MHSA Changes Point System

Starting this season, the Maryland Horse Shows Association has changed the way it distributes points for its year-end awards. The new points system loosely follows what the U.S. Hunters & Jumpers Association introduced a few seasons ago and involves various multipliers based on the rating of the show and the number of entries.

The current MHSA Rule Book states, “In the Hunter divisions, points are determined by both the rating of the competition as well as the number of horses shown. Points are calculated utilizing a combination of the base points per competition rating and adding one point for each entry shown in the first performance class.” Several charts can be found in the rule book to help competitors calculate possible points. There are also charts available to calculate Hunter Classic and various jumper classes.

So how do these changes affect competitors? Well, in some ways it rewards those who choose to compete at the higher-rated shows and in larger classes. It makes winning a division against 30 other horses worth more than winning in a class of 10 or less. However, not all competitors can afford to or have the time to travel to some of the larger rated shows. Will this new point system make earning a year-end trophy impossible for those riders?

The Equiery wants to know your thoughts.
• Are you in support of or against the new MHSA point system and why?
• What benefits do you see to the system?
• What negatives do you see to the system?
• Does the new system change your competition plans? If so, how? If not, why not?
• Does the new system change your competition goals?
• Are there any changes to the point system you would like to see made?

Email your thoughts to

Final Interschool Standings

Below are the final standings of the top 12 schools for the Varsity and Junior Varsity Interschool Horse Show series. Congratulations teams!

Junior Varsity Champion Schools

  1. North Bethesda                                              230
  2. Connelly School of the Holy Child             223
  3. Academy of the Holy Cross                         207
  4. Key School                                                      162
  5. Wilde Lake                                                      159
  6. Indian Creek                                                   156
  7. Oakdale                                                            145
  8. Glenwood MS / Glenelg HS                         129
  9. Bethesda Chevy Chase                                   119
  10. Georgetown Visitation                                   111
  11. Urbana                                                              108
  12. River Hill                                                          95

Varsity Champion Schools

  1.  Archbishop Spalding                                    261
  2. Connelly School of the Holy Child             240
  3. Key School                                                      168
  4. T.S. Wootton                                                  166
  5. St. Andrews Episcopal                                  147
  6. River Hill / Clarksville MS                          143
  7. Oakdale                                                            136
  8. Glenelg / Glenwood MS                               134
  9. Poolesville / John Poole MS                        130
  10. Wilde Lake                                                      120
  11. Academy of the Holy Cross                         118
  12. Walter Johnson                                             107

WIHS Elects Officers to Board of Directors

from WIHS

The Washington International Horse Show, one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events, is pleased to announce the election of an outstanding and committed slate of officers to serve through 2014. Juliet W. Reid was named chairman of the Board of Directors. Victoria Lowell was elected president, with Anne Poulson to serve as vice president, Marc D. Oken as treasurer and Laurie Peterson Fellows as secretary.

Juliet Reid

Reid, of Washington, D.C., joined the WIHS Board in 2007, serving as treasurer before being elected president for two terms. She is involved in the horse industry both professionally and personally, serving on the U.S. Equestrian Team Advisory Board and the U.S. Equestrian Federation Marketing Committee. In addition she is co-president of Live Oak International, a prestigious driving and show jumping event in Ocala, Fla., held annually at the family’s farm. Reid’s family is very active in horse sports. Her daughter is a top junior rider competing nationally and internationally in show jumping.

“Juliet brings vision, commitment and personal passion to the Washington International Horse Show. As president she revitalized this special Washington tradition by building new partnerships with the city, sponsors and the military community. She has made it an exciting sporting and community event unlike anything else inside the beltway or in the equestrian world,” said retiring chairman Gregory Gingery, who remains on the Board after serving as chairman since 2009. Gingery, a longtime supporter of WIHS, also served as president from 1992-1994.

Lowell, of Brookeville, Md., joined the WIHS Board in 2009, serving as secretary for two terms before being elected president this year.

Vicki Lowell

“Vicki combines unparalleled professional expertise in marketing and media along with her love of horses to her new role as president,” said Reid. “She is the driving force behind the bold new creative and strategic direction in our media and marketing outreach – including the 2012 NBC Sports Network national television broadcast of the show.”

In her professional life, Lowell is senior vice president of marketing and operations for Animal Planet and the Science Channel. She also sits on the USEF Marketing Committee and was closely involved in Animal Planet’s Horsepower: Road to the Maclay and the Sporthorse Championship series. She is an active amateur competitor in show jumping and recently was named circuit champion in the Adult Amateur Jumper Division at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla.

Rounding out the Board leadership is Anne Poulson, re-elected vice president, Marc D. Oken, re-elected treasurer, and Lauren Peterson Fellows, in her first term as secretary.

Poulson, of Washington, D.C. and Orange, Va., joined the Board in 2008. She is a corporate lawyer and lifelong equestrian now focusing her equine interests on thoroughbred racing and breeding through her farm, Hare Forest, in Virginia. She has been active in numerous industry roles, including chairman of the Virginia Racing Commission and president of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association.

Oken, of Charlotte, N.C., joined the Board in 2010. He is co-founder and managing partner of Falfurrias Capital Partners, and currently oversees the operations of the firm. He also serves on the Boards of Marsh & McLennan Companies and Sonoco Products Company. He served as an aviator in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1973. Co-owner of Hi Hopes Farm LLC with his wife, Celene, he is actively engaged in his family’s passion for horses and showing.

