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Online entries close June 27th
Sponsorship ad deadline is June 22nd.
Send inquiries to cooler@vbhsa.org


West Neck Creek Equestrian Center
West Neck Creek Equestrian Center
1437 Princess Anne Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
Mederise Carter
Phone757-646-6885


2024 Cooler Show awards include:
  • 1st - 6th placements with ribbons.
  • $250 Cooler Classic and $500 Cooler Challenge will award
    • 1st - 8th placements with ribbons
    • Monetary awards for 1st - 6th placements
      For more details

Be sure to get your raffle tickets!
There are several wonderful raffles

Concessions by:
Pungo Boys BBQ

Online Entries
Close June 27 at 12 noon

Show Start Time
8:30 Ring 2
9:00 Ring 1
(Schooling ends 15 minutes prior)

Judges
Peg Seals (Ring 1)
Glenn Moody (Ring 2)

Show Manager
Mederise Carter

Show Secretary
Michelle McCabe
Jackie Davis

Stewards
Mederise Carter
Sugi Dewan

Show Announcers
Taylor Saunders
Kelly Vasta

Course Designer
Mederise Carter

Official Photographer
Wicked Snap Photography

2024 Cooler Show Prize List & Program
View Prize List
Program will be available a week prior to show.

Show Fees

Warm Up $25
Classes $30
Divisions $60
Cooler Show Challenge $50
Cooler Show Classic $60
Stalls Stalls may be limited.
PhoneContact show host at 757-646-6885 for reservations.

Fee payments:
Checks Payable to:"VBHSA"
Open checks are permitted and must be submitted no later than end of show day.

Hard copy of valid Coggins drawn within last 12 months is required to show
*NO EXCEPTIONS*


Held in Ring 1.
Objective: To offer a class that shows the overall ability of horse and rider. This class will recognize the trainer, owner of the horse, parents of the rider and class sponsors. It is open to juniors and amateurs. The class is to be judged on the best overall horse and rider combination.
Class Requirements: The class will run in the format of the Hunter Classic. No entries will be accepted once the class has started. There will be two rounds ridden over two different courses. Numerical scores will be announced at the completion of each horse/rider’s trip. The top 12 rounds will be called back and will ride the second course in reverse scoring order (lowest score starting first), within jump heights.
Jump Heights: Small Ponies 2’ Medium Ponies 2’3” Large Ponies 2’9” Horses: 3’
Rules of the course:

  • The first course and second course will have 8-10 fences.
  • Each round is worth 50% of your total score.
  • The scores will be announced upon completion of each round
  • Each rider must wear protective headgear in accordance with general rules.
  • Mane braiding and proper show attire is required.
  • Adults may ride ponies.
  • Owner, rider and animal must be VBHSA member 30 days prior to Cooler Show
Prizes:
  • - First Place: $200 & Perpetual Trophy and Ribbon
  • - Second Place: $125 and Ribbon
  • - Third Place: $75 and Ribbon
  • - Fourth Place: $50 and Ribbon
  • - Fifth Place: $30 and Ribbon
  • - Sixth Place: $20 and Ribbon
  • - Seventh Place: Ribbon
  • - Eighth Place: Ribbon
View Cooler Challenge Rules...

Held in Ring 2.
Objective: To offer a class that shows the overall ability of horse and rider. This class will recognize the trainer, owner of the horse, parents of the rider and class sponsors. It is open to juniors and amateurs. The class is to be judged on the best overall horse and rider combination.
Class Requirements: The class will run in the format of the Hunter Classic. No entries will be accepted once the class has started. There will be two rounds ridden over two different courses. Numerical scores will be announced at the completion of each horse/rider’s trip. The top 12 rounds will be called back and will ride the second course in reverse scoring order (lowest score starting first), within jump heights.
Jump Heights: 2’ or 2’6” (Rider’s Choice)
Rules of the course: The first course and second course will have 8-10 fences.

  • Each round is worth 50% of your total score.
  • The scores will be announced upon completion of each round.
  • Each rider must wear protective headgear in accordance with general rules.
  • Proper show attire is required.
  • Adults may ride ponies.
  • Owner, rider and animal must be VBHSA member 30 days prior to cooler show
Prizes:
  • - First Place: $100 and Ribbon
  • - Second Place: $50 and Ribbon
  • - Third Place: $40 and Ribbon
  • - Fourth Place: $30 and Ribbon
  • - Fifth Place: $20 and Ribbon
  • - Sixth Place: $10 and Ribbon
  • - Seventh Place: Ribbon
  • - Eighth Place: Ribbon
View Cooler Show Classic Rules...

