VHSA Newsletter Virginia Horse Shows Association, Inc. VOLUME 11, NO. 1

VHSA Newsletter
Inside this issue:
 2014 VHSA Special Events
Committee Highlights
 2014 VHSA/EMO Medal Finals
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Virginia Horse Shows Association, Inc.
Special Events Committee
 2014 VHSA Yearling Futurity
 2014 VHSA Associate Championship Horse Show
 2014 VHSA Annual Meeting &
VHSA Board of Directors:
Walter J. Lee, President
LM Sandy Gerald, Vice-President
Leslie Brown, Secretary
Beryl Herzog, Treasurer
Joan Alberti
Claiborne Bishop
E. Sue Bopp
Oliver Brown
Ada Cosby
Diana Dodge
Jenny Graham
Teddi Ismond
Barry Jackson
Stewart Kohler
Louisa Lenehan
Wendy Mathews
Meredith McLaughlin
Carol Miller—Historian Emeritus
Susan Mullins
Betty R. Oare
Nancy Peterson
Clyde A. Poarch
Carol Reedy
Gordon Reistrup
Sandra Ruiz
Miranda Scott
Peg Seals
Jan Simpson
Douglas Wheeler
Chris Wynne
As we approach year end, it is always helpful to take a look at the past year as we prepare for the 2015
season of competition. Our membership is “our target audience” and we therefore endeavor to serve your
This past 2013/2014 season the VHSA Special Events Committee ended the 2013 season at the Annual
VHSA Convention with a Cocktail Reception for Trainers. Our hope was to have an opportunity for a dialogue with professionals to have their ideas as to the types of events they as trainers would like to see presented. There were many interesting ideas, some of which we hope to organize this next year. The following
afternoon of the Convention we held a Judges Clinic.. The session was well attended by both trainers, parents and students. It was very interesting to listen to the exchanges between the panelists and the many
professionals in attendance.
The importance of our pony riders learning the importance of showing their ponies to the best advantage
“in hand” has been communicated to our committee. This past June we held a “Showing Your Pony to Win”
held in conjunction with The Deep Run horse show. Oliver Brown was our clinician. It was held at the end
of the day with a group of young exhibitors to help them improve their abilities to show off their ponies to
the best advantage. We had a lovely day and a diverse group of ponies, making for an excellent learning opportunities for everyone who attended. We were grateful for Chris Wynn’s help in adding information from
a judge’s point of view.
In August we held our annual Mounted Equitation Clinic at the Lexington Horse Center in Lexington, VA.
The goal of this clinic has always been to bring in a well-known equitation trainer/judge to give the participants a “dress rehearsal “with “do-overs,” simulating the types of course one might encounter at the VHSA
Medal Finals which is always held on Saturday of this week. This year we were able to have Mark Leone as
our clinician. He was very positive with his advice and enthusiastic in helping all the riders in each of the
We are in the planning stages for next year. If there is a particular trainer you or your student would like to
have the opportunity to ride please send your suggestion via email to the VHSA office ([email protected]).
Thanks to the efforts of E. Sue Bopp, our committee was awarded a grant from the USHJA to be used to
help offset expenses for educational purposes such as the Mounted Clinic.
The VHSA Special Events Committee offers a $1,000 Scholarship that is awarded to a young professional to
further his/her education (attend a clinic, etc.) The details of the requirements for this Scholarship are available on the VHSA website (www.vhsa.com). Please contact the VHSA for information and obtain the application.
Our committee will hold a planning meeting on November 17,2014. If there are any events/projects which
you would like to see undertaken, please email or call the VHSA office.
Happy Holidays
Debby Michelson
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October/November Issue
Virginia Horse Shows Trainers Sponsorship
The Virginia Horse Shows Trainers are sponsoring the Cocktails during the President’s Reception and the
Awards Luncheon Reception during the 2014 Annual Convention at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia,
the weekend of December 5th. This sponsorship from Trainers is in appreciation for all of their clients.
