frederique), who has provided the beautiful hand painted pieces that are awarded at the Associate Championship Horse Show each year has added to her list of many talents, the art of making Face Masks. These gorgeous Face Masks are available to our members for a 10% discount on your entire order by entering the promo code of VHSA at checkout. Frederique is generously donating $1.50 to the VHSA for every mask that is purchased.

Please visit her website: www.iwantthatmask.com  -   Enter Promo Code: VHSA


VHSA Division Sponsorship

The 2020 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 2021 Yearbook.  

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



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
Samantha Lamb (Allison Scott) - NSF Check
Paul Logan, Pachanga Farms - NSF Check & Rule Violation
Susie Mansell (Show Place Farm, LLC) - NSF Check
Veronica Lorraine Martin (Kelly Davenport) - NSF Check
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

 2020 VHSA Special Award Winners

The votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce the following winners of the 2020 Special Awards:

Junior Exhibitor of the Year:  Kellen Sullivan

Elizabeth Nelms Owner of the Year Award:  Kate Dixon

The Double R Partners Perpetual Trophy - In Memory of Amy Reistrup:  Georgine Winslett

Congratulations to the winners!   


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

  2021 VHSA 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 (Owner Rep)

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. Carol Reedy (Saddlebred Rep)
Ms. Diana Dodge (At Large) Mr. Gordon Reistrup (At Large)
Ms. Jane Gaston (Zone 1) Ms. Meg Rhodes (At Large)
Ms. Jenny Graham (At Large) Ms. Sandra Ruiz (Jumper Rep)
Mrs. Sue T. Grossmann (At Large) Mrs. Sulu Rose Reed (Zone 5 Rep)
Dr. Stewart Kohler  (Pony Breeding Rep) Ms. Elise Roschen (Zone 6 Rep
Mrs. Louisa Lenehan (Zone 2 Rep) Ms. Peg Seals (At Large)
 Mr. Paul Mathews (Licensed Officials Rep) Ms. Jan Simpson (Trainer Rep)
Ms. Meredith McLaughlin (At Large)  Mr. Chris Wynne (At Large)



 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 Awards Sponsor of the VHSA
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that the Virginia Horse Industry Board  is the Official Awards Sponsor of the VHSA.   Please visit their website at www.vhib.org

The Official Custom Boot Maker of the VHSA
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that LM Boots is the Official Custom Boot Maker of the VHSA.   Please visit their website at www.lmboots.com

 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 Official International Horse Transportation Company of the VHSA
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that EquiJet is the Official International Horse Transportation Company of the VHSA.   Please visit their website at EquiJet

The 2020 VHSA Memberships expired November 30, 2020.   The Membership Dues are:  Senior Membership Dues are $60, Junior Membership Dues are $50, Farm Membership Dues are $60 and the Lifetime Membership Dues are $400 for Individual and for Farm. Lifetime Horse Recording fees are $60.  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.