ATTENTION:  A horse/rider must compete in their division at a minimum of five AOF VHSA 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 associate hunter show series..

AOF has added a new beginner division. Equitation Preview is for riders of any age that can walk and do a brief sitting trot. Riders cannot enter any other classes. Informal attire is okay. This division will run after Leadline and before Pre-Short Stirrup. Will run as follows: Class 1-A: walk, whoa, back 1-B: walk, 2-point walk, turn a circle both ways like a figure 8 1-C: line up head to tail, walk then brief sitting trot then back to walk, 2-point walk poles then halt. Assistants may go in with riders but should try not to touch horse.

AOF has other new divisions. See prizelist for more information.

Long Stirrup Equitation is for riders 14 and up, including adult amateurs that jump 18″.

Student Eq is now called Upper Eq – All ages. Jumps 2 ft.

Brave Eq – All ages. Jumps 2’6″.

Professionals may enter the Upper and Brave divisions unjudged by paying a reduced entry fee of $10/class. This may give an opportunity for a trainer to school a horse/pony.

Notice: In a division that has two jump courses then a flat class, you MUST pay and enter the ring and at least attempt the first jump of the course in order to ride in the flat class. You may not enter the flat class of a division without riding in at least the first jumping class of the division.

2023 Show Dates

  • March 25 – Kimberlea Gilbertson
  • April 8 – Edee McGregor
  • May 6 – Mary Upshur
  • May 27 – Erin Mitchell Carver
  • June 10 – Dora Wynne
  • July 8 – Mary Upshur
  • July 22 – DeDe Shumate
  • August 12 – Jennifer Traylor
  • September 9 – Jill Wilson Anderson
  • October 7 – Edee McGregor

– California Warm-Ups are available at all shows (must pay entry fee – no ribbon or points) –

Unjudged entry is allowed in any class if entry fee is paid (no ribbon or points).

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 covered viewing platform.


The series is recognized by the Virginia Horse Show Association.  MULES, donkeys and zebras are allowed in any class :). You MUST leave a paper coggins copy. No phone pics.

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 Overall 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.

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 Overall Champion and Reserve High Points:  Horse, Pony, Jr. Equitation, Adult Equitation.


(see complete rules in “VHSA_Rules.pdf” link at bottom of page for more info)


Hunter Pleasure Pony
Short Stirrup Hunter
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


Leadline Eq – 7 & under
Equitation Preview – all ages
Pre-Short Stirrup Eq – 12 & under
Short Stirrup Eq – 13 & under
Long Stirrup Eq – 14 & over, AA
Upper Eq – all ages, AA
Brave Eq – all ages, AA
Open Pleasure
Baby Green O/F
Maiden Hunter O/F
Low Hunter O/F
Schooling Hunter O/F


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. Trotting allowed while jumping.  Horses/ponies may cross enter to any other division.

Open Pleasure – Walk/Trot/Jog/Gait, GAYP, Walk/Trot/Jog/Gait/Canter/Lope – Open to all horses/ponies, including gaited – no rider limitations. Bareback allowed.  Tack: Any saddle that cannot be used in a hunter class –  Western, gaited, saddleseat, dressage, non-hunter sidesaddle, bareback, etc.  Informal attire allowed. Only saddles NOT allowed in a hunter class may be used. Any bridle is okay.

Equitation Preview – Open to all ages of riders not really good at a posting trot. Walk, 2-point walk, whoa, turn circles and do a brief sitting trot. Informal attire okay. People can go in with riders for safety, but should try not to assist.

Short Stirrup Equitation – Open to riders 13 and under, including adult amateurs, jumps 18″.

Long Stirrup Equitation – Open to riders 14 and over, including adult amateurs, jumps 18″.

Upper Equitation (formerly Student) – Open to all ages, jumps 2ft.

Brave Equitation – Open to all ages, jumps 2’6″.

Professionals may enter the Upper and Brave divisions unjudged by paying a reduced entry fee of $10/class. This may give an opportunity for a trainer to school a horse/pony.

In Short, Long, Upper and Brave, riders may enter the first two classes and omit the jumping class.

AUTUMN OLIVE FARM appreciates your attendance at our events!
We hope your visits are always enjoyable.



PLEASE NOTE: We have a new prizelist with new divisions and some rule changes.

No Limit Hunter.

Chelsi smiling
Chelsi being led on a horse

* 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. Photo by Sean Reilly.