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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.



Record Number of Adult Medal Exhibitors

The VHSA Amateur on the Flat Finals and the VHSA-EMO Adult Medal finished off the fantastic weekend of the Medal Finals Festival at the Lexington National Horse show held at the Virginia Horse Center this past weekend (August 11-13).  The Inaugural Amateur on the Flat Finals had seventeen (17) exhibitors and the VHSA-EMO Adult Medal Finals had a record of twenty-five (25) exhibitors!  The inumber of exhibitors in the VHSA-EMO Adult Medal is a very healthy increase from years past.  Congratulations to Stephanie Guerlain of Charlottesville, Virginia, who was the VHSA-EMO Adult Medal Champion and also to Madeleine Lohr of Warrenton, Virginia, who was the VHSA AMateur on the Flat Champion!  Congratulations to all of the winners.

Amateur on the Flat

1st  - Madeleine Lohr
2nd - Emily Williams
3rd  - Kori Pickett
4th  - Ellie Williams
5th -  Karly Clayton
6th  - Allison Dayley
7th  - Sarah Thomspon
8th  - James McKinley

Adult Medal

1st  - Stephanie Geurlain
2nd - Emily Williams
3rd  - Neysa Bryant
4th  - Ali Seferovich
5th  - Kori Pickett
6th  - Kara Douglas
7th  - Alyse Howse
8th  - Victoria LaCivita

Triple Win at the VHSA-EMO Medal Final Festival

Congratulations to Lindsay Milligan and her trainers, Jan Simpson and Eric Dirks, on Lindsay not only being the Hunter Seat Medal Champion, but the VHSAChampionship on the Flat AND the Junior Horsemanship Champion!  This is a first in VHSA history that the same rider has won all three awards in the same year.  What an amazing night for Lindsay and her trainers.

We also want to congratulate all of the winners of the night!

Hunter Seat Medal Winners

1st  - Lindsay Milligan
2nd - Madeline McManus
3rd  - Danny Mahon
4th  - Emma Jolly
5th  - Grace Ayyildiz
6th  - Ethan Maye
7th  - Samantha Hawrysko
8th  - Kelsey Campbell

Championship on the Flat Winners

1st  - Lindsay Milligan
2nd - Haley Redifer
3rd  - Lauren Rachuba
4th  - Riley King
5th  - Jocelyn Albaugh
6th  - Jordi Gray
7th  - Morgan Kazerman
8th  - Helen Lohr

Horsemanship Aweard

1st  - Lindsay Milligan
2nd - Danny Mahon
3rd  - Madeline McManus
4th  - Grace Ayyildiz
5th  - Kelsey Campbell
6th  - Alexandra Gilbertson
7th  - Samantha Hawrysko
8th  - Kirsten Schuler

Congratulations to all of the 2017 VHSA-EMO Medal Final Winners!!

VHSA-EMO Children's Medal Finals

Congratulations to Riley King for winning the 2017 VHSA-EMO Children's Medal Finals!!  Also congratulations to Celine Kimata as being Reserve Champion and Emily Cyrway for placing Third in the Finals.  

All of the exhibitors did a great job.  Congratulations to all!

1st  - Riley King
2nd - Celine Kimata
3rd  - Emily Cyrway
4th  -  Melissa Ryan
5th  - Zoe Holliday
6th  - Anna Ordonio
7th  - Kayla Wolfe
8th  - Gabrielle Glendening

2017 Warrenton Horse Show Changes
Attention Horse Show Exhibitors and Spectators: The 118th Warrenton Horse Show has added some exciting features to this year’s show.

Thursday evening, August 31st, we will host two new jumper classes – $500 Schooling Jumper Class and a $1500 Middleburg Bank Jumper Classic

The Hunter Breeding divisions will be held on Wednesday, August 30th.

Modified Children’s /Adult Hunters, Children’s Hunters, Adult Amateurs, Amateur Owners and Junior Hunters will be held Saturday, September 2nd.

The $5000 Warrenton Toyota Scion & Miller Toyota Scion Hunter Classic will again be held on Saturday evening beginning at 7:00 P.M.

Hunt Night classes will be Sunday, not to start before 10 A.M.

Patrick Bostwick of Chardon, Ohio will be the judge for this year’s show.
Check our website for copy of the prize list – www.warrentonhorseshow.com.




Warrenton Pony Show Medal Finals

Thank you to the Warrenton Pony Show for hosting the 2017 VHSA/EMO Pony Medal and VHSA/EMO Children's Pony Medal and the VHSA Pony Equitation on the Flat on Friday, June 30th.  Even with the rain delay and the fireworks delay all of the ponies did a wonderful job and Congratulations to all of the Qualifiers!!  The 2017 Finals at the Warrenton Pony Show kicked off the inaugural VHSA/EMO Children's Pony Medal Finals and the VHSA Pony Equitation on the Flat.  The Champion of the VHSA Pony Equitation on the Flat was awarded the Laura Beckman Rodes Perpetual Trophy presented by Laura Rodes and her son, Ryan Rodes, in the photo above.  We greatly appreciate them both being able to join us for the Presentation of this brand new award.  A very special thanks to all of Junior Members, the WPS Staff and our lovely judge, Linda Andrisani.  A big thank you to our sponsors The EMO Agency, Champion Saddlery, Teresa Ramsay Photography, Journeyman Saddlers and Bows To The Shows.  

Congratulations to the following Champions of 2017!

