Thu, Aug 15, 2013 10:04 PM
Shaw was judged on riding ability, public speaking, appearance
RUTLAND - The North Atlantic Buckskin Association is pleased to
announce that Julia Shaw, age 23, of Rutland, has earned the
designation of Miss Buckskin World, one of the top awards given out
annually by the International Buckskin Horse Association.
Shaw was crowned Miss Buckskin World on Aug. 3 in Cloverdale,
Indiana following a week of competition that involved a variety of
judged equestrian activities.
Among the activities were riding classes including two judged
horsemanship patterns, a speech followed by a question and answer
panel and an interview conducted by officials from the IBHA.
Shaw, NABA's 2013 Queen and one of five queens from across the
United States representing various regional charter clubs at the
IBHA World Championship Show, was judged on riding ability, public
speaking, appearance and congeniality.
For her efforts, Shaw earned a trophy saddle, commemorative belt
buckle and engraved hat crown. She also took home the title of
Miss Horsemanship and for that honor received a matching tack set
including a headstall and breastplate.
As Miss Buckskin World, Shaw will travel across the country to
multiple IBHA sanctioned events to promote the organization and
educate people about IBHA, buckskin horses and their
Shaw, a history and social studies teacher at Fair Haven Union
High School, began riding and showing when she was
8-years-old. She is a past member of Horsepower 4-H club and
has previously represented Vermont three times in 4H at the
Shaw is a 2007 graduate of Rutland High School and a 2012 summa
cum laude graduate of Castleton State College. While at
Castleton, she was a member of the college's equestrian team for
over three years, riding under coach Judy O'Rourke. She was one of
three Castleton equestrian team members to win a regional
championship in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and
qualify for the organization's annual zone championships.
Julia Shaw and her red dun gelding, Yesterday's Gossip (aka
"Gus") have been a team since 2004. Gus helped carry Julia to
the title of Miss Buckskin World at the International Buckskin
Horse Association World Championship Show in Indiana earlier this