Thank you to the following Trainers who are sponsoring these Receptions:
Winn Alden Equestrian, LLC
Colliers Creek Show Stable and
Washington & Lee University—
Gordon Reistrup
Hunter’s Haven Farm—M/M Oliver
Amazing Grace Stable—Nardeen
Henderson & Ryan Winn
Robert Crandall
Hunting Valley Farm—Teddi Ismond Miranda Scott, LLC
The Barracks—Maria Shannon &
Claiborne Bishop
Daisy Field Farm—M/M Paul
Sarah Irvine
Skyland Farm, LLC—Denice
Belcort Farm—Walter J .Lee
Edgewood Farm– M/M Clyde
K&L Sport Equestrian—Lisa
Summerfield, LLC—Tommy
Jason Berry Stables, LLC
EMO Stables—M/M Ernest Oare
Brooke Kemper
Tudane Farm—Jonelle Mullen
Breckenridge Manor-Chris Wynne
EverReady Farm—Carol Eichner
Meredith McLaughlin
Van Vixen Farm, LLC—Heather
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Brennan
Freedom Farm—Peg Seals
Amy Nunnally
Walnut Knoll Farm—Ada Cosby
Cadeaux Show Stables, LLC—Zach
The Galloping Field South—Gail
Nancy Peterson
West Riding Farm—Sue Lyman
Carlton Farms—Chelsie Liming
Meg Graham
Bet Poarch
Jill Wilson
Cavallo Farm—Michael Bertozzi
Hampden Row—Jan Simpson &
Eric Dirks
Rolling Acres Farm—Patty Foster &
Marylisa Leffler
Jeff Woodall
Cedar Creek Farm—Jenny Graham
Hidden Haven—Carol Anne
Rose Mount Farm—Ann Garnett
Sanmar Farm—Sandra Ruiz
Virginia Horse Center launches Annual Fund Campaign
If you have visited the Virginia Horse Center recently you may have noticed improvements “in the works” as well as a
variety or recent completed improvements. These include grading and surfacing of roadways, newly painted roofs on
barns, the Wiley grandstand and other outbuildings, filling and grading of stall floors in all barns, new footing in the Wiley
arena and upgraded lighting in the Anderson Coliseum.
Earlier this year, we also made significant changes to our food service offering and delivery which has received very positive feedback to date. Thanks to a major gift from the Virginia Dressage Association this summer, the Blue Hen restaurant (formerly known as The Winner’s Circle) has re-opened to offer food and beverages from this location in addition to
the service available in the Coliseum and in the vans located around the facility.
All of these improvements were made possible through the generosity of individual donors, organizations
and supporters just like you. The Virginia Horse Center has served our equestrian community for over a quarter of a
century and just as in the past, each fall marks the launch of the Annual Fund Campaign. These unrestricted gifts make an
impact every day in every area by bridging the financial gap for annual operating and program expenses as well as facility
During 2014, 96 events will take place at the VHC, and in the coming years that number will increase. Along with that
increase is an ongoing commitment from the Board and staff to ensure that the Virginia Horse Center is the very best
that it can be for all visitors and participants. Future goals include hosting world class equestrian events and our collective
efforts today will ensure our ability to secure those events here in Virginia in the future.
For those of you who have supported the VHC with donations in past, management and the Board would like to extend a
sincere “Thank you.” If you have not made a gift, please consider making a one this year. Gifts can be made on the web
site at www.horsecenter.org or through contacting a staff member at 540-464-2950.
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October/November Issue
VHSA Annual Meeting & Convention
The Virginia Horse Shows Association's Annual Meeting and Convention will once again be held at the beautiful
Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia on December 5th ~ 7th. This year’s Convention is held in Memory of Mr. W. Gary
Baker and Mr. Joey Darby. The Convention weekend will begin with meetings and forums for everyone. These forums
are everyone's opportunity to make their voice heard for any possible rule changes.
Nominations will be taken from the floor (from all Senior Members) for the 2015 VHSA Board of Directors Ballot at
the Membership Meeting that will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The VHSA Special Events Committee will also be
hosting an "Ask The Judges" Clinic on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for exhibitors to meet
with distinguished judges to hear their input and ask questions.
