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 Leadline Equitation division. This is not like most Leadline classes. This will be judged 100% on equitation. Age and size of rider will be taken into consideration. The classes get more difficult as they go along. Most riders can do the first class. Riders cannot enter any other classes. Informal attire is allowed (proper helmet, heeled boots/shoes, polo or collared/buttoned shirt). The first class is being led at a walk both ways around the judge. The second class is the same but during the line up, each rider will be asked a horse/tack related question – or they may be asked to perform a simple task. The third class, each rider will ride towards (a person). They will walk 5-10 steps and halt a few seconds, then walk again and halt. Leader should not assist. If rider does not reach (the person) then leader can complete the distance to the person. Champion and Reserve will be given and Year End Awards will be given. A complete description can be downloaded from the “shows” page. You may contact Syndi with any questions.

AOF has added another new division: Pre-Long Stirrup Equitation. This division is the same a Pre-Short Stirrup Eq except for riders 13 and older (including adult amateurs) that are not ready to show at a canter. Riders will walk, halt, back, 2pt walk, sitting trot, posting trot, 2pt trot. A complete description can be downloaded from the “shows” page. You may contact Syndi with any questions.

Our Equitation Preview is for riders of any age (including adult amateurs) 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 Eq and before Pre-Short Stirrup Eq. It will run as follows: Class 1-A: walk, halt, 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.

See prizelist or eq division descriptions for more information. Here are our Eq divisions:

In any eq divisions, riders may enter the first class only or first and second classes only. But cannot enter the second class only or third class only, or second and third classes only.

Professionals cannot enter any equitation classes or divisions.

Leadline Eq – 7 and under. (Riders not good at or 2pt walk or sitting trot.)

Eq Preview for all ages, including adult amateurs. (Riders not good at a posting or 2pt trot.)

Pre-Short Eq – 12 and under. (Riders not good at cantering.)

Pre-Long Eq – 13 and over, including adult amateurs. (Riders not good at cantering.)

Short Stirrup Eq – 13 and under. (WTC and 18″ jumps)

Long Stirrup Eq – 14 and up, including adult amateurs. (WTC and 18″ jumps).

Upper Eq – All ages, including adult amateurs. (WTC and 2 ft jumps).

Brave Eq – All ages, including adult amateurs. (WTC and 2’6″ jumps).

2024 Show Dates

  • March 23
  • April 13
  • May 4
  • May 25
  • June 15
  • July 6
  • July 27
  • August 17
  • September 7
  • October 5

– 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).

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.

AOF can rent a horse to you, if available, for a $30 fee per show. Maybe your equitation horse comes up lame or is misbehaving. Or another reason. Check with us prior to the show, or at the show.

We have a farrier on grounds. If your horse loses a shoe, we can put one on for you. You will pay the farrier separate from your entry fees.

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 stand or sit 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.

Please contact Autumn Olive Farm for your division points. Sorry we are unable to do a pdf of points to put on the webpage. Please see the VHSA website for your true Association Points.  For the AOF Overall Year End High Point, the points are done by horse, pony, junior eq and adult eq.  Year End Awards are done in all divisions. AOF gives the points even if only one or two entries were in a class. There are some horses/riders that, if they come to the final show, will make their five-show requirement.  If you have any questions about your AOF (or their VHSA) points, please contact Syndi at:  Thank you.

These accumulate for:

Virginia Horse Shows Association Associate Points
Autumn Olive Farm Year End Awards Points:

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 (may give up to 10th place), 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
Pre-Long Stirrup Eq – 13 & over, AA
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.

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.

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.