Skip to content

SVH and VWHA Honor High Point Winners

by Kay Swisher

NEW MARKET, Va. – The Shenandoah Valley Horseman Association and the Virginia Walking Horse Association held a joint banquet at the Johnny Appleseed Restaurant in New Market, Va., to honor their High Point Champions for the 2010 show season. The two groups enjoyed the famous Johnny Appleseed fritters before a delicious dinner buffet. Erie Schlabach provided dinner music and after the awards ceremony the group enjoyed his dancing music.

SVHA President Martin announced a new membership recruiting program. The current member that recruits the most members by the Spring Show scheduled for May 21, 2011, at the Broadway, Va., show grounds, will be given a $150 gift certificate.

For the full story, see the print edition of the Walking Horse Report. For more pictorial coverage, visit our fan page on Facebook.


SVHA President Brooke Swecker announced Hanna Jane Upson as the Shenandoah Valley Horseman Association Juvenile Rider of the Year. VWHA President Mary Swecker awarded her with a plaque for the honor.

VWHA Amateur Rider of the Year John Eubank shared the spotlight with his family: soon to be daughter-in-law Kayla Digiovanni, Jesse and Beth. Eubank’s family helped show the champions Rowdy Fred, Mr. 24KT Ritz and The Texas Outlaw for both associations.

John, Mary Jane, Hanna and Samantha Upson earned quite a haul from each association with their horses Power Generated Blaze, Tank Williams and Jazz Bouquet. Hanna was named the SVHA Juvenile Rider of the Year. Tank Williams captured the SVHA Pleasure Horse of the Year honor.

Ann Hawn and Bail Bondsman won the Ladies Specialty with both associations, and was also named as the Performance Horse of the Year with the VWHA. Husband Dan helped to carry all her awards home back to Pennsylvania.

Kay Swisher and The Tiger Tale received the SVWHA Amateur Specialty honor. Kay and Barbados earned the VWHA Amateur Specialty award. Mom Bettie Swisher shared in the glory by receiving the reserve honors for Silver Desperado from both associations in the Park Pleasure division.

More Stories

  • Latest_Issue_June_18_18

    Read More
  • Equine Obituary - Gen’s Armed & Dangerous

    The Report has recently learned of the passing of Gen’s Armed and Dangerous. The beautiful stallion was the 1994 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion. Read More
  • Ohio Valley adds class

    Ohio Valley Walking Horse Association show, scheduled for June 23 in Stanford, Kentucky, has added a 4 and Under Trail Pleasure to their show.  Read More
  • Walking For Hope Show updates

    The Walking For Hope show, scheduled for June 16, has selected Chris Zahnd to judge this year’s event. Originally scheduled to start at 4:00, the show will start at 5:00 pm. Read More
  • WHOA Versatility revises class schedule

    The Walking Horse Owners Association has added 5 classes to its June 16 show scheduled at Tennessee Tech, Hyder-Burk Facility in Cookeville, TN. The show starts at 10 am and is a casual dress show (boots, long pants, shirts with a collar) and "Youth 11 and Under" are required to wear a safety helmet. Read More
  • Putnam Co. Fair selects judge

    The Putnam County Fair and Upper Cumberland Walking Horse Association are pleased to announce that Newton Parks of Murfreesboro, Tennessee will judge this year’s event... Read More
  • Wartrace selects judge

    The 112th Anniversary Wartrace Horse Show has selected John Fikes of Hamilton, Alabama to judge this year's event and has released their class schedule... Read More
  • Walking For The Children selects judge

    The Walking For The Children Show, scheduled for July 26, has selected Aaron Self of Murfreesboro, Tennessee to mark the cards for this year's event. Read More
  • WHAA Summer Classic selects Cotten

    The WHAA Summer Classic, scheduled for June 16, has selected Joe Cotten to mark the cards for this years event... Read More
  • Obituary - Bill Carmichael

    Walking horse trainer, William D. "Bill" Carmichael, 59, passed away suddenly on Wednesday morning. He was born on October 13, 1958 to Audria Carmichael and the late William Carmichael. He married his adoring wife Cindy Conyers Carmichael and together they had two wonderful children... Read More