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I want to express my appreciation and gratitude upon receiving the Hall of Fame Award at this year’s banquet.  It has been an honor to serve the Virginia Quarter Horse Association (VQHA).  I have always felt anything I can do for the good of the organization, I would do it.  I have met and had many great friends and watched babies grow up and become great horsemen, and that has been a joy.  VQHA has had some wonderful programs that have stimulated the “horse” in all of us.  It’s a great association to be a part of.

Thank you


This weekend the VQHA is proud to present the VQHA Spring Breakout/Dave Higgins Memorial Show. We have a great group of judges in Glen Wells, Tom Robertson, Jackie Starnes and Rebecca Halvorson.

The VQHA Amateur Association will hosting a Paid Trail Practice on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. The cost per 15 minute session is $10 with no more than 3 horses allowed in each session. All proceeds go to support the year end award program. Anyone interested in participating can signup and pay at the show ring that evening.

We wish the best of luck to all of our exhibitors and look forward to seeing you there.

Below are a few helpful links for the show:

Show Program

Show Entry Form

Show Patterns



With the 2016 VQHA show season about to go into full swing, now is a good time to review the updated 2016 VQHA Show and Contest Rules. There have been a few changes since last year, including changes the All Around Awards qualification requirements.

It’s also a great time to nominate your horse if you haven’t already done so. Starting with the 2016 show season VQHA members who wish to be considered for year end awards, will need to pay a $15.00 Nomination Fee per horse. This fee includes unlimited riders and divisions. Horses can be nominated using the membership application, when you join or renew your membership, or by completing the horse nomination form if you are already a VQHA member.

The entry forms for all three 2016 American Quarter Horse Association Level 1 Championships can now be found online. Unlike past years, the entry forms will not be sent individually and instead can be accessed by visiting . Exhibitors should take note that all entry forms must be sent in prior to the championship show they are attending, and no entries will be taken at the shows.

The entry deadline for both the West and Central championships is March 15. Entries for the Nutrena East championship are due April 1. Click Here

Entry forms are required even if you have already sent in a state qualifying form. Click Here for more information.

The VQHYA is proud to introduce the 2016 Princess Program for girls ages 4-12!! This is a great opportunity for girls who dream of one day participating in the Queen’s Program to get their feet wet and gain valuable experience.

The Princess Contest includes a Horsemanship pattern using a stick horse. They will be graded on the correctness and execution of the pattern.

The Junior Princess Contest will include an interview by the Youth Committee. Questions will be age appropriate and be judged on their knowledge and their ability to communicate effectively.

The Princesses will receive princess sashes to wear during class awards, fundraisers and other events with the youth. In addition, they will be responsible in helping with activities for younger members at the shows.

To participate please complete the application form, by February 27, 2016 and return it to Katey Ralls.

Last Chance to State Qualify for the 2016 AQHA East Level 1 Championship Show!!!

January 23, 2016

Below is the list of VQHA Members who have submitted the application form, to participate in the VQHA state qualifying program for the 2016 AQHA East Level 1 Championship Show. If your name does not appear on this list and you are interested in participating in the VQHA state qualifying program, call:  Laura Boardwine (276) 623-5783 by Tuesday, January […]

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You Are Invited!!

January 15, 2016

The Virginia Quarter Horse Association would like to invite you and your family to the 2015 Awards Banquet!!  The Banquet will be held on February 20, 2016, at the Doubletree Hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Schedule is as follows: Board Meeting at 12:00 PM Youth Meeting at 3:00 PM Amateur Meeting at 3:00 PM Silent […]

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Win a show on the VQHYA!!!

