VAS Horse Qualification Addition

The VAS Ltd Horse committee have added the following qualifications to the rules and regulations effective immediately.


A competitor must choose to enter in classes as either a Show Hunter or a Show horse, but not enter both.  Once a horse has competed as a Show Horse or a Show Hunter at its first VAS event in a calendar year it must remain as a Show Horse or a Show Hunter at VAS Competitions for that calendar year.

Once a horse has successfully won a Champion in its first open ring it cannot continue to compete in that equivalent section in other rings during the show.

First place getters are eligible to compete in multiple open rings until successful as Champion.

Please make sure your Secretaries, judges and competitors are aware of these amendments.  Click here for updated Rules and Guidelines.

Geelong Pavilion Judges Workshop

How would you like to try your hand at judging in the pavilion at your local Agricultural Show?  Back by popular demand the opportunity to discover the rules, regulations, an eye for detail and tricks of the trade.

Saturday 3rd June 2017

Material & craft competitions

9.30 am - 4 pm

Sunday 4th June 2017

Cards & Jewellery

9.30am - 4 pm

$10 per head per day, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea provided.  Pay on the day.

RSVP BY Friday 26th May to or

Phone for more information03 5221 1707

14th Annual VAS Ltd Convention- June 30th - July 2nd

The VAS Ltd Annual Convention will be hosted by the Goulburn Valley & Riverina Shows Association.  It will be held at the Shepparton Harness Racing Complex Friday 30th June for early bird registrations and a welcome dinner. 

Saturday 1st of July brings many things to the table.  Jam and Sauce entries to be submitted by 9am.  Entries for the  decorated bra's /jocks competition open until Saturday evening.  There is no cost to enter but if you'd like to vote on your favorite decorated bra or jocks it will cost you $1 per vote.  All monies raised will be donated to breast cancer and prostate cancer research.  Vote as many times as you like, it's going to a good cause that has no doubt touched us all somehow.  Prizes will be awarded for most popular in both sections.

There will be a NLIS workshop on the transition package available for show societies during the afternoon and free time to make your own decorated bra or jocks for the competition.

The Convention Dinner will be the stage for the Junior Ambassador Awards State Final presentation.  Lyndall Horne is the guest speaker for the evening bringing you her breast cancer survival story.  It's sure to be a jam packed night with the announcement of the jam and sauce competition winners. 

Sunday is more relaxed with 3 workshops being held.  Firstly Insurance and OHS presented by Bronia Henty Smith from JLT.  Secondly, Organising and conducting your meeting successfully. Finally, stewards and volunteers, a guide to running your section successfully.

Most popular bra and jocks winner will be announced on closing around midday.



Calling all "Miss Show Girl" past entrants

2017 marks 60 years since the introduction of Sun-News Pictorial Miss Show Girl Competition in Victoria. Introduced in 1957, the event was open to girls aged between 16 – 25.In order to find a winner, most Victorian country shows ran a qualifying heat with each local winner eligible for the final, which was judged at the Royal Melbourne Show. The competition evolved over time and reflecting social change, was eventually replaced by competitions inclusive of females and males.

RASV Heritage is preparing an exhibition on Miss Show Girl to mark the anniversary and would love to hear from any contestants involved in the competition over the years.

Please contact: Dr Annette Shiell, Heritage Curator Email: Tel: (03) 9281 7427

New Helmet Rulings phasing in over 12 months for VAS Ltd Competitions

We are receiving many enquiries with regards to the new Helmet regulations brought in January 1st 2017.  VAS Ltd follow Equestrian Australia's rules to maximise safety in the sport with riders competing in VAS Ltd competitions must be wearing an approved helmet with the chin strap fastened at all times.

VAS Ltd will be phasing in the new rules over the next 12 months.  Remember EN1384 standard helmets are no longer approved by EA but if your helmet ALSO has the PAS015, ASTM F1163, AS/NZS 3838, ARB HS 2012, SNELL E2001, VGI it is approved to be used and will not need to be replaced.  For VAS Ltd Competitions during 2017 the EN1384 helmet is still approved.

To see the EA helmet regulations please follow this link.




2017-2018 Show Season Theme - Food comes from Farms

The 2017 2018 Show Season has the theme 'Food comes from Farms' so go ahead and brainstorm ideas for your upcoming shows to take on that feel.  It's quite broad so your imagination can go wild.  From milk, eggs, cakes, cheese, pumpkins, carrots, apples,  crops, grain, beef, lamb there is no discrimination between food sources, all bases can be covered if you just put your mind to it. 

Encourage local schools to get involved and come up with ideas, what a great way to gather up some enthusiasm between the kids and promote your local show. 

VAS Saddle Horse Championships a huge success

The VAS Ltd Saddle Horse Championships was a successful weekend for all involved.  The number of horses attending was impressive as competitors tried to keep cool in the warm conditions.  The programme of classes was judged by 2 judges from Western Australia, 1 from South Australia, 1 from New South Wales and 1 from Victoria which gave a broad range of scope and experience.

Saturday brought the Off The Track State Final in the evening which proved to be very popular with both spectators and competitors.  The warm weather didn't deter them as they worked out for the coveted title of State Final Winner with the opportunity to represent Victoria at the prestigious Nationals.  The prize money of $1000 went to retired racehorse Excellingly ridden by Sarah McMaster. 

 Sarah McMaster and Excellingly ride into history claiming the State Title for Off The Track

Sarah McMaster and Excellingly ride into history claiming the State Title for Off The Track

Sunday brought a much more humid day but that didn't stop the huge number of horses trying their hardest to win the red, white and blue ribbons and the sought after garlands. 

A highlight for Sunday was the inaugural Standardbred classes showcased by the Alabar HERO program Final.  This was the first year for the HERO series which has been well attended throughout the agricultural shows this year.  A total of 26 horses qualified for the event so it was a fantastic show of old favorites.  With the rehoming and educating of retired race horses gaining popularity show societies will no doubt jump on board and provide this class for its competitors which encourages another breed to get out there and show the world just what it has to offer.

Eboni Knights and Equity Wizzbang (affectionately known as Maxwell Smart) made history as the first winners to don the colorful garland, ribbon and rug as well as taking home a $1000 cheque.  Eboni stated that she's had Max for 8 years, he couldn't canter and she couldn't ride so they have certainly come a long way from then.   

 Eboni Knights and Equity Wizzbang take home $1000 and the title of Winner of the HERO Final

Eboni Knights and Equity Wizzbang take home $1000 and the title of Winner of the HERO Final