Connecticut Horse Shows Association, Inc.

Welcome to CHSA!

The Connecticut Horse Shows Association welcomes all riders who seek good sportsmanship and enjoy the thrill of competition. CHSA was established in 1928 to encourage and promote the interest of Connecticut horse shows which include most popular breeds, hunters, jumpers, dressage, driving, English and Western Pleasure and all equitation seats.

Its intent is to give young riders, new riders, amateurs and professionals a chance to compete for awards while trying to improve their skills or the skills of their horses.

Affiliated Shows

CHSA has approximately 100 affiliated shows enabling riders and horses to compete for more than 100 Year End Awards in all types of riding and driving. CHSA sets dates for show affiliations to avoid conflicts and establishes and enforces uniform rules for affiliates shows.

Rules are coordinated with US Equestrian Foundation, the Connecticut Hunter Jumper Association and the New England Horse Council. The organization works with show managers and reviews each show’s prize list in order to maintain high standards. CHSA maintains records of member horses and riders participating at member shows.

Competitors accumulate points for themselves and their horses or ponies for Year End Awards in their Chosen disciplines.

Annual Banquet

Each winter, to celebrate the achievements of the year, CHSA holds its gala Year End Awards Banquet. Nearly 500 people gather to honor the winners of more than 100 Year End Awards. Trophies, ribbons and medals are presented to those competitors who have reached designated goals during the season.

Scholarship Program

CHSA has also established a Scholarship program for members pursuing higher education. Since the program has aggressively been trying to build the fund’s resources, it has given more than $50,000 in scholarships.

CHSA Finals

The CHSA Finals provide a year end showcase to encourage and promote interest in the beginner and intermediate classes and/or divisions for the members of CHSA. The CHSA Finals are held in late August over three days in Connecticut. For more information see

Peter Mann - President 860-774-1551

Deb Krawitz - 1st Vice President 203-927-6189

Cara Brown - 2nd Vice President

Mary Chesley - Treasurer

Renee Scarpantonio - Secretary


As of October 2021:

Matthew Belcourt


John Bennett


Naomi Gauruder


Olivia Roy


Elizabeth Roden (Honorary)

Committee Chairs:

Celebration of Champions – Deb Krawitz

Rules – Cara Brown

Show Affiliations – Peter Mann

Finals – Matt Belcourt

Scholarship –Under Education Committee

EducationDeb Krawitz