Riders must submit biography sheets for the Challenge and Classic by 10:00 am the day of the show

Still time to sponsor the VBHSA 2024 Cooler Show!
This is our annual fund raiser for our Association. Your sponsorship helps to support the competitors and our shows.

We are a non-profit and welcome your support.

Deadline to submit ads is June 22nd

Sponsorship Pricing
Sponsorship Price
Cooler Challenge Class Sponsorship
Full page ad and recognition at the show
$600
High Point Hunter Sponsorship
Full page ad and recognition at the show
$500
Cooler Classic Class Sponsorship
Full page ad and recognition at the show
$350
Best Rider Award Sponsorship
Full page ad and recognition at the show
$250
Division Sponsorship
Full page ad and recognition at the show
$125
Jump Sponsorship
½ page ad and recognition at the show
$125/jump
Equitation Class Sponsorship
½ page ad and recognition at the show
$100
Full page Ad $100
½ page Ad $50
⅓ Page Ad $35
Business Card Ad $35
Business Logo $25

Ad Specifics:

  • 300 DPI
  • PDF or PNG format
  • All dimensions are width by height
  • Ads/logos may be sent to:
    cooler@vbhsa.org
  • Checks may be sent to:
    P.O. Box 5858
    Virginia Beach, VA 23471
  • Deadline to submit ads is June 22nd
Size Dimensions
Full Page 5" x 7" 
(1500px x 2100px)
½ Page 5" x 3 1⁄16"
(1500px x 956px)
⅓ Page or
Business Card
5" x 2 1⁄16"
(1500px x 619px)
Logos 2.361" x 2"
(170px x 72px)


Starts 9:00am

Number of entries are in "( )" and are subject to change
*Points transfer to VHSA Assoc. program

Class # Division/Class
1 Warm Up
Course B Unjudged
2
VBHSA Breeding
Horse/Pony recorded with VBHSA
3 4 5
Open Hunter
2', 2'6, 3' (Rider's Choice)
6 7 8
*Thoroughbred Hunter
2'6, 3' (Rider's Choice)
9 10 11

*Green Hunter Horse
2'6, 3' (Rider's Choice)
12 13 14

*Working Hunter
2'6, 3' (Rider's Choice)
**Schooling Break**
15

$500 Cooler Show Challenge
Ponies: Sm/2', Med/2'3, Lg/2'9, Horses: 3'
Description
16 17 18

*Adult Amateur Hunter
2'6, 3' (Rider's Choice)
19

*VHSA Assoc. Adult Amateur Equitation Over Fences
2'6, 3' (Rider's Choice)
20

*VHSA Assoc. Adult Amateur Equitation on the Flat
21 22 23

*Children's/Junior Hunter
2'6, 3' (Rider's Choice)
24

*VHSA Assoc. Children's/Junior Equitation Over Fences
2'6, 3' (Rider's Choice)
25

*VHSA Assoc. Junior Equitation on the Flat 14 & Under
26

*VHSA Assoc. Junior Equitation on the Flat 15 - 17
**Schooling Break**
27 28 29

*Green Pony Hunter
S/2' M/2'3" L/2'6
30 31 32

*Pony Hunter
S/2' M/2'3" L/2'6
33

*VHSA Assoc. Pony Equitation Over Fences
S/2' M/2'3" L/2'6

Starts 8:30am

Number of entries are in "( )" and are subject to change
*Points transfer to VHSA Assoc. program

Class # Division/Class
34
Warm Up
Course B Unjudged
35

Lead Line
Walked in hand by an adult
36 37 38

Very Beginner Pleasure
Walk - Trot
39 40 41

Walk/Trot Equitation Younger
Walk - Trot (10 and Under)
42 43 44

Walk/Trot Equitation Older
Walk - Trot (11 and Over)
45 46 47

*Short Stirrup Hunter
18" Open to those 12 and under
48 49 50

Beginner Equitation
18" Open to all
51 52 53

*Pleasure Pony
Shown by juniors on ponies with hunter tack on the flat
54 55 56

*Pleasure Horse Junior
Shown by juniors with hunter tack on the flat
57 58 59

*Pleasure Horse Adult
Shown by adults with hunter tack on the flat
**Schooling Break**
60