All Juniors are invited to attend the Junior's Skating Party on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This fun event is
sponsored by Cedar Creek Farm and the Special Events Committee and is free to all VHSA Junior Members. The full
day of forums will end with the President's Reception at 5:30 p.m. which is sponsored by the VHSA Horse Shows
Trainers and followed by the Hall of Fame Dinner at 6:30 p.m. with a dance hosted by a Band sponsored by Mr. Kenneth Wheeler, Jr. immediately following the Hall of Fame dinner at approximately 9:00 p.m. Individuals who will not
be able to attend the Hall of Fame Dinner are more than welcome to join us for the dance that will immediately follow.
There is no cost for the dance. We are very pleased to announce the 2014 Inductees into the VHSA Hall of Fame:
Ms. Jane Womble Gaston
Mr. & Mrs. JWY Martin, Jr.
Mr. Tommy Serio
Miss Julia Shearer
Mr. Max Tappero
“Marianna”, owned by Sara Nan P. West
“Sir Thomson”, owned by Diana Dodge
The Awards Reception which is sponsored by the Virginia Horse Show Trainers will be held on Sunday, December 7th
at 12:00 p.m. and the Awards Luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. Championship and Reserve Championship ribbons will
automatically be mailed to all Individuals who are unable to attend the VHSA Annual Meeting & Convention. Ribbons
for 3rd ~ 6th place will only be mailed to the winners upon written request that must be received in the VHSA office. These requested ribbons will be mailed after the Convention.
The Homestead’s room reservations deadline was November 5, 2014. If you are unable to acquire a room from The
Homestead, please contact the VHSA office since we have a limited amount of rooms set aside in case of emergency.
For those who would rather not stay at the Homestead there is a list of alternative lodgings on the VHSA website. The
VHSA deadline to reserve tickets to the various events that will be taking place at the Convention is November 28,
2014. After this date the price of tickets increases and the availability decreases.
For further details and the necessary registration forms, please visit the VHSA website: www.vhsa.com or call the
VHSA office at (540) 349-0910.
VHSA Newsletter
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Annual Meeting & Convention Agenda
- Friday - December 5, 2014 -
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Hunter Committee Meeting
3:00 - 3:30 PM
Hunter Futurity AND Hunter Breeding Committee Meeting
- Saturday, December 6, 2014 -
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Registration & Display of Auction Items
Sponsored in part by the Virginia Beach Horse Shows Association
9:00 - 11:00 AM
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Morgan/Hackney & Harness Pony/Saddlebred/Plantation/Walking/RoadsterForum
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hunter/Hunter Breeding/Jumper/Junior/Pony /Pony Breeding/Show Management/
Exhibitor/Equitation Forum
11:00 - 11:30 AM
USEF Zone III Meeting
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Membership Meeting
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
- Lunch Break - On Own -
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Associate Program Forum
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Ask The Judge’s Clinic
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Junior Exhibitor Meeting (Part 1)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Junior Members Skating Party (Free Admission)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
President’s Reception Sponsored by Virginia Horse Show Trainers
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Hall of Fame Dinner - Special Awards Presentations - Live Auction
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
(Free Admission)
Sponsored by Cedar Creek Farm
(Free Admission)
- Sunday - December 7, 2014 -
Skating Rink
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration & Display of Auction Items
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Trainers Meeting
(*Trainers Only)
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Exhibitors Meeting
(*Owners Only)
9:30 - 10:30 AM
Junior Exhibitor Meeting (Part 2)
10:00 - 10:30 AM
Licensed Officials Forum
10:30- 11:30 AM
VHSA Annual Meeting (Zone & Committee Reports)
12:00 - 12:30 PM
Awards Reception Sponsored by Virginia Horse Show Trainers
Awards Luncheon
12:30 PM
Following Luncheon
2015 Board of Directors Meeting
(*Jr Members Only)
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VHSA Newsletter
VHSA Yearling Futurity Competition
The Virginia Horse Shows Association 2014 Yearling Futurity was held on Saturday, August 30th at the
Warrenton Horse Show. Mr. Richard D. Abbott of Cochranville, PA, graciously judged the event which
consisted of two Colts/Geldings and seven Fillies. Thanks to the Virginia Horse Industry Board who once
again gave a $5,000 grant that was awarded to the Virginia Bred Yearlings. Also a special thank you to
Louisa Lenehan, Chairperson of the Futurity Committee for all of her hard work to make the Futurity such a
success. The Grand Champion was “Jump!” (by C. Quito, out of Fine Kiss), owned by Mr. & Mrs. Ernest
M. Oare. The Grand Reserve Champion was “Ironreign” (by Ironman, out of JR’s Freedom), owned by
Magdalene D. Carolan. Congratulations to both!
