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The Virginia Maiden recently announced they are giving exhibitors two more reasons to attend the Spring Breakout with the addition of 3 Year Old Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle and Western Pleasure classes!
Premier Sires will be matching funds for these new classes giving them each $2,500 added.
With the addition of the 3 Year Old Non-Pro classes, the Non-Pro All-Age classes will become Non-Pro Maturities. Purses for those classes will remain the same.
The Premier Sires Matching Funds program seeks to support shows in all regions of the country by woking with them to increase the payouts at their event. The program provides a 100% match for funds committed by the show. The Virginia Maiden is the first show to be approved by Premier Sires and has received matching funds for the following classes:
  • 3 & Over Limited Horse Western Pleasure – $14,000 added
  • 3 & Over Limited Horse Hunter Under Saddle – $14,000 added
  • 3 Year Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure – $2,500 added
  • 3 Year Old Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle – $2,500 added
  • Maturity Non-Pro Western Pleasure – $3,500 added
  • Maturity Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle – $3,500 added
In order to show in these classes, horses born in or after 2018 must be enrolled in Premier Sires. Horses born in or before 2017 must either be enrolled in Premier Sires or sired by a stallion currently enrolled in the program (click HERE to see a list of currently enrolled stallions).
To accommodate horses who were not nominated to Premier Sires based on previous show locations, for this year only Premier Sires will offer a reduced nomination fee of $500 for any eligible horse of any age with a confirmed entry in any of the Virginia Maiden classes. This one time nomination fee not only makes the horse eligible to show in the Virginia Maiden classes, but also makes the horse eligible for all Premier Sires classes for the life of the horse. For questions or more information you can contact Premier Sires at
Premier Sires is working hard to bring more money to more events around the country. Nominating a horse at a younger age not only guarantees a lower nomination fee, but also ensures that horse will be eligible for all of the opportunities Premier Sires offers now and in the future. For more information on nominating a horse click HERE.
In addition to the classes listed above, the Virginia Maiden is also offering their signature class, the Maiden Western Pleasure with $30,000 added. This class has not been approved by Premier Sires and is therefore open to all horses.
Formerly known as the Hylton Maiden Western Pleasure, the event was started by Cecilia Hylton to encourage trainers to take their time developing young prospects into show horses. In 2011, the class was moved to Cecilia’s home state of Virginia. In recent years, Cameron Van Sickle and Meghan Tierney have taken over running the Virginia Maiden, not only keeping the Maiden class alive in Cecilia’s memory, but also adding additional futurity classes. The 2022 Virginia Maiden is being held in conjunction with the Spring Breakout, March 24th through the 27th at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington Virginia. For more information about the Virginia Maiden futurity classes you can contact Cameron at or Meghan at For show information, including show schedule, stall reservations and entries, click HERE or contact show manager Suzanne Gonzales at