The Jenna Evans Wynne Horsemanship Grant was established in memory of Jenna Evans Wynne, by her family and friends, with the hope that her ideals and tenacious character would be carried on in future riders. The Grant will provide financial support to a Junior rider within the Virginia Horse Shows Association community who shares the same passion and tenacity for superior horsemanship that Jenna Wynne possessed. The grant will provide $10,000 annually to a young rider to help further their riding career, allowing the student to carry on Jenna's Legacy.
An applicant should have Jenna's love for all horses, regardless of show ring performance or ability. The application should have an enthusiasm for learning and an attention to detail, but most importantly, should recognize horses as privilege and have a desire to treat them with the utmost respect.
To apply, a trainer must nominate a current Junior VHSA member (Associate or A circuit) for the grant with a letter explaining how the student best exemplifies the qualities important to Jenna Wynne. The letter should also describe how the grant would be used to further and enhance the student's riding career. Applications must be received by November 1st in order to be eligible for the award, which will be named and presented at the VHSA Convention annually.
For further information, as well as the Application Form, please visit: Jenna Evans Wynne Horsemanship Grant.
The Virginia Horse Industry Board is in the process of planning a Virginia Equine Summit for 2024 and they need your input. The goals of the Summit are to bring together the industry for a day of discussion, networking and education. Please help by completing the survey they created:
The more input they receive, the better they can build an event to meet the needs of the industry.
James River Equipment Company
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that James River Equipment is the Official Farm Equipment Dealer of the Virginia Horse Shows Association!
Please contact Eileen Chmielewski at 540-830-9176 to find out the great discounts she can offer VHSA Members. www.jamesriverequipment.com
J. B. Wiebe III, LLC
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is also very pleased to announce that J. B. Wiebe III, LLC is the Official Fine Leather Products of the Virginia Horse Shows Association!
The J.B. Wiebe III, LLC is generously donating Fine Leather Goods to our 2023 Live Auction that will be held at the VHSA Annual Meeting & Convention, December 1st ~ 3rd at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.
The 2023 VHSA Yearbook is available to view:
If anyone would like to purchase a hard copy of the 2023 VHSA Yearbook, which does include the VHSA Membership Directory, please contact the VHSA office via e-mail at email@example.com.
The cost to purchase a 2023 Yearbook is:
Pick up Yearbook from VHSA office = $40.00
Yearbook Mailed Directly to Individual = $50.00
The cost of the Yearbook is just to cover printing (and postage) expenses.
Please contact the VHSA office with any questions (540) 349-0910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wreaths Across America
We are pleased to announce that the Virginia Horse Shows Association is able to continue the tradition of donating to Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery again this year. We are very honored to play a small part in honoring our Veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much for all of us. Thank a Veteran and their families for the Freedoms we all get to enjoy. www.wreathsacrossamerica.org
MEMBERS NOT IN GOOD STANDING
The following individuals are unable to accrue VHSA points, ineligible to compete at the VHSA Associate Summer Show, VHSA Associate Championship Horse Show and unable to attend the VHSA Convention:
Fae Cordova (Savannah Cordova) - NSF Check
Sophie Deel - Outstanding Debt
Olivia Fuller - NSF Check
Alyssa George - 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
Leah Roehl - Outstanding Debt
Shannon Simmons - Outstanding Debt
Amanda Smith - NSF Check
Isabella Waller - Outstanding Debt
Jesica Warthen (Alexis Warthen) - NSF Check
2024 VHSA Membership 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 Order is Complete when you see "TRANSACTION COMPLETE" at the top of your screen. The Membership Cards and Horse Recording Certificates will still be mailed after the application is submitted to the VHSA office. ALL ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS EXPIRE NOVEMBER 30TH OF EACH YEAR.
VHSA Division Sponsorship
The 2023 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.
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 HERE!
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
2023 VHSA Board of Directors
|Mr. Walter J. Lee, President (Zone 4 Rep)
||Mrs. Wendy Mathews Treasurer (At Large)
|Mr. Oliver Brown, Vice President (Hunter/Pony Breeding Rep)
||Ms. Nancy Peterson, Secretary (Owner Rep)
|Ms. Dede Bache-Shumate (At Large)
||Mr. Ernest M. Oare (At Large)
|Ms. Tara Best (Zone 7 Rep)
||Mr. Clyde Poarch (Associate Rep)
|Mrs. Claiborne Bishop (Equitation Rep)
||Mrs. Carol Reedy (Saddlebred Rep)
|Mrs. E. Sue Bopp (Zone 2 Rep)
||Mr. Gordon Reistrup (At Large)
|Mrs. Ada Cosby (At Large)
||Ms. Meg Rhodes (At Large)
|Ms. Diana Dodge (At Large)
||Ms. Sandra Ruiz (Jumper Rep)
|Ms. Jane Gaston (Zone 1)
||Mrs. Sulu Rose Reed (Zone 5 Rep)
|Ms. Jenny Graham (At Large)
||Ms. Elise Roschen (Zone 6 Rep
|Mrs. Sue T. Grossmann (At Large)
||Ms. Peg Seals (At Large)
|Mr. Paul Mathews (Licensed Officials Rep)
||Ms. Jan Simpson (Trainer Rep)
|Ms. Molly Trimble Moore (Zone 3 Rep)
|| Mr. Chris Wynne (At Large)
|Mrs. Betty R. Oare (Hunter Rep)
~ OFFICIAL SPONSORS OF THE VIRGINIA HORSE SHOWS ASSOCIATION ~
Antares Sellier - 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
Blue Ridge Trailer - The Official Trailer Dealer of the VHSA
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that Blue Ridge Trailer Sales is the Official Trailer Sales of the VHSA. Please visit their website at www.BLUERIDGETRAILER.com
The Clothes Horse - 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
The EMO Agency, Inc. - The Official Sponsor of the VHSA Medals
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that The EMO Agency, Inc. is the Offical Sponsor of all of the VHSA/EMO Medal Qualifying Classes as well as the VHSA/EMO Medal Finals. Please visit their Website at www.rideEMO.com
EquiJet - 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
James River Equipment - The Official Farm Equipment Dealer of the VHSA
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that James River Equipment is the Official Farm Equipment Dealer of the VHSA. Please contact Eileen Chmielewski directly at 540-830-9176 to find out the great discounts she can offer VHSA Members. Please visit their website at www.JamesRiverEquipment.com
LM Boots - 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
MRJ Horse Transportation - 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
Platinum Jumps - 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
Virginia Horse Industry Board - 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
J. B. Wiebe III, LLC - The Official Fine Leather Products of the VHSA
The Virginia Horse Shows Association is very pleased to announce that J. B. Wiebe III, LLC is the Official Fine Leather Products of the VHSA. Please visit their website at https://jbweibe3.com/shop
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.