Athletics & Riding
Riding Program

Horse Show Entries

Due to the recent outbreak of EHV-1 in our area, we ask that all exhibitors abide by the following protocols: 
  1. Please take a rectal temperature on Friday and Saturday (prior to coming to the show) on any horses that you will be bringing to the show grounds and send recorded data to elane@chathamhall.org.  Any horse with a  temperature at or above 101.5 will not be permitted to come to the show grounds.
  2. We will not be offering stalls for our horse show.  We apologize for any inconvenience.
  3. Please maintain a safe distance from other horses at the in-gate.
Join us for the next horse show at Chatham Hall!

To enter, fill out the form below or complete the paper copy and submit it to elane@chathamhall.org. If you would like to register multiple riders, please complete the form for each participant. A signed risk waiver is required for every rider and must be signed at the Show Secretary's booth before any mounted activity.

Please carefully review the resources on this page regarding show details and fees, and contact Director of Riding Ally Doyon at adoyon@chathamhall.org or 434.432.5500 with questions.

SWVHJA Recognized: Every class offered herein which is covered by the rules and specifications of the current SWVHJA rule book will be conducted in accordance therewith.



Register

Show Details

SWVHJA recognized show hosted at the Mars Arena at Chatham Hall, 800 Chatham Hall Circle Chatham, VA 24531.
  • Date: April 1
  • Show Manager: Ally Doyon
  • Course Designer: Frankie Beyer
  • Judge: TBD



Show Details

List of 6 items.

  • Schedule

    Schooling opens at 8:00 a.m.
    Dragging at 9:30 a.m.
    Competition at 10:00 a.m.

    1. Leadline Equitation
    2. W/T Under Saddle
    3. W/T Equitation
    4. W/T Poles
    5. X-Rails Hunter
    6. X-Rails Equitation
    7. X-Rails Under Saddle
    8. Hunter Pleasure Pony- Walk / Go As You Please
    9. Hunter Pleasure Pony- Walk / Trot
    10. Hunter Pleasure Pony- Walk / Trot / Canter
    11. Junior Hunter Pleasure Horse- Walk / Go As You Please
    12. Junior Hunter Pleasure Horse- Walk / Trot
    13. Junior Hunter Pleasure Horse- Walk / Trot / Canter
    14. Adult Hunter Pleasure Horse- Walk / Go As You Please
    15. Adult Hunter Pleasure Horse- Walk / Trot
    16. Adult Hunter Pleasure Horse- Walk / Trot / Canter
    17. Unjudged Warm Up
    18/19.  Pre- Beginner Equitation over fences 18”
    20.  Pre- Beginner Equitation on the flat  
    21/22.  Beginner Equitation over fences 2’
    23.  Beginner Equitation on the flat
    24/25.  Pleasure Hunter over fences 2’
    26.  Pleasure Hunter Under Saddle
    27.  Chatham Hall Equitation Mini Medal 2’ and 2’3”
    28/29.  Hopeful Hunter Over Fences 2’3”
    30/31.  Intermediate Hunter Over Fences 2’3”
    32.  Hopeful Hunter Under Saddle
    33.  Intermediate Hunter Under Saddle
    34/35.  Small/Medium Pony Hunters Over Fences 2’ & 2’3”
    36/37.  Large Pony Hunters Over Fences 2’6”
    38. SWVHJA Pony Medal
    39.  Small/Medium Pony Hunters Under Saddle
    40.  Large Pony Hunters Under Saddle
    41.  Junior Equitation on the Flat 14 & under
    42.  Junior Equitation 15-17
    43. Adult Equitation on the Flat
    44. Hollins University Medal 2’6”
    45/46.  Special Children’s Hunter Over Fences 2’6” & 2’9”
    47/48.  Special Adult Hunter Over Fences 2’6” & 2’9”
    49.  Special Children’s Hunter Under Saddle
    50.  Special Adult Hunter Under Saddle
    51..  Sweet Briar College Medal 2’9”
    52/53. Adult Hunter Over Fences 3’
    54/55.  Children’s Hunter Over Fences 3’
    56. Adult Hunter Under Saddle
    57. Children’s Hunter Under Saddle
    58. SWVHJA Hunter Seat Medal
    59. SWVHJA Adult Medal
  • Entry Fees

    Stalls $45.00
    Medals $25.00
    Divisions $50.00
    Classes $18.00
    Non-Showing $25.00
    Office Fee $10.00 (required)

