The 2023 WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Championship presented by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty and the Lowham-Ruzzo Family will be held October 19-22 at the Salem Farm Showgrounds in Upperville, VA, home of the Upperville Colt and Horse Show and the Loudoun Horse Show.
The popular four-day competition offers a wide range of hunter, jumper, equitation, and exciting WIHS qualifying classes. Exhibitors, sponsors, vendors, family and friends will enjoy great sport and hospitality in a picturesque and convenient setting.
USHJA Zone 3 Championship
Nominations are now open for the 12th Annual Laura Pickett Award for Excellence in Horsemanship!
Now in its 12th year, the Laura Pickett Excellence in Horsemanship Award presented by Victoria Lowell and Charles Ancona, will be given to an “up and coming” adult or child rider and their trainer competing at the WIHS Regional Horse Show who best exhibit the enthusiasm, dedication, style and commitment to excellent horsemanship that brings out the best in horse and rider.
Nominate a rider now! Laura Pickett Nomination Form
Nominees will be designated by wearing a pink armband and will be judged both in and out of the show ring. The winner will be chosen by committee and will be notified on Sunday, Oct. 22. The presentation will take place at the Washington International Horse Show on Barn Night, Thursday, Oct. 26, at The Show Place Arena.
About the Award
The Laura Pickett Trophy for Excellence in Horsemanship was created by Vicki Lowell in memory of a very special equestrian and trainer, Laura Pickett, who lost her fight against breast cancer after a five-year battle. The trophy honors her contributions to the sport she loved and the legacy she left behind. She inspired enthusiasm for life, in addition to good horsemanship, and her award is presented to an “up and coming” rider who best exhibits the same qualities.
Past Winners (Rider / Trainer)
2022 Savannah Smith / Dorna Taintar and Michelle Mahoney
2021 Madison Smyth / Kim Williams
2020 Kayla Wolfe / Kristin Mangum
2019 Kaitlyn Nicely-Harvey / Carolyn Krome and Jamey Prettyman
2018 Beatrice VanSant / Virginia Wilbrandt
2017 Emily Gebhardt / Kimbreley Hill
2016 Daisy Fenwick / Miranda Scott
2015 Bailey Austin Doloff / Dorna Taintor
2014 Louise Whitner / Marti Bigler
2013 Morgan Bland / Chris Wynne
2012 Mary Elizabeth Cordia / Jenny Graham
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