Grand Champion — Jump!
Owned by: Mr. & Mrs. Ernest M. Oare
Bred by: Mr. & Mrs. Ernest M. Oare
Sire: C. Quito
Dam: Fine Kiss
Dam’s Sire: Ferragamo
Handler: J.A. “Bucky” Reynolds, II
Reserve Grand Champion — Ironreign
Owned by: Magdalene D. Carolan
Bred by: Magdalene D. Carolan
Sire: Ironman
Dam: JR’s Freedom
Dam’s Sire: Demidoff
Handler: Tina Peters
2014 VHSA Associate Championship Horse Show
The VHSA Associate Championship Horse Show will once again be held at the Virginia Horse
Center the weekend of November 13th—16th. The Prize List is available on the VHSA website
(www.vhsa.com). Please make your hotel reservations immediately for this weekend. The closing
date for entries is October 30, 2014.
Scratch Policy
If an entry is withdrawn prior to the closing date of 10/30/14, all fees will be refunded with the
exception of a $10 Scratch Fee and a $10 Office Fee.
After the 10/30/14 closing date, the division/class fees will be reimbursed minus the $10 Scratch
Fee and the $10 Office Fees. Stall fees are non-refundable after this date.
As of 11/03/14 the division/class fees will be reimbursed only with a Veterinarian’s Certificate or a
Medical Doctor’s Note for the rider. The $10 Scratch Fee and $10 Office Fee will be deducted
and stall fees are non-refundable.
VHSA Newsletter
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2014 VHSA/EMO Medal Finals
October/November Issue
Children’s Medal
Congratulations to Samantha Hawrysko of Woodbridge, Virginia, for being the 2014
VHSA/EMO Children’s Medal Champion. Samantha is trained by Sandra Ruiz.
Samantha Hawrysko
Abigael Kaufman
Morgan Bland
Eliza van der Woude
Hannah Kidwell
Mackensie Bowles
Mali Selman
Sydney Hess
Adult Medal
Congratulations to Cary Braun of Norfolk, Virginia, for being the 2014 VHSA/EMO Adult
Amateur Medal Champion. Cary is trained by Chris Wynn.
Cary Braun
Devon Leigh Braswell
Catherine Jackson
Alyse Howse
Brooke Cole
Hannah Williams
Emily Ambach
Glendon Mohan
Hunter Seat Medal
Congratulations to Emily Simon of Virginia Beach, Virginia, for being the 2014 VHSA/
EMO Hunter Seat Medal Champion. Emily is trained by Anne Martin.
Emily Simon
Annie Diehl
Makayla Benjamin
Casey Schmitz
Kelsi Okun
Maverick Helmer
Callan Curtis
Cary Hundley
October/November Issue
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2014 VHSA/EMO Medal Finals Continued
Pony Medal
Congratulations to Trinity Hammerschmidt of Montpelier, Virginia, for being the 2014
VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Champion. Trinity is trained by Pam Baker.
Trinity Hammerschmidt
Elizabeth Carter
Gabriella Hoard-West
Helen Lohr
Addison Reed
Kendall Youngblood
Haley Redifer
Zoe Lewczak
Championship on The Flat
Congratulations to Allison Thompson of Leesburg, Virginia, for being the 2014 VHSA
Championship on the Flat Champion. Allison is trained by Tom Brennan & Tony Workman.