VHSA Pony Equitation on the Flat Winners

1st   - Ellie Bruder
2nd  - Isabella Karr
3rd   - Peyton Tuttle
4th   - Emma Smith
5th   - Dorothy Breeze Tigar
6th   - Marran Vansickle
7th   - Christina Gonzalez
8th   - Cassidy Bosch

VHSA/EMO Children's Pony Medal Winners

1st   - Grace Theurich
2nd  - Rayann Reese
3rd   - Samantha Green
4th   - Hugh Turner
5th   - Allison Hines
6th   - Elizabeth Lowham-Ruzzo
7th   - Daisy Bishop
8th   - Graydon Patterson

VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Winners

1st   -  Ellie Bruder
2nd  - Agnes Hahn
3rd   - Katie Triantos
4th   - Isabella Karr
5th   - Berit Smith
6th   - Jennifer Markey
7th   - Marran Vansickle
8th   - Emma Smith


Warrenton Horse Show Schedule Change

The 2017 Warrenton Horse Show schedule has changed this year.  The Hunter Breeding Divisions, including the VHSA Yearling Futurity Competition, will now be held on Wednesday, August 30th.  There will also be two Jumper Classes held on Thursday evening, August 31st: A $500 Schooling Jumper and a $1500 Jumper Classic.  For further information on the Warrenton Horse Show, please visit their website at www.warrentonhorseshow.com

WIHS 2017 Youth Ambassador Announced

Congratulations to Jenna Zimmerman of Great Falls, VA, for being chosen as the 2017 Washington International Horse Show Association's Youth Ambassador!

Washington International Horse Show Announces  2017 Youth Ambassador and Junior Committee Presented by Signature Academics Future Leaders Bring Passion and Commitment to WIHS and the Local Community.    WASHINGTON, June 1, 2017--The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), one of the most prestigious equestrian sport and entertainment events in North America, is pleased to announce Jenna Zimmerman, 16, of Great Falls, Va., as the 2017 Youth Ambassador, and to welcome 26 local teens attending schools in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. to serve on the 2017 WIHS Junior Committee presented by Signature Academics.  "Now in its ninth year, the WIHS Junior Committee and Youth Ambassador Program represent the heart of the show," said WIHS President Vicki Lowell. "These hardworking teens are passionate about horse sports and that's what brings them to us, but they're also actively involved in giving back to the local community throughout the year. We'd like to congratulate and thank each one of them for their commitment to this special event and their support of the local community."

Signature Academics has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the 2017 WIHS Junior Committee and Youth Ambassador program, "My colleagues are as excited as we are and are looking forward to collaborating with WIHS and the awesome kids on the Junior Committee. I know we can do great things for the committee, for WIHS, and for Signature Academics," said Signature Academics Executive Director, Wendy Salomon. 

Members of the 2017 WIHS Junior Committee Presented by Signature Academics:

Jacey Albaugh, McLean, Va., Madeira School 
Madison Allen, Alexandria, Va., Bishop O'Connell High School 
Hayley Antonelli, Bethesda, Md., Grier School
Ana Bertozzi, Leesburg, Md., Rock Ridge High School
Emma Bishop, Washington, D.C., Madeira School
Libby Bishop, Washington, D.C., Madeira School
Thea Bitar, McLean, Va., Georgetown Visitation
Sarah Boston, Owings Mills, Md., McDonogh School
Nicole Butchko, Dunn Loring, Va., Bishop O'Connell High School
Lauren Dean, Great Falls, Va., Flint Hill School
Cari Farmer, Arlington, Va., HB Woodlawn High School
Daisy Fenwick, Glyndon, Md., McDonogh School
Caroline Flood, Vienna, Va., James Madison High School
Erin Gill, Reston, Va., South Lakes High School
Abby Green, Bethesda, Md., The Potomac School
Grace Hetherington, Great Falls, Va., Langley High School
Cici Jackson, Chantilly, Va., Foxcroft School
Peyton Kanstoroom, Potomac, Md., Winston Churchill High School
Madeline McManus, Glyndon, Md., McDonogh School
Holden Rafey, Bethesda, Md., Walter Johnson High School
Casey Ruggiero, Arlington, Va., H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program
Maggie Siciliano, Dunn Loring, Va., George C. Marshall High School
Jennifer Taylor, Odenton, Md., Mount de Sales Academy
Kayla Wolfe, Burke, Va., Langley High School              
Kendall Youngblood, Great Falls, Va., Holy Child
Jenna  Zimmerman, Great Falls, Va., Langley High School,

Youth Ambassador Members of the WIHS Junior Committee & Youth Ambassador Program are selected through an application process that begins in March. For more information, visit WIHS Youth Ambassador and Junior Committee. As WIHS Youth Ambassador, Zimmerman will serve as the organization's youth spokesperson and chair the WIHS Junior Committee, which initiates and works on volunteer activities, horse-related youth programs and community-focused educational events, such as WIHS Kids' Day, Barn Night, Military Night and Breakfast with the Mounted Police.  Young equestrian, Jenna Zimmerman, takes up the reins as Youth Ambassador  of the 2017 Washington International Horse Show. Zimmerman is a rising senior at Langley High School in McLean, Va., where she is involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society and Best Buddies. She has been a member of the Junior Committee for three years and qualified to show at WIHS for the past four years competing in the Children's and Junior Hunters with her horses Valente and Buttoned Up. "I could not be more excited to begin this amazing journey with such a great group of Junior Committee members," said Zimmerman. "I have wholly enjoyed my past three years on the Junior Committee and am eager to begin a new year with more community involvement and connections with the WIHS family. I'm hoping to make this year at Washington the best one yet!" The 59th Annual Washington International Horse Show will be held October 24-29, 2017, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit wihs.org. 


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.

 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 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



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.   

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.