$250 Cooler Show Classic
2' or 2'6" (Rider's Choice)
Description
61

Open Equitation on the Flat
Open to all Juniors & Amateurs
62

Open Equitation Over Fences
Open to all Juniors & Amateurs
2', 2'6 (Rider's Choice)
63 64 65

Schooling Hunter
2', 2'6 (Rider's Choice)
66 67 68

Special Hunter
2', 2'6 (Rider's Choice)

2022 Memorial Trophy Winners
Previous year winners are reminded
to return their trophy engraved, cleaned and polished
2 weeks prior to show.
2022 Armani Memorial Trophy Winner

Donated by:
Whitney Brooks

Armani was a Hanoverian mare by stallion Ahorn Z. Born in 1995, she took numerous VBHSA members to the podium of VHSA medal finals and won the Bryan Trophy Equitation class at Deep Run. Armani was a true teacher and she taught more about riding than any other horse. She enjoyed a long retirement with Whitney Brooks until crossing the rainbow bridge in 2019.

The Armani Memorial trophy will be presented to the Best Adult Amateur Rider on a horse or pony on Day 2 of the Cooler Show. To be considered, Adult Amateurs need to see the secretary for an arm band which indicates to the horse show judge that a rider is an Adult Amateur.

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2022 Benlea Neptune Memorial Trophy Winner

Donated by:
Mary Shearin

“Benlea Neptune” was born in 1990 and died in 2009. He was a beloved familiar face to the VBHSA where he began and ended his career. He was also very successful in the “A” show arena with his longtime riders Kirkland Brown, Taylor Shearin, and Holly Shearin. He earned the VHSA Small Pony award numerous times as well as the Grand Pony award and the Mary Drury Award. He was Champion at Devon and Pony Finals in 1999. He also won championships at Upperville, Middleburg Classic, Deep Run, Hits Culpeper, Lexington Spring Premiere & Encore, James River, Rosemount, Blowing Rock and many others.
Despite all these numerous accomplishments, he is most fondly remembered for his endearing personality and for the thousands of safe trips aboard his sturdy back. A once in a lifetime pony!

The Benlea Neptune Memorial Trophy is awarded to Best Child Rider on a pony.

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2021 Sweet Caroline Trophy Winner

Donated by:
Lisa Doczi &
Mederise Carter

“Coast is Clear” was born May 15, 2001. Having had a stellar career with many shows, riders, caretakers and an owner who cherished “Coast is Clear”, we dedicate this trophy with love.

The Coast is Clear Memorial Trophy shall be awarded to the Best Junior or Amateur rider on Day Two of the Annual Cooler Show as a perpetual award.

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2021 Sweet Caroline Trophy Winner

Donated by:
Lisa Doczi

For children, there is a “favorite” pony - the one you could crawl under, dress up, trail ride, or learn to jump fences on -- the pony who was kind and took care of you and made you feel safe.
For parents, there is also a “favorite” pony -- the one you will forever cherish because she safely toted your child through years of lessons, learning and exploring on horseback.

“Ocean Blue” was everyone’s favorite pony. “Blue” patiently taught dozens of children to ride in her two decades.... a very special pony who will always hold a special place in our hearts.

The Ocean Blue Cooler Show Classic Perpetual Trophy is awarded to the winner of the VBHSA Cooler Classic.

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2021 Sweet Caroline Trophy Winner

Donated by:
Lisa Doczi

“Sweet Caroline” a 15-hand Gray Arabian Mare was owned and loved by Lisa Doczi for 19 years. Caroline competed in the Children’s Hunter and Adult Hunter divisions throughout the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Caroline won many VBHSA year-end awards over numerous years. Caroline also won numerous ribbons at top rated shows including Deep Run, Culpeper, The Barracks, just to name a few.

Most importantly, Sweet Caroline will always hold a special place in the hearts of those who knew her.

The Sweet Caroline Memorial Trophy is awarded to the Best Child Rider on a horse.

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