    Please calculate your total and submit payment at the show.
  • Show Rules

    • Six ribbons awarded in each class; Champion and Reserve in each Division
    • The judge’s decision is final
    • Proof of negative Coggins on all ponies and horses, current within one year, is required at registration. Coggins are also required for any horses or ponies that travel to the horse show but do not enter in classes.
    • All entry forms must be completed and signed by the participant or by a parent, guardian, or trainer for riders under the age of 18.
    • All riders while present on the property of Chatham Hall’s campus must wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet while mounted.
    • Proper tack and attire required.
    • Divisions may be combined, split or canceled at the discretion of show management.
    • Junior Riders are those considered to be 17 or younger on Dec. 1, 2022.
    • Stalls will be available on a first come first serve basis until stabling is no longer available. We encourage stabling requests to be made as early as possible.
    • Any questions or disputes not covered in the Rules and Specifications or in any other section of this prize list shall be subject to the decision of the show management.
    • No firearms are permitted on campus.
    • The Horse Show management, volunteers, property owners, and agents acting on behalf of SWVHJA or Chatham Hall are not responsible for any accident or injury to spectators, riders, handlers, their property, animals, or possessions. Entering the show grounds constitutes acceptance of this policy.
    • Open check required on file with the show office before numbers released
  • Division Specifications

    Non-Rated Division Specifications
    • LEADLINE- Open to riders six years of age and under. Riders may not cross enter into any other class at the horse show.
    • W/T DIVISION- Open to riders mounted on horses or ponies. Riders may not have shown over fences. Judged on position, control, guidance, and suitability of mount.
    • X-RAILS DIVISION- Open to all junior riders mounted on horses or ponies in their first year of showing.  Riders may not have competed in or above 2’.Simple changes are acceptable and will not be penalized.
    • HOPEFUL HUNTER- Open to all horses and ponies. Judged on performance, manners, and way of going. Fences 2’3”.
    • PLEASURE HUNTER- Open to all horses and ponies. Judged on performance, manners, and way of going. Fences 2’.