Fellows, of Middleburg, Va., is director of The Peterson Family Foundation and serves on the Boards of a number of philanthropic and charitable organizations, including vice chairman of Life with Cancer, Inova Health System, Inova Foundation, Northern Virginia Family Services and Charity Works. An amateur rider herself, she is active in the horse industry serving as chairman of the Loudon Benefit Horse Show and member of the Virginia Horse Shows Association Zone 3 Owner’s Committee. She joined the WIHS Board in 2008.

The following is a complete list of the 25-member WIHS Board of Directors: Ahmed Alali, New York, N.Y., Benjamin R. Allen, Boerne, Texas, Susie Baker, Argyle, Texas, Archie Cox, Los Angeles, Calif, Kim Davis, Cockeysville, Md., Lauren Peterson Fellows, Middleburg, Va., Claudia Wilson Frost, Houston, Texas, Gregory W. Gingery, McLean, Va., Becky Gochman, New York, N.Y. , Brianne Goutal, New York, N.Y., Victoria Lowell, Brookeville, Md., Elizabeth Miller, New York, N.Y., Carolyn S. Nordberg, Chevy Chase, Md., Marc D. Oken, Charlotte, N.C., Robin Patton, Nashville, Tenn., Laura N. Pennington, Washington, D.C., Anne Poulson, Washington, D.C., Elizabeth Press, New York, N.Y., Juliet W. Reid, Washington, D.C., Michael Strauss, Southampton, N.Y., Alexandra Thompson, Birmingham, Ala., Robin R. Wilder, Chevy Chase, Md., Deborah L. Winsor, Washington, D.C., Directors Emeritus: Melissa McGee Keshishian, Washington, D.C., Austin H. Kiplinger, Washington, D.C.

The 55th Annual Washington International Horse Show will take place October 22-27, 2013 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The Equiery’s Hunters & Jumpers Issue Has Arrived!

The May issue is now in stores! Grab your copy today and read about The Equiery’s newest Hunter Award winner Lily Reddish, new MHSA point system, WIHS’s current list of qualified riders and the new Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series. Plus, heading to Black-Eyed Susan or Preakness this year? Find a Preakness Preview in the May issue as well and read about the faces behind the Preakness Stakes.

Want to be the next WIHS Youth Ambassador?

from the Washington International Horse Show

WIHS is now accepting applications for the 2013 WIHS Youth Ambassador and Junior Committee. Don’t delay! The deadline is Sunday, April 21.

About the Program: Introduced in 2009, the WIHS Youth Ambassador Program was created to engage young equestrian enthusiasts from the local community who have an interest in learning about WIHS and working side by side with the WIHS staff to produce the show. In addition, WIHS relies on the youth perspective in developing many special and community-related events.

The WIHS Junior Committee also is selected through this application process. The WIHS Junior Committee is a group of students who develop and assist with a variety of projects before and during the show. We have many returning members but there are a few spots open.

The 2013 WIHS Youth Ambassador will be announced in May.

Learn More: WIHS Youth Ambassador Program & Application

Kudos to Chloe Reid!

Chloe Reid and Damascus © Sportfot

Washington DC resident Chloe Reid was just named the overall winner of the third annual Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series held at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. The festival ran over a 12-week period with four Grand Prix competitions: the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix on February 10, the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix on February 15 (held under the lights in the International Arena), the two-round $20,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Team event on March 7 and the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Final on March 24 (held on the grass of The Stadium Derby Field).

Riders are ranked based on the number of clear round they produce throughout the series. This year, Reid competed in all four shows with both King of Hearts and Damascus and came out on top of the series. Her win earns her an automatic spot on the 2013 USEF Young Rider European Tour, which she was a part of in 2012. This year however, the win also earned her transportation costs covered by Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte.

March ISHS Results

The last regular season show for the Interschool Horse Show series were held on March 12 and March 17. March 12 was the Junior Varsity show at Nff Stables in Poolesville where the judge was Heather Achen. The Varsity show was held on March 17 at Oatland Stables in Laytonsville with Lindley Reilly judging. The Invitational shows will be held in April where the top riders will compete for divisional championship awards and the overall team awards will be presented.

Junior Varsity Results

Varsity Results

Saddleview Bits and Bridles High Score Awards

Here are the high score awards for the 2012 Saddleview Bits and Bridles 2012 Show Circuit. To see photos of some of the winners, grab a February Equiery at one of these locations. Check the Archives page of at the end of the month for more photos.

High point ring  1  Courtney Mercer
High point ring   2 Katie Jefress

Champion Novice ring 1 Caroline Kahn
Reserve Champion Novice ring 1 Nora Eliott

English Champion ring 1 Michelle Rodrigeus
Reserve Champion  Courtney Mercer

Western Champion Courtney Mercer
Reserve Champion Haley Musselman

Ring 2 Schooling Champion Sydney Wisnosky
Reserve Champion Kate Lusk

Low hunter champion Bess Pickar
Reserve champion Logan Zinn

Hunter champion Katie Jefress
Reserve champion Logan Zinn

Baltimore County Horse Show Association High Score Awards

Below are the 2012 Champions and Reserve Champions from the Baltimore County Horse Show Association. To see photos of some of the winners, grab your February Equiery at one of these locations and check the Archives of at the end of the month for even more photos. Congratulations to all and good luck in 2013!
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IHSA Zone 4 Region 4 Results

Below are the Champion and Reserve Champion High Point Awards and other Award winners for IHSA Zone 4 Region 4 for 2012. Teams are from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Riders on these teams are from all over and show in Maryland.  The University of Delaware Equestrian Team is based in Warwick, Maryland. To see photos of the winners, grab a February Equiery at one of these locations.
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