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.

Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, please wear a mask, social distance and try not to touch things that do not belong to you. Don’t come to AOF if you show any symptoms of being ill. By visiting AOF you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Please try to pre-enter. Please help to keep everyone safe.

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.

2021 Show Dates

  • March 27 – Kimberlea Gilbertson
  • April 10 – Samantha Martynowski
  • May 8 – Davera Ackenbom
  • May 29 – Edee McGregor
  • June 12 – Dora Wynne
  • July 10 – Davera Ackenbom
  • July 24 – Mary Upshur
  • August 14 – Mary Upshur
  • September 11 – Edee McGregor
  • October 2 – Kimberlea Gilbertson

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

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.  MULES, donkeys and zebras are allowed in any class :). You MUST leave a 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 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 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
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 – any age
Maiden Hunter O/F
Low Hunter O/F
Schooling Hunter O/F
Open and Baby Green

Equitation Preview


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. Only saddles NOT allowed in a hunter class may be used.

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 the OPEN division will be held before the break.

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.