ATTENTION:  A horse/rider must compete in their division at a minium of five AOF VHSA/BHSA shows to receive a Year End Award for that division (or Leadline, Equitation on the Flat, or Equitation Over Fences)

Please be prepared to leave an open check made out to Autumn Olive Farm.


AUTUMN OLIVE FARM holds a VHSA / BHSA hunter show series.


2018 Show Dates

  • March 24 – DeDe Shumate
  • April 14 – Kimberlea Gilbertson (FLC-Pony)
  • May 5 – Lisa Hammerschmidt
  • May 26 – Davera Ackenbom
  • June 9 – Carly Woolfolk
  • June 20 – (Wed) – Kimberlea Gilbertson
  • July 4 – (Wed) – Dora  Wynne
  • July 18 – (Wed) – Robin Wood
  • August 1 – (Wed) – Davera Ackenbom
  •  August 18 – Mary Upshur
  • September 15  – Edee McGregor
  • October 6 – Kimberlea Gilbertson (FLC-Horse)

– Informal attire is allowed for Wednesday shows –

– California Warm-Ups are available at all shows –

We have plenty of parking and an enclosed toilet. A water hose is near the barn. The ring footing is sand/stonedust and most of our jumps are non-scary for green horses and/or beginner riders. The loudspeaker can easily be heard from the parking area and schooling area, and the secretary stand is near the ring for last minute assistance. We have a food booth for your convenience. Although we do not allow parking next to the rail, there is plenty of room for people to sit or stand in our new covered viewing platform.


The series is recognized by the Virginia Horse Show Association and the Battlefield Horse Shows Association.  MULES are allowed in any class.

We give 6 ribbons in each division along with a Champion and Reserve. Year End awards will be given at the final show of the series.  Year End awards will be given for each division (Champion thru 6th place) along with a Year End High Point (Champion and Reserve only) for Horse, Pony, Junior Equitation and Adult Equitation (remember, you must show in your division at least 5 shows to compete for an award).  The shows will be held on Saturdays except for the Wednesday afternoon shows.

Our final hunter show in October is our annual “HOrsey Rett Syndrome Event” benefit show. The H.O.R.S.E. Benefit Show is to raise money for Rett Syndrome (see which is the developmental disorder that affects the Blunk’s daughter, Chelsi (*see below).  The majority of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation for research into this debilitating disorder.   Class/Division sponsorships are accepted and 100% of the sponsorships will be donated to IRSF.  Also, we will be awarding the Year End prizes to Champion, Reserve, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place winners in each division, along with the Year End Champion and Reserve High Points:  Horse, Pony, Jr. Equitation, Adult Equitation.

ring - partial side view

VHSA/BHSA DIVISIONS OFFERED:(see complete rules in “VHSA_BHSA_Rules.pdf” link at bottom of page for more info)


Hunter Pleasure Pony
Pony Equitation O/F
Hunter Pony O/F
Junior Equitation on the Flat – 14 & under
Junior Equitation on the Flat – 15 to 17
Adult Amateur Equitation on the Flat
Junior Hunter Pleasure Horse
Adult Hunter Pleasure Horse
Green Pony/Horse Hunter O/F
Children/Adult Amateur Equitation O/F
Children/Adult Amateur Hunter O/F

Thoroughbred Hunter O/F
Working Hunter O/F


Short Stirrup Hunter O/F – 12 & under


Leadline Eq – 7 & under
Pre-Short Stirrup Eq – 10 & under
Short Stirrup Eq – 12 & under
Student Eq – 12 & under
Maiden Hunter O/F
Low Hunter O/F
Schooling Hunter O/F
Forrest T. Linton Classics O/F – Pony and Horse


Baby Green O/F – 18″ straight rails.  The flat class will be walk/trot only – no canter.  It is open to horses, ponies and riders of all ages & experience.  May cross enter to any other division.

Open Pleasure – Walk/Trot/Jog/Gait, GAYP, Walk/Trot/Jog/Gait/Canter/Lope – Open to all non-hunter tacked horses/ponies – no rider limitations.  Tack and Attire:  Western, gaited, saddleseat, dressage, non-hunter sidesaddle, bareback, etc.  Informal attire allowed.

AUTUMN OLIVE FARM appreciates your attendance at our events!
We hope your visits are always enjoyable.
Our Primary Photographer for 2013 was Shelby Johnson.  Below are samples of her photography at AOF.  You can contact her at or visit her website at
We have welcomed other photographers over the years:  Lachelle Henderson Photography, Sean Reilly Photography, Nujoy Photography (Carol Hills), Nihile Photography, Whoa-Snap Photography, etc.  Please notify us if your name was accidently omitted.
Prizelist is the same as last year, but there will be no LIMIT HUNTER division.
Chelsi - LL* Chelsi was born on August 12, 1991. She was born “normal”. Between 6 and 18 months she began to lose her acquired developmental skills. At 18 months she could no longer speak and lost functional use of her hands. Her ability to walk diminished and by the time she was a teen, she used a wheel chair (she can walk short distances with help). Chelsi has amazing cognitive skills and knows what is said to her. She enjoys watching TV and has shows that she particularly gets excited to watch.  Chelsi showed in a Leadline class at our 2015 H.O.R.S.E. Benefit Show.