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Vermont’s Julia Shaw wins 2013 Miss Buckskin World title

Shaw was judged on riding ability, public speaking, appearance and congeniality

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 exhibitors.
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 national level.
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.

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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 month.