2017 Official Ballot
The 2017 Official Ballot to vote upon Horseperson, Amateur Sportsmanship, Junior Exhibitor of the Year and Horse Show of the Year is now available. Ballot (Revised - Kelsey Campbell is not eligible to be nominated since she won in 2016, we apologize for this oversight)
These have been mailed to all members with the Renewal Forms and sent to all Life Members as well. You can either click on the link above and complete and send to the VHSA office or wait till you receive yours in the mail. Please note that only one vote per member.
2017 VHSA Annual Meeting & Convention Information
The information for the upcoming VHSA Annual Meeting & Convention (weekend of December 1st), can be found on this website, under "Events", then click on "Convention" on the drop down menu. All forms can be found on the Convention page as well.
2017 VHSA Associate Championship Horse Show News
The 2017 VHSA Associate Champions Horse Show will be held from Thursday, November 9th through Sunday, November 12th at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia. There will be one major change for this year. The 2'6" Special Hunters, which will run on Thursday, November 9th, will now be a 2'6" Children’s and Adult Amateur Division with points counting towards year-end totals for those respective divisions. There will also be a 2'6" Children’s and Adult Amateur Equitation over fences class on the same day that will also count towards year-end awards. If entries warrant, the division and the Equitation over fences class will be split accordingly. Horses, ponies and riders that participate in the 2'6" Children’s/Adult Amateur Division and/or the 2'6" Children’s/Adult Amateur Equitation over fences class may not cross enter into any other division or classes except the Pleasure Horse/Pony Division and the Equitation on the Flat Classes (#51, 52, 53). Ponies are allowed and must adhere to all restrictions listed.
The 2017 Associate Championship Horse Show Prize List is now available: 2017 Associate Championship Horse Show Prize List Entries close October 30, 2017. Please make sure that entries are sent to the Show Secretary, Debbie Bowden (address on entry form), not the VHSA office.
Congratulations to Sandra Ruiz
Congratulations to Sandra Ruiz who was Named Old Salem Farm Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award Winner North Salem, NY – The Old Salem Farm Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Sandra Ruiz during the American Gold Cup CSI 4*-W on Sunday, September 17, at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. The Old Salem Farm Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award was created by Old Salem Farm trainer Frank Madden as a way to recognize members of the U.S. hunter/jumper community for their selfless contributions to the sport they love. As a member of the hunter/jumper community who has dedicated herself to the betterment of horse sport, Ruiz was presented with the 2017 Old Salem Farm Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award before the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York CSI 4*-W at Old Salem Farm. From left to right: Ringmaster Alan Keeley, Old Salem Farm Manager Alan Bietsch, Old Salem Farm Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sandra Ruiz, and Old Salem Farm Trainer Frank Madden. Photo by Jump Media “It means everything to me to win an award like this,” said Ruiz, who is co-owner of the hunter, jumper, and equitation barn, Sanmar Farm in Culpeper, VA. “It is so prestigious, and it is amazing because it is for something that I love doing. It is very humbling, but very exciting, and impossible to put into words.” Ruiz was born in Puerto Rico and graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Psychology. She began riding at age 14 and has trained under greats such as Carl Knee, Frances Rowe, and Hugh Wiley. Ruiz came to the U.S. in 1970 and rode on the Puerto Rican team in the Pan American Games in 1979 and again in 1993 in the Central American Games. Ruiz has been Chef d'Equipe for Zone 3 Young Riders teams since 2009 and was awarded the Caristo Cup in 2010. In 2015, Ruiz was inducted into the Virginia Horse Show Association Hall of Fame. “There are so many deserving people in this sport, and I am honored that someone thought I deserved this award,” said Ruiz. “I love getting up in the morning and doing what I do. To me, it is a way of life. I don’t have to do it; I want to do it because it is my passion and what I love.” “Ruiz is a perfect example of what the Old Salem Farm Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award represents,” said Madden. “She has dedicated herself to making horse sport in the U.S. the best it can be, and it is an honor to recognize her efforts.” The Old Salem Farm Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually at the American Gold Cup.
Sandra Ruiz is such a large part of the VHSA and we are very fortunate that she is part of our organization and a huge asset to all of us here in Virginia.
Hurricane Harvey Relief
The Virginia Horse Shows Association purchased a ton of Timothy Hay from Ocala Breeders Feed and Supply Company in Ocala, Florida. The hay will be shipped Saturday morning, September 2nd on a Creech Horse Van to be delivered in Houston, Texas to help with the relief effort from Hurrican Harvey.
Ocala Breeders Feed and Supply Company is also donating feed, hay, buckets, and other needed items.(www.obfs.com)
Congratulations to Kelsey Campbell
Congratulations to Kelsey Campbel who is a Junior Member of the VHSA and is also the Co-Chair of the VHSA Junior Members Committee for being one of 16 riders who were selected to participate in the 2017 Emerging Athletes National Training Session to be held at Lake Erie College George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center, in Painesville, Ohio, November 9-12, 2017. Kelsey was selected from the EAP Clinic offered in June with Jimmy Wofford at the Virginia Horse Center. Great job Kelsey!
Congratulations to Carol Reedy and Nancy Troutman
The VHSA would like to extend to Carol Reedy and Nancy Troutman our congratulations on Mrs. Reedy's three year old mare, "Lovely" as being the Three Year Old Futurity Fine Harness Champion at the World Championship Horse Show in Louisville, Kentucky on August 22, 2017. Mrs. Reedy. "Lovely" who was driven by Mrs. Troutman, were presented the "Givens Bourbon King Perpetual Trophy". "Lovely" went up against 19 other horses who all had to qualify for this class and the quality of horses showing against this mare was phenomenal. Mrs. Reedy is on the VHSA Board of Directors as the VHSA's Saddlebred Representative and Mrs. Troutman was just inducted into the VHSA Hall of Fame this past December. Mrs. Troutman was in the ring with many Saddle Horse Association Hall of Fame members and to win this class of exceptional young horses is outstanding. Best wishes and congratulations to Carol and Nancy and her Meadow Wood Stables staff for their hard work!
US Equestrian Announces Effective Date for MPA Disclosure and Reporting Process
(THIS DOES NOT PERTAIN TO THE VHSA ASSOCIATE PROGRAM)
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
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
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
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
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 the week of September 25th.
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
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
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 2017 VHSA memberships expired November 30, 2017. 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.
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.