Allison Thompson
Mary Elizabeth Cordia
Paige Ensor
Carilynn Peyton
Ellie Williams
Alexis Hale
Katlynn Butler
Elizabeth Bailey
Junior Horsemanship
Congratulations to Makayla Benjamin of Leesburg, Virginia, for being the 2014 VHSA
Junior Horsemanship Award Champion. Makayla is trained by Gavin Moylan.
Makayla Benjamin
Casey Schmitz
Kelsi Okun
Katie Butler
Emily Simon
Carilynn Peyton
Devan Graham
Cary Hundley
The Virginia Horse Shows Association would like to thank Leslie Brown and the Lexington National Horse Show for once again hosting the 2014 VHSA/EMO Medal Finals Festival and as usual did a
beautiful job. The VHSA would also like to thank the very generous sponsors this year:
The EMO Insurance Agency
Champion Saddlery
October/November Issue
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2013Associate Championship Horse Show Sponsorship
Autumn Olive Farm — Syndi Pickney Blunk
The King Family
Battlefield Horse Shows Association
LinMorLand Farm
Capital Horse Shows Association
Madeira School Equestrian Program
Deep Run Horse Shows Association
River Chase Farm
Edgewood Farm—M/M Clyde Poarch
Rivanna Run Horse Show Series and
Elmington Farm — Kathie Hamlin
Rock Branch Horse Show Series
Fieldcrest Farm — Jeff & Josie Bradner
Rose Hill Stables—Neal & Jackie Blair
Hampden Row Farm
Sandstone Farm
Hanover Heritage
Silver Lining Farm
Hawkesbury Farm — Barry Jackson & Sugi Dewan
Southern Heritage Farm
Hazelwild Farm
Stonehouse Stables—Tara Best
Pam Herman Farm — Pam Herman
Summerplace Farm—Tom Finch
Hidden Haven Farm — Carol Anne Hasslacher
The Winslett Advantage—Gegi Winslett
James River Equestrian Center — Vickie Phillips
Virginia Beach Horse Shows Association
VHSA 2014 Associate Top Ten Best Horse Shows
Congratulations to the ten best Associate Horse Shows for the 2014 show season as nominated by the exhibitors, owners and
trainers. The top ten best Associate Horse Shows and the Competition Managers of those shows are (in alphabetical order):
Show Manager(s)
Date of Show
BHSA Benefit Horse Show
Georgine Winslett
September 6, 2014
CVSJA Horse Show
Nanci Harmon
May 25, 2014
Deep Run Fall Horse Show
Anne Tucker
September 6, 2014
Elmington Farm Horse Show
Kathie Hamlin
July 19, 2014
Hazelwild Horse Show
Teresa Seay
January 19, 2014
House Mountain V Horse Show
Keedie Leonard &
June 24-25, 2014
L.M. Sandy Gerald
Pam Herman Farms Horse Show
Pam Herman
June 7, 2014
Kelly’s Ford Equestrian Ctr Show
James Moore
May 4, 2014
Summerplace Farm Horse Show
Tom Finch
May 24, 2014
VBHSA Cooler Horse Show
Sugi Dewan
August 16-17, 2014
VHSA 2014 Auction Donors
A Place In Thyme
Changing Reins
CR Corporate Gifts
Foxfield Racing Association
McCarthy Equine Dentistry
Triple Crown Nutrition
Virginia Gold Cup
Horse Show Donors
Barracks Horse Show
Deep Run Horse Show
Hidden Haven Horse Show
Locke Meadows
The Winslett Advantage
Upperville Colt & Horse Show
Individual Donors
Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Bopp
Mrs. Ada Cosby
Mr. & Mrs. Sue Grossmann
Mr. Barry Jackson
The King Family
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mathews
Mrs. Carol Miller
Mr. & Mrs. Ernest M. Oare
The Okun Family
Ms. Nancy Peterson
Ms. Sandra Ruiz
Ms. Miranda Scott