    SWVHJA Division Specifications
    • PRE- BEGINNER EQUITATION - Open to junior and amateur riders in their first year of showing over fences less than 2’ in height. Riders are eligible for one horse show year and may not enter divisions with fence heights of 2’ or above. This division will not count against rider’s one year eligibility for the Beginner Equitation division. To be judged on rider’s position and control. Simple changes are allowed. Division may be combined with the Beginner Equitation division at Management’s discretion if warrant. Fence materials limited to: rails, small flower boxes or brush. Ground line material may not make jump wider than it is high. Course to be a minimum of 6 obstacles. Fence height 18”. No oxers permitted. Simple changes are allowed.
    • BEGINNER EQUITATION – Open to junior and amateur riders in their first year of showing over fences 2’ in height. No oxers permitted. Riders are eligible for one horse show year and may not enter divisions with fence heights exceeding 2’. This division will not count against rider’s 2 year eligibility for the Intermediate Hunter division. To be judged on rider’s position and control. Simple changes are allowed. Division may be split between juniors and adults at the discretion of show management. Division may be combined with the Pre-Beginner Equitation division at Management’s discretion if entries warrant. If divisions are combined, fence materials and course MUST be limited to the same material as the Pre-Beginner division.
    • JUNIOR EQUITATION ON THE FLAT 15-17 - Open to riders who have reached their 15th birthday by December 1st of the calendar year, but not reached their 18th birthday as of December 1st of the calendar year. To be shown at a walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring and judged on position, control, and guidance. USEF tests 1- 19 may be used, excluding those requiring work over fences. Three entries are necessary to fill this class. Riders need not be members of SWVHJA to compete. If there are insufficient entries, this class may be combined with the Junior Equitation on the Flat 14 & under and/or the Adult Equitation on the flat.
    • JUNIOR EQUITATION ON THE FLAT 14 & Under - Open to riders who have not reached their 15th birthday by December 1st of the calendar year. To be shown at a walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring and judged on position, control, and guidance. USEF tests 1-19 may be used, excluding those requiring work over fences. Three entries are necessary to fill this class. Riders need not be members of SWVHJA to compete. If there are insufficient entries, this class may be combined with the Junior Equitation on the Flat 15-17 and/or the Adult Equitation on the flat.
    • ADULT EQUITATION ON THE FLAT - Open to amateurs 18 years of age and older. To be shown at a walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring and judged on position, control, and guidance. USEF tests 1-19 may be used, excluding those requiring work over fences. Three entries are necessary to fill this class. Riders need not be members of SWVHJA to compete. If there are insufficient entries, this class may be combined with the Junior Equitation on the flat. Riders must stay within their age group if classes are split by age.
    • SWVHJA HUNTER SEAT MEDAL - Open to riders who have not reached their 18th birthday as of December 1st of the calendar year. To be shown over a course of fences not to exceed 3' that must include two changes of direction, a combination and at least three oxers. A minimum of six riders, if available, must be called back to work on the flat. Martingales may not be used in the flat phase. Each phase to count 50%. Same horse must be used for both phases. Four entries are required to fill the class with a minimum of three to complete the class. If there are fewer than four entries, this class can be combined with the Adult Medal. SWVHJA Hunter Seat Medal contestants may compete throughout the year. The top twenty (20) point earners (including ties), with a minimum of 10 points, will be invited to compete in the Hunter Seat Medal Finals.
    • SWVHJA ADULT MEDAL - Same specs as for the SWVHJA Hunter Seat Medal Class, except open to amateur riders 18 years of age and older. Ponies may be ridden by adults, but may not be shown in the Pony Hunter division at the same horse show. If there are fewer than four entries, this class can be combined with the Hunter Seat Medal. SWVHJA Adult Medal contestants may compete throughout the year. The top twenty (20) point earners (including ties), with a minimum of 10 points, will be invited to compete in the Adult Medal Finals.
    • INTERMEDIATE HUNTER - Open to Juniors or Amateurs in their first or second year of showing, on horses or ponies, excluding the Pre-Beginner and Beginner Equitation divisions. Fences 2'3”. Riders who show at 2’6” or above in their first year forfeit a second Intermediate year. To be judged on performance, manners, and way of going. The rider may not jump higher than 2'6" at the same horse show.
    • SMALL/MEDIUM PONY HUNTER - Open to ponies ridden by juniors. Ponies shown in this division may not be shown by an adult in any recognized division at the same horse show. Judged on performance, manners, and way of going. Small ponies (not to exceed 12.2h) to jump 2', medium ponies (over 12.2h - not to exceed 13.2h) to jump 2’3". Divisions must be offered split, but if there are not three ponies in either the Small/Medium or Large Pony divisions, the divisions must be combined. Lines less than 72' must be set on appropriate distances.
    • LARGE PONY HUNTER - Open to ponies ridden by juniors. Ponies shown in this division may not be shown by an adult in any recognized division at the same horse show. Judged on performance, manners, and way of going. Large ponies (over 13.2h - not to exceed 14.2h) to jump 2'6". Divisions must be offered split, but if there are not three ponies in either the Small/Medium or Large Pony divisions, the divisions must be combined. Lines less than 72' must be set on appropriate distances.
    • SPECIAL ADULT HUNTER - Open to Adult Amateur riders mounted on horses or ponies. Fences to be 2'6" or 2'9". Both heights must be offered and judged together. Related distances between two jumps should be no less than 60’ (4 strides). Judged on performance, manners, and way of going. Horse/rider combination cannot compete over fences higher than 2'9" at the same horse show. Ponies shown by an adult may not be shown in the pony hunter division at the same horse show. The Special Adult Hunter division and the Special Children’s Hunter division may be combined if there are fewer than 3 in either section.