January 15, 2016

The Youth Association is selling Raffle tickets to win a show on VQHYA!! The winner will receive one free stall, one division and drug fees paid for one horse at the Virginia Classic, April 7-10, 2016, in Lexington, VA. The winner will be announced on Saturday morning at the show. Raffle tickets are $25 a piece or 5 […]

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AQHYA Region Five Leadership Conference

January 11, 2016

The AQHYA Region 5 Leadership Conference will be held February 26-28, 2016 in Leesburg, VA.  All youth members are welcome to attend, at their own expense. If you are interested in attending, please submit the registration form no later than February 22, 2016. For more information on this event please click here. Please contact Austin Ralls […]

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VQHA State Qualifying for the 2016 AQHA Novice Championship Show

December 23, 2015

North Carolina will be the home of the 2016 AQHA East Level 1 Championship Show May 4 -8th at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh. Due to the late calendar change there will be no qualifying points required for the 2016 show. Click Here for eligibility information. If you are interested in participating in the […]

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VQHA Membership Application Updated

December 18, 2015

The VQHA Membership Application has been updated for 2016. There have been a couple of changes, but we still offer two great ways to serve you. You can still go to our “Forms” page and print the .PDF or you can save time and do it directly from our website, by clicking on “Forms” and […]

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The Points Are In!!! – 2015 Final Points Standings

December 18, 2015

The 2015 Final Points Standings have been posted. Please visit our points page to review your points and notify our Points Secretary, Erin Lubeshkoff if you notice any discrepancies. There is a summary of points earned posted on our points page, as well as a spreadsheet with the complete points breakdown.

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VQHYA Board Positions

September 8, 2015

Interested in running for a 2016 Youth Board position? The deadline to submit your Biography and intent is October 15, 2015. The elections will be held by ballots sent out to all current youth in good standing. Here is your chance to help make a difference and grow your association.  Any questions? Please contact Katey […]

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2015 Most Valuable Professional

September 7, 2015

It it time to choose your affiliate’s Most Valuable Professional for 2015. This award is given to the Professional Horseman belonging to each state and provincial affiliate in recognition of service and support to that affiliate. In order to be eligible the professional must meet the following criteria: – Nominee must be involved in, and […]

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VQHYA Coat Drive

August 24, 2015

VQHYA and Region Five are partnering with Champion Saddlery for a Community Coat Drive for the needy. Austin Ralls will be collecting new and gently used coats at the following locations: Virginia Bred Show in Doswell AQHA Eastern Novice Championship Show at the Virginia Horse Center All American Quarter Horse Congress NYATT/Sale Weekend Pre-Turkey Show at […]

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AQHYA World Show Recap

August 16, 2015

The AQHYA World Show proved very successful for Virginia this year. From showing to contests, Virginia earned top awards. Virginia youth won top honors in the Stall Decoration competition. Thank you to Pam Troutman for all her hard work! Thank you Matt Guthro, Scott Troutman, Kyle Hughes, and Robin DeBernard for all building an amazing […]

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Congratulations Austin Ralls!

August 16, 2015

 Congratulations to Austin Ralls, Catlett, Va. Austin is an AQHYA Region Five Director for 2015-2016. He is also VQHYA Secretary. Austin is looking forward to promoting AQHYA activities, increasing membership, promoting community service programs and planning the Annual Region Five Conference.

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Assistance Needed at the Novice Championship Show

August 13, 2015

The VQHA will be helping out at the Novice Championship Show Sept 26th – Oct 8th and is in need of three people to help out at the gates to the show ring. Anyone that is interested please call Laura Boardwine (276) 623-5783 for details. If you are only able to assist for a few […]

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AQHA Novice Championship Show

August 7, 2015

For those who want to apply for one of the state affiliate (VQHA) slots for the AQHA Novice Championship Show, if you have not already done so please send an email to Laura Boardwine by the of the day on August 8th. This is the last chance to get signed up for the show! Include […]

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Support the Recreational Trails Program!

July 27, 2015

There is an amendment to the Transportation Bill pending in the Senate that could eliminate the Recreational Trails Program. Contact your state senators and let them know you oppose that amendment! Virginia State Senators: Sen. Kaine is 202-224-4024 and Sen. Warner is 202-224-2023  

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