    • SPECIAL CHILDREN'S HUNTER - Same specs as the Special Adult Hunter, except open to junior riders.
    • ADULT HUNTER PLEASURE HORSE - Open to horses shown with hunter tack on the flat ridden by an Adult. Classes to be offered may include but are not limited to: Walk/Go As You Please, Walk/Trot, and Walk/Trot/Canter. No over fences classes will count toward this division. (Shows offering a Pleasure Hunter division with over fences classes may offer this division as a separate division.) It is acceptable for SWVHJA Horse Shows to combine the Adult Hunter Pleasure and the Junior Pleasure Hunter Divisions, however, it is the show secretary's responsibility to indicate on the results which is the Adult rider and which is the Junior rider. If entries warrant, the Hunter Pleasure Pony division may be combined with the Junior Hunter Pleasure Division and the Adult Hunter Pleasure Horse division. To be judged on manners, suitability, and way of going. For year end points to accrue, three entries must enter and compete in all three classes of the division.
    • JUNIOR HUNTER PLEASURE HORSE - Same specs as the Adult Hunter Pleasure Horse except open to Junior riders.
    • HUNTER PLEASURE PONY - Open to ponies shown with hunter tack on the flat ridden by a Junior. Classes to be offered may include but are not limited to: Walk/Go As You Please, Walk/Trot, and Walk/Trot/Canter. No over fences classes will count toward this division. (Shows offering a Pleasure Hunter division with over fences classes may offer this division as a separate division.) If entries warrant, the Hunter Pleasure Pony division may be combined with the Junior Hunter Pleasure Horse division and Adult Hunter Pleasure Horse division. A pony can be considered a horse at a show if the pony is not exhibited in a pony restricted division such as pony. Therefore, it is acceptable for an adult to ride a pony in the Adult Pleasure Division as long as the pony is not shown in pony restricted division at the same show.
    • PONY MEDAL - Open to current junior members of SWVHJA mounted on ponies. To be shown over a minimum of 6 jumps at the appropriate heights. A minimum of six riders, if available, must be called back to work on the flat. Martingales may not be used in the flat phase. Each phase to count 50%. The same pony must be used for both phases. Four entries are required to fill the class with a minimum of three to complete the class. If no Pony Medal is offered, a rider may compete on a pony in the Hunter Seat Medal. A rider cannot compete in both the Pony and the Hunter Seat Medals in one show, nor can they participate in both aforementioned finals in one year. SWVHJA Pony Medal contestants may compete throughout the year. The top twenty (20) point earners (including ties), with a minimum of 10 points, will be invited to compete in the Pony Medal Finals.
    • SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE MEDAL – Open to juniors and amateurs. To be shown over a course of no less than 6 jumps set at 2’9”, with two changes of direction, in and out optional. The judge may test the top four riders, using Tests 1-10. Same horse must be used in both phases. Three competitors must complete the course for points to count. Riders may not have shown in a 3’6” or higher equitation class and may not jump higher than 2’9” at the same show. Finals will be held at SWVHJA Annual Show in November. To qualify for finals, a rider must accumulate 20 points or be in the top 15 point earners for the year. Riders may continue to compete throughout the year.
    • HOLLINS UNIVERSITY MEDAL – Open to junior and amateur riders who have not qualified for the SWVHJA Hunter Seat Medal, SWVHJA Adult Medal or the Oak Ridge Medal during the existing or previous year; qualifiers for the Pony Medal are still eligible. Winners of any of the 3’ finals are prohibited from competing. The previous year’s Randolph medal winner is not eligible to compete in the finals the following year, but may still continue to show in the RC Medal for that year. The class will consist of two phases, each counting for 50% of the total score. First phase shall be shown over a course of no less than 8 fences at 2’6”. The course must contain two changes of direction after the first fences and will not contain a combination. The second phase will be a flat phase, shown at the walk, trot, and canter in both directions of the ring. Judges may choose from USEF tests 1-10. The same horse must be used for both phases. Martingales are permitted in the flat phase. Three entries are required to fill the class with a minimum of three to complete the class. The top 15 point earners, including ties, shall be invited to compete in the finals held at Hollins University.
    • CHATHAM HALL MINI MEDAL- This medal is open to all junior or amateurs that have not competed over 2’6” within the same show year. Riders can show horses or ponies over an equitation course of 8 jumps. A minimum of 4 riders to fill. Riders who have competed in this class at either the 11/12/22 show or this show at Chatham Hall  will be invited to the finals on April 1.
  • Facilities

    • New quality show jumps with fillers (flowers, boxes, gates)
    • Large indoor arena (250X125) with bleacher seating for spectators
    • Footing is combination of crushed Nike sneaker filler and river sand
    • Outdoor arena for schooling
    • Stabling Available: stalls include shavings, auto-waters, hay mangers, doors. Stalls must be reserved by Wednesday Nov. 9, 2022.
    • Plenty of parking for trailers with easy access to turn around.
  • Directions

    From 29 north or south: Take Chatham exit for route 685 (signs for Chatham Hall School). Turn right at the top of the exit ramp. Drive 1/3rd of a mile, you will pass a sign for an industrial park on your left and then see a white gate. Turn in here. Continue straight. Park behind white indoor arena.

    Check out Visit, Stay, & Explore page for more information, directions, and lodging options.
800 Chatham Hall Circle  •  Chatham, VA 24531
+1 434.432.2941  •  admissions@chathamhall.org
Day and boarding school for girls grades 9-12 in the Episcopal tradition.

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